Visa Assessment Service

How to Get Your Own Personal and Professional Visa Assessment.

visa stampIf I had a penny for every time somebody asked me if they would qualify for a visa to live in Australia, I would have £17.58 by now.

But seriously, it is the most commonly asked question here on this website and it is not just very difficult to answer, but almost impossible.


If you really want to know the answer to that one, read my page called “Would I Qualify”, but if you would rather know how you can find out if YOU might qualify, read on.

The only people who can truly tell you if you qualify are those that work for the Department of Immigration & Border Control (DIBP) after receiving your completed application. But there are professionals who are skilled in assessing your chances of success in getting a visa for Australia and can also, if you require, assist you throughout the entire process.

MARA Registered Migration Agents.

If you don’t know what one of these is, check out my page about Choosing a MARA Registered Migration Agent.

Simon Earles MARA AgentI am thrilled to announce that I have secured the services of Simon Earles, founder and principal of Signet Consulting & Migration here in Brisbane. Simon is a very experienced MARA registered migration agent, having held his licence since 2002; his MARA registration number is 0214055.

Simon is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). He was also the Vice-President of their Queensland and Northern Territory branch for four years between 2011 and 2015, a position he held for two consecutive terms.

The MIA is the professional association for Australian migration service providers and with Simon being such a high-profile member, he is clearly very proactive in much of what they do. This is reflected in his overall knowledge within the industry.

Simon has also trained and has practised as a lawyer, but currently practises exclusively as a MARA registered migration agent.

Simon is, therefore, an authority figure amongst MARA agents who has vast experience and has helped many many people realise their dream of moving to Australia. I am very proud and privileged to have him working with me here.

I have chosen to work with Simon going forward primarily for his excellent communication skills as well as his obvious and impressive knowledge on migration, his valuable contacts within the industry and his dedication to providing top quality assistance for those looking to move to Australia.

If you wish to read more about Simon Earles, I have further details towards the end of this page, but what can he do to help you?

The Visa Assessment Service:

I have been offering my Visa Assessment Service from this page since February 2012 and I believe this service offers the best way to find out what your chances are of moving to Australia. Other migration agencies may offer a ‘free consultation’ or a ‘free points assessment’ but neither of these can comprehensively answer the question “Would I qualify?”

In order to fully assess your chances of lodging a successful visa, a MARA registered migration agent would need to consider ALL of your relevant information in respect of your age, education, skills, background, family, command of the English language, medical history, your character and more.

It is for that reason that we offer the Visa Assessment Service; you provide my agent with ALL of that information, he provides you with an accurate written assessment.

How it works:

After purchasing your Visa Assessment you will be automatically redirected to a page where you can download the form you require. As an additional backup you will also be sent an email which includes a link to that same page.

From there you will be able to download a six page interactive PDF, called a Client Information Questionnaire (CIQ) which you can complete at your own leisure.

After returning your completed form as instructed, my MARA registered migration agent will provide you with:

  • A full written and signed Visa Assessment report within 5 – 7 working days* of receipt of all information (CIQ and any follow-up information requested) detailing precisely which options you might have;
  • The selection of ANZSCO occupation(s) that should be applicable to you based on the information you provide along with their availability on the various skills lists;
  • The points you currently have and any additional points you may have the potential to achieve;
  • Details of the options that may be available to you and the suggested recommended option best suited to you or…
  • If there are no options for you, an explanation why along with suggestions on what you can do to improve your chances in the future;
  • A breakdown of professional fees and governmental charges applicable for your recommended visa option for those in a position to proceed further.
  • An opportunity to follow up on the information provided to clarify any issues raised by the assessment;
  • A credit of your Visa Assessment Service fee added back to your account should you decide to use my MARA agent to represent you in full for your application.
  • Business visas: If your best option appears to be the business visa, this will be suggested in your report. To actually see if you qualify for a business visa though does require an in-depth look at your business achievements and latest accounts. Should you decide to pursue this option, additional fees will apply for this service.

*Please note: if your CIQ is returned whilst my agent is on holiday, or during extended holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas, or during a very busy period, there may be a delay to the usual 5 – 7 working days return. My agent will acknowledge receipt of your email though and at the same time confirm how long he anticipates it will take to return your completed assessment report.

This assessment covers all types of visa categories including independent, sponsored, temporary or permanent as well as family, partner and business visas. Please be aware then, that if one or more of the above covered points are not relevant to your application, they will not be covered in your Visa Assessment.

For example, if your visa option is not points based, or reliant on ANZSCO occupations, then clearly these will not be covered, but instead you will be informed of the requirements for, say, a de facto relationship application or perhaps a successful business visa lodgement or whatever is applicable to your circumstances.

Both Simon and I feel this is the most cost-effective and efficient way for you to find out exactly what your real options are with regards to moving to Australia.

The cost

The alternative is to try one of those ‘free services’ I mentioned earlier, but don’t be surprised if the free part goes very well and you are invited to have your profile reviewed in more detail. It is at that point that you will be expected to pay; one of the services I trialled requested $599 to take it further.

There is also a comment somewhere on this website from a reader who researched the UK market for MARA registered migration agents and narrowed it down to the two he thought were best; both gave ‘free assessments’ but to take it further one charged £95 for a ‘full appraisal’ and the other £250 plus VAT to ‘produce a report’.

If you know the exchange rate of AUD to GBP you will know what good value this Visa Assessment is.

This service provides a very thorough and accurate answer to the question “Would I qualify?”

My Visa Assessment Service, which Simon also sells directly from his website for $150, is available to readers of this website at a substantial discount.

The cost for your assessment here is just…..$100 AUD.

Please click on the “Buy Now” button below…


…to get started immediately.


Pay with PayPal or by credit card.

All payments are in Australia dollars (AUD) and processed securely through PayPal, but you do not need to have a PayPal account in order to purchase your assessment. To pay by credit card just look for the “Pay with a credit or debit card” link on the PayPal login page.

Pay with credit cardIf you pay using your PayPal account, you will be automatically redirected to the download page for the form you require. Do not navigate away from PayPal or close your browser.

If you pay by credit card this does not trigger the redirect, but this isn’t overly important as an e-mail will automatically be sent to all purchasers with download details whether you pay through your PayPal account or by credit card. This email should arrive in your inbox within five minutes of the transaction, if you can’t see it please check your spam or junk folders.

About your download and purchase:

  • Please contact me if you are unable to download the documentation or if, for some reason, you are not redirected to the download page AND you do not receive your automated email in your inbox or any of your spam or junk folders. I will then send you the documentation direct.
  • Please also note that this PDF document is a dynamic PDF and does not work with iPad.
  • The $100 AUD fee will be credited to your account should you decide to use my MARA agent to lodge your application.


I truly believe you will not get better value than this anywhere. Here’s a bit more about Simon Earles…

More about Simon Earles:

Simon Earles is founder and principal of Signet Consulting & Migration, a migration agency based in Brisbane. Simon is an experienced MARA registered migration agent, MARA no 0214055 and has been registered since 2002.

He was the Vice-President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) (Qld and NT Branch) for four years between 2011 and 2015, a position he held for two consecutive terms. . The MIA is the migration advice industry’s peak body. He has trained and has practised as a lawyer, but is currently practises exclusively as a registered migration agent. He is married with two daughters and lives in Brisbane, Queensland.

Prior to that he lived and worked in Hong Kong with his family for almost 14 years in the capacity of a commercial lawyer working for the British Hong Kong Government and after the handover in 1997, with the Hong Kong SAR government. He has dual Australian/ British citizenship.

As a registered migration agent he is obliged to keep up-to-date with industry developments and legislative amendments for the benefit of his clients. He is also required to obtain a required number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points every year to renew his migration agent’s registration.

As a further protection to his clients, as a registered migration agent Simon is bound by the MARA Code of Conduct. (The Code).The Code sets out best practice when assisting and providing migration advice to clients and it places a clear responsibility on MARA registered agents to act in the best interests of their clients.

Simon Earles: Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Management
  • Migration Agents Registration Number (MARN) 0214055
  • Registered since September 2003
  • Commissioner for Declarations

Book Your Visa Assessment Now…

Normally $150, but just $100 to BobinOz readers, credited to your account if you then go on to lodge your visa through Simon…


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  • Ahmedshah Safi January 20, 2017, 2:39 pm | Link

    Hello Dear bobbin!
    I’m British citizen I would like to move to Australia I have more experience
    1 computing
    2 translation
    3 chuffer driving
    4 completed diploma BTEC
    Please could you clearfy what is the requirements what shall I do ?

  • Ashleigh Fairfield January 19, 2017, 10:55 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am just looking for your opinion please. We are a family of 4, 2 kids under 7 and we are both under 30 currently living in UK. My husband is a joiner and I am a Sales Manager. My husbands family live in Perth and have done for 7 years. We were quoted from a visa agency just shy of £10,000 for everything (their fees included) does this sound about right? We looked into it last year and a different company said it would be £8,000 max.

    • Mark January 20, 2017, 8:06 pm | Link

      It depends what you mean by everything Im assuming Australian government fees for the visa It does seem a touch on the high side to be polite or OUCH to be more precise the GBP AUD $ rate wont have helped but that really does seem a lot as ever best thing to do is shop around…In fairness its a brave MARA agent that will quote you a price as its a variable with what you may or may not need So be careful of these that quote and will require that amount. If they are saying thats as a MAX then just ask them their fee instead thats perhaps the one to compare. Government fees are pretty fixed as are assessment fees what might be a major variable is the Agent fees

      • Ashleigh Fairfield January 20, 2017, 9:20 pm | Link

        Hi Mark, so this was with a company called Vusa Bureau. I could give you the detailed prices he gave me- their fee £1920. Skill test – £1409.42 (converted from AUS dollars) medicals are £350-450 p/p. Gov fees – $3,600 for main visa holder, $1,800 for partner and $900 each per child.
        I will be shopping around with a few other agents. Is this something that we could use you for? Sorry just a little unsure who can/can’t help us out!

        • BobinOz January 20, 2017, 9:50 pm | Link

          The government fees and the medicals are not going to change whichever migration agent you use. The skills test fee applicable to the authorised assessor won’t change either, but if you want a MARA agent to help you with it, then the fee they charge for it would vary.

          The only real variable is what the MARA agent charges so by shopping around that’s the only part that will change and it only represents about a quarter to a third of the total. Your best bet would be to secure the services of a good agent rather than a cheap one. If you were to go ahead with a visa assessment here as described on this page, then my agent, who I highly recommend, would list all of the charges applicable in writing so you can compare them with what you have already got.

          Good luck, Bob

          • Mark January 20, 2017, 10:04 pm | Link

            Well its not really me I am just someone who helps and contributes towards this site Ok your fees make a bit more sense now I hadnt allowed for mediclas as they are paid direct and as I said the AU$ GB£ wont have helped you…dont be put off treat it like a business expenditure you will likely be better off out here Their fees arent too bad but no harm to shop around it adds up to closer £9000 than 10 id say Skills assessment seems a lot but it could be worse case scenario and could be both of you Aus government fees for your visa are fixed and medicals you can do better than that A friend has just had one done 275 iand 170 children now thats not much difference but it all adds up Shop around…I personally choose to avoid Shire group for medicals…but as I say shop around. Bob has an agent as in Bob this website.. No harm asking him for a price The agent that is not Bob If Bob says he is OK Id put money on it he is.a good one . My friend above has just used True Blue Migration as they were company appointed and he cannot fault them I cant ask him what he has paid as its his companies bill You dont also usually lay it all out at once, as I said medicals are paid direct to the medical outfit. When you said everything above I hadn’t included them… Many agents take stepped payments eg they have a bit of a duty to take care of you Give the guy on here a shout Good luck and it is worth it. 10K GBP 9 or even 8 is a lot of money but if you can find it and get out here you will hopefully be rewarded

  • stace January 17, 2017, 1:03 pm | Link

    Hi there, the assessment – I will ring that guy – is it for UK visas? My partner is from a high risk country and our second child is due in May, also when my brother’s wedding in Brisbane is. My partner has had 2 tourist visas rejected for insufficient ties to own country, he is currently working in middle east and had employer letter but as our first baby is already here, they said he would be a visa overstayer. I wrote to Malcolm T and Mr Dutton to no avail. I find it outrageous that the we have children are in same age and old men are bringing mail order brides over and the government assumes everyone wants to migrate, not visit. The overseas offices are not always very clear either. Are tourist visas included? We are in a super tricky situation

    • BobinOz January 18, 2017, 12:52 am | Link

      This service isn’t really designed for tourist visas, simply because those are normally very easy to get. Not easy for everybody though, as you have found out, because, as I understand it, the majority of illegal immigrants in this country do arrive by plane on a tourist visa, not by boat as most people would imagine.

      If your partner is from a high-risk country and has been rejected twice, I really don’t see how using a MARA registered migration agent, whether it is my agent or anybody else, would alter the opinion of the immigration department. As you say, it is a super tricky situation, I’m not sure my agent would be able to help though.

      If you are determined to try and sort out though, I would suggest you engage the assistance of a lawyer who is also well versed on migration law here in Australia.

  • Zafa January 14, 2017, 12:49 am | Link

    Hi Bob, i have couple of questions , will appreciate if you can help in guiding for following 2 EOI questions:

    Are there any family members the client would like to include in a future application?
    Yes No

    Would the client be accompanied by the client’s partner in a future application?
    Yes No

    – Actually, I’m single and will be applying for the visa alone. But yes, definitely i would like to add my partner whenever i get married. (in future but not now).

    – And at some point, yes i would love my parents to join me (which seems impossible atm based on parent visa requirement).

    So, please advice for these questions.

    • BobinOz January 14, 2017, 8:08 pm | Link

      I don’t assist with this kind of thing, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent if you need help with your application.

  • Hussain January 13, 2017, 5:44 am | Link

    I am really confused about Australia PR Visa, My Wife is primay teacher and we are planning to move to australia from india her qualification is B.ed from top university from city.

    I have read many articles stating that for teachers we need to do skill assesment through Aitsl, which has so many complication like we need to get atleast 8 band score in ielts, if we get less then they will reject, and we need to provide Supervise Teaching Practice for 45 days. in india universities will not mention this but they will write just grades.

    i wanted to ask one general question regarding the skill assesment.

    Can we Do skill assesment through MARA agent is it possible ?

    Or it is compulsory to do skill assesment through Aitsl only ?

    please help

    • BobinOz January 13, 2017, 4:42 pm | Link

      If you Google “Skills assessment and assessing authorities”, you will find the government’s page on this. They explain that you have to be assessed by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation. So, no, a MARA agent cannot assess your skill, but a MARA agent could assist you with the process for a fee, he cannot do it for you though.

      If part of the requirement is that you need IELTS 8, then you will need to get that. Yes, it is complicated, that’s why I advise people to use a MARA registered migration agent when putting forward an application.

      • Hussain January 13, 2017, 11:00 pm | Link

        Thanks a ton Bob,

        You have Cleared my doubt,

    • rashmi January 21, 2017, 11:44 pm | Link

      Dear Hussain,

      If your wife has done a B.ed from a Top University , she definitely would have got the Supervised Teaching Practice, and if you both are unsure about the same, you should refer to her syllabus regarding the Number of days she recieved her STP.
      I did my B.ed from India only and i got the 45 days STP. I still havent applied to AITSL as i am still skeptical about it, waiting to find someone from india who has applied and has been successful.

  • Kevin January 11, 2017, 4:22 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I will be 54 in June of 2017 and I am married and have 4 children. I am in renewables in the US. My wife is a teacher and she is 46. From what I have read, over 50 is a bit to old to move to OZ. Is this an issue that would be to hard to over come. I will use Simon as my lead, but wanted ask what your thought was.
    Kind Regards,

    • BobinOz January 12, 2017, 6:45 pm | Link

      Hi Kevin

      My understanding from my agent is that it is very difficult for those over 50, but I notice that your wife is a teacher and she is 46. On that basis, it may be worthwhile my agent looking at your case with your wife as the main applicant because then your age doesn’t matter as the spouse of the main applicant.

      If your wife is able to qualify, then you can be included in her application in spite of your age and assuming your four children are under 18, then they can be included as dependents as well. If any of them are over 18, it then gets complicated, but that’s why I leave all this kind of stuff to my MARA agent.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • Ganesh Narale January 11, 2017, 12:42 am | Link

    Hi bob
    I’m 39 years 1 month old. I’m having 13 years of work exp in sales and application pertaining to metal cutting tools ( industrial product).
    Im preparing my self to apply for Australia PR visa.
    Recently I have taken break from work for personal reason – like MBA preparation and english language coaching.
    Since I have taken work break kindly let me know whether I’ll be eligible or not to apply.
    I’m graduate in mechanical engineering and now pursuing my MBA from Cardiff Met.


    • BobinOz January 12, 2017, 6:32 pm | Link

      I am not able to answer questions of this nature, only MARA registered migration agents can advise you on this kind of thing, it’s the law. So, you will need to talk to a MARA agent about your situation. Good luck, Bob

      • Ganesh Narale January 13, 2017, 12:49 am | Link

        Thanks bob

  • Karen Solari January 5, 2017, 7:50 am | Link

    Myself, my partner, our 2 year old and baby on the way have been considering moving to Australia for a year now but have never found an easy way to apply so coming across this has been a breath of fresh air. My partner is a refrigeration engineer and i work in finance so hoping these skilled jobs are still on the list so that we can move forward and hopefully start our new life in Australia like our 2 refrigeration engineer friends have done. Fingers crossed 😊

    • Mark January 5, 2017, 8:02 am | Link

      Im not sure the site makes applying for the actual visa any easier thats still the same process but it does give some comfort to be able to read others post and gain advice in certain areas As regards applying id use a migration agent they take all the hassle away from the application, you still have a lot to find for them paperwork wise and there is a fee but its like moving house to Australia ..youd use a removals outfit not do it yourself so Id say same applies to the visa application. Good luck to you

    • BobinOz January 5, 2017, 9:24 pm | Link

      Well, you only need one of your skills to be on the list, so if you want to check it I do have links to those lists on my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      Alternatively, as Mark has said, a MARA migration agent can look into your case for you and certainly this visa assessment service will answer that question for you and a great deal more.

  • Ajith George December 24, 2016, 12:49 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    At the outset let me congratulate and thank you for sharing all your experiences in moving to Australia. It is really wonderful to hear from somebody who has gone through the similar path.

    Whilst I am contemplating getting an assessment from Simon Earles, I was wondering if you could assist me this information. My skills have been assessed by ACS and is positive, however, the same qualification and experience also has the potential to be assessed by EA. The difference is in the occupational ceilings, only 25% vacancies are left in the ACS one and about 90% in the EA.

    So the query is can i submit my EOI application with the ACS assessed skills and continue processing my application for skills assessment by EA. Later if i get a positive result from EA also, apply for a second EOI with the EA assessment. What would be your view on this predicament of mine ?

    Best Regards


    • BobinOz December 24, 2016, 6:36 pm | Link

      I wouldn’t have a clue, I leave all of these matters to Simon. It is certainly something he would be able to advise you about and would be included in either your assessment report or the follow-up, should you decide to go ahead with it. Good luck, Bob

      • Ajith George December 25, 2016, 7:35 am | Link

        Thank You Bob.

  • Adekunle Adeniran December 22, 2016, 5:00 pm | Link

    I read it that only someone that graduated from Tasmania University or has a family living in Tasmania or has a job offer in Tasmania can be sponsored by Tasmania goverment for subclass 190. Please does it mean someone with a degree outside australia wihout a family or job offer in Tasmania is not eligible to apply for Tasmania Doverment sponsorship for subclass 190. Thank you

    • BobinOz December 23, 2016, 9:25 pm | Link

      I don’t actually answer these kinds of questions, only MARA registered migration agents are actually allowed to do that. You need to speak to a MARA agent yourself about your own situation.

  • kauchar hamid December 17, 2016, 8:23 pm | Link

    i want go to Australia . i am from bangladesh but now i am working in bahrain. how can i go Australia ?

  • Arslan Malik December 13, 2016, 5:22 am | Link

    Hay buddy .
    I am young energetic male from Pakistan and I really want to move Australia would u do some things for my work permit on done basis I will pay all ur fee ….. Waiting 4 ur rep

    • BobinOz December 13, 2016, 7:48 pm | Link

      Our assessment service only works one way, it is described in full above.

  • Avinesh Pillay December 12, 2016, 5:21 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I live in Washington, USA and we are planning to make a move to Brisbane. How can I get your service to start the process. I have australian qualification as well.

    • BobinOz December 12, 2016, 7:37 pm | Link

      It is all fully explained under the ‘How it works:’ heading above. Good luck, Bob

  • Krista Manning December 7, 2016, 12:34 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Just a note to support the information you provide regarding your visa assessment service and how great it has been to work with MARA agent Simon Earles. My partner and I used your visa assessment service in February 2015. It was such a smooth, easy process and a great use of $100.
    Prior to connecting with Simon through your website we had no idea how to begin turning our dream of living in Australia into an actual possibility. After completing the assessment questionnaire and meeting with Simon via skype, we learned where we stood in terms of qualifying points, what we could do to improve our score and options available to us. This information enabled us to develop a plan moving forward.
    I can’t say enough about how great your visa assessment service and MARA agent is so I strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about moving to Australia to take advantage of this opportunity. I’m so glad we did.
    Thank you for the awesome information on your website and for offering the visa assessment service.
    Newfoundland, Canada

    • BobinOz December 7, 2016, 7:32 pm | Link

      Hi Krista

      Thank you for such wonderful feedback about our visa assessment service. It’s great to hear that you and your partner found the process smooth and that it helped you work on a plan for moving to Australia.

      Hopefully that is where you will move to at some point soon, and if you do, it would be wonderful to hear from you again to see exactly how it all works out.

      Good luck with your plans and thanks again, Bob

      • Krista Manning December 9, 2016, 2:24 am | Link

        Hi Bob,
        We will definitely keep you posted on how it works out and where we end up 🙂 Very exciting times!

        • BobinOz December 9, 2016, 6:35 pm | Link

          Thanks Krista and yes, very exciting. I do hope it all goes smoothly, Bob

    • Nic January 7, 2017, 8:44 pm | Link

      Approx, How much does it cost for the Mara agent in total?

      • BobinOz January 8, 2017, 2:10 am | Link

        The exact costs are fully detailed in your written assessment report, should you decide to go ahead with an assessment. It’s impossible to give exact costs or even approximate costs based on no information at all. There are something like 130 different visas, then there are government costs, and there are potentially additional costs with help towards skills assessment and expression of interest.

        Moving to Australia isn’t cheap, but my MARA agent’s fees are extremely reasonable, you won’t be disappointed by what he charges, but you will need to go through the visa assessment service to find out how much it will cost for you.

  • Robert Savage December 5, 2016, 11:49 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I have been offered a job in NSW as an anaesthetist. The plan is I will go on a 457 visa. I have been assessed by the Australian College of Anaesthetists as Substantially comparable to an Australian and will undergo a day of assessment after 1 year ( which is, as far as I can gather results in the award of the Australian exam ). I would like to apply outright for residency. I am 49, have three children ages 13,11, 7 and a wife who used to be an intensive care nurse. I have also worked in Australia as an anaesthetist as a trainee for one year. I have family in Melbourne, two of my dads brothers emigrated many years ago, so I have a pile of Australian uncles and cousins. The reason I ask you this is, it has been suggested by other Doctors in Australia that I will not get residency straight off, but reading your blog it seems the $100 dollar fee is definitely worth a shot. What do you think?

    • BobinOz December 5, 2016, 11:41 pm | Link

      Yes, it is, but I would hurry up if I were you because once you hit 50 things start to get a lot trickier. In my opinion, and you really need an opinion of a MARA agent instead of mine, you really don’t want to lose this opportunity of a job sponsorship whilst you investigate permanent residency because it could all end in tears.

      So if you are going to chuck $100 at it, do it now, complete the form as soon as you receive it and return it as fast as you can. But whatever you do, don’t lose that job offer, it may be the best you will have. I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to secure your visa before you do hit 50. You say you are 49, but if you are 50 next month as opposed to in six months or nine months, you already have an urgent situation on your hands. Have I stressed enough yet? 🙂

      By the way, from what I’ve seen there’s nothing much wrong with a 457 visa because it can, I think, smoothly transition into PR after four years assuming you keep your nose clean here. Again though, check that with a MARA agent as soon as you can.

      Of course, my agent will be able to clarify all this for you as part of this visa assessment service. Good luck, Bob

      • Robert Savage December 6, 2016, 3:11 pm | Link

        Bob, thanks great advice, I am 49 in a month so have a little time but I’ll get onto this today.
        One other quick one, you say 457 visa can transition into permanent residency does that mean I can get residency from a 457 even though I will be over 50 then

        Thanks again

        • BobinOz December 6, 2016, 11:00 pm | Link

          Whether or not it can transition to PR is exactly why I think you need to be speaking to a MARA registered migration agent about your situation. I cannot answer this question myself, the law here in Australia is that only MARA migration agents can give this kind of advice.

          So, whilst I might think I know the answer, I’m not allowed to say it and that’s quite right too. Rules change all the time and only MARA migration agents can keep up with that, because it’s their job. So, just speak to an agent, they will explain all. Good luck, Bob

  • Mavis December 1, 2016, 8:54 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you for this information. I am thinking of moving to Australia. I have 3 adult childrens 24 year old, 22 & 20 year daughters, and 6 year old son 11 months grand son which i am intending to adopt.

    The intention of my of move is simply for education purpose for the childrens future. I work and my hubby is helping with our signage company .

    My son 24 yr & daughter 22 yr are currently working, 20 yr is year 11 this year, 6 yr boy in prep.

    what are the requirements and eligibilities that are require of me and my family. I have not intended to resigned as yet, as i am the bread winner.

    Looking forward to your kind response.

    kind regards//
    Mavis Mitchell
    Papua New Guinea

    • BobinOz December 1, 2016, 11:36 pm | Link

      The requirements for eligibility are very complicated, that’s why you really should consult with a MARA registered migration agent to find out how best to proceed. That’s what this visa assessment service is all about, helping people to know whether they are eligible to apply.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Hamid Mahmood November 30, 2016, 12:32 am | Link

    Dear Bob,
    I am a reader of your blog since last year and found it very useful in every aspect of AUS Migration. I’ve got 2 unsuccessful state nominations in a row, first from WA and 2nd from NT for 489 provisional visa for occupation 323111 Aircraft Engineer (with a positive outcome from TRA) after submission of EOI in March this year. Despite applying through a MARA registered agent. I would request for your advice if there a chance to reapply to NT or any best suggestion in this regard. Thank You.

    • BobinOz November 30, 2016, 11:26 pm | Link

      Well, from what has happened with your applications so far it’s not looking good, is it? I can’t answer your question, I’m not a MARA agent. I don’t know which MARA agent you used, so I really couldn’t tell you whether it’s worth you getting a second opinion from another MARA agent or even applying again.

      Australia isn’t an easy country to get into, as you’ve discovered, but only you can decide whether you want to give it another try or not. Good luck, Bob

  • Dominic Esposito November 26, 2016, 3:03 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you so much for making this such a pleasant read. I’ve searched the Internet and nothing comes close to how you’ve explained it.

    I am.going to be using your service from assessment stage and hopefully completion should I be approved.

    Signing up.tonight.

    Hope to speak to you soon.


    • BobinOz November 27, 2016, 9:01 pm | Link

      Thank you Dom, I always enjoy a good compliment 🙂 I’m very confident you will find my MARA agent and the assessment report you will receive to be very thorough and hopefully it will be just the first step towards moving to Australia on a permanent basis.

      Good luck with your plans, Bob

  • nathan November 24, 2016, 5:30 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    I’m Malaysia wish to migrate Australia…but I don’t have any skills or degree…is there any way to migrate this is for my sons future u want them to have studies here..

    • BobinOz November 24, 2016, 9:14 pm | Link

      It’s impossible for me to say Nathan, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent about that. A MARA agent would need to know all of your details before making an assessment, but I have to say, not having any skills or a degree will probably make it very difficult for you.

      Good luck though, Bob

  • Rose November 17, 2016, 1:29 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    I am a young, 20 year old student from Perth, WA. I moved to Australia in 2009 with my family on a diplomatic visa, and both my sister and I went to high school (yr 8-12) in Perth and obtained our WACE exams, allowing us further entry into Uni. In 2014 we had to leave Australia as our diplomatic visa expired, but in 2015 we returned back on international student visas. We both study Occupational Therapy which is on the Skilled List and a very highly regarded occupation, but we are panicking as the course is very expensive and we would like to know if there is any chance we could apply for our PR? We have been here for so long now! We went to a public Australian high school, obtained ATARS of 89 and are at a state university, what more can we do to be accepted for the PR visa??? According to my father the diplomatic visa is not recognized as a foundation to apply for residency.
    Please please help us :((


    • BobinOz November 18, 2016, 12:38 am | Link

      Well, this visa assessment service won’t help you get PR, but my MARA agent will be able to inform you what your chances are of successfully applying for PR after looking at your circumstances. He can also help you apply for it if he thinks you are a suitable candidate for a successful application if you appoint him to act on your behalf.

      If he does not think you have a good chance of a successful application, he would probably be able to advise you of the steps you could take to improve your chances at some time in the future.

      So yes, he can help, but there are no guarantees of PR.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Alexa November 17, 2016, 11:59 am | Link

    I’m from the United States and currently on a working holiday visa and living Sydney. I am currently working as an au pair and have plans to stay with the family until April but my visa is up in January. I have bought a ticket to New Zealand to travel for two weeks and then return to Australia on a tourist visa. I also have plans to return back to Sydney in October 2017 for 6 months and most and possibly go back to school.

    Would Simon be able would be able tell/help me what type of visa I should apply for or need when I come back in October and if I will be able to re-enter on a tourist visa in January.


    • BobinOz November 17, 2016, 11:57 pm | Link

      The visa assessment service we offer here is probably more comprehensive than you need in your situation. You really don’t need a visa assessment to apply for a tourist visa, I’m pretty sure you would be able to do that yourself online for free.

      Whether or not it will be granted, it’s hard to say simply because you intend to apply and return so quickly after having completed a long spell here on a WHV. Immigration might legitimately wonder why you want to come here as a ‘tourist’ when you have only just left.

      If you are interested in coming here to study, then you may be better off getting a free assessment from my student expert, for details of that please see my page about Student Visas.

      Good luck, Bob

  • GAURAV TYAGI October 27, 2016, 2:34 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am currently in Sydney with my partner both working with different companies. Our 476 work visa is expiring in february 2017. Thus my husband’s company is ready to sponsor him with 457 skilled worker visa but we need someone just to verify our documents once before submitting at both sponsoring and nominating stage. Can you help … what could be the fee please, much appreciated.

    Thanks & regards,

    • BobinOz October 28, 2016, 6:12 pm | Link


      This isn’t a service that we offer here, any MARA migration agent will tell you that by just verifying someone’s documents, that is to say checking everything is in order before the application goes off, leaves them with the same liabilities as if they had prepared the application from the very beginning. So in many ways there’s as much work in checking everything as there is in preparing the application from scratch.

      Additionally, quoting you a fee would involve an in-depth look and what you’ve already done which in itself is very time-consuming. My MARA agent would be more than happy to help you with your application, but that would need to start with you purchasing the assessment and completing the questionnaire as that gives my agent all the information he needs to know about you. You can give all the additional information about what you have done so far and the paperwork you have prepared in your email when you return the completed questionnaire. My MARA agent can then give you a written quotation of the fees that would be applicable to exactly what you want done from there and the $100 you have already paid will be credited towards that.

      Hope that helps, many thanks, Bob

  • Anchal October 20, 2016, 9:01 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    What is total fee for mara agent fee and what are terms and clause for refund if after paying 100 AUD i dont feel to go with it then?


    • BobinOz October 21, 2016, 8:36 pm | Link

      The total fee can only be determined after assessment and is detailed in full in writing as part of the report. There are certainly things that affect the final costs; the size of your family, the type of visa you will be coming on, whether you need help with skills assessment or the EOI etc, so that’s why you need to go through the assessment first.

      My guarantee is printed at the foot of my Shop page.

      Many thanks, Bob

  • Knz October 6, 2016, 5:58 am | Link

    We are NZ citizens with an Autistic child of 11 years old schooling and living in NZ.
    I am having experience of 10 years in IT in NZ. I am getting all points to apply for AU Perm Resident, but AU Immigration accepts/approve my PR application based on my Autistic child or not? I know we can come and live in Australia Indefinitely as the temporary resident, Still, I would like to apply for Permanent Residency in Australia. I do not want to take risk migrating AU if there is no PR for us.

    I will be appreciated if you please respond to my query ASAP.


    • BobinOz October 6, 2016, 8:35 pm | Link

      I believe that each case is looked at on its own merits, so I really can’t speak on behalf of the immigration department. Only they can give you the definitive answer.

      You might like to Google ‘autism and the Australian health requirement’, you will find some related articles on the subject. Good luck, Bob

  • Mohammad Ismail Hoque September 16, 2016, 4:17 pm | Link

    Hi Sir,
    Could you please tell me that, it is possible to migrate Australia from Bangladesh as per below Information:
    Education: Post Graduate, Subject: Finance and Banking
    Present Occupation: Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    Accounts and Finance work Experience: 16 years
    English speaking: good, writing : very good.
    Marital Status: Married, have 2 Sons
    Living at: Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Ismail Hoque

    • BobinOz September 16, 2016, 8:38 pm | Link

      This is not how our assessment service works. If you would like my MARA agent to help you, please re-read the above information in full and follow the instructions given.

      Good luck, Rob

  • Alex September 5, 2016, 8:07 pm | Link

    I have paid for an assessment which was submitted Wednesday 31st. There has been no contact from your MARA agent even when I followed up this morning.. is this usual?



    • BobinOz September 5, 2016, 8:29 pm | Link

      No Alex, this isn’t usual. Simon telephoned me on Thursday last week to let me know he had been called away from the office quite suddenly and would not be back until much later today, Monday. That would be why you haven’t heard anything.

      Having said that, your Wednesday is our Thursday here in Australia, so at best we are only on day three of your returned questionnaire. As it says here, Simon does try to turn these assessments around within 5 to 7 working days, so he still does have time to do that, although I do suspect he might struggle to meet that deadline now.

      Usually he does acknowledge receipt of returned questionnaires as soon as he gets them, but clearly he was not able to do that so I can only assume that where ever he has gone to, he doesn’t have access to the internet.

      Rest assured, everything is under control though and you will hear from him very soon and he will be able to give you a firm indication of when you’re assessment report will be returned.

      I appreciate your patience under the circumstances.

      Many thanks, Bob

      • Alex September 5, 2016, 8:35 pm | Link

        No worries thanks for your response Bob

  • Bonkers911 September 5, 2016, 4:14 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,
    I have a query, I wrote my ielts exam and this is the result. L-8.5, R-8, W-7.5, S-7, I am expecting my CDR’s assessment in the next week. However my points are accumulating as these:
    Age: 30 points
    Education: 15 points
    English: 10 points

    I am a mechanical engineer who graduated in 2014 so I don’t have a work experience of 3 years to qualify for 5 points.

    Can you suggest which state should I submit my EOI for and is there any chance of me getting nominated by any state?

    Or should I just wait for myself to complete 3 years of my work experience.
    Thank you for your time and attention.

    • BobinOz September 5, 2016, 5:31 pm | Link

      Hi Bonkers

      I’m afraid I do not answer individual questions about visas and eligibility, only MARA migration agents are allowed to do that. My MARA agent would obviously be able to advise you of the best way to proceed if you were to go through the above-mentioned service, but if you don’t want to do that then you may get some help by reading the comments on my page about EOI.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Donna September 5, 2016, 7:31 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I purchased the visa assessment service online tonight but I haven’t received any confirming emails.
    I’m beginning to wonder if I actually included my email address in the application!
    Could you please let me know.

    • BobinOz September 5, 2016, 5:15 pm | Link

      Hi Donna

      The confirmation emails get sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account, so that should be where you will find it. Sometimes it goes into the spam or junk folder though, particularly with email accounts like Hotmail and Gmail who have quite strange ways of dealing with some emails.

      So, the email is probably in a folder somewhere, but I will send it to you again right now and if you still can’t find it, do get back to me.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Chris Leyland September 4, 2016, 7:42 am | Link

    Hi, this is a question about timescales.
    I’m a Secondary school teacher. If I was successful in obtaining a position, what sort of timescale are we looking at for obtaining a visa.?
    We are looking at moving as a family, and I’m aware that the Term dates differ greatly from the UK in the Australian school system, and would want to give my present employer a realistic timescale for notice for leaving.
    Many thanks,

    • BobinOz September 5, 2016, 4:57 pm | Link

      I’m afraid timescales are impossible to predict, they vary wildly. I’ve known some visa applications go through quickly within two months or so and others take well over a year.

      It largely depends on your situation, the kind of visa you go for and how quickly it gets processed by DIBP. Trying to predict how long it will take would be guesswork.

      Once precise details of your application are known and it has been submitted, I’m sure a good MARA agent would be able to give you some kind of answer to this question, but again, that would still involve a little guesswork as so much relies on the speed of processing by DIBP.

      Cheers, Bob

  • NN September 2, 2016, 9:21 pm | Link

    What’s the average fee for the MARA agent from beginning (including help with skills assessment) to all the way through visa lodgement for Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189)? Just in case do also have couple dependents.

    • BobinOz September 5, 2016, 4:48 pm | Link

      It’s almost impossible to quote fees without knowing exactly what’s needed, that is why my MARA agent includes a full written quotation of all the potential costs after he has assessed you.

      What I can tell you though is that my agent’s fees are very reasonably priced and compare favourably to other MARA agents. You won’t be disappointed. For what it’s worth, last time I spoke to him about this he was charging $2550 for lodgement and $800 to help with skills assessment plus GST at 10%.

      Having said that, I don’t know whether that would be the price for you, we can only know that for sure after you have been assessed and my agent knows exactly what needs to be done in your case.

      As for the government visa application fees, they are all explained on the government’s website and I have a video on my page about Visas which explains how you drill down into it to find those fees and much more.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • Brenda G Cook August 30, 2016, 1:19 pm | Link

    I want to move to Australia from United States of America to get Visa to move there can Simon help me get one

    • BobinOz August 30, 2016, 8:28 pm | Link

      Simon can look at your options for you, but he cannot guarantee to get you a visa. Visas are issued by the Australian Government, what Simon can do is tell you whether or not you are in a position to put forward an application that has a very good chance of being successful.

  • Ravi sharma August 27, 2016, 7:20 pm | Link

    i would like to apply for work in australia. Can u please suggest me ?

  • jackie August 27, 2016, 1:08 am | Link

    My name is Jacklin and I’m 31 years old looking to work in Australia, I am a dental hygienist and i grew up in Canada since i was 12 years of age. I am wondering if i should or need to do the ielts test. i see they require 7 score point to achieve over 65-70points. But i am wondering if i apply with out doing the ielts test. Is it a waste of time or should i do the test then apply..


    • BobinOz August 29, 2016, 4:34 pm | Link

      That’s not a question I’m able to answer, only MARA registered migration agents can advise you with regards to eligibility. If you were to go through the above assessment service my agent would certainly let you know exactly what you would need to do, including whether or not you need to take IELTS. Good luck, Bob

  • Happiness August 23, 2016, 9:49 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    You are doing a sterling job on here, all for free, what a legend.

    Anyway, I am going to use the Visa Assessment Service (today). I know I will need my skills assessed and the relevant body has a processing time of around 15 working days (& a cost attached!). Should I go ahead and make my skills assessment application or wait for Simon’s response? Or is the skills assessment something Simon would lead on? I already know I have the minimum points requirement for >1 visa type but otherwise am at the start of the process…

    I’m not sure if this is a question for you (or Simon) but I’ll ask in the hope you know and can answer. I understand that ‘if you have a skilled date in your skills assessment, work experience prior to this would not count’. I am an accountant, does the skilled date apply to my degree or when I got my professional qualification/membership?

    Appreciate your help immensely!

    • BobinOz August 24, 2016, 8:38 pm | Link

      Hi Happiness, thanks for calling me a legend, I like that 🙂

      As you have suggested, there is a fee attached to that skills assessment, it’s certainly higher than the visa assessment price. This is in some ways a chicken and egg question, because if you somehow fail the skills assessment, then maybe you don’t need the visa assessment.

      On the other hand, maybe you would still go for a visa assessment to see if there is another direction you can take. On the other hand as well, because I do have two hands, you could pass the skills assessment but not qualify for a visa due to some other eligibility criteria that Simon would have been able to tell you about before you did the skills assessment and wasted the money paying for it.

      If there is an advantage in having the visa assessment first, it is simply that Simon can confirm your eligibility and that you are taking the right pathway.

      I think what you need to weigh up is what you want to spend your money on first, but I don’t think there is an absolute correct answer to that question.

      The second question I know is a bit of a minefield, and I believe that ultimately it is the assessors or the governing body for your skill who calculate your work experience, so it’s in their hands, not yours or ours.

      I hope that all makes sense, and good luck with your application.

  • himanshu August 20, 2016, 11:51 pm | Link

    Hi, Bob
    I am 38 yrs old with 9 years of hospitality experience in India .Currently i am working as hotel manager operations . Do i have relevant experience for Australia.
    Thank you

    • BobinOz August 21, 2016, 8:14 pm | Link

      I couldn’t tell you, but my MARA agent would be able to advise you on this if you were to decide to go through with the above described visa assessment.

  • Abdurahman August 12, 2016, 4:15 pm | Link

    I have applied for visa subclass 190, Several months have passed since I submitted the latest documents requested from me (i.e. on 05-Apr-2016) and More than one year has gone since I lodged my application on 24-Jun-2015.
    Could you please advise if there any way to get the required visa from Immigration Department.

    Best regards
    Abdurahman Akil

    • BobinOz August 12, 2016, 9:28 pm | Link

      You would need to speak to them directly about your case, or get assistance with this from a MARA registered migration agent. Good luck, Bob

  • Merin Shrestha August 11, 2016, 5:24 am | Link

    Hi there, need some advice on my case i was at Australia 0n 2008 on student visa for diploma course completed my course & successfully done visa extend but didn’t went my college for 3 month and as my father was sick i came back to my country nepal 0n 2010. After 1 month i return back to australia on october 2010 but immigartion caught me at airport & depoted me as i was not attending my class. now after 6 years my wife want to study in australia & planning for master degree as i am wondering what will be the consequences if we applied together as i want to be with her on spouse visa. please suggest me for the best thank you…

    • BobinOz August 11, 2016, 9:11 pm | Link

      You need to speak to a MARA registered migration about this, I’d choose one that is also a lawyer as well if I were you. See my page about Migration Agents to help you find one.

  • Tony August 11, 2016, 2:20 am | Link

    Dear sir
    Am writing for the first time here to find if i can able to get a chance to stay and work at Austria
    Am a skills trade man of building and construction and have more than ten years working experience.i now live in Ghana west Africa.can i apply for and what type of visas?How should i get stated.

    • BobinOz August 11, 2016, 9:06 pm | Link

      Getting a visa is the hard bit, my page about Visas should help you get started though.

  • Kobus August 10, 2016, 6:41 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    My wife and I are in the process of applying for AUS residency on the Subclass 189 visa as my wife holds a CA(SA) qualification and appears on Skilled Occupation List.
    We have proceeded with collating our information in line with the requirements and thus requires a Skills and Work experience assessment done by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
    We have submitted the relevant forms and supporting work experience confirmation letters for assessment by this authority to which we have received a response indicating that my wife’s work experience indicated does not align to the ANZSCO code we applied for being External Auditor (221213).

    I would therefore like to request your advice based on my wife’s work experience which ANZCO code she should apply for to achieve the maximum points on her EOI and provide us with the best chance of being selected to apply for Visa 189. We furthermore might have applied for the correct ANZSCO code, however the way in which the supporting documents were presented might not have been correct.

    My question, would your MARA agent be able to assist us with the way in which our documentation needs to be presented and ensure we apply for the correct ANZSCO code?


    • BobinOz August 11, 2016, 8:56 pm | Link

      This is a good question but a really difficult one to answer. Yes, my MARA agent will be able to assist you, but only to a certain point. He is a MARA migration agent, so he doesn’t have inside knowledge on other skills like accountancy, IT, the legal or medical professions etc, so he can’t simply look at somebody’s CV and pick out an ANZSCO code.

      What he will try and do is work with you on it, pointing you to the skills and experiences needed by some of these codes and asking you whether you have those skills and experiences in your day-to-day working environment.

      When it comes to the skills assessment, it’s a similar story. He cannot get someone passed a skills assessment, that process is purely down to the person with the skill to convince the assessor that they can do everything that the assessor wants them to do.

      So, I know my MARA agent will do his best to assist you, but I can’t guarantee he will find a suitable ANZSCO code to match your wife’s experience or ensure that she gets past the skills assessment.

      As part of this initial assessment though, all that will happen is that my MARA agent will suggest codes that might be suitable, but it would be down to your wife to look at the required skills and experiences of that code to decide for herself whether it fits what she does.

      I hope that makes sense, cheers, Bob

  • Devinder singh August 8, 2016, 9:38 am | Link

    I am diploma in pharmacy and doing builder business in India and have good ascents and property I want to settel in Australia how its possible my kids are studying in 8th and 9th school in India , I want to invest in Australia and Pr for Australia please help and guide 9915070125

    • BobinOz August 8, 2016, 5:48 pm | Link

      If you want my agent to help you with this, please read and follow the above instructions fully.

  • beh August 7, 2016, 3:27 pm | Link

    Hope you are well.

    I have a question that Mr.Simon Earles can do assessment visa also for New Zealand?

    Thank you

    • BobinOz August 8, 2016, 5:11 pm | Link

      Simon only deals with visa applications for Australia. Sorry about that, good luck though, Bob

  • Giulia July 30, 2016, 7:33 am | Link

    Hi Bob!
    I want to apply for a Partner Visa and I know is the only type of visa I may be granted. So I don’t need to know which visa is better for me.
    Though I’d like to do your visa assessment because I want to know from your migration agent Simon if my situation is good for being granted the visa. You know that every case/couple is different and for sure my partner and I are not a couple living an ordinary life. This means, I’m scared about the outcome of the application because we don’t meet all the requirements.
    So do you think that with Simon’s assessment I’ll have peace of mind and some questions answered? In the form is possible to write extra details about my situation?
    I’ve done a “free assessment” before and it was so useless. They just asked my personal details, job, relationship duration and their answer was Yes I can apply for a Partner Visa! But the answer wasn’t what I wanted. My partner and I want to know if I’ve got a chance to be granted the visa, according to our personal situation. And maybe, why not, receive some help with the visa if the process gets complicated. But as for now I’m able to apply for it without help.

    Thank you!

    • BobinOz July 31, 2016, 11:49 pm | Link

      Yes, for sure, the assessment that my agent does goes way beyond the free assessments that you talk about.

      In this assessment, firstly you will need to complete all of the standard information in the questionnaire, which is a PDF, but when you return that by email you are also free to include additional comments about your situation that you think are relevant.

      Once my agent has reviewed all of your information, this is followed up by a 20 to 30 minute Skype conversation for you to ask any questions about your situation and the process that you need cleared up. The whole point of this assessment is for my MARA agent to advise you whether or not you have the chance of applying successfully for a visa for Australia.

      If my agent does think you do have a chance, then he would more than happy to help you further with your application if you want him to, and he will detail the fees for this.

      Hope that helps, and good luck, Bob

  • jessica July 27, 2016, 2:40 pm | Link

    My inquiry is can i apply Australian visa to meet my friend for just 10 days. And what will be required terms and conditions in that case.. ?

    • BobinOz July 27, 2016, 5:23 pm | Link

      I don’t actually answer inquiries of this nature, I leave all of that to my MARA agent. This page just describes the service he offers. Good luck, Bob

  • James Crampton July 25, 2016, 3:38 am | Link

    Hi Bob

    Cut along story short me and my family want to move to Australia, this is not something we are thinking about but something we actually really want to do. I am after some advice with regards visa or if you can point me in the direction. I did a four your engineering apprentice gaining several NVQ 2 and 3 and also went to university and gained ONC and HNC in mechanical engineering, since the age of 24 (I am now 39) I have worked in sales for engineering/manufacturing companies and I have always had to use my technical skills because of product knowledge in the sales role, I recently spoke to an agency who suggested that I would probably be best applying for the state sponsored visa od southern Australia that comes under the job description – Sales Rep Industrial products, but they did say I was border line if I would get visa, because even though I have engineering qualifications I do not have a degree, highest is an HNC, but when they assess me they may take in to consideration my works experience instead of a degree, he said if I went for the assessment and it was expected its pretty straight forward getting the visa, however it would cost a couple of thousand pounds to get the assessment done and I could get turned down, any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thank you in advance

    Best Regards


    • BobinOz July 26, 2016, 12:12 am | Link

      I can’t give you advice with regards to your eligibility to qualify for a visa, only MARA registered migration agents are qualified to do that. You have already spoken to one of those, and he seems to think it’s touch and go for you.

      He has suggested you get an assessment done, and it sounds to me as though he means a skills assessment and if that is the case, then whether you pass or not will be down to the relevant skills assessing authority.

      Whilst a MARA agent might be able to give you an idea of your chances of passing the assessment, I don’t think any agent would be able to know for sure that you would pass it. So, as I say, I can’t advise you, but if you’re unhappy with what your agent has told you, you could always get a second opinion from another MARA agent, although that opinion could end up being the same as the first opinion.

      Good luck though, Bob

  • sunil July 24, 2016, 7:53 pm | Link

    Hi Bob. Thanks a lot for providing the evershining knowledge. I am a private tutor from India. Age 41 years. I lodged my skill assessment at my own on 5th may 2016 from vetassess and now getting problems in file progress. I need help of your Mara agent. I am ready to pay the fees. Please help me bob. Please reply.

    • BobinOz July 24, 2016, 9:26 pm | Link

      Then please go ahead and pay for the initial assessment as detailed above. Then you would need to complete the questionnaire you will receive. With that information my MARA agent will be able to look at your case from there, verify whether or not you are in a position to apply for a visa and also provide you with full details of the costs involved in progressing your application further.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Vikash July 12, 2016, 4:16 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am using a mara agent currently who said he has just lodged my vetassess application but I have not got any reference no from him and I think he is charging us heavy amount. my question is can someone change mara agent after vetassess application?

    • BobinOz July 12, 2016, 6:10 pm | Link

      Yes, you can change MARA agent’s at any time, but it might not be a good idea if you have already paid your first MARA agent. I’m pretty sure you will not get a refund, because he has already done the work on your behalf.

      So you may want to stick with him for a bit, just to see how it goes. Good luck, Bob

  • roop July 11, 2016, 4:43 pm | Link


    I want to apply for VETASSESS under farmer category. I want to what documentation should i submit to get assessed for this category.


    • BobinOz July 11, 2016, 9:57 pm | Link

      I cannot answer questions of this nature, I am not a MARA migration agent. If you need help with the process, I suggest you contact a MARA agent.

      If you would like to have a MARA migration agent process your application for you, then maybe you should consider going through this visa assessment service. Good luck, Bob

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