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So its been +-7 years that its taken to convince my wife that we need to move to Auz, my sister and brother moved their about 7 years as well. They now have PR and are very happy. I on the other hand want to get out of this country so badly as my wife and I have 2 small children (14 weeks is my youngest and 4 years the oldest)

My wife has a wine maker which is on the CSOL but not the SOL, she has been a wine maker for 10 years. Her qualifications are as follows:

BSc in psychology and zoology from Wits and a Higher Diploma in education with distinction from Wits,

Honours (Cum Laude) in Psych from UJ

Diploma in Cellar technology (wine making) with distinction from Elsenberg

I on the other hand have almost 18 years IT experience but no Diplomas or degress, I have my own IT business which I have successfully been running for 7 years. I support all kinds of networks, Operating Systems and Servers, I have seen that Network administrators are on both the Sol and the CSOL but it seems that if you have no degrees that you have no hope, not sure this is true?

If so then we have to try get in on my wifes qualifications etc.

Can you guys please help, I am so desperate to get out. I would hate for anything to happen to my family and I fear that things are just getting worse here. Our country is so beautiful but I dont believe that there is much future anytime soon!

Sorry for being so morbid, but I cant take it anymore!

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Hi Jeinnor40!

Welcome, I only recently joined myself and sent out my first post 1 minute before you which was alot more morbid than yours, you are however doing the right thing of wanting to better your life and that of your family.

CPT though in my opinion is still a lot better off than JHB, my parents are in Hermanus and my sister and her family in Durbanville. LOVE, LOVE CPT especially in the winter!! Where are you based? Having a wife as a winemaker must have HUGE benefits!! Good thing that you are starting now whilst your children are young, I feel they will adapt better to schooling when younger.

We have PR on hubby's qualifications, he being a CA - got us in but did not get any interest from companies in regards to job offers - he has applied to many positions to no avail - we decided to go without securing jobs and are in the last stages of getting things organised to get to Sydney in Jan2014.

Can't you enquire on the immi website? Sorry can't help you here but am confident that the Forum will help you out - alot of wisdom here!

All the best in taking this on, you won't regret it if you push through!

Heidi

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Hi

Welcome to the site!

Occupations on the CSOL (but not the SOL) require either a state/territory or employer as a sponsor.

Can I suggest that you might like to start by looking at your eligibility to meet the 60 points requirement for the skills independent visas? You can find the details of the points at http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/%C2'>

I also have a points analysis page on my website www.TaylorMadeImmigration.com/PointsCalculator

Please note that if you don't appear to obtain 60 points at first it is always worth checking further as sometimes people miss options that may be open to them.

Tee

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Welcome to the forum. First thing, like Tee said is to find out if you qualify for 60 points. State sponsorship is a good option to make up points as well as a high IELTS test score. If you can also prove 10 years work experience as wine maker, your will get even more points. I am convinced you'll make it.

Have a look at the state sponsorship list. Contact Sianvz, who is a member on this forum. They have ACT sponsorship for winemaker. They are however in WA at the moment because they can't find a job in Canberra.

Good luck!

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This is what we have so far that I have calculated!

For Age Liz gets 15 points she is turning 43 in Feb 2014
For English it would probably get 10 - 20 points, however not sure about this
Liz has worked in the wine industry for 10 years so she should get 15 points

Not sure what to do for points regarding her Qualifications, as she has a Honours Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Diploma for Cellar Technology for Wine?

More details of her qualifications:

BSc in psychology and zoology from Wits and a Higher Diploma in education with distinction from Wits,

Honours (Cum Laude) in Psych from UJ

Diploma in Cellar technology (wine making) with distinction from Elsenberg


So we either have 50 or 65 points

Not sure if I meet the requirements for skilled migration visa, based on what she said? 5 points if I do

They also talk about sponsorship by eligible relative, my Sister and Brother inlaw stay in Perth and have PR not sure if she is eligable to do this? 10 points if she can!

So we have anything +- 50 – 80 points :-)

Can others tell me more about points regarding her Qualifications?

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You have another 5 points if you receive sponsorship from a state. Best would be to send in a skills assessment, or find out about the skills assessment for her qualifications i.e her occupation.

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We were borderline 60 points with the extra 5 points from State sponsorship and our application went through in 27 days. 190's are cat 3 which are processed faster than 189's, which are cat 4.

IT is a tricky one, I am in a similar boat so we went on my wife's qualifications. I have 5 years professional experience, I have however done a few qualifications relating to ERP which has specialised me. If you are wanting to study look in the Linux field (LPI), the demand far exceeds the supply.

Best of luck

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My husband is the same. He has a few certificates and diplomas in IT. Then he has 10 year service (experience) in support Engineering Telecoms. He is worried that he will not get employment this way...

Although I think he will not , I would also like to hear what people say...

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Hi Jeinnor40,

I would do this:

1) talk to a migration agent regarding your skills and which job code to use when applying for a skills assessment.

2) do a "recognition of prior learning" skills assessment through the ACS (Australian Computer Society - google them) - this looks at projects and jobs you've done and checks if they would equate this to the same level of skill a bachelor's degree (for eg) would give someone at the end of the degree. (So you don't need a qualification necessarily, they will assess you based on how much experience and what kind of work you've done). Then send this in to the ACS for them to review.

3) apply for all documentation from home affairs - unabridged birth and marriage certificates for everyone (this can take a while)

4) do the IELTS (english) test - you and your wife both.

5) wait for skills assessment to come back, then check points you can claim again based on your IELTS score and your assessment results.

6) if you don't get enough points from the above, apply for state sponsorship / OR if you prefer see if family will sponsor you (this involves a lot of commitment from their side as they need to prove they can support you for a set amount of time).

Hope this helps.

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Awesome :-) Thanks for all the advise

I think the best bet might is to start with my wifes stuff. I am in contact with agents based on the recommendations of the forum (THanks for that as well) and am getting quotes. Will then assess both quotes and take it from there. Wish our Rand was not sooo weak, oh well, all for the greater good for my family!

Seems we might have problems applying on my wifes stuff as from what I have been told, she either has to secure a job in Tasmania or something about family ties in ACT. My family stays in Perth so I take it I best bet is a job in Tasmania?

Please help.

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Not sure about that... some agents offer an initial assessment for free, maybe try one of those and ask about those points specifically?

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hi

we used an agent in Sydney and he was excellent and much cheaper than the SA based agents. All the best.

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