Points Calculator for Australian Immigration

If you are looking to move to Australia and work here on either a temporary or permanent residency basis under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, you will need to qualify for your visa. To do that you will need enough “points”. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) operate a points system and if you want to know if you have a chance of qualifying for one of these types of visa, a good place to start is to see how many points you might get.

calculator 2 300x284 Points Calculator for Australian ImmigrationThere are lots of points calculators to be found on the Internet and some are quite whizzy. You know, answer some questions selecting your answers from the drop-down menus and all of a sudden, your points total appears at the foot of the page.

No such technology here, but not many of those websites will tell you this…

Australia opens its doors mainly to young, intelligent, skilled and qualified people, people with good English language skills, people that can offer something to Australia. It is a very selective process.

For older people, people without skills, people who do not speak good English, the answer is almost certainly “No”.

That is a very cold and hard view of how the system works, but it is probably a true reflection of how it is for the vast majority of people looking to move to Australia. That said, there are over 130 different types of visas and there will be, as there always have been in the past, exceptions to the above rules.

The list of exceptions is probably quite long, from refugees to the extremely rich. But for the vast majority, it’s all about age, qualifications, skills, understanding of the English language and very often, points.

It can be very difficult working out whether you are in a position to lodge an application or not and if you need professional assistance, do check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Points Calculator

So, grab yourself a low tech pen and an even lower tech scrap of paper and work out how many points you might get right now.

Age

First, you get points for your age:

The basic requirement is that you are under the age of 50, but if you are…

  • Age 45 – 49 you can apply but you get 0 points for your age.
  • Age 40 – 44 = 15 points
  • Age 33 – 39 = 25 points
  • Age 25 – 32 = 30 points
  • Age 18 – 24 = 25 points

Update: Some people are unsure about how many points they get for their age, it’s very simple. Example; somebody who is 39 years and 11 months old still falls into the 33 – 39 years category. Only when they turn 40 do they go into the 40 to 44 category.

Command of the English language:

  • Superior       = 20 points
  • Proficient     = 10 points
  • Competent   =  0 points

Your English language skills are assessed using the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. There are four parts to this test, speaking, reading, listening and writing. To be superior, you will need to score a minimum of 8 for each. To be proficient, you need to score 7 and to be competent you need to score 6 as a minimum for each of the four.

If you hold a passport from the UK, the USA, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you automatically qualify as competent, but that still gives you zero points. If you need more points, you will need to sit the test. Even though competent doesn’t score you any points, you still need to prove your competency to continue.

Please be aware that there are two types of IELTS test; the General test and the Academic test. The Academic test, which is the more difficult of the two, is accepted by everyone; the General test is only accepted by some. The test that you take largely depends on what is required by the kind of work that you do and/or the requirement of potential sponsors.

Your skill

To apply for a Skilled Independent visa you do not require sponsorship, but your occupation must be on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

To apply for a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa your skill also has to be on the SOL mentioned above and you need to be sponsored by an Australian relative who lives in that area, or your job needs to be on the State/Territory Nominated Skilled list and you need to be nominated by the Australian state or territory government. In either of these two situations you will score an extra 10 points.

You may also want to keep an eye on this page which contains information about Recent Changes.

To apply for a Skilled Sponsored visa you will need nomination by a state or territory government and your skill must be on the above-mentioned State/Territory Nominated Skilled list. This will score you an additional 5 points.

Work experience in your nominated skill:

You can get extra points depending upon how much time you have spent being employed in your nominated skill. How many years experience do you have out of the last 10 years in your nominated occupation? This can sometimes include work in a closely related occupation.

If your work experience is from overseas…

  • Three years =  5 points
  • Five years    = 10 points
  • Eight years  = 15 points

But you will get more points for work experience gained in Australia in your nominated occupation…

  • One year      =   5 points
  • Three years = 10 points
  • Five years    = 15 points
  • Eight years  = 20 points

Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree = 20 points
  • Bachelor degree   = 15 points
  • Australian Diploma or trade qualification = 10 points
  • A successful authorised skills assessment in a recognised qualification = 10 points

Extra points

There are several ways to earn extra points:

  • Studying a course in Australia that meets certain requirements = 5 points
  • By meeting the Australian Study Requirement (above) while studying in a regional area = 5 points
  • NAATI accreditation = 5 points
  • If your partner meets the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa = 5 points
  • By completing a Professional Year course specified by the Minister = 5 points

How many points do you need?

The current pass mark is 60 points.

This is a statement I have had verified through official channels:

“The current qualifying point score is 60. If you are applying for a Skilled Independent visa, then you will need a minimum 60 points to do so, but invitations are issued to the highest score.

If you are applying for a Skilled Nominated visa, then you still need 60 points but you will be allocated the 5 ‘nomination‘ points by selecting that nominated visa sub-class so you will meet the minimum 60 points upon lodgement of the EOI.

When you apply for the state sponsorship (which must be approved by the state government or territory) you must include your EOI reference. When the state nomination is approved, the nomination points will be confirmed on the system and the invitation will be issued by DIBP automatically.

If you are applying for a Skilled Nominated visa or Skilled Regional visa, then you must ensure that the score you will achieve, once the nomination is approved (and the points confirmed) meets at least the qualifying score of 60 points. Beware of (usually) age changes which may decrease your points score after lodgement of your EOI as this will mean your score will not meet the qualifying score or you will not be able to support the age points when the application is assessed.

Getting the required number of points does not guarantee you an invitation as it depends upon availability of spaces within the selected ANZSCO occupation quota (ceiling) and also how competitive your score is. Invitations are issued to those with the highest score. Once an invitation has been issued, you will then have 60 days to lodge a visa application based upon your EOI submission (amended where required).”

 If you want the full details you can get them directly by visiting immi.com.au

What if you don’t get enough points?

It’s not always over if you don’t get enough points, there’s often things you can do to improve your tally. Just about the only thing you cannot change is your age, but you could, for example, try and improve your IELTS score, wait until you have a few more years experience or maybe come here to Australia to study.

If you need professional help with this, I highly recommend my Visa Assessment Service.

Please read before commenting below:

Update November 2013

Many people are asking me how many points they get for their work experience, education, qualifications and even age. This points calculator is a guide only, how many points you actually get can often take a good deal of thorough investigation.

Where did you get your qualifications? Are your qualifications recognised here? Has your work experience been relevant? Do you have any work experience in a closely related environment?

The complications are too numerous to mention.

So it is impossible for me to calculate how many points any of you might be getting no matter how much information you give me.

Up until now I have tried to answer people with these questions, if you look at the answers I have given you will see how difficult or impossible that has been.

Only the questions about age, and maybe IELTS, have straightforward answers. By the way, if you’re not sure how many points you get for your age, please see my answers to those with the same questions below.

So I would appreciate people no longer asking me to calculate their points for them, those who do will no longer get an answer. For professional assistance with this, again I recommend my Visa Assessment Service.

More useful links…

All About Visas for Australian Migration
Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!

{ 430 comments… read them below or add one }

Khuram Bajwa May 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

I agree with all your information but kindly tell how much time require for immigration process .

Your ‘ faith fully
Khuram shahzad

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BobinOz May 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

There is no set time limit, it could be a few months to a few years, it really depends on your application and the type of visa you are going for. Cheers!

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khuram shahzad May 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Thank you very much sir .

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CHETAN SONAVANE May 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

can i count my indian education too?

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BobinOz May 28, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Is it a recognised degree?

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CHETAN SONAVANE May 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

yes its bachelor in pharmacy.

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BobinOz May 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Then check with immi here to see if wherever you got your qualification from is on the recognised list with DIAC.

Good luck!

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CHETAN SONAVANE May 29, 2013 at 5:29 am

thanks….

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kris June 24, 2013 at 6:13 am

Hi iam an aircraft technician in the mechanical side of the trade, I have a city and guilds qualification in this field, I have many other courses related to this job also but I’m unsure if I qualify?? I have had 5 years experience in this field.

thanks in advance

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BobinOz June 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

If you are asking whether or not you qualify as a skilled person with the job that you do, then you may need to look into having your skill assessed. Skills assessment is for people who have great work experience, but perhaps not the technical qualifications to prove those skills.

These people can be assessed by the relevant Australian body who will decide whether your experience is good enough to be considered equal to that of someone with the qualification and therefore allow you the same number of points as they would get.

Hope that helps

Bob

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kris June 25, 2013 at 6:02 am

Does help a bit bob thanks, im in the royal air force so I have all qualifications in civillian format aswell as military. I really would like to start a life out in Australia I just dont know where to start! What would be the first port of call?

Thanks in advance
kris

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BobinOz June 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

If you really don’t want to get too involved with the (quite lengthy) reading that is required to work out what to do, maybe you should consider my Visa Assessment Service.

It’s not free, but it doesn’t cost much and it will give you a written report explaining what your options might be, assuming you have some. It’s all done by my MARA registered migration agent and I highly recommend his services.

If you do want to do the reading, start on my page All About Visas.

Hope that helps

Bob

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Madiha June 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Hi bob,

I m student of Masters in Professional Accounting here in Australia in Swinburne Uni, Its just a start , If i complete my degree of masters here and i m 28.5 yrs right now of age , have IELTS 7 each , Have a real sister in Aust she has got PR already , I wanna ve rough idea that either m eligible for PR application after completion of my studies or do i need a job or skill as well . Will i be able to get 10 sponsorship point as well. Plz guide

regards

Miss Madiha

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BobinOz June 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

That’s not something I can answer, I’m just not qualified. My MARA agent could though, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers, Bob

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khandaker Tajul Hasan June 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Dear Concern,
I have finished my four years B.Sc Engineering in Electrical and Electronics (EEE) from Stamford University, Bangladesh, Dhaka. Passing year 2009. Now I’m working as a Consultant of Telecommunication Network Development Project.I have almost three years Engineering working experience.

I have calculate my point 60 without IELTS. i want to know about IELTS issue. if i get 5.5 band score in IELTS. thats sufficient for applying migration.

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BobinOz June 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I don’t think so, I believe you need 6 across all four categories, but 7 would be better.

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Subha July 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

hello Bob

I’m work as a recruitment consultant with 5 years of experience (3 years in India and 2 years in Sydney, Australia). I did my masters degree from South Australian Institute. Just wondering whether am I eligible to apply for State Nomination for SA as I never worked in SA. Is it mandatory to have work exp with in the sate? Please advise

Thanks
Subha

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BobinOz July 3, 2013 at 2:11 am

How many points did you score?

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Inderjit July 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Sir,
I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Self Employed More than Eight year experience in Electronic/Electrical equipments repair, Age 43 years, Spouse Master of Arts,
am i eligble to get minimum scores

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Inderjit July 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I am an Indian, Never gone outside world, I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Self Employed More than Eight year experience in Electronic/Electrical equipments repair, Age 43 years, Spouse Master of Arts,
am i eligble to get minimum scores

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BobinOz July 4, 2013 at 1:43 am

Did you calculate your total? What did you make it?

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Inderjit July 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Sir,
I am an Indian and have a Bachelor of Commerce degree, i have worked in a Construction company as an accountant for three years (1997-2000), i left that company and started my own electronic as well as electrical items repair business since april 2000 at my own shop because it was my hobby and had knowledge from books for that.
I have calculated points as below. I have a doubt for my experience points, because i have studied commerce but practically having another experience without diplomas.
i have calculated my points for age 43 (15), ielts (0), overseas work experience(15), bachelor degree (15) sponsorship by state Victoria govt. (10+5), . community language points (5) = 65
Please help, is it possible to file an application on the basis of above points.

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BobinOz July 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

On the face of it yes, you seem to have enough points, but if you feel you need help with this, check out Visa Assessment Service

Thanks, Bob

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Noel Fernando July 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

HI dear,

I am advanced technician diploma holder in telecommunications and electronics engineering in city and guilds of London institute , and i have more than nine years and almost 10 years experience in telecommunication field , i want to migrate Australia as GSM under telecommunication technician category , how can i know my city and guilds qualification is accepting in Australia a as Australian equivalent qualification

kindly help me to find correct information ,

Thank you lot

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BobinOz July 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I don’t think your C & G will count for much here but with your experience you should look into getting a skills assessment done by the relevant authority here, that might get you some points :-)

Bob

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lindsay jones July 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Hi Bob,

Can you help ?

My husband has worked as an Skilled Aircraft Fitter for Airbus UK for the past 10 years. He gained employment with them using his Welding/Fabrication Qualifications. He would really like to remain within the same line of work when we go over to Australia but what we want to know is , what area do we get his skills assessed in ? Do we get his Welding/Fabrication skills assessed ? There doesn’t seem to be a Job description for the job he does now, other than a Fitter (which is on the SOL) but this is more of a general job role rather than tailored to Avionics.

Also are you able to give us an idea of how much is would cost us if we used Miki’s services ?

Kind Regards
Lindsay

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BobinOz July 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Hi Lindsay

I wish I could help, but finding out who best to assess your husbands skill is a skill in itself, my MARA agent Miki has it, I don’t. How much it would cost if you use Miki is a question that was asked elsewhere, so I grabbed some of the text from my answer which was…

When you go through the visa assessment service, you will receive a written report with all of your options. This report will also detail the fees payable to the government for each of those options as well as the fees my MARA agent would charge you if you were to have him represent you.

It is a very comprehensive report.

It’s difficult to give you exact fees now as there will almost certainly be more than one option for you and in any case, my agent would not know which option would suit you best based simply on the information you supplied here.

Miki added “The average fee from start to finish for a skills assessment, EOI, Nomination, Visa is between $3000-$4000.”

But he also mentioned that it’s difficult to quote fees until he knows exactly what’s involved.

As I have already said though, the assessment will certainly answer all of these questions accurately.

Cheers

Bob

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kamalpreet singh July 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

hi dear sir
i m lawyer n india and my experience in 6year in district courts tarn taran punjab india, m married i wana b move to australia with my family. my qualification is
bachelor in arts(BA),and bachleor in law(LLB),master in legislative law(LLM)
dear sir can i apply with my family migrate to australia

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BobinOz July 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

How many points did you get?

If you need help to see if you have a good chance of qualifying for a visa, please use my Visa Assessment Service. I am sure you will understand that an accurate assessment of your chances cannot be made from just a couple of lines of information.

Cheers

Bob

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Divya July 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Hi Bob,

I am very thankful to you for this very much useful website.

Actually my husband wants to apply for Australian PR , he contacted 2, 3 consultancies to go ahead with the process but the problem is that he had Bachelors Degree( Electronics), MSc from NorthUmbria University UK. and now he is working as software engineer.

His Points are like below,
age – 30
English – 10 ( he can get 7 in IELTS)
Study – 15 ( only considering Bachelors in ECE, not included PG in UK)
Work – 5 ( actually he has 6 years work experience but they are telling like study and work are not relevant so they are decreasing 3 yrs work exp. from the original)

Are these points enough to apply for PR or else i need to take the skill test and so that he can get 5 points for me too.
Again for making skill assessment we have to spend 30k INR, so please suggest me the best option.
(I have 3 years work experience, completed Bachelors degree)

Suggest me the best option for getting remaining points.

Looking forward for your positive reply.

Thanks & Regards,
Divya

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BobinOz July 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I can’t advise you on this, I’m not qualified, but my MARA agent is and he can definitely sort this out for you. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Divya July 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hi Miki,

Can you please suggest me in which way we can proceed with AUS Visa.

And tell me how much will you charge for processing my entire application , i have given my scenario in my previous post here.

Please suggest me with this.

Regards,
Divya

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BobinOz July 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hi Divya

It is not possible, even though you have given some details, for Miki to give you exact costings of the process for you. Everything starts with a visa assessment, and from that information Miki can look at ALL of your options and give you costings for each and every one.

Until he has all of your information, he cannot know all of your options and therefore cannot quote specific costs. The cost of the assessment, which is only $100, is also added to your account as a credit should you decide to have Miki represent you.

Everyone’s costs are different, some people need a skills assessment, some people need to submit an EOI, and on top of that the cost of each visa to the government is different, I hope you understand.

If you wish to go ahead, you can get started over on my Visa Assessment Service page.

Good luck, Bob

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hennie July 17, 2013 at 5:59 am

Hi just wanted to find out
37 years old. My wife 36
I am a customer service supervisor/manager for a airline and my wife a hairdresser
We both have more than 13years experience.
Wife has own home salon.

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BobinOz July 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Not sure what your question is though.

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Sravs July 19, 2013 at 2:01 am

Hi Bob,
Iam from India, i’ve got admission from CQU in melbourne, if i study at Melbourne will i get 5 pr points or else i must have choosen only regional area?? Is there any options for me to get 5 pr points???

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BobinOz July 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I think so, if your course meet certain requirements, but I’m not sure what those requirements are. I would ask CQU.

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sravs July 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

If i get married how my wife would get 5 pr points…

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BobinOz July 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I don’t know sravs…

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VIKRANT July 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

Sir i am from India. I have done B-Sc in Computer Science, after that i did MBA in Marketing. I have more than seven years of Experience of working as Director Marketing. Cleared IELTS with 6.5 Bands. I am married, my wife has scored 7.5 Bands in IELTS . I don’t know how to calculate points because websites are very confusing. So can you please tell me about my points according to my qualification and experience????? Do you think that am i eligible to apply for Australia ????

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BobinOz July 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

No, I can’t, I don’t even know your age. Even if you told me that though, I still couldn’t, I’m not qualified to do it for you.

To correctly work out your points a lot of cross-referencing needs to be done, particularly when working out what your skill is, how much experience you have and if your qualifications are recognised here. Your final points total may even depend on you having a skills assessment.

That’s why I offer my Visa Assessment Service, my MARA agent can tell you exactly how many points you have, exactly what your best options are and advise you which way to go.

Thanks, Bob

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George July 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hello Bob,

We’re certain that we’d go for Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa and sponsor would be my wife’s brother. My wife is 31+ and has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce. She has around 4+ years of exp but in different roles – 6 months in Customer Support, 1 yr in Market Research, around 3 yrs in web marketing & business development.

This is what our preliminary calculation –
Sponsor (10) + Age (30) + Education(15) + English(10) + Work Exp (5) = 70

Lets say she has less than 3 years of exp in her nominated skillset, can she still be able to claim15 points from her Bachelor?

Appreciate your time and help.

Thanks,
George

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BobinOz July 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Sorry George, wish I could help, but I just don’t know the answers to these specific and personal questions about people’s individual scores. It’s not easy to understand exactly how these points are allocated and I don’t want to give anybody incorrect information.

See my answer to the comment above yours for further explanation.

Cheers, Bob

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Ariel July 24, 2013 at 4:58 am

I see that is mentioned bachelor and phd degrees,but I see no option for masters degree
I’m studying now a masters degree in international commerce,and i have a bachelor in latin american and spanish studies,I speak 4 lnaguages,,I’m 32 years old,what are my chances AFTER finishing my masters degree to obtain a visa to live and work in australia?
Thank you very much

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BobinOz July 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I couldn’t tell anybody what their chances are, but my MARA agent can, see my Visa Assessment Service.

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Muhammad Ahmad July 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Hy,

I am Muhammad Ahmad and i am 34 years old. I have done my master’s in MBAIT. and i am doing job as Principal software engineer. I have almost 8 years experince in Information technology. IELTS is underprocess

Pleased to know, I am meeting all per criteria to get immigration?

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BobinOz July 26, 2013 at 12:45 am

I couldn’t tell you, there’s much more criteria than that. If you have enough points though, and everything is validated, then you do have the basis on which to put forward an application.

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Vikramjit Singh July 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Hi Bob,

I have 7 years experience in Software testing. My band score is 6 overall but 5.5 in reading. Could you please advice me how to immigrate to australia?

Could you please arrange sponsorship for me.

Thanks in Advance,
Vikram

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BobinOz July 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I don’t arrange sponsorships and my MARA migration agent, whose link is included in the above article, could advise you. Or you could look into it yourself with the help of the hundreds of pages of advice on this website. Good luck!

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Varun George July 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

Hi,
I was wondering if there are any exceptions to taking the IELTS to have the 20 points rule? I’m a Canadian citizen looking to go over as a Chiropractor and find it a bit unnecessary coming from an English speaking country to do this test..?

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BobinOz July 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Not that I’m aware of, I think you will need to bite the bullet and take the test if you want the points.

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Victoria August 1, 2013 at 5:59 am

Dear Bob,

Re: moving my family to oz.

Thank you for providing such a helpful website.
There is so much to take in I’m not to sure on where to start, I would be so greatful if you could offer some light on if my family would successful on moving to Australia.

I am a healthy 28 year old woman with chef and resturant NVQs. I have worked along side my father in our catering company since the age of 16. At the age of 18 I became joint director.

My husband is a healthy 30 year old and is a HVG 2nd class lorry driver who has been with a builders murchent for the last 6 years.

We have a daughter aged 3.

We have a mortgage with over 100,000 equity.

I would like to move with my father who is a healthy 60 year old sill working full time in our catering company and is also director. He has a list longer than I can remember of qualifications inc being a chef lecture at a well know universerty.
He has a Chinese partner who is 52 and a herbal doctor.
His savings are more than sufficient.

I would be so greatful if you could offer any advise as to if the 5 of us would be accepted.

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,

Victoria

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BobinOz August 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I would suggest you go through my visa assessment service, there is a link to it at the end of the above article and my agent is very good. He will be able to guide you and tell you what your chances are for you and your family.

Cheers, Bob

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rammy August 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hi,

I have a query on the PR processing.

I have got my ACS clearance in Dec 2012, my Immigration agent has not considered all my experience, at that time I was having a total of 9.3 years experience, he only considered 7 years leaving my first company experience; saying that its enought to get the ACS clearance and proceed with the PR; But seems there are few changes happened in June 2013 with respect to the experience criteria., Now I want to submit my EOI, ACS assessement is indeed valid for 24 months, but it shows less than 8 years of experience, but I need 8 years of experience to get the required 60 points .

I have all the experience and documents, shall I proceed with EOI with ACS letter and the exit letters from my first company? or Do I need to wait till I complete 8 years, ie.,till Dec 2013, which is as per the ACS experience details, the other problem is I will be crossing 32 years of age by Feb 2014, which will again reduce my points.

Kindly suggest if there is way out to proceed with my EOI process now.

Thanks,
rammy.

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BobinOz August 3, 2013 at 12:24 am

Hi

You need to take this up with your migration agent, that’s what you pay him for. If he has made an error, he has to work on your behalf to correct it.

Thanks, Bob

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naser August 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

hi I’m new in your web site.can i find a job at the network engineering or in telecommunication and how long it? i have 3 years experience in telecommunication and bachelor degree in ICT ,network engineering diploma from India (DNIIT) (equals 8 term or 2 years course ).
thanks a lot

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BobinOz August 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Impossible for me to answer a question like this, but if you want help trying check out my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

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Jimmy August 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

Dear Sir.

I am getting 60 Points based on my SNOL subclass 489 with IELTS 6, but at the list it is mentioned IELTS requirment 7 in each against my Occupation as a Branch Manager. My question is that whether I qualify with IELTS 6 as my score is already 60 or even I have to go with IELTS 7 as mentioned against the Occupation.

Thanks in Advance

Jimmy

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BobinOz August 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I’m no expert on this Jimmy, but I would think if the list says IELTS requirement is seven for your occupation, then that is what you will probably need. Maybe you also need this How to Pass IELTS.

Thanks, Bob

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L.Jay August 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi there :) I am really struggling with the points system and was wondering if you could help. I hope this is not too specific. I am a counselling psychologist however there is only clinical psychologist in the skilled occupation list. These roles are used interchangeably in the UK but I am not sure how it works in Aus. Any ideas? Thanks again :)

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BobinOz August 13, 2013 at 12:31 am

I wish I could help, but identifying your skill in the skills list is a skill in itself. I really don’t know if counselling psychologist is equal to clinical psychologist or not. When my agent does assessments, this is often an area that takes him longest to research, identifying a skill on the skills list to match the applicants qualifications and experience.

So, sorry, no ideas, but I hope you get it sorted out.

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Tanuj Verma August 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm

hi bob
i hve finished my degree in hotel management (2004-2008)from india.ad hve three trras experience in relevent field . but peesently m not working anywhere.i have already got refusal for stydent visa in 2011 on study visa.can u guide me which will be best way for trying australian visa again .

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BobinOz August 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm

No, I can’t, but my MARA agent can, see my Visa Assessment Service.

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Hannah August 26, 2013 at 1:10 am

Hey bob,
Thought Id ask you my question seeing as everyone else has :-)

dont suppose you know – applying for a PR visa when it says ‘similar experience’ regarding time in a career – I’ve been nursing for 3 years but have been a nursing assistant and student nurse for 5, do you reckon I could chance 5 year experience?

thanks for your help
Hannah

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BobinOz August 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I don’t know the answer, but I will tell you that you need to be very careful with this. If you decide to go for five years when you should have only put down three years, this could cause you massive problems some way down the line. You could even lose all the money you have paid for your visa.

So it’s very important to get this right. Is it not possible to put down three years as a nurse and two years as an assistant/student nurse and let those who look at your application decide?

Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful, it might be worth you posting this question on my page about EOI, somebody there might be able to help you.

Thanks, Bob

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VIKRANT August 27, 2013 at 2:39 am

Hi Bob,

my trade skills i.e “Marketing Specialist” is not available in SOL but it is available in CSOL. What exactly is the difference between SOL and CSOL?? Is CSOL eligible for Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 ??

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BobinOz August 29, 2013 at 12:05 am

Sorry Vikrant, I do not know the requirements for a Nominated Subclass 190 so I can’t help with this.

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jeewan August 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

hi bob, i have done Bsc nursing from nepal and i have 3 years of experience in the relevant field. my husband has done bachelor BA with major english and sociology .By age we both are 28. Is it sufficient for me to apply for PR at australia if scored 7 in IELTS. Plz help me…

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BobinOz August 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I think what you need to check here is whether your qualifications and those of your husbands are recognise here in Australia and therefore allow you to claim the points. Then, of course, if you do have enough points you can make an application.

Good luck, Bob

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Jaffer August 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I am Bachelor of Administration in accounting and finance From a Well Known university in karachi,pakistan and have work experience in my field morethan 3 years and have enough english skills do i qualify for this visa or i have to do a course their in australia

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BobinOz September 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

It’s actually the Australian Government who decide whether you qualify for a visa or not, so I can’t answer this. First you need enough points, then you need to put in an application, then the government here do lots of checks on you and then finally, if they think they might like to offer you a visa, they ask you to go through a medical and supply police records to make sure you have good character.

Once you’ve done all of that, and once the Australian Government are happy with everything and give you a visa, then that’s when you qualify.

Cheers, Bob

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jeewan September 1, 2013 at 3:58 am

thanx bob for ur information….by d way can there be any major impact on prospective migrants n students after the 2013 election in australia as both opposition seems to slow the immigration…

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BobinOz September 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I can’t predict what any new government might do, but I can’t see any real major changes happening, that’s just my opinion though.

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Ellen September 3, 2013 at 4:42 am

I am 54 and living in the US with hopes of moving to Oz to be with my boyfriend (and definite plans to marry sooner or later). You mentioned “under 50 yrs of age” in your points system. Can you clarify the “under 50″ issue?

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BobinOz September 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

All I can really clarify Ellen is that it does not apply to every kind of visa, there are some visas, for example, parental visas and retirement visas where the under 50 issue does not apply.

If your boyfriend is under 50 and he qualifies for whatever reason, then you could qualify with him despite being over 50, as long as you can prove you are either his spouse or that you are in a de facto relationship.

Hope that clears it up, Bob

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louise September 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

hi how many points for UK nurse diploma , is it 15 points because it is assessed as equivalent to oz degree , or not ?

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BobinOz September 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Sorry Louise, I don’t know the answer. Anybody else know?

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shelgy joshy March 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hai,How points for Diloma in Nursing?Anmac assessed as equilant to australian degree in nursing?Can i claim 15 points.Could you please help me to find out the answer

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 1:35 am

As with Louise above, I don’t know. If you really want to know how many points you have and if the qualifications you’ve got to count, then you need to go through your fault situation with a MARA registered migration agent. If you want, can do that through my Visa Assessment Service.

It’s not just a points total that you will get though, my agent will let you know exactly which options you might have, that’s if you do have options, of moving to Australia.

Good luck, Bob

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manu September 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Hi Bob,

regarding number of years experience . It should be 3 years (for example) , at the time of applying for ACS or at the time of applying for PR.

thanks

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BobinOz September 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I would be guessing if I answered this one, and if I did guess I would say ACS, but I’m not going to guess, because I don’t know. If the answer is critical to you, I think you need to check direct with the ACS.

Maybe there is something on their website?

Thanks, Bob

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Sue September 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hi, currently i’m studying Bachelor of Engineering in here. For bachelor degree, i do understand i can earn 15 points. On top of that, could i earn extra 5 points ? As i’m not clear for this statement “Studying a course in Australia that meets certain requirements = 5 points”.

Regards,
Sue

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BobinOz September 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

You possibly can get those extra five points, you need to find out whether the course you have been studying here meets those certain requirements. I’m not sure how you do that, but I would start by asking the people with whom you are currently studying.

Good luck, Bob

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dhruven September 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

Hi, I have been in australia since last 4 years. I have done my bachelors in information technology and I am 23 years old and will finish 24 in April 2014. I have my cousin got citizenship in australia and I am planing to get married in jan 2014.
How many points I will get.

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BobinOz September 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I don’t know, you haven’t given me enough information. This points calculator is a guide and you simply need to go through it and award yourself points according to your own information.

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Bala September 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hi Bob,

After a 3 month wait, my skills have been positively assessed by the Australian Computer Society! I am sharing my experience so far here, so that others might benefit.

Getting the employment references for skill assessment from Indian companies can be quite challenging. India has a fluid job market and people keep moving jobs every two years or so on an average. Your HR manager of one of your past companies may have moved on, your project manager would have moved on and unless the company has good HR systems, pulling your record from the old archives itself can be a hurdle. Unike just a releiving letter, which states the role and the durationm, Australian Computer Society (ACS) requires a letter detailing the various roles you have performed in the past companies. The current managers in your past companies may be willing to vouch for your date of joining and date of leaving, but, they will have no idea of the actual role that you may have played. This was the single biggest challenge for me – convincing the present HR/project managers to issue a letter endorsing your past roles. In fact, for one of my previous concerns, I had to directly get into a conference call with the HR – India Country Head explaining her why this letter is important to me and why they should be ok to issue this. For couple of other companies, the companies refused to issue the letter citing that as their HR policy. I had to execute an affidavit on an individual capacity from my ex-managers who had moved on from those companies and had to get this notarized by a lawyer. This can again be a painful task. Ex-managers and ex-colleagues often hesitate to provide affidavits on an individual capacity as they think they for some reason, they are endorsing something that their previous company refused to do. Fortunately for me, both my ex-managers understood the rationale and cooperated. It took more than two months of running around for the employment references before I got them for all my previous companies.

I have now filed the EOI through my agent and is awaiting the invitation to apply for PR.

Will keep sharing more of my experience as and when I important phase in the immigration.

Cheers
Bala

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BobinOz September 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hi Bala, thanks for sharing your experiences. Sounds like a nightmare getting what you needed, glad you got there in the end. Moving to Australia isn’t easy, is it?

Keep us posted :-)

Bob

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Bala September 24, 2013 at 12:55 am

Bob,

It is indeed not easy at all! But if I understand the process right, getting skills assessment virtually equates to half the bridge crossed. Not however under-estimating the rest of the steps involved but the key difference probably is that, the rest of the process is purely for me to act, whereas, for skills assessment, I had to depend on so many people, like the HRs, managers, the notary to act in time. One thing is for sure – Oz immigration sure asks for a truck loads of documents! But i can understand their intent. They would want to make sure that they are letting the right person into the country and I fully respect that.

I am already excited to see how this goes!

Bala

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Toy October 17, 2013 at 5:36 am

Hello Bala,

Thanks for the details. I quit my job last year (Software Dev) after close to 12 years at the very same organization I started with, and man… you might know well how they treat you after you put down your papers. I had to struggle to get me a “experience letter”… and now they’ve issued me a generic “experience certificate” and “relieving certificate” and I am sure none of these two can be said to be “endorsing my past roles”. Could you please state exactly how the ACS requires this letter to be? Would just a simple thing as the following work?

This is to certify that blah-blah was responsible for the following duties:
- 1. x
- 2. y
- 3. z

I know, no matter what, they are going to turn me down with the standard “company policy” thing… but still… if I get the exact format of this ACS required certificate, I might give it a try with them. You can email me at toytowner [at] googlemail [dot] com

TIA.

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Bala October 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Hi Toy,

Your experience certificate and relieving letter would definitely not be sufficient for ACS. Please do not ignore these however. They are good proofs for your experience and you will still have to include these letters as supporting documents. As for the ACS employment reference letter, if your company does not issue reference letters as a policy, you will have to get one of your colleagues who have spent as much time as you or longer in the company as you to certify your skills in an affidavit and get it notarized by a lawyer. I strongly recommend you get the help of a MARA registered agent in India. They sure know the way things work with Indian companies and will guide you with the format, notary services etc. This stage can sometimes be quite tricky without them.

Good luck to you!

Cheers
Bala

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Toy October 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hello Bala,

Thanks for your reply. Can you please write to me about a good MARA agent in India? Please write to me at toytowner [at] googlemail [dot] com

Thanks,
TT

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Bala October 27, 2013 at 2:11 am

It is advisable to find one in from whichever part of India you are in. You can find them by plain google search but don’t forget to check their credentials in the MARA website before engaging them. I went through an agent in Chennai (visaide.com) and they have so far been good.

Cheers
Bala

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pradeep December 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

hi bala,

I am planning to pursue my immigration process through Visaide, have some queries, can i get your email?
thanx

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Bala December 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Hi Pradeep,

Good luck to your immigration process.

The challenge with sharing my email here is that, it will not only be accessible to you but also to thousands of others accessing this blog and I don’t want my mailbox to be spammed. Please post your queries here. If there is something I could answer, I surely will.

Cheers
Bala

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pradeep December 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

i wanted to know how much they charge, i reside in pune and a consultant here is quoting me 60k in installments.

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Toy December 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Hi Pradeep,

60K seems reasonable. I have talked to 2 MARA registered agents in Bombay. One quoted 300K and the other 80K.

Do write to me about your experience. My email: toytowner [at] gmail [dot] com

Regards,
TT.

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Bala December 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Hi Pradeep,

Visaide charged almost double than your Pune agent, but they were thoroughly professional and did a pretty good job. Do obtain your Pune agent’s MARA registration number and verify with the MARA website. Also, check their track record or see if their website mentions feedback from some of their past clients. Or, you can contact Visaide and ask them for a preliminary assessment and price-quote after which you can decide.

Cheers
Bala

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shelgy joshy March 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Hai bob
Please let me know how many points for diploma in nursing?

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JEFF September 16, 2013 at 2:23 am

Hi Bob
I am currently studying Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management and turning into official 21 years old. what do I need to achieve 60 points?
Besides, recently I heard from my friends say that I am eligible for one type of visa whoever apply the first student visa after end of year 2011 can apply for it and offer 2 years time. Is it true?
Thanks,
Jeff

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Amol A Girhe September 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

Hey Bob,
Is there any criteria for kids that matter here? One of my kids is American. Will that anyway count positively towards the points?
Regards,
Amol A Girhe

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BobinOz September 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

No, there are no points for kids, no matter which country they are from.

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Sumiya September 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Hi!
I wanna go to Australia with my husband and 2 kids.i have degree of M.A in Political science i have also M.ed (teacher education) degree and 3 years teaching experience.my immigration consultant said that he will file my case as a teacher,for that i have to score 7 bands in each ielts academic module.Would you please guide me weather i am eligible for immigration or not and tell me how many bands are required in my case
Thanks

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BobinOz September 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

You have an immigration agent, it is that person’s job to tell you if you qualify and what you require. I can’t tell you, I don’t know anything about you or your situation.

If you want to use my migration agent, he will tell you exactly whether you qualify or not and what you will need, but you would have to go through my Visa Assessment Service so that he has all of your information and can therefore answer your questions.

Thanks, Bob

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Khurram Shehzad September 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

Hi,

Can you please clarify me that what does age 33-39 years means for Australian immigration for professionals, whether it means greater than 32 years of age or it means precisely above 33 years of age. As I have just turned 32 (DOB: 26-09-1981) so I am a bit confused about this issue will I get 30 points or 25 points for age.

Khurram

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Khurram Shehzad September 27, 2013 at 6:53 am

I will be thankful if you please get me informed that how many points are required (60 or 65) for immigration under GSM if I apply in January 2014?

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BobinOz September 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

33 means, well, being aged 33. If you are 32, you are not yet 33.

As for the points for GSM, I can understand your confusion there, I was confused as well. I checked with my MARA migration agent though, he tells me that you only need 60 points and those 60 points can include the five points you will receive for sponsorship. That points total is correct as at today’s date, I couldn’t tell you what might happen between now and January 2014.

Cheers, Bob

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Khurram Shehzad September 28, 2013 at 4:13 am

Thanks a lot Sir.

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Mitesh vachhani September 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I am diploma electrical eng. N I have 5 years experience in power n petrochemical industries in maintenance field. am I eligible ?

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BobinOz September 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

How can I answer that?

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NitinK September 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Hi Bob..

First of all kuddos to you for taking out your time and providing help to so many PR aspirants ..!!

I have just initiated the process for Australian PR and as 1st step ..while calculating points I have dilemma.. I am 39 years 1 month as on date ( completed 39 age in aug13).

With reference to the age related points there are 2 brackets
33-39 years – points 25
40-44 years – points 15

If you could clarify and suggest which points i am eligible for of the above 2 as per immigration and point calculation.

Would be great if you revert on the above query ….

Thanks in advance..

Best regards..
Nitin

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BobinOz September 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Even if you were 39 years and 11 months at the time of applying for your visa, that still falls into the 33 to 39 bracket, so it’s 25 points.

Cheers, Bob

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NitinK October 2, 2013 at 12:19 am

Heay Bob..

Thanks for the clarification and quick revert..!

When I am talking to the agent here last week , he mentioned that since i have crossed 39 , i am in 40-44 category and eligible for 15 only :( and that the immigration computer system also calculates same as 15 points.. hence was bit stressed out if I should be applying for PR process or not..

Nitin

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BobinOz October 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Your agent must surely know how this works, maybe he feels you don’t have enough time to put in your full application before you turn 40 and is therefore erring on the side of caution by only allowing you for 15 points in this process.

If he isn’t, and he really thinks you only currently qualify the 15 points, then maybe you should consider getting a different agent.

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Raghavendra September 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Hi Bob
Hope you are doing well!!! I am Diploma Mechanical Engineer (From Karnataka Technical Board) having 13 years experience in Facility Management Firm, presently working in Oman since last 2.5 years.am i Eligible?

Thanks & Regards
Raghav

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BobinOz September 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Have you calculated your points?

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Naveed Ul Haq September 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Hi Bob,

First of all lot of best wishes for you for taking out your time and providing help to people. Dear I applied for immigration in 2007 and my case was rejected in June, 2009. Is there any binding for me for applying for new immigration or else where.

Regards,

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BobinOz October 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I don’t know why your application was rejected, but it was a long time ago so I see no reason why you should not try applying again. Good luck, Bob

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Kamma October 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

Being a bit pessimistic, I got in. So, if all goes according to optimism, they’ll drag me in before shaking my hand. XD Just as an exercise, though.

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Patrick October 5, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hello dear Bob, I calculated my points and i got over 60 but my occupation its not on the Skilled Occupations List and i don’t know anyone in Australia in order to be my sponsor. My question is, How should I proceed?
Thank you

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BobinOz October 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm

If you give my MARA agent all of your details through my Visa Assessment Service he will be able to give you your options, if you have options.

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John October 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hi Bob,
Hope you are doing well.

I have calculated points as
1. VIC State sponsorship for software testing (Skilled Nominated Subclass 190) =5
2. Age = 25
3. IELTS (6+ score) = 0
4. Qualifications (Bachelors degree in mechanical engg. ) = 15
5. Australian work experience (3 yrs) = 10
6. Overseas experience points = ?
I am bachelor in mechanical engg. with 7 years overseas experience + 3 years experience in Australia in software testing.
I am applying PR for skill – software tester.
The immigration site mentions –
At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification.
I am confused about format qualification and whether I will get any points under Overseas experience as I am bachelor in mechanical engg?

It would be great if you revert on my query.

Regards,
John

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BobinOz October 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

This isn’t a question I can answer John, I am not qualified to do so. Maybe you should be going through this with a MARA registered migration agent.

Cheers, Bob

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Fazli Amin October 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Hi
I m a university professor, and a Pakistani national, there is no option of university level teacher in Skilled Occupations List (SOL), however if I cosider myself as High School teacher, then I qualify the points requirements for Immegration, currently I am a PhD student here in Germany. Please comments

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BobinOz October 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I’m not sure specifically, but you may have to have your skill assessed by the relevant authority here in Australia to see if you qualify for the points and then take it from there.

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evelyn October 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hi Bob,

My husband’s DOB is 16-09-1969. He just turned 44 on sept 16th, 2013. Can he still get 15 points for his age and are we still safe to apply if we lodge or application by Nov 13.

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BobinOz October 17, 2013 at 12:29 am

Your husband is aged 44, he gets 15 points. He needs to get his application in before he is aged 45. As he will not be aged 45 by November 2013, so the answer is yes.

Additionally your age on the date your application is submitted is the one that applies.

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evelyn October 21, 2013 at 3:54 am

Thank You so much for the quick reply. God bless u :)

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Riz October 21, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hi…Bob,
I am professional doctor (General Medical Practitioner) I calculated my points ,,with my spouse and i got 60 points without IELTS .My question is, Australian Medical council test require for skill migrant or after require this test?

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BobinOz October 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I don’t really understand your question that you may find the answer on my page called Doctors in Australia.

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SIVA VU October 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

hello hi my name is siva im in melbourne midc due to some reasons they brought me here

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BobinOz October 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

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Riz October 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Thanks Bob

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Jack Hills October 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

Hi bob,

I’m currently looking at different visas. I have had an email from a visa bureau company saying I qualify for Electrician General as I’m a Rail Signalling Technician however there fees + fees to get skills assessed + visa fees come in at per $10,900 which surely can’t be correct?
However my girlfriend is Australian and we have been in a committed relationship for 3 years, 1 of those years spent in Australia. Would I be better off going down the Defacto visa route and doing taffe when I get to Australia?
Do I require using an agent or can I submit all the forms myself?

I would really appreciate your help.

Many Thanks

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BobinOz October 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Hi Jack

If that quote is just for yourself, then yes it does sound a little high.

My best suggestion for you would be to invest in my Visa Assessment Service, my MARA agent will give you all of your options and the costs and then you can choose the cheapest way that’s available.

You do not have to use an agent though, you can do it all yourself if you want to.

Good luck, Bob

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Jack Hills October 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Bob,

Thank you very much for your rapid response. After looking at your visa assessment service I think I shall be proceeding with that.
I’m sure it shouldn’t be so hard for honest people to get a visa but that’s one of life’s many trials and tribulations.
May I just say how amazing of a job you are doing to aid people in this tricky situation. I’m sure it’s not an easy task.

Again thank you so much

Jack

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BobinOz October 24, 2013 at 12:00 am

Thanks Jack, I appreciate your kind words. I’ve noticed you have gone ahead with that visa assessment, I hope it goes well for you.

It really isn’t about honesty though, it’s all about points which are linked to your age, skills and qualifications and also to the job shortages here in Australia. Hopefully you will have what Australia is looking for.

Good luck, Bob

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haitham k. October 22, 2013 at 3:07 am

Hi Bob

firstly thanks for the great site, it is really helpful. I have 55 points without the ILTES, i have been trying to get 7 in the test for the last 2 years but it is not working, i have average 6.5 in all tests and 6 as the lowest in all 4 sections. i am planing to go for sponsorship but could not decide which one of the 2 types i should go for.My occupation is civil engineer with 13 years experience. i need a help to know which type should i go for. Thanks for your time

best regards

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BobinOz October 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Firstly, with your IELTS, maybe you should consider getting a copy of the book How to Pass IELTS, I’m sure it will help you improve your results.

Secondly, I’m not sure which “2 types” you are choosing between.

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Afroza Ahsan Shimu October 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I m a B.Sc in Textile engineer & my husband’s completed study in Masters from Management. my age 25 & I’ve 3 years jobs experience in my nominated subject.

My Brother in law lives in Australia with his wife & Children’s. So I want to apply for a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa,

I’ve calculated 50 points myself without adding any advance points & IELTS.
Is this calculation is right?

If add 5 points as per sponsored, then add (5+10) point – M I right? So total points 65, Could i apply for immigration visa in Australia?
Pls reply & advise me.

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BobinOz October 24, 2013 at 12:57 am

My points calculator page is just a guide for you to calculate the points for yourself, I don’t check it for you. The system is very simple though and if you do have enough points then you are in a position to apply for a visa.

Good luck, Bob

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jagpreet singh sandhu October 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

dear bob,
i have to do three years diploma in mech. engg. and also 2 years Experience as Relationship Manager in mahindra & mahindra Dealership.
how i can apply here. kindly revert.

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BobinOz October 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

How many points do you have? Have you checked using the above points calculator?

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evelyn October 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Hi Bob,
Thanks for our website its of great help. If I score 70 or 80 does it mean I get greater preference and have a cake walk into the country.
Does it mean i get priority…………….

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BobinOz October 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I believe it means you have priority over those with a lower score than you with the same skill set, but it won’t lead to that cakewalk into the country I’m afraid. For example, even if you did have 80 points, if the allocated number of vacancies for your skill has been filled, I think you would still be unlucky.

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Ravi October 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Hi Bob,

I have 11+ years of experiance as software tester (5y in india + rest in UK). I am british citizen.

I recently got an employer who is ready to sponser me.

I want to know what will be my pathway to australian citizensip?
My understanding is as follows
Work Visa – (need to work on this for 2years)
P R – (Get PR after 2years on work visa and work further 3 year)
Aus Citizenship – ( Get citizenship after 3years of PR)

Is my understanding correct?

2ndly, is there any time limit after PR for which I can / can’t stay outside Australia.

Thanks n Regards
Ravi

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BobinOz October 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Hi Ravi, yes, I think you are about right, although I believe it would be four years after getting PR until you are able to apply for Australian citizenship. That’s how long we had to wait, but we came here direct on PR, didn’t go through the TR route first.

So maybe three years is correct if you have done two years of job sponsorships first.

Once you have PR, yes, there are rules about how much time you need to spend in Australia (during those four years) to apply for citizenship, I’m not exactly sure what the rule is though.

So I more or less agree with you, but I’m not a MARA agent and I don’t know all of the rules, so please bear that in mind.

Cheers, Bob

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Gareth Dsouza October 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

Is a Masters degree in the U.K equivalent to the Doctorate degree or do I still come under the Bachelors Degree as per the Aus visa requirements?

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BobinOz October 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Sorry, I don’t know. Maybe if you check on the government website you might get more information.

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sahil sharma October 29, 2013 at 1:17 am

Sir,
Myself sahil sharma from india and i have 2 years experience in process and design development engineer in bevel gears department . And i hope to get some oppertunity in australia for my career. Will i able to get permanent residence from australia. Please guide me sir.
Thanks and Regards
Sahil Sharma

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BobinOz October 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

My MARA agent would need way more information than you have given in order to guide you, if you seriously want to know what your options are you should consider going through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Arun October 30, 2013 at 12:58 am

Hello Bob,

I am Graduated in Bsc IT (2010) and having 3 year of work experience in relevant field. I am planning to purse my Master in networking from Australia in 2014 session.

Just wondering that Am I eligible or does Australian Institute or Visa officer allow me to apply for bachelor in hotel management since I have already completed my graduation in IT area.

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BobinOz October 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

It’s impossible for me to say Arun, it’s way more complicated than that. That’s why I offer my Visa Assessment Service through a MARA registered migration agent.

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Arun October 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

No problem Bob. Thanks for your reply though.

Do you have any idea that, how Australian government change there SOL list Occupation by the way? and I know “they take required Occupation from market” what AUS economy seeking for but what is the possibility of that the current Occupations will retain in SOL in next couple of years.

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BobinOz October 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

There is absolutely no way of predicting what will and will not be on the SOL, the government simply make these changes as and when they see fit.

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arun October 31, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Thanks bob. Thanks for your help, I appreciate that.

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Sameer Quadri November 5, 2013 at 4:43 am

Hi Bob,

Me and my wife planning for immigration to australia
And she is a teacher and we are in SOL list
I only want to knw how much we need to score
In IELTS.my wife will be the Main Applicant.

Awaiting for your Rwply!!!!
Sameer.

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BobinOz November 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

That really depends on how many points you need, although there is a minimum score just to get zero points. Sorry I can’t be more helpful, it’s just not a straightforward answer, it depends on your situation, but it is explained in the article.

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Robin November 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hi Bob,

Let me just tell you that you´re great! Thanks alot for the information you proved.
I would like to know something, I´m 34, have more then 5 years work experience, I will be studying in sydney aiming to finnish university studies to attain a bachelor, and probably be in the work force part time while studying, do you know how many points I will be qualified for?

Thanks alot!

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BobinOz November 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I may be great Robin, but I certainly couldn’t work out your points from what you’ve given me :-)

Even if you gave me more information, I really couldn’t tell you, some things like work experience and qualifications need to be looked at very closely to see what points they might qualify for, so I’m afraid all you can do is go through the above points list and try and work it out for yourself.

Good luck though, hope you enjoy Sydney.

Cheers, Bob

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amrit November 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

hey .. m from india .. nd i done graduation bachelor of arts and now m planing 2 do post graduation from australian uni .. in relative field .. and my gf done bsc nursing .. and nw taking work experience in india module and scored 7 bands in each .. plz could u tell me whether my post graduation frm australia and my gf digree help us 2 increase our points for astralian pr .. plz suggest smthing imprtant which wil help in future ,,

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BobinOz November 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Well, I’m sure what you have done so far would help you increase your points, but I couldn’t tell you exactly how and by what. If you want professional help ward your goal of Australian PR, please consider my Visa Assessment Service.

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cris November 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

Hi there,
I am an overseas student here in Australia and i will be finishing my advanced diploma study next week and my visa will expire on the 1st of January 2014, I have an issue with my IELTS because I got 5.5 on reading. and the rest is above 6.5. I only have one shot for IELTS this november. just wondering if what gonna happen if i still got the 5.5 score? is the immigration will give me time to do it again until i reach the minimun requirements despite of my visa will expire on 1st of January or I have to apply for another visa? thank you!

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BobinOz November 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I don’t know what happens if you only score 5.5 again, but I do recommend you take a look at my page How to Pass IELTS.

Good luck, Bob

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Asad Tariq Rao November 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

Dear Bob,
I am from Pakistan.i have done electrical engineering.IELTS band is 7.5.i have a offer from BOND University (gold coast) in Project mangement professional course.Course duration is 23 months and credit points are 165.kindly tell me the minimum credit points or credit hours required to apply for PR?and if i go for part time study will that part time course also contribute towards my PR points or only full time courses are considered?
Thanks in advance.

Regards,
Asad Rao

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BobinOz November 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Sorry Asad, these are not questions I can answer, I’m not qualified.

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Luke November 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hi Bob,
thanks for posting all the information. Just a bit confused about the assessment of qualifications. If I hold a German Master Degree in Engineering would that be equivalent to

■Bachelor degree = 15 points
or
■A successful authorised skills assessment in a recognised qualification = 10 points

Are the 15 points for the bachelor degree reffering to qualifications obtained in Australia only?
Cheers

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BobinOz November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Hi Luke

It confuses me too, so I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to your question. I think it is a case that qualifications are either recognised by the relevant Australian body or they are not. That’s what I think you need to look into, but it’s not something I can help you with personally.

Assessing somebody’s skills and qualifications is a skill in itself and forms part of my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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amarjit November 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Lab technition in auto parts manufaturing company

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ian November 12, 2013 at 5:09 am

i just been to Australia and loved it would love to live there however have concerns due to age. I am 50 and have a city and guilds advanced in painting and decorating although for the last 30 years have worked for a large soft drinks factory as a production manager i have a lonh list of qualifications in food safety and health and safety along with people management. My wife is a registered general nurse only qualified 18 months ago and is 47. We have good pensions for when we retire and capital to buy a proprty. We realise our points scoring will be low and was wondring what our chances are of emigrating from UK

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BobinOz November 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Hi Ian

Sounds like you already know that it won’t be easy for you and your wife to qualify for Australia, I couldn’t tell you exactly what your chances might be though. It’s worth noting that if, for example, your wife qualifies then you qualify automatically as her spouse and it is just possible that her nursing qualifications might get you in.

Still won’t be easy though, instinct tells me that a 35-year-old nurse with 10 years experience might possibly stand a better chance than a 49-year-old nurse with four years experience (projecting forward a couple of years).

Time, as you know, is against you so I would suggest that you should be seeking the advice of a MARA registered migration agent right now to see how you can best try to take this forward. If you want to engage my agent, you can read about him on my Visa Assessment Service page.

Good luck, Bob

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Georgina November 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Hi Bob,
Thanks for your response on the other thread. I think we will take you up on having the agent do a report for us, but after Christmas.
Just a quick question about the calculator though – would my partner and I both have to score 60? Can we share points?? … also, If I have a masters degree and a degree can I use two lots of points, or is it just the highest qualification that counts?
Thanks,
Georgina

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BobinOz November 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hi Georgina

Calculating your own points isn’t always straightforward and is a skill in itself. All I can tell you is that if you are deemed to be in a de facto relationship, proving you have lived together for more than 12 months is usually good enough for that, then only one of you needs to get the points and the other will automatically qualify as the spouse.

You can’t share points and I don’t believe you can get two lots of points for your degrees.

Hope that helps, Bob

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Georgina November 14, 2013 at 2:23 am

Thank you for your response Bob.
I have read through a few feebacks about the Migrant Agent you rec. Miki. I am interested in using him, however would like to maybe see an example of the kind of report I am likely to receive from him – maybe he could forward me one he has done previously for someone else.
I can’t find an email address for him and wondered if you would be so kind as to pass me his details please?
Kind regards,
Georgina

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BobinOz November 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hi Georgina

No, that would definitely not be possible, supplying you with somebody else’s full information would certainly breach both the confidentiality agreement between migration agent and client and also break the code of conduct which he has to follow.

I do not print Miki’ email online, if you have any specific questions you can ask them here or send them to me direct through my contact me page.

I have known Miki now for around two years and the reason he is still here as my migration agent is because he is very good at what it does and offers tremendous value.

Hope that helps, Bob

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Georgina November 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

No Probs. Thanks for your email Bob. I found his email on a discussion forum and have mailed him. He appears to be very helpful so far, just reading through the information he sent. Thanks

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Ryan Montgomery November 13, 2013 at 2:02 am

Hi Bob,

Me and my family are thinking about relocating to Sydney or Melbourne, the only thing is we don’t know where to start! we own our house in the UK so we would have to sell before moving plus my partner gets a military pension due to injury from Afghanistan however he has fully recovered and is able to work full time.
I myself was a fully qualified hairdresser and assessor but has had a career brake to raise my daughter who is 4 now.
I guess our questions for you are were do start?
Do you think we would qualify for visas?(Permanent Residence)
what things would we have to do or look out for regarding property?
Any advice you could give us or information would be well appreciated as we would like to get the ball rolling while our daughter is still young.

Thanks Bob,

Laura and Ryan.

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BobinOz November 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi Ryan

To move to Australia you will need a visa and they are not particularly easy to get. I suggest you start by having a very good read of my page All About Visas to see if you think, given your own circumstances, that you have a chance of qualifying.

This, I think, should come way before deciding where to live in Australia and what to look out for when buying a property, those are the sorts of questions that need to be answered after qualifying for an Australian visa.

Good luck, Bob

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KAPS November 14, 2013 at 12:17 am

I am completing my age 32 in December and in January I will be applying Expression of Interest (EOI), how many points I will get for this 30 or 25 points?

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BobinOz November 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

As you will be 32, you will be in age bracket 25 to 32 and therefore get 30 points.

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Ruvin November 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

My age is 32 years and 02 months. Do I belong to Age 33 – 39 or Age 25 – 32 age category?

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BobinOz November 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

That would be age group 25 to 32.

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Harsh November 15, 2013 at 4:54 am

Hello Bob,

i wanted to know about the age points…If i am 32 years and 6 months do i qualify for the 32 year slab or 33 year slab…I mean would i get 30 points for the age or 25?

Thank you
Harsh

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BobinOz November 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

30 points for 25-32.

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Harsh November 15, 2013 at 5:09 am

Aso one more question…that just struck me is do we get points for our experience\relevant experience i mean i have 10 years of experience out of which 7.5 can be counted as relevant one…..do we get some points for it?

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BobinOz November 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Points for work experience is a little more tricky because somebody has to decide what is “relevant”. On the face of it though, if you do have 7.5 years of relevant experience (overseas) in your nominated skilled, then yes, you should get 10 points.

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jaam101 November 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I have MS in Electrical Engineering from unimelb but its 1.5 years degree so I cant claim 5 points of Australian education. I have got my Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering assessed from Engineers Australia I-e 15 points, Age-30 IELTS-10 NAATI -5 in total I have 60 as an electronic engineer is it okay if I submit my EOI or I must improve my score, plz reply.
Besides, I have two degrees recognised from Engineers Australia BS in Electronic Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering from Unimelb; so which degree I should give PR?

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Abdul Ahad November 19, 2013 at 2:32 am

HI!!

I have done Bachelor of commerce (14 years of education).With 3+ years of experience in Telecom and computer system networking. Language Skills are proficient. My work experience fall in 263111 SOL. Do i qualify to work in Australia?, Secondary is there any CAP limit for applications? and usually how long it takes an application to process and get PR.

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Sreekanth November 19, 2013 at 5:59 am

Hi ,
I am sreekanth,
from : India,
Age 25,
Education qualification :Bachelor degree,
Work experience : 3 years in IT field (Software tester)
Points i got : 30 for age+ 15 for edu+ 5 for work exp = Total =50 points ,
is there any way to get more 10 points , and which type of visa eligible for ?
I want to apply for PR visa to AUS

Thanks ,
Sreekanth

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Georgina November 19, 2013 at 7:01 am

Hi again Bob,
Another question – If I have 2 years experience as a massage therapist, would there be issues with me being self employed? Would I just have a prove my earnings via my tax returns? Or would I get references off clients? I have never been employed as a massage therapist, only self employed.
Thanks, Georgina

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BobinOz November 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

You are all asking questions that I am not qualified to answer, only a MARA registered migration agent is able to answer these kinds of questions and even then he would probably need information about yourselves.

That’s why I recommend my Visa Assessment Service.

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Nilesh November 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Hi Bob,

I am a civil engineer but since last 8.5 yrs working in IT as software developer.
Can you please tell me will I get 20 points for work experience?
Thanks
Nilesh

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sahil sharma November 22, 2013 at 3:28 am

Hi Bob.
Myself sahil sharma. I am 25 year old and having 2 year work experience in gears industries(mechanical field).
My qualification is Btech in Mechanical Engineering.
And my wife is from commerce stream. She has 3 year experience in audit under the Charter Accountant. Qualification of her is Bachelors in commerce, Masters in commerce. according to this will we both are able to work in australia. if yes please reply me.

Thanks and Regards
Sahil Sharma

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Tanveer Hussain November 24, 2013 at 2:37 am

Can get immigration visa For Australia without IELTS?

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BobinOz November 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I’m sure there are certain visa types that do not require IELTS, but I don’t know which. You would need to talk that through with a MARA registered migration agent.

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juliyet November 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

hi bob,
i am a civil engineer by profession..i hv 3 yrs + work experience in this field,i wud like take up civil engg related carrier in aus .
wat needs to be done?

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BobinOz November 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

You need to get a visa, see All About Visas.

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Nilesh November 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Hi Bob,
I am a civil engineer but since last 8.5 yrs working in IT as software developer.
Can you please tell me will I get 20 points for work experience?
Thanks
Nilesh

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BobinOz November 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

It’s impossible to say with such little information and knowledge about you, if you want an accurate answer from a professional, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

The above points calculator is just a guide, to find out how many points you would really get it’s best to talk to a professional, and I have a MARA registered migration agent who can work through it with you. Good luck, Bob

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VIKRANT November 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Hi Bob,

Can u please tell me whether the requirement for occupation of Marketing Specialist (225113) is open for Australia or it is closed ?? also minimum IELTS band required for the above occupation.

Thanks,

Vikrant

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BobinOz November 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Can’t help with that one, it’s a very specific question of which I have no idea.

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VIKRANT November 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

If any person gets positive skill assessment for Marketing specialist, then whats the use of it ?????
Whether he consider himself lucky or it is just a normal thing.

I hope you can support for this.

Thanks

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BobinOz November 27, 2013 at 12:32 am

I don’t really understand what you are asking here Vikrant, so no, I can’t help.

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Sanjib November 27, 2013 at 6:29 am

Hi sir,
I have a 3year diploma in hotel management in the year of 2002-2005. During 2002 there was no degree course for hotel management in india. How much points I will get for education qualifications ? 0 or 10 or 15 .. .Please help me out

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BobinOz November 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

That is not a straightforward question to answer Sanjib, please see the update to my post above, which I added just a few moments ago, for the reason why.

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Sanjib November 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Dear sir,
I have done evaluation through a consultancy from india.
My scores report comes…
Age-30
Qualifications-
Overseas-10
Sponsorship bonus-05
Ielts -(result yet to com).. my question is what could be the reason when I have 08 years experience including 6 years overseas. And I got 10 out of 15.
No points I got for qualifications ? I have a 3years diploma in hotel management which is from one of the reputated private collage. What can be the reasons. .?

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BobinOz November 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I think that’s a question you should be asking your consultancy from India.

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Sohel Mehmud November 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Hi Bob,
many thanks for this highly interactive sessions and good to hear from an expert. I was wondering about my possible score in regards to my experience, if you could advice.

Last, 2.5 Years working as General Manager Operations & Internal Control.
Immediate Past, 1.8 Years worked as General Manager Internal Operations Audit.
Before 15 Years in Army as Major(When Retired)

As per Aus Imm Skilled prog at Unit Group 1112. Perhaps in last 4.3 yrs in 111211 group & before 15 yrs 111211(Though it is Defense Forces Senior Officers which starts from Lt Col. But, I retired just below that rank as Major)

Just for info, I am from Bangladesh with Age 41 with MBA & PGDHR and confident to score 7 in IELTS. Shall look for an state sponsorship in low population growth area e.g in SA. With full job experience I may score 65 points.

Would you pl advice, how much points I shall be able to secure in Job Experience as well as overall chances for getting myself through(Roughly)

I shall be grateful to get your answer.

Sohel Mehmud

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BobinOz December 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

As I have said in the above article, I don’t calculate the points for you. Please read the article in full.

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Gaurav November 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm

HI BOb,
I am MBA with 8 years of experience in entirely Banking & Services. My brother is having Citizenship for South Australia. I am having overall 6.5 bands, but only one module there is 5.5 and my total marks are exceeding 60. Please suggest.

Gaurav

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BobinOz December 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

If you need to improve your IELTS score, see How to Pass IELTS.

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Sanjib December 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

Hi sir,
For immigration process I was not able to achieve required 60points. Because I have a 3years diploma in hotel management .which is not under Australian university. So I wont get points in qualification. My points 45 without ielts. If I ll get 7 in each bend I ll achieve 55. Still 5 points less. Please give me some advice to achieve some more points.

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BobinOz December 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm

No, I can’t, but if you go through my Visa Assessment Service my MARA agent may be able to advise you.

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akash saini December 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Hi
I have relevent exeperiance 8 years, but 3 year polytechnic diploma in computer science and engineering. I can see in “Australian Diploma or trade qualification” has 15 points , but my 3 year polytechnic diploma in computer science and engineering is from India. Is there any way that I can be eligible for immigration

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Farook December 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Hello Bob,

Thanks for the wonderful forum which. In my opinion it is a great source of reliable information.

I have a query and have been trying to get to the truth but with little luck so far. I have a score of 7.5 cumulative in my IELTS test. The individual scores are: 8.5, 6.5, 6.5 and 8 for each of the 4 modules. My consultant says that I cannot factor in any points for my EOI application as the Australian authorities consider the least of the 4 scores for assigning points. In my case, since I have faired 6.5, which happens to be the least score from the 4 modules, this will be rounded off to 6 and a score of 6 would give 0 points. Is this true? Whatever little info I have obtained, it seems that the overall band score is considered and not the least of the 4 scores. Kindly provide your inputs.

Many thanks,
Farook.

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BobinOz December 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Well, it says it very clearly in my article above Farook, “To be proficient, you need to score 7 and to be competent you need to score 6 as a minimum for each of the four.”

So your consultant is correct.

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selwyn December 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Hey Bob,

I have an overall score of 7.5 in IELTS, however only got 6.5 in Writing.
Without IELTS points my tally is 60.
Is it an added advantage to have more than 60 points. Do i need to give my IELTS again?
MY occupation is on SOL.
Appreciate your time and advise.

Regards,
Selwyn.

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BobinOz December 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Hi Selwyn

It may be the case, depending on your occupation and the visa you are going for, that you NEED to get IELTS even if it only scores you 0 points, so I would check into that thoroughly if I were you. If in doubt, you may need to discuss this with a MARA registered migration agent.

Good luck, Bob

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selwyn December 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Mate..
I qualify for the visa, both in terms of the minimum Points required as well as the IELTS score.
I am a Telecom Engineer with over 8 years of relevant experience.

Just wanted to understand whether candidates with 70 points are prioritized over candidates with 60. :)

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BobinOz December 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Yes, I believe they do, this kind of thing is discussed on my page about EOI.

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adya December 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

hi bod,
i am adya i completed my MBA in 2012 mar ,since from Aug 2013 present know i am doing job ,i want pr option,so u suggest me ,whether with my masters i need to apply or else after my marriage with husband i need to apply

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BobinOz December 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I can’t suggest you, I am not a MARA agent, but I do have one that I can recommend you. See my Visa Assessment Service.

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Mutab December 7, 2013 at 12:11 am

Hello Bob
We are a couple studying masters in WA. We are think that it’s better to apply by my wife name and her BA in cominity health and her master in public health from WA Australia with 2 years duration, 30 years old, 7 IELTS, one years of experience (during her master study). Also for me I graduated BA from USA and I’m doing my master as will in Australia.Can you please advise us which if we can meet the points or not! And we are going to cuntnue our PHD in Australia during the application from PR, do you see that if we are doing our PHD that worth any point?
Thank you so much

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BobinOz December 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

That’s not something I am qualified to advise you with, if you need professional assistance please see my Visa Assessment Service.

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sapna dhawan December 11, 2013 at 1:34 am

hi sir

kindly guide me for australia student visa or pr
i have done graduation and professional degree of teaching and have 5 years of teaching experience without any gaps
my date of birth is 18/2/1985
my husband is govt. employ

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BobinOz December 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I have experts who can help you, see my Student Visas page or if you want to go directly for PR, see my Visa Assessment Service.

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Shaunbuk December 12, 2013 at 3:22 am

I have been informed that from my trade qualification date I need a minimum 3 years on the job experience in that role to apply for a visa

Could you tell me if this is continuous employment or can it be broken

I cannot seem to find this on the Australian government immigration website

Thanks

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BobinOz December 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Yes, there is some kind of rule but I’m not sure what it is, obviously a MARA migration agent would know. I don’t think the broken employment is a problem, but it is years worth of experience during a given recent period of time that counts.

If anyone else can be more specific about this, please do let us know.

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Rahul Bansal December 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Dear Sir

I have completed my B.Com in the year 2009 and CA(Chartered Accountant) from India in the year 2012 and currently working in CA partnership firm in India. Now i want to move to Australia. Can u tell me how i move to Australia. If there is any possibility to apply directly for PR.

Thank You

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VIKRANT December 15, 2013 at 1:09 am

How much points one will get for work experience of 4 years and 9 months ??? 5 points or 10 points??

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Chaitali December 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Hello Bob,
I am Chaitali, a student of the university of the Sunshine Coast, QLD. I am studying Master of Professional Accounting. I have been completed my 1st semester. I live in Sunshine Coast now. I want to move Brisbane but I don’t want to change my university. My question is that can I have 5 points for studying in this university without living in Sunshine Coast? Can you please guide me about this?
Thanks,
Chaitali

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BobinOz December 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I don’t know Chaitali, but you would certainly have a pretty long ride into university each day :-)

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RAHUL AHUJA December 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

AMIT
HI SIR
I GOT MY ASSESMENT POSITIVE FROM VETASSESS A FEW MONTHS BACK. MY WORK EXPERIENCE IS 5 YEARS AS A LABORTARY MANAGER AND I GOT 6.5 EACH IN IELTS.. BUT NOW MY CONSULTANT SAYS ME DEMAND OF UR PROFFESSION IS LOW AND NOW U NEED TO SCORE 7 EACH IN IELTS.
PLZ TELL ME IS THIS POSSIBLE………WHEN THE DEMAND OF MY PROFFESSION WILL UP .

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BobinOz December 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I have no idea when or even if the demand for your profession will go up, your best chance would be to get a better score in IELTS, maybe you should visit my page How to Pass IELTS for help with that.

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Chath Aloka December 17, 2013 at 12:30 am

Hi Bala,

I have done my bachelors degree in electronic and telecommunication engineering, but I worked as a software engineer for more than 1 year. So, can i apply for PR as a software engineer? ( I have 8 in ielts and aged 26 > hence, i get 60 points in total)

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Bala December 17, 2013 at 1:03 am

Not sure Chath Aloka. There have been some changes since last June regarding the points. For cases where the education is not the same as you field of experience, they consider the first few years(not sure how many) of your experience as job-related education. The key is how ACS (the skill assessment body for ICT professionals) would look at it. The best person to advise would be your agent.

Cheers
Bala

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nikhil December 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hi
My Q is specific
My age = 28
Qualification : Engineering
IELTS Score = 6.5
Profession : ERP Consultant
Total Exp : 5.5 years (2.5 Manufacturing and 3 Years in IT/Consulting)
Profession lists in SOL
Please suggest am i eligible for Australian migration
regards
Nikhil chawla

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BobinOz December 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm

You didn’t read the full post above, did you?

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nikhil December 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Hi,

I had a word with MARA agent he is specifying that i have a job work experience in domain which is 2.5 years and 3 years in IT consulting , separately it is not accumulating the work experience points, suggest me what is possible for me.
and eligibility factors included relevant to this situation.
ERP consulting has a mandate part of having a domain experience in the same area of work.
regards

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BobinOz December 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

That’s something you really should be asking your MARA agent, he has all of your details.

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sanjib patra December 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

HI,

i found i have 10 points shotage for immigration. is there RPL course will help me to achieve 10 points. i am a chef . I thought of doing diploma in hospitality through RPL.
what do u suggest, these kind of course will help me out to achieve some points .

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BobinOz December 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

If you go through my Visa Assessment Service my MARA agent would be able to look at your whole situation and then suggest possible ways of getting those extra 10 points.

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Rana December 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Hi Bob,

Firstly, would like to thank you for this forum as it is very helpful for people aspiring for an Aus PR.

I am 31 years old and have 30 points for my Age.
I am confident that I can get 7 in IELTS so I have another 10 points.
I am a graduate which get me 15 points.

I have some doubts regarding my work experience and would like to know how will it be assessed and how many points can I get for it.

I am a Certified Salesforce Developer.

I have 5.5 years of overall work experience but not on the same platform although it is in a technical domain.

I worked for 2 years as a Technical Support Representative providing technical assistance with their Desktop Computers

Another 2 years, I worked as a Technical Support Representative providing technical assistance to clients with a web based online survey designing tool

From the past 18 months, I am working as a Salesforce Administrator with Salesforce.com.

Now here is the catch. Although my role is that of a Salesforce CRM Administrator, my designation on my offer letter is “Technical Support Engineer”

So I am very confused as I am unable to decide which occupation should I choose out of the following:

1. ICT Support Engineer
2. System Administrator

Also, as my current profile is that of a Salesforce Admin, I would like to know how ACS is going to assess this and out of 5.5 years of experience, how many years are they going to consider.

I also have a question about Partner points. My Wife is a Graduate in BA History in English Medium and can speak good English. But she has never worked and has 0 years of work experience. So I was wondering if I can get any points for she being a graduate.

Any help with this will be appreciated.

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BobinOz December 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

As I have said in the above article, I cannot advise you on these kind of matters. If you want to speak to a professional MARA agent, see my Visa Assessment Service.

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Mohammad lawand December 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I got 8.5 on reading,listening and writing parts of ielts .
But i got 6.5 on the speaking part.
Are the scores enough if im applying for immigration visa to Australia?
Thank you

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BobinOz December 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I don’t know how many points you need for Australian immigration, but at the moment you have 0 points for IELTS. If you can get your speech up to a seven, you get 10 points and if you can get it up to an eight, you’d have 20 points.

To qualify for these points you need the minimum score across all four tests, so I think you really need to improve your speech in order to maximise your points.

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Shijan Sebastian Payyappilly December 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I am a holder of Bachelor of commerce (Bcom) from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, having working Experience in the same field for more than 12 years. I would like to migrate to Australia through skilled independent visa (189). I am 38 years old. I am doing IELTS now, where I hope I could achieve 7 points in all modules. Will I sucess in the assessment, with these furnished details.

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BobinOz December 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I couldn’t tell you, my MARA agent could though, but he needs ALL of your information, not just a few lines. That’s why we operate the Visa Assessment Service.

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Keerthan December 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

1)I have B.Sc in Electronics(10+2+3) degree from Bangalore University. Please let me know if 10+2+3 degree will be considered for 15 points.

2) I’m having workpermit visa UC457 and worked in australia b/n period Oct 9, 2010 – Nov 2, 2013. However during this period I have travelled India twice on vacation for 3 weeks each and I was on vacation for 4 months once. Will this be considered as 3 years of australian work exp? or Should I have to be in australia for 3 complete years

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Ahmer Ashfaque December 25, 2013 at 12:25 am

Iam 41 years old male and holding a degree of Bachelor’s of Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) from Pakistan.Instead of continuing my clinical side after one year of house job,i had chosen Pharmaceutical carrier and worked for different multinational companies like Novartis and Rocha.
Presently, iam working with BBraun Paksitan Pvt Ltd,it is a part of BBraun Germany as a Business Manger and looking after sales of Pharmaceutical products since last 12 years.
I have valid IELTS with band 7.
I just wanted to know about my accessing body in case i will apply for Australian Immigration under state nomination.

yours faithfully

Ahmer

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Mohsen December 25, 2013 at 1:06 am

Hi
First of all thank you for helping people. I have finished diploma in telecom and I got 4 years experiences that in 2007 back home . In 2012 I completed bachelor and I will finish master next semester in australia . My age now 29 years .

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Dinesh December 26, 2013 at 3:07 am

I am planning to apply skilled migration under the category of medical sales representative code 225412.
I am 32 yrs 4 month
Experience in same occupation 8 years 6 month
Did skill assessment through VETASSESS & received report positive
Qualification BSc & MSc
IELTS 6 band
So I would like know what will be procedure to apply

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BobinOz December 28, 2013 at 12:51 am

To all of you asking questions about how many points you might get or how to proceed, as I have stated in the above article, I can’t help.

If you need professional assistance, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers, Bob

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Taimur December 30, 2013 at 2:42 am

hi bob,
job experience is must required or not ? i am fresh actually i have no job experience …… i have completed my engineering in this month.

thanks.

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BobinOz January 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Would you have enough points without experience? Would anyone sponsor you without experience? I’m not sure if experience is definitely needed, but it helps.

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vandana December 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Hi!

Can a married women apply for pr visa with kids only. Actually my husband is in defence services and is not interested to leave his country till he serves the minimum tenure of next 8 yrs in military after which he can join us in australia.

Vanda

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BobinOz January 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

Yes, I believe that’s possible.

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raghuraj January 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

hello sir, im raghuraj completed B.E., mechanical passed out in 2013. i would like to immigrate now itself to australia. currently im employer. but im confident in getting points, that is age(25), degree(15), ielts(may be 0 or 10), sponsorship (10). if i get 10 points in ielts its k. but 0 means. 50 points is my result. so is there any ather source to get that 10 points other than ielts

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Narasimha rao January 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Hi please help to clarify whether I can get valid points to apply Australia PR.1)age-43(2)M.Tech(power electronics and drives) BE( electrical)(3)working in IT since 8.8 years as a SAP business consultant). My question is – I saw many reviews – recently ACS is not considering complete experience for people who’s education back ground is not realavent to the current job. Please tell me how many points I will get for my experience . Advanced thanks for your valuable time-rao

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Jay January 3, 2014 at 3:25 am

Hi Bob,

Thanks. This was one of the simplest and straight forward article I’ve found on this topic.

I have a small query. I have 2 years of full time work experience in my designated field. But I need 3 years in order to get work experience points. Since I am 5 points short can I get NAATI accreditation to achieve these 5 points or 3 years is must?

What I am trying to find out is that are all of the requirements compulsory? or I can make up points by scoring more in one and none or less in others?

Thanks for your help.

Kind Regards,
Jay

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Vitaly January 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

Hi BobinOz,

First of all, wish you a prosperous new year!

I hope you are well?

So, i would sort out one point about the immigration process.

According to the calculation i have done, i am barely passing off the required base point with 70.

But my wife has enough qualification, and smoothly meets the criterias.

What would be your opinion, should my spouse apply for the immigration?

Thank you

Take care!

Vitaly
radyanskoi@mail.ru

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Sach January 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Hi, I was wondering if you can still apply for the skilled migration visa if you do not have at least 3 years work experience overseas (no years work experience in Australia), say if you just had 2 years in England as a recently graduated veterinarian would that mean I have to wait another year before applying for the visa- or would it mean I just score 0 on that section? Besides this section I would satisfy all other criteria (score 75). I was also wondering would it be possible to start the visa application now, knowing how long it takes, with the idea that if the visa were to be successful in say 1 years time, I would then at that point have 3 years experience overseas? Can visas be done in this prospective sort of manner?

Thanks for any help,
Sach

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Pavan January 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Hi,
My name is Pavan , below are my details.
Age : 27 years.
Qualification : B.Sc.(Computers), passed out in 2006.Studied in India.
Work experience : started my IT career in October 2007 with one of the MNC company, still in same IT field.
I have applied for Australia Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) and I have submitted for skills assessment on august 31st,2013. Nominated Occupation is ICT Support Engineer , ANZSCO Code is 263212.
I received ACS result. But my work experience is considered after October 2011 as per ACS result.
Could you please explain me the reason why my work experience is considered from October 2011 instead of October 2007. Is there any relation between Qualification and work experience.

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Ajith January 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Hi,

My wife scores exact 60 as per our calculation(hoping for 7 in IELTS). If all other conditions are met, would we get the VISA, or is it like people with higher scores have a better chance than us(65,70 etc…)
What are some professional certifications we could do to improve the score

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BobinOz January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

No point score, no matter how high, would guarantee that you get the visa. It is true to say that higher scores do have a better chance though.

I don’t know what you can do to improve your score, my migration agent would be able to tell you though, but you’d have to go through my Visa Assessment Service so that he would have your full details.

Good luck, Bob

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Gurleen kaur January 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

hi
my husband Mr.Harpreet Singh is automatic root pass welder having experiance of 10 years in different countries like russia mexico columbia etc. We need pr of Australia.I have done BA and now teaching in private school.

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Jatinder Kumar January 7, 2014 at 12:49 am

gurleen, have you or your husband done ielts?

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Jatinder Kumar January 7, 2014 at 12:46 am

Hi Bob,
Good work i must say. I’m 26 years old and have 05 years experience in human resources but after my 05 years of job period i have done my degree ( BBA ) Bachelor of Business Administration through distance education. I want to know if distance educational degrees are valid in Australia or in Australian embassy. i get it from a shobhit institute which is deemed to be university which is recognized by Indian university grant commission. am i will be able to get points for my degree too?

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Samit February 4, 2014 at 2:42 am

Hi Jatinder,

Am no agent or anyone related……I also have the same question and I thing I have found out the right answer for the same. I would appreciate if u could email me

email: removed

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BobinOz February 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

If you think you know the answer Samit, wouldn’t it be much better if you shared it with us here online instead of going private? After all, these threads are all about helping each other.

Cheers, Bob

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Jatinder February 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Bob, I’m still looking for an answer of my question.

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BobinOz February 16, 2014 at 12:57 am

I don’t know anything about shobhit institute, but I do know that some qualifications gained abroad are recognised here and some aren’t. You would need to find out whether the qualifications you have are valid here or not.

I can’t do that for you, if you want to look into it further I suggest you track down whoever the assessing authority is in Australia for the skill that you have and ask them.

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HariKiran January 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Hi Bob,

I am From India , i want to apply PR for Australia .

Age–30
My Bachelor’s Mechanical Engineer–15
sponsorship as my sister and brother in-law are Australian citizens –10
Work Experience– 5 (3 years Exp)
IELTS band –6

But Still i am Qualifying as i am getting 60 points. but is my Experience Considered? as i did Mechanical Engineer but i got Job in Software as Business Planning Analyst.

Please Advice me, Thanks for your Valuable time.

Thanks & Regards,
Hari

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Jackie January 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Hi Bob

We have visited your website for a while, again and again, very interesting and great hints. Thanks.

We did everything you could possibly do: Visa Assessment, Migration Agent advices, professional CV, networking in Australia with the companies we could think working for, writing lots of job applications. Now my husband found a potential job sponsor (after the first one lost his businesses after the terrible flooding in Brisbane three years ago). The company really wants to employ my husband so that we could finally move to Australia with our two daughters and join my sister who is living in Brisbane. But this company is importing industrial goods mainly from Europe and faces some financial impacts from the weak AUD compared to the Euro. There was an idea to go for franchising (my husband would be the franchisetaker, basically opening his own office under the name of this company). Do you know if there is any possibility to do franchising with a 457 or any other linked visa? We unfortunately did not find anything clear on this in the internet.

Many, many thanks for your answer and possible advice on this.

Cheers,
Jackie

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BobinOz January 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

That’s something you really need to discuss with a MARA registered migration agent, I’m not qualified to make suggestions. Maybe find one that specialises in business visas.

Good luck, Bob

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Jackie January 9, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Thanks a lot Bob! We’ll do so!

Cheers,
Jackie

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HariKiran January 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

Hi Bob,

I am From India , i want to apply PR for Australia .

Age–30
My Bachelor’s Mechanical Engineer–15
sponsorship as my sister and brother in-law are Australian citizens –10
Work Experience– 5 (3 years Exp)
IELTS band –6

From Above is my Experience Considered? as i did Mechanical Engineer but i got Job in Software as Business Planning Analyst.

Please Advice me, Thanks for your Valuable time.

Thanks & Regards,
Hari

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ife January 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

i have HND in electrical engineering and later bagged PGD in same from a university, can i apply as a professional engineer or what is the equivalent of PGD [post graduate diploma] in Australia? help!!!

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DewGirl January 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Hello,

We are from Bangladesh. We both have Bachelor in computer Science degree. My Husband is a Software Engineer with 5 yrs experience. But his IELTS band 6.00

We gain 60 point without IELTS 7, If our Bachelor degree counts- we are 65 but our country is not listed on recognized list!!

what means -If your partner meets the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa = 5 points??!! I have a bachelor degree but may be not recognized and have 2+ yrs wok experience but not in relevant field…

How we can make our Bachelor Degree to be recognized?????? What is our possibility?????

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BobinOz January 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

You really need to be consulting with a MARA registered migration agent on this as you need to explain you and your husband’s full situations completely to find out exactly where you stand.

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Anh January 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Hi Bob,

Thank you for answering my age question a few weeks ago. Just want to have a quick check with you, both my husband and I are qualified to apply for sub class 189 (I have 70 points and my husband 60 points). In that case, do you think we should apply together in one application (which will be less costly and can earn additional 5 points under Partner skill), or apply separately in 2 applications (in that case, if we mention each other’s name in our application, will we still get additional 5 points each?) Will one application cause any issue for the additional applicant to find a job later?

Thank you very much for your help Bob, and sorry if the question has been asked before.

Cheers
Anh

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BobinOz January 21, 2014 at 1:56 am

Sorry Anh, this is a question you need to ask of a MARA agent, I’m not qualified to help. Cheers, Bob

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sathish kumar January 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

Hai Bob
This is sathish from saudhi arabia,iam an indian working as testing and commissioning engineer in saudhi company by name Alfanar, iam interested to work in australia,having 3 years 7 months experience which includes 1 year 2 month overseas exp like singapore ,japan,will in able to get good job with good salary,i recently approached Y-AXIS immigration consulatant in india they told that it would cost around 3.5 lakhs,we ill provide job assistance and visa for 5 years,pls help me out in this regard,iam an electrical engineer passed out 2009

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BobinOz January 21, 2014 at 1:59 am

Not really sure what your question is though.

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Bala January 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Sathish,

I would caution you against immigration agents promising you job assistance, especially the ones based in India. Getting you a job is not really in the hands of immigration agents as far as I understand. Get their MARA registration number and cross verify in the MARA website whether they are registered agents in the first place. Remember – the minute you ask this, some agents might say they have a tie-up with another agent based in Australia. I am not sure if such working models are recognized by Australian Immigration. The agent who is directly interacting with you should themselves be MARA registered. See if they provide any verifiable track record of successful immigration processing, leave alone job assistance. If possible, talk to some of the people who have gone through them and find out what they feel about their experience.

Cheers
Bala

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BobinOz January 24, 2014 at 12:24 am

Very good advice Bala, and well spotted; MARA agents are not recruitment agencies and any MARA agent suggesting that they can also find work should be treated with caution.

And yes, only deal with someone who is, in their own right, MARA registered.

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Parvez Vahora January 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm

hi sir,
i have completed 12th in 2006 and after that i had done job and some computer courses
and ielts exam practice till today so i have GAP problem after 12th it is 8 years so can i apply and get australian student visa i have B grade(47.20%) in 12th. please sir suggest me.

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BobinOz January 24, 2014 at 12:04 am

I have no idea, but my expert on student visas may be able to help. You’ll find a link to his page under the Visas tab in the main menu.

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Rag January 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Hi Bob,
I have work experience of 15 years . I can get the experience letter required for ACS for last 10 years , however it is difficult for me to get the first 5 years as is it too long and all the people worked with me are in different locations . Can I just forward my last 10 years of experience and fore go the first 5 or do I have any other option?

—Rag

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BobinOz January 24, 2014 at 12:08 am

I don’t see why not, but I’m guessing. Maybe someone else reading this who has been through this process can give you better advise. Anyone?

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Jestin Chacko January 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Hi Bob

I have done B.Tech in Electronics and Communication. Had 3 months certification training. Done my higher secondary education in Computer science. Presently working in a reputed Organisation as Software engineer . Total experience is 6+ years. What is the chance of Passing the skill assessment.

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Arun January 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Hey Bob,

I have done my LL. B from Pakistan and then went to London, England for a LL. M. I was wondering whether I would need to take the IELTS test again as I already sat for it before applying for my LL. M.

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BobinOz January 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t have thought an IELTS test as an expiry date, but this is something you would need to check with your case officer. Unless anyone here knows the answer, anybody?

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Gedion January 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Hey Bob,
I am electrical engineer by profession ,
I have 5 years experience , 3 years out of 5 were working in the academic areas(i.e. teaching at University). Do they still count my academic experience as professional engineering experience? and if so, do I am supposed to forward my documents regarding my experience to Engineers Australia for assessment purpose ?
Thanks

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Birender January 27, 2014 at 3:29 am

Hi

I am birender from india,I am a commerce graduate and having an work experience of 8 years in sales and marketing in Pharmaceutical sector.Am I eligible to apply for P.R. under CSOL category of Sales representatie(under medical and pharma products.

Please confirm

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Mamtha January 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Hello Bob,

I went through all the Questions and your answers…you are really doing a great job for all to help..

My simple question is whether a Part Time Bachelor of Technology course in India will be eligible Qualification for getting 15 points under Qualifications section…

Regards

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BobinOz January 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

None of you, including yourself Mamtha, appear to be reading the bit…

Please read before commenting below:

See article above.

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Birender January 31, 2014 at 3:50 am

Hi Bob

I am birender from india,I am a commerce graduate and having an work experience of 8 years in sales and marketing in Pharmaceutical sector.Am I eligible to apply for P.R. under CSOL category of Sales representatie(under medical and pharma products.

Please confirm

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Manueel January 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

I completed my masters in IT from CQU n course is not related to system admin but i hot access from ACS System admin from bachelor degree from India so can i claim 5 points for australian degree requirement points.
thank u

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AD January 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Hi Bob,
how you doing….

I done MS (Telecom & Networks) from Curtin in 2009-2010 (1 Year) and then i came back to pakistan..
I have 6 year experience. I passed IELTS with 6.5 (each).
Will 1 year education provide me benefits when i apply for Off shore immigration.

Regards,

Adnan

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Arun January 31, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I have a UK Masters degree in Advanced computer networking ,IELTS 8 ,my age is 25 and I have only one year of experience.
Do I qualify for Australian PR ?

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barinder January 31, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Dear Sir,
I am B.com Graduate from Panjab University,Chandigarh. I have more than 3 years experience as an Accountant.I need to know how many IELTS bands are required and which IELTS i need to do. Is it Academic or General?.

Thanks& Regards

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s joseph February 1, 2014 at 12:48 am

Hi Bob,
I am aRregistered nurse currently working in Australia,I have 7 years of UK experience and more than one year experience in Australia in the last 10 years . I am on the process of doing my ANMAC assessment,as you are aware we need to submit professional references from all my working places to assess my work experience.since all my previous managers are not in that position currently I am not able to get professional references from all my previous employers but I got a professional reference from my current employer (more than 8 months)with ANMAC standard required format.
My question is if ANMAC refuse to assess my previous work experience with out professional reference letters from my previous employers,how do I prove my work experience to DIAC to claim 10 points for international experience and 5 points for Australia experience?are there any alternatives?I have all my p 60(Tax assessment) ,employment letters from HR ,and some payslips from my previous employers?is that sufficient evidence to claim points for my overseas and australia work experience?please reply
regards
S Joseph

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Birender February 2, 2014 at 4:20 am

Hi Bob

I am birender 30 years old from india,I am a commerce graduate and having an work experience of 8 years in sales and marketing in Pharmaceutical sector.Am I eligible to apply for P.R. under CSOL category of Sales representatie(under medical and pharma products.

Please confirm

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prdp February 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Hi,
I have done Master in Engineering(Single Major) from University Of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. It has 48 credit points. Can i get 5 points regarding the criteria of studying in Australia.
thank you!

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Dan February 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Hello Sir, I am a dependant of an skilled select, do I need to take the IELTS test? if I do how much point do I need to have?

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Shri February 5, 2014 at 2:45 am

Hi Bob,

I have tried to look for possible answer above to my specific query, but I don’t think I saw one. If a question similar to mine is repeated earlier, please pardon.

My query is, the applicable age is considered “when”?
That is, my understanding is, the age ‘at the time when one receives the invitation to apply for visa’ is counted. i.e. the one mentioned in the invitation. Is that right?

Or, is it the ‘age at the time of expressing EOI with DIAC?

Or, is it ‘age at the time of applying for Visa, upon receiving invitation’ ?

Thanks in advance.

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BobinOz February 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

This has been mentioned, but I think it was on my page about EOI in the comments.

I think the correct answer is that putting in an EOI is not the same as putting in an application, it’s kind of asking if someone wants you to apply. Your age is only fixed at the time your application actually goes in.

Cheers, Bob

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Shri February 5, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Thanks a lot Bob.

I pretty much felt it won’t be ‘the age at the time of expressing EOI with DIAC’ but I was not sure which one of the following two would be the criterion,
i.e. (a) ‘age at the time when one “receives” the invitation to apply for visa’ or (b) ‘age at the time of applying for Visa, upon receiving invitation’. Now I am clear it’s (b). Thx.

Cheers.

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nikhil February 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Hi bob
just wanted to ask ….
Is ur visa assessment service is payable or free
If it is free then u r doing a great job
but if it is payed then this all sucks, people are still confused about all the stuff as usual and no one is ready to know the process by paying for the same !!

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BobinOz February 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Yes it is paid (or payed, as you prefer).

Doesn’t that just suck?

You would have at least thought that a professionally trained MARA registered migration agent could at least do an hour and a half to 2 hours work for free for anyone and everyone who wants it, wouldn’t you?

Really sucks.

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nikhil February 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm

its just enhancing ur bizz scope attracting more people for the same
these 2 hrs u r trying to get more no of people.
c the blog guys r not getting what they want. Really suck Right to information. dont need some XYZ service for this.
To All : Guys go to immi.gov.au
u will get all the info , donot try this stuff anymore, i have received all the info i wanted. No consultant is required for the Visa process.
Choose ur Subclass as per the IELTS score, age, work exp, qualification. state sponsorship needed or not.
All different scenario is provided in terms of Subclasses, choose the one which best suits up as per ur SOL for job, and same way for studies also.

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BobinOz February 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

There are over 1000 pages of free information on this website, so I’m not sure what your gripe is. All I am doing in addition to that is offering people professional assistance if they feel they need it.

You obviously don’t, you have everything under control.

Thank you for your wisdom nikhil, I’m sure it will help many others in this process.

Bob

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nikhil February 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

bob in oz … its not wizard of oz
all the best

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Shri February 7, 2014 at 11:39 pm

I agree that it is not essential to go for an agent for Visa process. Thousands of people are applying on their own and thousand others are going thro’ consultant. I also agree that DIAC site has (and so do the accessing authorities sites, like the ACS one) all the information needed.

However, I don’t agree we need to criticize someone who is running a site to provide information and tries to answer queries asked by readers, many of whom are virtually anonymous posters, and in that process if he is referring a consultant for seeking more clarification or professional advise, why complain for that?

To each his own and one is free to use/not use a consultant. But different people have different requirements or doubts/queries as to seeking more information.

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Sundeep February 6, 2014 at 12:51 am

dear sir,
I am from Nepal.I am qualified and registered nurse here. I have almost two year of work experience and i want to move australia this coming july independent visa with my fionce.A successful authorised skills assessment in a recognised qualification. Does it mean higher education? Please help me how should i proceed for dependent visa ?

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nepal February 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Australian Health Practicioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Google ma search garera yesma uniharule mageko document pathaune ra yiniharule certify gare bhane u can apply directly for PR. Tes pachi afno fiancee lai dependent ma rakhera apply garne. Thanks.

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steff February 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Hi Bob,
According to the above mentioned points allocation criteria my total is 65points. I am medically fit and clean criminal records. Does that make me eligible??

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BobinOz February 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Well, yes, on the face of it, you appear to be eligible, but that is only eligible to put in an application. The above is only a guide really, and I suppose technically it is possible to have enough points but not be eligible.

For example, even if you do have 65 points but you haven’t passed IELTS to the level required, then you would not be eligible. So it’s not all straightforward.

Cheers, Bob

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sanjay February 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm

What is the difference between skill regional sponsored visa and skilled sponsored visa? In both the cases you have mentioned that occupation should be listed in SOL, and should be nominated by state/territory. But you have allotted 10 points for skilled regional sponsored visa and 5 points for skilled sponsored visa.

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BobinOz February 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Regional is, I believe, designated areas away from the major cities. You would need to look at the latest information from the government website to see what exactly is designated as regional, but I’m pretty sure, for example, that Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are not regional.

I think the idea behind it is that everyone wants to live in the popular major cities, so skills shortages are greater outside of those places. So the government will give you more points if you are prepared to live somewhere regional, or as we might say, a bit out in the sticks or countryside.

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Liz February 12, 2014 at 11:43 am

Hi Bob,
Thanks for your generous help with this entire website! Very helpful :)

Hopefully you can offer some insight on my inquiry…I end up with 60 points with all things considered but am a recent graduate with no qualifying work experience.
You say that just having the points is not a guarantee which I suppose is understandable but does that mean that I am basically gambling $3500 on whether or not the immigration people like me? Like I said, I am a recent grad so that kind of money is a lot to apply for a visa with a chance of losing it all…on a similar note, I cannot afford a MARA agent so I have done most of the research on my own am confident I can apply on my own. I am just so unsure of this non-guarantee….

Also, my boyfriend is Australian and I would be eligible to apply for a Partner Visa. Is that more of a guarantee to be approved? I am concerned that as it only a temporary visa for the first 2 years, it could seem like a red flag to employers who would not want to invest in me (many employers require PR, especially for entry level/graduate positions).

Sorry for the long winded entry, any advice (from anyone!) would be extremely welcome.

Cheers,
Liz

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BobinOz February 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Hi Liz

I’m afraid these are the kinds of questions that can only really be answered by a MARA registered migration agent because they deal with clients day in and day out, they deal with applications all the time, and they would be able to tell you with some accuracy what your chances are.

They would also be able to tell you which is your best option, whether that be some kind of partner visa or something else. And yes, there is always a chance you can lose the fee you pay the government if your application is not successful.

If I could advise you, I would, but I can’t, I simply don’t know is best for you. Be careful who you do take advice from as well, because if they are not MARA registered then you can’t guarantee that there advice is accurate.

Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful, but good luck.

Bob

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Arvind Natrajan February 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

I am working as a Ship’s Officer for the past 10 years, my occupation is on the SOL. Is it recognized by AMSA and how many points can I get for it?

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karlene February 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Hi my name is karlene and l have a partner who speaks reasonable English, and is a teacher in his own country , middle east , he now has a NZ citizenship , l am from Australia and we meet here , both of us have been here for 12 yrs , l had a daughter to a kiwi and of cause when parted , l couldn’t take her home to Australia , and she was an ozzie too, so l got on with it and made ends meet , then meet my current partner , 6 yrs ago and we have two children one 4 and the other 5 yrs old , l want to take my family home to live , l think we would be better off , but after reading the site , l am worried , would the kids and my De facto partner be able to live over there , and the kids schooling , can you give me a run down on what their rights are plz

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BobinOz February 15, 2014 at 12:20 am

No, sorry, I can’t, my head is still spinning from reading your comment. I simply have no idea what your situation is and I’ve read it three times. Even if I did understand it though, I couldn’t tell you what yours or your children’s rights would be, that’s not something I am qualified to do.

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karlene February 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

its ok thanks and sorry its so hard to understand , l found out the rights for the 2 younger kids 4 and 5 , they are able to get permanent residence , due to me having an Australian pass port when they were born in NZ , know its just my partner , he has passed his ILETS in NZ , and has more then 10 yrs experience in the middle east as a teacher for sports . , but never worked here in NZ as a teacher , He is 52 years old , we have been together for 6 yrs , we want him to get a permanent status over in Australia , when we move over there , but at $4,500 to apply , l am worried he want get in due to his age , We decided to apply though Miki , before we move to see if he would get permanent residence in Australia. if you can give me your thoughts on this matter , it would be greatly appreciated , thnx
Again sorry !!!!!!!!!!

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BobinOz February 16, 2014 at 12:33 am

My thoughts are only that, as I understand it, if he comes here as your spouse then I don’t think his age matters, but my agent is the one who would be able to clear that up more precisely for you.

Good luck, Bob

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Donna Cartwright February 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

Hi, We are just in the initial stages of trying to calculate our points, I wondered if all three of my NVQ qualifications (diploma level) would count separately and get 10 points each? They are all in hairdressing which is the job I would be applying to work in. Thanks, Donna

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BobinOz February 16, 2014 at 12:36 am

I don’t think so, I’m pretty sure you’ll only be able to count one of those.

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Bilal February 16, 2014 at 2:35 am

Hi Bob,

Your website is really informative. Thanks for putting up such a great website.

I have few questions, will be really thankful if you could help me with this.

I have completed CFA Level 1 from CFA institute, USA and also graduated (BBA, Finance) from IBA, Karachi which is amongst the best business school in the South Asian region. But I am unable to find any list which gives information about Pakistani universities.

Secondly, I do have the skill set but I do not have sufficient work experience. My points without experience is 65. Can I apply? what do you think will be the chances.

Thanks and Regards

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Pavan February 17, 2014 at 3:46 am

What is the IELTS score required for ANZSCO 263212 ICT support engineer. I have IELTS score 6 in each. Is this sufficient or do I need to score 7 in each.

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BobinOz February 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Bilal and Pavan, I can’t help you with either of your questions, you should really be speaking to a MARA agent about these things.

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imtiyaz February 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Hi,

I have avg IELTS score as band 7. (L8 S6 W6 R7)
What is the minimum required points for visa subclass 186/187?
It is coming under ENS.

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BobinOz February 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

I think you will find that IELTS does not work on averages, you need to have, for example, a minimum band 7 across all four tests to have an overall score of 7. So actually, what you have there if I’m not mistaken is IELTS 6.

I think the minimum would be 6, but that would not give you any points.

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Hassan February 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your article. It is very much informative.

You mentioned above that if we want to apply Skilled Regional Sponsored visa, Then we need 55 points and that will give me additional 10 points If I nominated. I’d like to know if I have 50 points with IELTS score 6. Can I apply for that visa ? As you mentioned above we need minimum 60 marks to apply.

Thanks for your time.

Regards

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BobinOz February 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I can’t answer you directly on this Hassan, but I am trying to seek clarification on this and hope to get back to you soon. If I can get the answers I need, I will make amendments to the above wording to make things clearer to everyone.

As I also say in the article, having enough points does not guarantee a successful application, I should also add that it doesn’t always mean that you are even in a position to lodge an application. It is possible to have enough points but fall short in other criteria.

The points system is only a guide and a place to start, so even if I am able to answer your specific question about the points criteria, I could still not answer the actual question of whether you or not you would be in a position to apply for that visa.

I hope that makes sense, and I hope to come back to this soon.

Cheers, Bob

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BobinOz March 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Hi Hassan

I have now had the situation verified, please see my amended wording with regards to how many points you need in the above article. The procedure and points allocation is made quite clear and it is pretty much as I have already suggested to you and it does appear you may be in a position to enter the system, but as I have pointed out and my new wording above points out, preference is given to those with higher points totals.

Good luck, Bob

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Hassan March 8, 2014 at 1:36 am

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your reply. Appreciate it. So It means we can apply with 50 points in Skilled Regional Visa Category.

Thanks Again

Cheers, Hassan

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BobinOz March 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm

That is my loose understanding of the situation Hassan, based on the above statement, but I am not a MARA registered migration agent and to be sure that’s who you need to be talking to fully clarify your situation and your options.

Good luck, Bob

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Joseph February 20, 2014 at 12:44 am

Hai
I am a cqu student Sydney.
I have got credit transfers from my bachelor degree, now I am in ensign of my masters. To apply for PR here is I am eligible. I am planing for professional
year now.

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nish February 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm

i am nish from india. i have a qualification of bachelor of arts and i have a five years experiences of hotel manager. so i have a question regarding skilled visa. Does my qualification related to my experience for applying 190 skilled visa for australia. so pl advise can i apply for EOI if i have different qualification and experience.
pl send me ur positive replay thanks

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jim February 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Hi Bob, what is the partner skill? my partner having Masters in Botany, can I claim 5 points for skill migration category? please reply

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BobinOz February 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

Not sure if you can claim any points or not, but I think it would depend whether your wife’s skill is both recognised here in Australia and on the skilled occupations list. But to be sure, you’d need to check that with a MARA migration agent or somebody who knows the answers for sure.

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Jim March 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Hi Bob
Thanks for your reply. I would like to know the minimum requirement or criteria of partner skill to claim 5 point ?

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BobinOz March 4, 2014 at 1:04 am

I’ve already answered you as best I can Jim.

If you want a professional guidance to find out precisely how many points you and your partner would get, then please do go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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robin February 27, 2014 at 3:41 am

Hello my name is robin my age is 30 year. . I have done BA in 2006 and Msc it in 2009. ielts 6 band each.Last 5 year i am working in it company as a web developer.

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Bikram February 28, 2014 at 1:03 am

Hi Bob

I have done Biomedical engineering and working in the same field from last three years. I score 7 in IELTS. Even my field biomedical engineering falls in the skilled migration category. Can i apply ??

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Rebecca February 28, 2014 at 1:40 am

Hi Bob,
I’m a Kiwi and I moved over here when I was 16 (now 19). I went to high school here for 2 full years – both regional and in Perth. I was wondering if you knew if I could get points for studying here but only at a high school level? Or do points only count for tertiary education?
I went to University in NZ for the 2013 year but was only away for 3-4 months each semester as my family/home in here in Aus. Will this impact my eligibility?

Regards.

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Not sure about that Rebecca, you would be better off discussing this with a MARA registered migration agent.

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Analou February 28, 2014 at 2:29 am

Hi Bob! I’m Ana. I’d like to ask if i can get 10 points from
my work experience assuming that i got a positive assessment skill and they considered my work exp relevant. Work history here: company x : oct 03-june08, company y: july 08-feb09 planning to submit EIO in sept this year as i have yet to complete all the requirements. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you!

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MartinaL February 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Hi,

I wanted to ask something about the points awarded for the IELTS. I have an ‘over all band’ score of 8.5, as I got 9 for three of the components (Reading, listening and Speaking) and 6.5 for the Writing… do you think I still fall only in the sufficient category?

Thank you,

Martina

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

It doesn’t work on averages though, to get an 8 for example, you need to score a minimum of 8 in each of the four tests. So actually what you have there is IELTS 6.5.

Have a close read of my information about IELTS in the above article, it does explain that.

Cheers, Bob

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justine March 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

Hi. My partner just got his Ielts results back and got an overall score of 8. The breakdown was 8 in reading and writing, 7 in listening and a 9 in speaking. As the overall is 8 does that still make him Superior or just Proficient? We are trying for the Perm resident visa so really need the extra points. If this isn’t enough I will get him booked in to retake LOL. Thanks

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Similar question to the one I’ve just answered for Martina above, but unfortunately what you have there is IELTS 7. I guess you will have two book him in again :-)

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Saikrishna Mamidi March 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Hi Team,

I am interested in applying Australian PR, I have 28 yrs of age, I do have B Tech with 6 yrs of exp (IT) which listed under SOL. But I did not write IELTS, But still I get 60points. Can I apply for PR.? Is it compulsory that Do I need to take test in IELTS test.?

Kindly clarify me in this. Thank you.

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BobinOz March 4, 2014 at 12:15 am

Yes, you need to take IELTS even if you do already have enough points. You need to prove you have competent English. Good luck, Bob

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A.Suwal March 3, 2014 at 1:37 am

I am interested in applying Australian PR, I am 32 yrs of age, I do have M Tech.
After completing my Bachelor in Geo-science I got 7 years of experience(IT).Also during my master got 2 years of experience(IT).So how many years of exp counted if i apply for IT which is listed in SOL.

Also my wife is Veterinarian and she got 3 years of experience.

Please let me know Which field is better to apply for PR , IT ,Geo-science or Veterinarian.

Thanks a lot.

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BobinOz March 4, 2014 at 12:32 am

If you really want the answers to those questions, go for my Visa Assessment Service.

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rajan galhotra March 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I am interested in applying Australian PR, I am 28 yrs of age, I have done B.com ( regular from college) in 2008, and MBA (not regular) in 2010. ielts 6 band each.
After completing my Bachelor in commerce I got 6 years of experience(accountant). i get 65 points. Can I apply for PR.?

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 1:17 am

Possibly, if your specific skill is on the SOL list.

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rajan galhotra March 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm

thanks bob for reply. i want to ask one more question that how to file PR? means what is the procedure for filling PR?

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BobinOz March 7, 2014 at 1:03 am

That’s a much more difficult question to answer, you need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent or visit the governments website at immi.gov.au and use the search function to find help.

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Abrar March 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Dear Bob,
Can you please tell me if a 476 visa holder which is valid for 18 months can switch to onshore student visas like 573 or 574 after the 476 ends ? In order to apply for permanent work visa I need to work on my points which is only possible when I complete the two year study requirements. Currently I am only having 55 points (IELTS 7).
Age: 30
Qualifications : 15 (BE Electrical and MSc Engineering Management (Recognized)
IELTS : 10
Work experience : 0 (< 3 years overseas)
Nominated occupation: Electrical Engineer (listed on Sol)
I also heard that the skillselect system will select you when you have 75+ points.

Kind Regards,

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 1:18 am

No, I can’t. You need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent. Good luck, Bob

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Shankar March 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Dear Bob,

I have scored 45 points as of now (15 for Age, 15 for Qualifications, 5 for Work Exp. and 10 for IELTS). Even if I go with regional nomination, I would make it to 55 so, still falling short of 5. I studied Hindi upto II year degree (it is mentioned on my mark sheet) – can this be considered by proficiency in community language or do I need to take the NAATI assessment in Hindi to score additional 5 points?

Thanks for your time in this matter.

Kindly advise.

Shankar

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 1:22 am

That’s something to ask a MARA registered migration agent, they would know for sure if you are in a position to lodge. The question you need to ask yourself though is even if you do scrape enough points, would you get nominated? Preference is given to those with the highest points.

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Shankar March 5, 2014 at 2:38 am

Thank you, Bob.

So that I understand this better -

By nomination, do you mean the state/region prefers applicants with higher points, so they may or may not wish to nominate someone with just 45 points?

I will surely check with the MARA agent, but any recommendations from you will be highly appreciated.

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Yes, that’s exactly what I mean.

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Shankar March 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I read comments from Hassan above. Assuming we are able to apply for regional nomination with 50 points (ofcourse, bearing in mind, that the preference goes to people with higher points), is it a must to have an employment offer letter in that particular region?

Thanks,
Chitra

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BobinOz March 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I have just updated my answer to Hassan above, and that is about all I know on the matter.

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Shankar March 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Thank you, Bob. I have requested clarification from the MARA agent.

Much appreciate your response.

Cheers.

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Muneer March 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hi Bob,

I have done masters in Information Systems and I’ve got 6 in each in IELTS. My cousin (First cousin) lives in Melbourne with me. I was wondering whether he can sponsor me for PR or not ? Moreover, 10 months ago he sponsored to his own brother as well.

Kind Regards
Muneer

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Hatim March 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm

IELTS test has to be academic or general should be fine??

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BobinOz March 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

Yes, general is usually fine unless the skill that you have specifically requires academic IELTS. If academic is required, it’s usually specified somewhere along the line.

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Sameer March 8, 2014 at 1:42 am

Hi Bob,

I am a computer professional and having a 7 year of experience. I have a 3 year Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. I’d like to know how many years of degree consider a bachelor degree in Australia?

Thanks in Advance

Regards,

Sameer

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sameer April 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Hi Bob,
Could you please answer the above the query? I haven’t found the information on the net. Some says its 3 yrs and some says 4yrs. I am very much confused in it.

Thanks and Regards,

Sameer

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BobinOz April 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

As I have mentioned in my post, I cannot help people specifically with points totals or which kinds of qualifications are recognised here. Understanding exactly how all this works is a skill in itself, I don’t have that skill, MARA registered migration agents do.

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IDRIS March 8, 2014 at 2:15 am

Good day Bob,
Thanks for the great job! I staunchly subscribe to all you have highlighted. Regarding the scoring for the age, I would like to know from when is the age going to be calculated. Is it from the date of reception of the application or the date when processing commences?

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BobinOz March 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Your age is calculated from the moment you lodge an official application. That is not to be confused with when you put in your Expression of Interest, that’s not an application.

Hope that clears it up for you Idris.

Cheers, Bob

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piku March 8, 2014 at 4:16 am

i am MCA’ (master of computer application) by qualification from India and having four year experience in teaching graduate and post graduate classes as computer lecturer. please guide me am i eligible to apply pr. age 29, 10 points ielts.

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Saad March 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Hi

I was an international student in Melbourne, Australia from 2008-2012. I am currently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I did my 3 years bachelors degree majoring in International trade, economic policy and Marketing. I was not eligible for neither PR or TR since my majors are not in the Skilled Occupation List.

Now I am looking to go back to Australia a masters degree in accounting as it’s in the SOL. My IELTS score is 7.5.

I would like to know if I will be eligible for a skilled visa subclass 189 Permanent Residency after a 1.5 year course in Accounting, or do I need to do a 2 years course despite my 3 years Bachelors in Melbourne. Also, will I be eligible for a work visa after the course.

Thanks

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Chetan Arora March 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Hi Bob,

I am planning to apply for Australian PR visa through 190 subclass visa and currently preparing for IELTS..

My question is regarding the IELTS minimum score an applicant needs.. if an applicant scores 7 as over all but scored differntly in each module.. Say in reading test he/she scores 6 but did exceedingly well in speaking and scored 8… so the overll band becomes 7 but does that impact the requirement of each band? Or the immigration dept. requires an overll band score, irrespective of your each band score…

Pl help with this..

Thanks!

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BobinOz March 13, 2014 at 1:28 am

This has been answered before a few times, scroll up and look for my answer to MartinaL and also re-read exactly what I said in the above article about IELTS scores.

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zubair khan March 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

i have done my Master of Business Administration (MBA) with spcialization in banking and finance i have 13 years job experience in relevant field in different organisation in pakistan now i am doing Master of Business (Research) from University of Canberra Australia, i am 33 year old singal, i have not IELTS, test result because university given to me admission on my English Progicincy basis that certificate issued by my University in completing of Master of Business Administration in pakistan. what is my Score for PR can you people share with me my score

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AD March 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Hi,
I completed MS (Telecom & Networks) from Curtin university Perth (1 Year Duration) 2009 – 2010.
having 6 years experience in Network and System Administration.
Please reply me regard IELTS i have 6.5 band in Reading and Speaking, Listening (7 Band) and Reading (6 Band).
Currently in home country and want to apply offshore PR.

Cheers

AD

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Niti March 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

hi i am a student in australia currently pursuing my studies in Masters of Public Health but my course is not there in the SOL list of Australia. However, i pass the 60 points criteria. Am i eligible to apply for a PR in Australia?
thanks

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imbhaskarji March 18, 2014 at 1:01 am

Hi,

I am polytechnic diploma holder in electronics and instrumentation engineering(3years full-time) with 13yrs experience of system administration(ICT). How many points i can gain as part of education and experience.

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farid March 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

is there any point for studying and stying in country side area out of the 60 point for applying in pr

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Niru March 19, 2014 at 11:59 am

Hi bob
I finished my master in professional accounting nd got my TR nd currently im studing professional yr.. But i want to know whether i can get points from my spouse. He finished his master in computer network in UK. Please suggest me how can i get points from him?
Thanx
Niru

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Hussain March 21, 2014 at 1:36 am

Hello,

I have more than 3 years of Exp in Technical Field (Electronics Engineering) with BS and M.Engg Degree. My Exp is as follow

Assistant Engineer 1 Yr
Electrical Engineer I 1 Yr
Asst Manager Technical 1.5 Yr

It my pure technical Exp, i want to confirm that does my Exp count or the Post should be of Engineer.

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mangilal garu March 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm

my age= 25-32,proficient,physiotherapy252511,experience-4year,,bachelor degree….please tell me assistment point,,i am apply for australia pr

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Asif March 26, 2014 at 1:54 am

Hello there Bob, I would like to ask I have done a two years Bachelors in Commerce and working as a Human Resource Manager. My work experience is more than 8 years now. What are my chances.
Thank you,
Asif

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Sahela Noor Banu March 26, 2014 at 5:45 am

Hi! I am MBA major in Finance, i have above 12 years job experience in HRD.Could I apply the skilled migration to Australia. My born in 3.12.1978.pls let me know ,am I eligible for apply?

Mim

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varun March 26, 2014 at 7:17 am

hi bob,
i have done graduation .Currently i am working for american communication company as a senior software engineer .i live in India. i have 11 years experience as a software engineer. i calculate my points.its minimum 80.may i apply for Australian permanent residency.thanks

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Robert Tuning March 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

I am a American felon it is 20yrs old should I even bother trying to get a visa?

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BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

It really depends on the seriousness of your crime and the punishment you received, if you Google “Australian character requirement” you will find more information.

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Peeyush Aggarwal March 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Hello,
I heared some changes in how the international work experience is considered for 189 sub class AUS Immigration. I have 3.5years of experience in IT field as a business analyst. The latest I got to know that they are considering 2years less from the current work experience as a part of training. Hence my relavent work exp. Would be counted as 1.5 years. Could you please assist on this matter.
Thank you.

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Sandeep Kaur March 28, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Dear sir,
I m working as campus manager from last 2 yrs in international school, and my Ielts score is 6 fr reading, speaking, listening, and 5.5 in writing.I have done MBA before 2 yrs. I want to move in Aus and cousin sis already got pr in Australia. what are the chances of my visa and please inform me that i should go or not for sir visa or there are better chance to move in another country.
Thank you
Sandeep Kaur

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Mauricio Bernal March 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

Hello,
I’m a Mechatronic Ingenier from Colombia. I’m just 22 years old, and i’m studying english in Melbourne. I want to know if my degree could give me points. Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering.

Thanks

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Sarwaich Sindhi March 30, 2014 at 1:58 am

Hello Bob!
I am Sarwaich Sindhi and I am currently doing Master of engineering here in Australia and it is a 1 year course. Can you please mention how many points I’ll get on Masters study program. you didn’t mention the points at the completion of master. Can you please tell me about this?

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jitender singh March 31, 2014 at 7:07 pm

hi , i had completed my graduation from bachelor of technology in applied electronics and instrumentation in may 2013 and now i am working with an immigration electronic security company as an instrumentation engineer . i want to work in australia by being a permanent resident in the country what shall i do for this.

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Ramanandh April 1, 2014 at 10:51 am

hello sir my name is V.Ramanandh. I am doing masters in information technology in griffith university. i am in my first semister . so i would like to change my course to master of engineering management in central Queensland university . will this affect my pr when i apply after my masters
thanking you

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BobinOz April 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Important Notice (again)

For all of you asking questions about how many points you might have, whether you would qualify, or how to go about getting here, let me remind you what it does say in the article above…

I do not calculate the points for you!

Please read what it says above in full. If you want a professional guidance with this, I do have a MARA registered migration agent you can consult with for a small fee. He can help you, I can’t, I’m not qualified.

For more information, visit my Visa Assessment Service.

Many thanks, Bob

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Ramanandh April 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

thank you

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Sameer Sharma April 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

Hello Sir my self Sameer Sharma I’m from India, I’m planing to take admission in Blue Mountain Hotel Management School in Sydney, i want to ask have good future for Hotel industry or Accounting which is the best in Australia, i already have 5 years Experience from same field & 2 years of Experience in Accounting, from which course i get PR easily can you please help me for this which course i take please reply me as soon as possible bcoz i want to take admission in September so please Reply.?

Thanking You

Sameer Sharma

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BobinOz April 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I couldn’t tell you which is best, and even if I knew what was best now, by the time you have qualified the situation could have completely changed.

Cheers, Bob

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Ashwin April 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Good day Bob,
My bachelor’s degree is recognised by the assessing authority. I just have a small doubt. Do I get 15 points for my bachelor’s degree and another 15 points for a master’s degree in australia plus the 5 points for australian study.?

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su April 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

is it necessary to be “currently forking to apply for skill mig”, cause i have resigned 5 months back from the job and currently looking after my baby and i will be the main applicant and going to apply very soon. waiting for my ielts. will that current not workig will be a disadvantage?

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su April 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

is it also true, that i got 6 yrs experience in IT field. I got to know that they are going to deduct 2 yrs from the exp as training and consider the exp only as 4 yrs. is it a new change? pls advise. ??

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suman bhandar April 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

hello sir ..i am from nepal , i am working as a librarian since 7 years to till now and i now i would like to join there , i have done master degree in sociology . so please sir give me the right information what can i do for join there.
your faithful ..

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FRANK April 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm

hi bob,
i had finished my Masters degree in Australia in November 2012.Nowi am doing Doctorate of professional studies , 1.5 years gone 2 more years let to finish Doctorate. can i apply PR or TR without finish my doctorate on the basis of Masters degree?

regards
Frank

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Rahul Kumar April 16, 2014 at 4:04 am

hi,

I recently got invitation to apply VISA but i have a doubt, how i can show my experience gained aftter ACS was completed ( approx. 7 months). Inlcuding the experience i gained after ACS was completed, I am eligible for 60 points. pls advise

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BobinOz April 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I don’t know, but if you ask someone over on my page about EOI, maybe they can help, quite a few people who have been through this process know about these kinds of things.

Good luck, Bob

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Vikas Talwar April 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Hi Bob,

My wife is Registered Homeopath in India and she is working in govt. sector from last 5 years. What are her chances to migrate to Australia as his real younger brother is a citizen in Australia.
Myself is working in Hospital as Manager – Admin and have done MBA and B.Com and having total experience of around 14 years in Sales and Marketing as well, but presently i i working as in administration of large hospital

Regards
Vikas Talwar

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irfam April 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

I want to apply for immigration of myself and my family wife with 4 kids..i m an airline pilot ..can I apply.

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BobinOz April 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I can’t assess anybody’s chances, my agent can though, see my Visa Assessment Service.

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Alex April 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Hey Bob,

My IELTS score was 7,5 – is it then an eight or seven when applying? Knowing the basics of math, that should be 8, right?

Kind Regards,
Alex

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BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Rounded down I’m afraid, so it’s 7.

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DILPREET April 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

am from india and my age is 30. i have masters degree.am doing govt. job of secondary school teacher and i have 8yrs experience of this govt. job . i have no IELTS. plz tell me about my points for PR of australia .

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Clinton Borges April 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I work in Sales and my wife is a secondary school teacher. Will either of us be eligible for migration?

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inderjit singh April 20, 2014 at 3:58 am

hi sir
my name is inderjit Singh from india i am 26 years old i have bachelor degree in arts and and done proffesional courses in teaching i have done elementry teacher training diploma (ETT)and bachelor degree in education (B.ED)
and now i am working with bank named HDFC BANK LTD as sales executive from 2 years
please advice me sir

regards
inderjit Singh

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inderjit singh April 20, 2014 at 4:04 am

hi sir
my name is inderjit Singh from india i am 26 years old i have bachelor degree in arts and and done proffesional courses in teaching ielementry teacher training diploma (ETT)and bachelor degree in education (B.ED)
and now i am working with bank named HDFC BANK LTD as sales executive from 2 years
please advice me sir

regards
inderjit Singh

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shantanu April 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I have 10+ yrs experience in automotive service (working with OEMs) with bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. My wife is commerce graduate with 6+yrs experience as executive assistant. My age-36yrs and wife’s-32yrs. What are our chances of immigration from india?

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Anil bhushan April 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

How much total money is required for immigration under skilled worker category and his/her dependent to get PR for Australia ??

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BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I don’t think there is a specific number on it, you just need to make sure you have enough money to pay the government fees, flights and other outgoings as well as have enough put by to help you settle when you get here.

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Hina April 21, 2014 at 5:20 am

Hi Bob,
The above point calculator says:
If your partner meets the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa = 5 points

What are the basic requirements? If my Partner has been living in Australia for almost 4 years and has completed study (certain accounting and marketing diploma courses) for equivalent time period, does it help?

Regards,
Hina

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BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I’m sure there are many acceptable requirements, I simply don’t know what they are, I’m not a MARA registered migration agent. You may well get five points for your partner given what you have said, but I just don’t know. It’s something you will need to investigate elsewhere.

Good luck, Bob

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prateek April 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Hi Bob,
i am Prateek
Age 26
mechanical engineer
ielts score 7
work experience 2 years in maintenance
i do have a relative living in melbourne.
So i would like to know whether i am going to get any benifit because of my relative in that region.
Thanks

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Abdus Sattar April 23, 2014 at 1:46 am

Dear All,
I will be grateful if anyone kindly inform me regarding my following query.

I have total 8 yrs experience. I decided to apply for 190 visa for NSW. Last November ’13 i sent my CDR for assessment to Engineers Australia as well as Relevant Skill Employment Assessment as Electrical Engineer. I only include my 5.5 yrs experience to assess since that time my target was NSW sponsorship. On December 13 NSW sponsorship was closed. Now i have only option to apply for 189 Visa.

I got my assessment result on April’14 and Relevant Skill Employment Assessment for 5.5 yrs. In this scenario if i apply for 189 visa and i claim for 8 yrs experience will it be acceptable since in my relevant skill employment only 5.5 yrs experience mentioned.

Kindly advice me regarding this since i want to apply before next June.

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Rajesh K April 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Hi Bob,

Thanks for running such a wonderful site.

Could you please tell me if I need to get my wife’s Skills assesed in order to get the ’5′ points added to my score, based on spose’s eligibility.

She is under 50 years and she is competant in English (IELTS : 6)

I would like to know if skills assesment is mandatory for her.

Thanks in advance.
Rajesh

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