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.

Why?

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

To get this process started immediately, please click on the ‘Buy Now’ button below…




 

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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  • Maz May 23, 2017, 10:17 pm | Link

    Hi. Do you have any further information on the new 5 year parent visa which I believe will be coming into effect shortly. Many thanks

  • Laurent Bien-Aimé Andriatahina Ralaimaro May 20, 2017, 5:45 pm | Link

    I am the man 57 years old from Madagascar. I want to immigrate and work in your country and I want to receive a reply and information from you in my Email adress. Thank so much

    • BobinOz May 22, 2017, 5:02 pm | Link

      That’s not how this assessment service works, please read the above page in full for all the details.

  • Natalie May 15, 2017, 7:55 pm | Link

    Hi. I am a qualified chartered accountant of 1.5 years [CIMA], but have worked in Finance for 7 years, I also have a HNC in Electrical and Mechanical engineering. What would the best method of application be do you think?

    • BobinOz May 16, 2017, 8:41 pm | Link

      You would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent to find out the best method for you. That’s just one of the questions this visa assessment will answer for you if you were to use this service.

  • Trev. May 3, 2017, 3:44 am | Link

    Hi,
    I used your point calculator on your site to see if I still qualify for immigration. And I scored dead on 60. And I know that even if you score enough points, you might not get invited to apply for PR. I was wondering if you knew if I stand much chance on getting invited with just 60 points? I have heard it depends on your occupation, but if that’s true or not I don’t know. If that is true, im a mechanic from the UK.

    Thanks,
    Trev.

    • Mark May 3, 2017, 9:45 am | Link

      Its impossible to tell but I’d say you stand more chance now than you will next year and the year after…If you going to do it dont hang about…
      I am no expert for that your need a MARA but there are many people out here under the current 60 points system that scored just 60 points, the type pf visa you are after may matter also. As well as if 2000 other mechanics apply… So yes you stand every chance with 60 points Good Luck

  • Hiren Patel May 2, 2017, 7:18 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I am trying for Australia PR.
    My agent suggests me subclass189 or subclass489 as i am in IT/Software field.
    He is charging as follow:
    1. Registration Fees : $415 AUD .
    2.Skill assessment : $1035 AUD (for main applicant) + $415 AUD (for my wife)
    3.EOI : $828 AUD
    4.Visa Application : $828 AUD
    Total approx. $3110 AUD plus 15%tax.
    So i would like to ask you that is worth or this might too high??
    Any help from you greatly appreciated.
    I belongs to very middle class family so your help will meant for me a lot.
    Thanks in advance.

    • BobinOz May 3, 2017, 9:32 pm | Link

      I’m afraid I have no idea what MARA agent’s usually charge for various services, so I cannot comment on your quote. If you want to look into average fees charged by moral agents, there is a link that will help you on my page about Migration agents.

  • Tiina April 28, 2017, 10:19 pm | Link

    Hi, does anybody know whether Simon send a confirmation email when receiving the filled out questionnaire? Don’t want to pester him, but it has been a few days and I am not sure whether he would confirm he received it first before completing the assessment?
    Thank You

    Kristina

    • BobinOz April 28, 2017, 11:56 pm | Link

      Hi Kristina

      Yes, Simon does usually acknowledge receipt of completed questionnaires, so you should have received something by now. I notice you have a Hotmail account, please check your spam or junk folders as this email client, along with Gmail, does tend to do strange things to genuine emails.

      If you do find something in there, you will need to whitelist his email address to make sure further emails get through. If you haven’t received anything, let me know and I will chase it up.

      • Tiina April 29, 2017, 9:26 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,

        Thank you, that would be great if you could try to chase this up as we are having no luck so far. I tried the spam folders and I tried to email the documents separately as well as ‘submitting’ via the form. I’ll be happy to email everything again to make sure he get it.

        Thank You

        • BobinOz May 2, 2017, 5:45 pm | Link

          Sorry for the delay getting back to you Kristina, yesterday was a public holiday here (we also had another public holiday last week) so we’ve had a long weekend. I’ve just got off the telephone to my MARA agent, he has confirmed he received your questionnaire on the 25th and responded the same day to acknowledge that receipt.

          He received further emails from both yourself and your husband yesterday chasing it up again, and he responded yesterday with a further acknowledgement. So sounds as if the emails are not getting through to your Hotmail account, but it is worth checking your spam and junk folders again.

          Even if you cannot find anything, rest assured he has received the information from you and you can expect to get your assessment report in due course.

          Hopefully you can find those emails somewhere in your Hotmail client and if you do, it would be worth you googling how to whitelist his email address in Hotmail to hopefully prevent further emails going missing.

          • Tiina May 2, 2017, 9:41 pm | Link

            Hello Bob,

            Thank you so much for your help, that’s great!
            I checked the spam folders but there was nothing in there either, so it must be like you said, due to our hotmail account which is possibly blocking some emails for some reason. I will look into that to sort it out.

            We are looking forward to hearing from Simon soon.

            Many Thanks,

            Kristina

            • BobinOz May 3, 2017, 9:08 pm | Link

              Sounds good. I’m going to send you a direct email to let you know which email address you need to whitelist. If you haven’t received anything from me within the next half hour, check your spam and junk folders again to see if my email has gone in there as well.

              Hopefully we can get something to start coming through, cheers, Bob

  • Daniel April 28, 2017, 4:10 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    In regards to the Visa Assessment Service, if my partner and I are looking at both being assessed are we to purchase two assessments? Or is there an option to include your common law partner on the same assessment?

    Thank you!

    • BobinOz April 28, 2017, 6:25 pm | Link

      I’m afraid no, you don’t get two assessments for one fee, if you really wanted both of you to be assessed, you would have to pay twice. On the bright side though, you get twice as many opportunities of getting a positive assessment 🙂

      I normally suggest just getting one assessment done first, after all only one of you needs to qualify if you are long-term partners, so if you think you know who is likely to have the best chance just get an assessment done on that person for now and see what happens.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Tiina April 28, 2017, 10:21 pm | Link

      Hi,

      i have completed the questionnaire for my husband to be the main applicant as we want to explore his options, however there is exactly same questionnaire for the spouse so Simon will get the information for both people anyway. I assume he can base his assessment on this information given and suggest different routes? So in my opinion, there is no need for two assessments.

      • BobinOz April 29, 2017, 12:02 am | Link

        That is sometimes correct, and that’s why I suggest getting one assessment done in the first instance. If Simon looks at the main applicant and for some reason doesn’t think it stands much chance, but feels that the spouse would have a better chance, he would email back and suggest completing the form again with a different main applicant.

        Sometimes though, both partners have very similar chances in which case he wouldn’t switch and in those cases it may be advantageous to do two assessments to double your chances.

  • Milica April 24, 2017, 6:03 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I have started visiting your website since I began my migration process 2 years ago and I have found many useful information, thank you.
    I am afraid I have reached the dead end and I am thinking about giving up, but I still want to move to Australia..
    I have received positive outcome from EA under the occupational category 233914 Engineering technologist but I had unfortunate circumstance that the letter came on my 40th birthday so I lost points on account of my age. Since I have a good command of the English, I had expected to compensate the lack of points with band 8 in IELTS. But in 4 attempts I have scored lower grade in one module. Not to mention that I have already spent a substantial amount of money. I have visited Simon’s website but I haven’t found possibility to make an enquiry other that to purchase visa assessment service. I would like to pay for an advice or the further course of the procedure if possible since I have already identified initial factors such as occupational category.
    I would be grateful for your answer, Milica

    • BobinOz April 24, 2017, 8:26 pm | Link

      Well, the only way to engage Simon is to go through the visa assessment first, because that’s the only way that he can get all the information he needs to help you.

      Even though you have done all of this research and work over the last couple of years, he would have to start from scratch and so this is the only way we operate. That said, if your stumbling block is just getting those extra points from the English language test, consider doing the Pearson’s test instead of IELTS.

      To find out about that, have a look at my page How to Pass IELTS and look for the update towards the bottom.

      Also, the following post my help, be sure to read the comments on both as well.

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17407/whats-it-really-like-to-take-the-ielts-test/

      Hope that helps and good luck.

      • Milica April 25, 2017, 3:04 am | Link

        Thank you Bob for your reply and for doing what you do.
        I haven’t thought about other English language tests since I have done so many preparations for IELTS but it is a very good advice. I’ll check it out.
        Thank you as well for clarifying how the procedure of engaging MARA agent works. I wish I had this information at the beginning, I might still decide to take that path.

  • Tiina April 21, 2017, 11:27 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I’ve been checking your website for a while now and I find it very useful. Me and partner are thinking of immigrating from the UK. I’m keen to apply for the 189 skilled visa in the near future, just need to get higher score in the IELTS test to add up some points to get 60 to be able to apply.
    One thing I don’t understand is why are there so many occupations on the ‘list’ which don’t require university degree but if you apply for this type of visa the assessing body requires you having one..? Eg. my partner is a data cabler which is on the ‘shortage’ list but for him to be assessed by the Engineers Australia he would need a university degree. This is however not needed for the job! Neither in Oz. Same for lets say, plumbers or carpenters etc. Im confused.
    Even though my partner has over 10 years of experience he cant be assess as he has no uni degree.
    Because of that I am planning on applying through my occupation which is also on the list but I have only short experience and therefore need 20 points from the IELTS test. I just missed this by 0.5 point…grrrr
    I wonder if its worth contacting Simon for advice. Do you think he would be able to suggests different visa paths?

    Many Thanks!

    • Mark April 22, 2017, 8:21 am | Link

      Trades people have whats called a skills test and no it doesnt need a degree I am not sure where your info is from ….I am not a trade but met a few that are and it was a skilled assessment that is even done in UK by accredited testers…E.g they may ask your husband a number of questions etc etc…. I am sure someone will be along shortly with more details for you on that ….or have a read on here…Finally also have a read on here about Pearson instead of Ielts. Its in the drop down menu above Visa Ielts I and many others found it far far better and easily scored the 0.5 that always missing with Ielts

      • Tiina April 22, 2017, 10:11 pm | Link

        Hi Mark,

        Thank you for your reply. I think you’re right, I got confused as his trade is kind of in between two different trades. Unfortunately, I don’t think his occupation is actually on the list, although it is super close to few of them! Never heard of Pearson, but will look it up. Just received my Ielts results and although i got 8.5 in all modules, I received 7.5 in listening which I am gutted for:-(

  • sahan karunathilaka April 21, 2017, 11:56 am | Link

    Hi,
    I am currently a student at CDU following MBA ( professional practise) and I am 25 years old. I have completed CIMA and have obtained their membership ACMA. I have current IELTS score of 8 , 8 , 7 and 6.5 for writing in academic . My skilled occupation would be accounting. can I apply for permanent resident in Australia through this qualifications. I do not have required working experience after obtaining membership.

    • BobinOz April 21, 2017, 6:50 pm | Link

      I don’t know, I’m not a MARA agent, but this is exactly why we set up this visa assessment service. If you want to know if you can apply, and you would like my MARA agent to help you by answering these questions and more, please read and follow all the instructions on this page to get the ball rolling.

  • Helene April 18, 2017, 5:32 am | Link

    Hey, Bob, greetings from Norway!
    I have a question regarding assessment/ the service of Simon;

    I know already that I could get a defacto/partner visa, as my Autstralian partner (not married) have lived with together with me in Norway for the past five years. We have one child and one on the way, and we own a home together. We now want to move to AUS and there is no reason why we wouldn´t get this VISA granted.

    I´m however wondering if there is a way around the application time etc- our baby is due in november and we really wish to have the baby in Australia. I could be there on a tourist visa at the time of delivery, but that would further delay our application as ideally it would be best to start now. Because.. I would need to be out of the country in the application processing period, isn´t that so? There is no way around this either? OR.. I read that there is 14 month processing time if “in the country” in the processing time, and not actually being able to leave until granted. Is there normally a shorter time in cases like us where we have these strong relationship “proofs” (children/ mortgage)? Besides I am an engineer (not newly grad though) maybe that helps?
    I am wondering wether this is Something Simon could provide help with, but if all he would offer to me is the advice that the partner- VISA is right for me, then there would be no reason for me to purchase the assessment as I already know this..
    Anyway, thank you for any guidance if you happen to know something about this!
    Your entire blog is really great and helpful.

    • BobinOz April 18, 2017, 11:45 pm | Link

      Well, firstly, I simply cannot answer any questions, I don’t know the answers. Simon would know though.

      The good news is Simon would be able to answer these questions for you, and if you go through the assessment, part of it is a follow-up Skype conversation to clear up any further questions you might have.

      Going through the assessment first simply provides Simon with all the information he needs to advise you accurately, it’s all there in the questionnaire you will have filled in and returned to him. Once he has all of your details, he will be able to advise on the estimated processing time and if there are any ways to ensure you are here by November.

      There are no guarantees he could ensure you meet that deadline, but he will be able to help with those questions. Hope that helps, Bob

      • Amanda April 19, 2017, 10:52 pm | Link

        Cheers for your response bob. I have paid for this to start the process. Although, I can’t download the questions, it allows me to access the form how to complete but not the questions. I have used my phone, iPad and been in work to get my laptop and it won’t download on any devise. I have updated my devises and still it won’t open. I have tried for two days before asking but is there any other way I can access it at all bob thanks 🙂

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

          Hi Amanda

          As mentioned on this page, and in the PDF you can open, the questionnaire will not work on your phone or your iPad. It will work on a Mac, but you need to read the instructions in the completion guide to see how that works.

          The form is best completed on a PC with the most up-to-date version of Adobe reader, not any other kind of PDF reader. It’s an interactive form, that means it presents you with questions based on your previous answers, which is why it needs the latest version of Adobe.

          If you still can’t access it, send me a private email, you have my email address in that completion guide and I will help you through it. So far, and I’ve been doing this for about five years, nobody has failed to get it working eventually.

          Let me know how it goes, cheers, Bob

  • Amanda Brenkley April 17, 2017, 2:24 am | Link

    Hi Bob I love your web page, I have been following you for some time and find this site so helpful. Quick question where can I find out how much Simon charges for 457 visa? I want to use him as I trust your judgement and I have tired to navigate my way round and can’t find any costs. Do I have to message him somehow? I know you do the 100aud test, I have done one before and so before I pay out again I just wanted to establish the price for the visa first. Thanks and kind regards

    • Mark April 18, 2017, 4:49 pm | Link

      I was almost tempted to reply over weekend to this as I heard a rumour on Thursday but it has been confirmed today in press reports that the 457 visa is to be scrapped…details are sketchy on when e.g. imminent or already…If you have had a skills test before with Simon Id use that and email him see what he says …The good news is there is a replacement it seems, one maybe not quite as good and one better depending on your point of view , its main replacement is designed at it would appear making it tougher for those with English as a second language and companies just grabbing anyone..As I say full details are not in and what has been said is not comprehensive. I am guessing it will take Simon or any MARA agent a week or two to find the full facts of the new setup and when its operative..you can read some of it here for now http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/18/turnbull-scraps-457-visa-program-foreign-workers

      • BobinOz April 18, 2017, 9:05 pm | Link

        Yes, I’m afraid the 457 visa is no more. As Mark has said, there is a replacement visa and I think it will take a few days or more for my MARA agent to find out how it all works.

        As for costs, they would be detailed in full in your report. It’s really difficult to give costs without doing the assessment first as my agent really needs to know exactly what you need in full before giving you those costs.

        For example, with the 457, or now its replacement, optional add-ons will probably be assistance with your skills assessment, and maybe help with submitting your EOI. So sometimes the assessment needs to be done in full before full costs can be quoted, but I can tell you that Simons fees are extremely reasonable and you will not be disappointed.

        For more on the 457, see my post of today…

        http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/21541/australian-government-abolishes-457-visas/

      • Amanda April 19, 2017, 7:46 pm | Link

        Thank you Mark, I did become aware of this. I initially thought it wasn’t coming into force until March 2018. My spencer seems to think this wouldn’t have an effect on my opportunities, but as you say nothing has been finalised. Fate will take its course, I will continue to try and just wait and see what happens.

    • Mark April 19, 2017, 4:27 pm | Link

      I know and appreciate how once you have the ‘Australia bug’ a few lines aying teh 457 has been scrapped might be a bit demoralising so whilst possible bad news yesterday its good today Have a read of this http://www.border.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Documents/abolition-replacement-457.pdf So if your job has not been removed from the list which was the effective change yesterday all is not lost it seems the 457 will not be removed completely till March 2018…It was at bets poorly announced yesterday and at worst a shambles of details. I imagine there may be a heightened amount of application so never a truer word… if your are going to do it tomorrow is not the time ….Today is …. Good luck

  • mike thanks April 13, 2017, 11:54 pm | Link

    Hi Bob.
    am Mike by name am 31 year old I work as tiles setter, and I have 7 year experience have been looking for a way to travel out of the countries to work in any company, and I wish to stay there to spend the rest of my life in Australian but I do not see anybody to help me, if I can just. Find someone to sponsor me out from here in nigeria, I can do any other job as well, I really need your help now

    • BobinOz April 17, 2017, 9:11 pm | Link

      I’m afraid that is the way is Mike, it’s incredibly hard to get a job sponsorship here, and nobody can really help you do it. I can’t help you, I don’t work in recruitment. This is not unusual either, nobody can help anybody to get a job anywhere, it is always down to the individual to secure the interview and then impress the employer when they meet.

  • Flo April 6, 2017, 3:58 am | Link

    Hi! we just came back from a month vacation in Oz visiting distant relatives and we totally fell in love with the country, the people, the culture. So much so that we want to migrate.
    I’m a bit scared of the whole process to be fair, but we’re tired of grey, cold Finland and we’ve been thinking of moving away for ages.
    I have a silly questions, but since I have no experience with this… when I choose a MARA registered agent, for example Simon, do I need to have at that point our degrees translated into english? or will that come later? what other papers should I prepare?

    • Mark April 6, 2017, 7:06 am | Link

      On the initial contact its usually an assessment to see what the chances are for your family Eg degree, work history etc along with English speaking test maybe and age. You can do a quick points tally on many sites to see if you can get the 60 + points needed. Its likely after that you may need them translated but of course the MARA agent will tell you what you need. Glad yu like it here, Yes the weather is better than Finland though as Finland probably has the best drivers in the world its not all perfect here in AU Omnea!

      • Naima April 6, 2017, 11:50 am | Link

        Hi Bob,

        I’m From Netherlands and I’m thinking to move to Australia, I want to start a new life there and work it out. Australia has been always my dream country although I have never been there yet 🙂 .
        What kind of Visa would you suggest me to have or suitable for me if I want to live there and work ? How long doesn’t take to be in MARA Assessment.?
        I haven’t found work from there yet but I was thinking to get work Permanent first then move there.
        My question for you is with the purchase
        Assessment and results would that includes possibly getting working permanent documents ?

        Is it possible to just come Australia first find job and then move there ?

        Or is most important should find jobs first before moving there ?

        Thanks in advance

        Regards

        NAIMA

        • BobinOz April 6, 2017, 8:40 pm | Link

          Hi Naima

          Lots of questions there, some of which don’t have definite answers. For example whether you get a job before moving or after moving is a pros and cons thing, I wrote about it recently…

          http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/21276/seeking-work-on-arrival-in-australia-versus-job-sponsorship/

          As for which type of visa, that would be for my MARA agent to look at should you go ahead with an assessment. They usually take 5 to 7 working days from when you return your questionnaire, there’s a bit of a delay at the moment as Simon is away.

          Hope that helps, Bob

    • BobinOz April 6, 2017, 8:33 pm | Link

      Hi Flo

      At this stage, no, you will not need to get anything translated. My MARA agent is only looking at your circumstances to see if you qualify for any kind of visa, and if so which visa fits best for you.

      Your points total, incidentally, is only one part of the equation, many types of visas are not points related. My agent will look at all potential options. If you then do go on to make a formal application, that’s when you enter the ‘prove it’ stage and have to backup everything you have said about yourself.

      Hope that helps and good luck.

  • Nasrin Khaleque April 3, 2017, 5:27 pm | Link

    Hi,

    your blog is extremely useful. I work for an embassy in Bangladesh. so have a some (just some) ideas on visas. Although I work in Public relations/communications unit. What I was looking for is what are the percentage of success if you apply for the whole process on your own without a Migration Agent? I have spoken to a few agents and they charge way more than I can afford. so my question is, Can you apply for General skill assessment and EOI on your own if you know which category you fit into? if yes, what are the risk to it? Thanks a lot

    • BobinOz April 4, 2017, 8:01 pm | Link

      I’m afraid that’s an impossible question for me to answer, I just do not have the data. Many people do complete the applications on their own, and successfully, but as far as I’m aware there are no figures detailing the success and failure rates of applications put forward without a MARA migration agents assistance.

      One of the dangers is that you do actually lose your visa application fee if you do not get approval, and as you know, these fees are actually usually higher than the agent’s fees and I think always higher if you are bringing your family. So it is risky, but I cannot tell you how risky.

      Sorry I can’t be more helpful, but good luck, however you decide to proceed.

  • Gemma Body April 3, 2017, 5:18 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I did this application on 23rd March, I didn’t receive an email acknowledging reciept of application, I followed it up with an enquiry email mid week to check it had been received but as yet I’ve not heard anything. I note it also says above that Simon is now on holiday til 14th April.
    Is there anyway I could find out what’s happening?
    Much appreciated
    Gemma

    • BobinOz April 4, 2017, 5:17 pm | Link

      Hi Gemma

      My MARA agent has copied me in on an email he sent you yesterday after you chased him up direct by email a couple hours after posting this comment. He responded to your email within two hours so you should have received it. He explained that he has also sent you two emails prior to that, I believe one was an acknowledgement of receipt and the second was a lengthy email concerning your occupation.

      I notice you have a Hotmail account, I think you need to look in your spam or junk folders for these emails as they are clearly going missing. We have this problem from time to time with Hotmail and also with Gmail, they seem to have a funny way of dealing with genuine emails. It might be a good idea if you were to research how to whitelist email addresses in Hotmail to ensure delivery in future.

      For the record, you actually returned your questionnaire on 26 March at 8:53 PM Australian time, so your 5 to 7 working days began on Monday the 27th. As Simon followed up with significant further information first thing on Monday the third, that is six working days at most and therefore within the timeframe.

      If you cannot find any of these emails do get back to me direct whilst Simon is on holiday. I will forward on the email that Simon copied me on which includes what he needs to know to take this further.

      Hope that helps, many thanks, Bob

      • Gemma April 5, 2017, 11:52 pm | Link

        I’m so so sorry you’re right, all 3 emails went straight into my junk mail!!
        I never even thought to check…….
        Apologies, I will also apologies to Simon.
        Thanks much appreciated

        • BobinOz April 6, 2017, 8:27 pm | Link

          No worries Gemma, thanks for getting back to me, and good luck with your assessment.

  • Gladys April 2, 2017, 6:06 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I received an offer from one of the constructions company and I have been assigned to a case officer for the process of my clearance and work permit but I was asked by the case officer to make this $499 before it can be done. Am not certain whether it is legit or a fraud.. Can you be of any assistant?
    Thank you

    • BobinOz April 4, 2017, 5:07 pm | Link

      I don’t know, I’ve not heard of this before, but that’s not to say it is a fraud, it may possibly be genuine. May I suggest that you take the name and, if they have one, the number of the case officer and then independently telephone the Australian immigration department direct on their listed telephone number as per the Australian Government website.

      When you speak to them direct, tell them you have been asked to pay $499 by, and then tell them the case officer’s name and number, and ask them if this is genuine. It is better to be safe rather than sorry.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Sabya April 1, 2017, 1:13 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Trust you are doing well. Indeed, this web site is a flawless guide to someone who is a novice to this complicated immigration process. It covers in details all the intricacies associated with an immigration.
    The reviews and feedback being so positive, I would like to have a detailed discussion with you on the process to move to Australia.
    I, along with my family (spouse and daughter) am highly keen to immigrate to Australia and would be grateful for your kind guidance on this. I am happy to go for a Skype call with you, if you insist to talk in details about the steps and other intricacies associated with the immigration process.
    I am having an experience of 11+ years with Global banks like HSBC and Citi in the Analytics division and hold an Engineering degree. My wife holds a B.Ed in English and has an overall work experience of 10 years. My daughter is 6.5 years old.
    Would be grateful if you could kindly let me know as to how to initiate the process and how my case looks like as a potential immigrant.

    • BobinOz April 4, 2017, 6:12 pm | Link

      Well, there would be no point in having a detailed discussion with me, I’m not a MARA registered migration agent. I would not be able to help you with this process at all.

      If you want my MARA registered migration agent to help you though, please read the above page in full to see how it works and follow the instructions if you wish to go ahead. You will notice that this assessment does also include a Skype conversation, but my MARA agent must have all of your details first by way of a completed questionnaire.

      This questionnaire would be delivered to you immediately after you have made your payment through PayPal.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Sabya April 4, 2017, 6:44 pm | Link

        Thanks Bob. I would do the needful soon.

  • Felistas March 26, 2017, 3:09 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I trust you are keeping well. I decided i want to move to Australia and started to research on it. That is how I came upon your blog. I must say it is a Godsend because it is so detailed, i have gained a lot of insights from you. I have 15years experience working in a Bank on different roles. Now want to use your visa assessment service to see what my chances are. when I click on the ‘but now’ it opens the page to pay but only through PayPal, no option for credit card and this is my problem. i do not wish to use PayPal. please help. Otherwise thank you for the good work, keep it up!!
    Feli

    • BobinOz March 27, 2017, 8:18 pm | Link

      Thanks, glad you have found my information useful.

      You should be able to pay via credit card without problems, but it does still go through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account though, PayPal simply acts as the processing gateway.

      Look for the link to click on on the PayPal page that allows you to pay by credit card, there is a picture of it towards the bottom of the above page with a red line drawn around it.

      • Felistas March 28, 2017, 3:01 am | Link

        Bob,
        Thank you i will check it out again.

  • Faye March 23, 2017, 8:15 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    We are looking at moving to Australia and finding the array of options confusing! My husband was born in Scotland to Australian parents, raised in Australia and then his folks emigrated back to the UK with him. Last year he applied for and got dual citizenship so he now has his Australian citizenship back. We think this means we should be able to get into Australia to live and work quite straightforwardly but we had hoped that I could find a job first so that we’re making less of a leap into the dark. He’s 46 and I’ll be 38 this year so I believe we are still young enough to get in. Really – I’m looking to see how I go about getting a work visa – I keep seeing jobs advertised that allow people with a working visa to apply but I don’t know how I get one and trying to find out has left me confused! Any suggestions/pointers would be gratefully received!

    • BobinOz March 24, 2017, 6:24 pm | Link

      Yes, it is complicated, that’s why it is always best to use a MARA registered migration agent if you’re not sure how to proceed and that’s who you need to speak to. If you want my MARA agent to assess your chances, please follow the instructions on this page. Good luck, Bob

  • Sami March 23, 2017, 6:34 am | Link

    Hi Bob I have messaged you previously and had some advice from you which was very helpful we are looking to move to Australia we have them and we are like in the area Morayfield in Queensland . My husband and I have done the online points assessment (the free one ) and with this my husband passes this doesn’t even include my trade . We are struggling on what to do next obviously we need to get the visas I’m not sure what type of visa we would need and where do we apply for one? We are wanting to get this up and running as soon as we can. I appreciate your help and advice looking forward to hearing from you.

    • BobinOz March 23, 2017, 9:29 pm | Link

      Yes, that’s the problem with free assessments, they only tell you whether you might possibly qualify or whether you might not. Nothing is concrete and if you do apparently qualify, there is no indication of what to do next or what visa you should go for.

      On the other hand, the visa assessment I offer here through my MARA agent will give you those answers and much more. If you want to get it up and running, I’d go through this assessment first if I were you and then if you like the price quoted by my MARA agent to act on your behalf, and I’m sure you will, then let him get on with it.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Sami March 24, 2017, 5:16 am | Link

        Sounds good if you could pass me the details over as we are really interested in doing this and getting the ball rolling that would help. Thank you so much for your fast response as well

        • BobinOz March 24, 2017, 6:46 pm | Link

          All the details are here Sami, please read the page above in full and follow the instructions to proceed.

      • Sami March 26, 2017, 6:26 pm | Link

        Hi bob,

        can you please send us the details for the visas As we are wanting to get the ball rolling asap thanks

        • BobinOz March 27, 2017, 8:27 pm | Link

          This is getting a little frustrating for me now Sami, I’m not sure why you’re having so much trouble understanding this. My agent cannot help you unless you follow the procedure as detailed in the page above.

          If you are not able to do that, then you will need to find somebody else to assist you.

  • Linda fisher March 15, 2017, 3:52 pm | Link

    Im in Australia on a 12 month visitor visa which expires in january. My partner is a permanent resident for 46 years…and in full time employment.. aged 62. Im retired and 61. We plan to marry shortly. Whats the best thing to do now? Thankyou.

    • BobinOz March 15, 2017, 5:45 pm | Link

      The best thing to do now would be to speak to a MARA registered migration agent about your situation. They are the professionals and the only people who are legally allowed to assist.

      If you do not want to do that, then you can prepare your application yourself, but you will need to do plenty of research. You can start that by watching the video on my page about Visas.

  • Lianne March 8, 2017, 4:27 am | Link

    Hi bob
    Myself,partner an 3 children aged 16,13 and 8 are wanting to start the whole process of moving to Australia we have been looking into many parts of this…but am confused as to where to actually start….ie visas…I’ve also seen alot regarding sponsor for work…do you look for a sponsor once you’ve been granted visas (if lucky enough of course)…please help

  • Natalie March 7, 2017, 12:51 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Firstly, thank you so much for a brilliant and very informative website! Myself and my partner have been contemplating ‘the move down under’ for a couple of years now. My partner has just this morning purchased your visa assessments service so we can get things moving. I haven’t been able to find out too much about the process of buying a house in Australia. Would you or anyone one else here be able to give us a bit more of an insight? If we qualify to emigrate to Australia would we be able to buy a house as soon as we arrive or is it a little more complicated than that? We’d have a deposit of about £130k. We haven’t yet decided if we’d sell our property in the UK or rent it out until we’re more settled in Oz but would just like a bit of guidance. Thanks. Natalie.

    • Mark March 7, 2017, 6:45 am | Link

      Yes you can buy a house once here is the short answer. The more complicated answer is what you need to do. Your deposit would be OK so you would likely need a mortgage, that would likely need a job of course or even two. Youd be a first time buyer here for I think all states so there is some allowance on stamp duty. We decided to sell our UK home as it would be to easy to return. plus it was not likely to appreciate in any value with the UK economy in its plight added to which the fact it had been rented may never feel like home again and its usually never looked after as well so devalued there. Grab yourself a broker here, they can get better rates than the bank offers, (that was advice I got from a senior bank exec) You can get pre approved for a mortgage and use an offset one if you can. Scan (so you can print unless you have online access) bank CC statements IDs etc from UK, may or may not need You’ll need AU ones as well You will have no credit history here…If you have an offer of a job letter and so on. Its pretty plain sailing though the buying the house can be fun or painful. Realtors here aka estate agents are somewhere on the bottom rung of the trusted people professions so no change there then. You can even buy at auction a house but these are hilarious. Have a google of Australian property auction (video) I find the funny and very very slow At ours he went going once …30 second waffle interlude ……going twice ……another garbled interlude “are we all done, are we really all done, and so on then said hold on a minute Ill be back ” now going inside to have a chat to the vendors aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

      • BobinOz March 7, 2017, 8:19 pm | Link

        Actually, I think it’s even more complicated than that. I think it depends on what kind of visa you come to Australia on as to whether you can buy a house or not. If you have a Permanent Residency type of visa, then yes, you can buy a house. If you are on a temporary visa, like a 457, my understanding is that you would need to get permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

        The best thing is to Google it for the latest information.

        So I think you might need to wait to see what kind of visa types you will be applying for and then look into whether or not you will be able to buy a house with it.

        For example, I was speaking to someone who moved here sometime around 2001 on a 457, and at that time they could only buy land and then get a builder to build the house. That’s certainly a good way from the Australian Government’s point of view to stimulate the housebuilding industry. Not sure what the rules are now, I can’t keep up with it, but as I’ve said, it’s complicated.

        If you get PR though, it’s simple, you can buy a house.

      • Natalie March 9, 2017, 8:18 am | Link

        Hi Bob and Mark,
        Thank you so much for replying to my post, it was very helpful and has certainly given me some things to think about. We’ll wait and see what happens with the Visa Assessment service and go from there I think. We’ve sent the form and relevant documents to Simon so hopefully he’ll be in touch shortly.

        I was hoping to rent for a year and then perhaps sell our house in the UK before buying in Australia. We’ll be coming over as a family of five so I want to make sure that everyone is happy and settled before we make the decision to sell our home here. Or should we just ‘bite the bullet’ as they say?! So many difficult decisions to make 😂

        Thanks Again

        • Mark March 9, 2017, 10:56 am | Link

          Yes Bob is correct a 457 visa usually means more restrictions on buying but I was assuming you are looking for a PR visa with applying to Simon. If your asking! Id bite the bullet but several factors depend…We bit the bullet because our UK house was some £450K. Renting would likely have found max 9 month rentals as not many rent those homes long term…With agent fees and maintenace out looking at say 8K prfit ion the year which I figured we woudl devalue it as things are more worn etc etc…So we sold! …
          Was planning on mortgage free here but as ever you always go for better so we have a small offset…Again it was making it too easy to return to UK if we kept the house and ask yourselves this if you rented your house for 12 months would you live in it if you did return or would you want something else?… Could it be your home again? ….Have you decided where you are heading to here yet?

          • BobinOz March 9, 2017, 9:50 pm | Link

            I have known people move to Australia but keep the door open for returning back to the UK, and guess what? They sometimes returned to the UK. If everyone in your family knows that the door is open, then someone is going to want to go through it.

            So I’m with bite the bullet. I think the best way to move to Australia is with a determination to start a new life and make it work. That’s what I think anyway, for what it’s worth.

  • Mahfuza March 5, 2017, 3:55 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,

    I’m Mahfuza, willing to start for Australian Migration process through your designated agent. I’m a Canadian PR and my husband is a Citizen here, we have 3 toddler children. I have a Bachelor Degree with 5 years work experience. My brother is an Australian PR and I therefore wish to migrate to Melbounre Australia to him. I would like to know how would I begin the process with your agents and would there be prospect for me to pursue this service. Thanks

    Regards,
    Mahfuza

    • BobinOz March 7, 2017, 7:19 pm | Link

      Yes, the process is fully explained above. Please follow it if you would like to use my agent.

  • Narinder March 2, 2017, 4:32 am | Link

    I need a job because Indian govt. Cannot give the job so plz i requested to Bob sir plz issue the sponsorship
    I hope u accept my request…
    Thanks ..

  • Gaurav Jhingan February 23, 2017, 11:00 pm | Link

    Hi Simon, I am from India. I want to migrate to Australia (Adelaide) particularly. Request you to please let me know the procedure for the same. I am confused about the procedure to be followed, as I do not have any registered Migration Agent with me to help me understand about migration to Australia.
    Regards, Gaurav.

    • Mark February 24, 2017, 3:47 am | Link

      If you read above it explains how to use the visa assessment service then click on the buy now button complete the form and I am sure he will be back to you soon

  • Dustin Johnson February 20, 2017, 2:32 pm | Link

    Hi,
    This is slightly off topic, but do you know if there is a time frame on when one must move to Australia after a skilled 189 visa has been granted? In other words, would it expire if I didn’t move over?

    • Mark February 20, 2017, 5:16 pm | Link

      On the basis of your question id say you have not got your visa yet maybe you are expecting it soon…Its likely it will come with a 1 year from the date of your police check or medical anniversary As its likely you had the police check first that could well be your date Whichever the date yes it will expire if you dont move over at some point

  • Jeanette Hankert February 18, 2017, 3:00 am | Link

    Hi. I (my husband and I) have payed the 100 USD and has started filling out the questionnaire. We would like to move to Australia and work there – so we aplayed for a skilled-visa. One of the questions is: Is this application to be sponsored by a relative or family member?
    I have an uncle and aunt in Australia. Can they be me and my family´s sponsor, and will it then be easier to get a visa? Or does the question mean something else?
    Thanks. Jeanette.

  • Diego a posada tobon February 17, 2017, 2:57 am | Link

    Hello, I want to move to Australia next year around May 2018. Should I start the assesment process now or wait? Thank-you

    • Mark February 17, 2017, 10:36 am | Link

      As soon as you can you will be lucky to have it done by May 2018

      • BobinOz February 17, 2017, 9:20 pm | Link

        Yes, agree, it can easily take a year or more to get it all sorted. The sooner you get this started, the better.

  • Dennis February 14, 2017, 11:41 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,Would it be possible to visit you in person in AU for relevant case for discussion?

    • BobinOz February 15, 2017, 8:27 pm | Link

      Hi Dennis

      Well, it’s not me that can help you, it’s my MARA agent, so there’s really not much point in visiting me. We also find that the most time efficient way of assessing a person’s options is to follow the format laid out on this page.

      If you were to go through this visa assessment as described above, then that would give my agent all the information he needs to know about you to make an assessment. If for some reason after that, both he and yourself feel it is necessary to have a meeting in person, I’m sure that can be arranged, but it is always best to go through this process first.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • Alex Youdan February 4, 2017, 5:10 am | Link

    Hi all.
    Could someone, who has filled out the visa assessment form, tell me how important it is is to inform MARA agent of previous visas. I lived in Australia for a year almost 20 years ago on a working visa (typical 18 year old activity!!) but there’s no way I can backtrack and find out visa number. Also have visited on holiday as a family. Do those visas need to be included????
    Thanks to anyone who responds.
    Munners.

    • Zara February 5, 2017, 3:49 am | Link

      I just need this

    • BobinOz February 5, 2017, 8:52 pm | Link

      Hi Alex

      No, you do not need to give precise details on these visits to Australia, just mention it in your covering email when you return the questionnaire. At this stage my MARA agent is simply gathering information, none of this forms part of an official application, so if my agent needs any further information from you, he will ask for it specifically.

      Just fill in the form as best you can, put any supplementary information in your accompanying email and all will be good.

      Good luck with your assessment, Bob

      • Alex Youdan February 8, 2017, 5:10 am | Link

        Many thanks Bob!

  • Taskeen Zara February 4, 2017, 1:05 am | Link

    I wanna migrare to Australia help me please or contact me

  • Adeel sarfraz January 31, 2017, 10:03 pm | Link

    Im a registered nurse

  • Daniyalhabib January 31, 2017, 7:29 pm | Link

    I have done doble mba in marketing last mba from london 2015 now i am in pakistan i want to apply australia skilled visa my age id 30

  • Thomas January 31, 2017, 4:52 am | Link

    I just came home from visiting Sydney Australia. I have been researching about moving there, your website has been a great help. I believe I would be approved for the Skilled Visa, my question for you is with the purchase assessment and results, would that include possibly helping find work? With being unsure of the differences in qualifications for jobs/skilled services between USA and Australia I would need help in that department/finding a possible company who would want to take me on as an employee.

    Thanks for your help! Looking forward to hearing from you and working with your services!

    Thomas

    • BobinOz January 31, 2017, 7:22 pm | Link

      Hi Thomas

      Hope you had a great time in Sydney. As for these assessments, they do not actually include any assistance in finding work, I’m afraid that is all down to you. Finding a job is not part of a MARA migration agents brief really, and any agent who suggests they will help you with this is probably just trying to win your business.

      There are people that can help though, mainly recruitment agencies and you will also find some help on my page called Current Available Job Sponsorships.

      What a MARA migration agent can do though is help you with the skills assessment if you need it and help you identify the best skill code applicable to your experience.

      Hope that helps and good luck, Bob

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