A Recap on the Moving to Australia Series.
- In Part One you have the idea.
- In Part Two you decide on the basis of your application having looked at the various Visa options.
- In Part Three we looked at the paperwork and using a MARA approved Migration Agent.
- In Part Four you agreed the basis of your application with your migration expert.
I should remind you at this point, that in this series I am recounting our story of how we emigrated to Australia. It is certainly not a definitive guide on the immigration process. It is just our story. I mention this because we emigrated on a “Skilled Sponsored BQ Subclass 138” – anybody wishing to emigrate via a different route will have a different scenario.
So, on with our story. If part five should be called anything it would be
My wife was applying to emigrate to Australia as a skilled migrant. To do that, she needed to nominate an occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). She then had to provide evidence to the relevant assessing authority, which varies according to the skill, to effectively prove to them that she is skilled in the occupation she claims to be.
Each different assessing authority charges a fee for this service which, of course, you have to pay. In my wife’s case, she did not have a recognized and accepted qualification for her chosen skill. But at the time, two years experience in the skill out of the last four years employment was the alternative requirement. So that’s what my wife had to prove.
The process involves, in simple terms, gathering evidence to back up your case. It is in your own interest to do the best job you possibly can. If you fail the assessment your application has pretty much ended before it began. Because let’s face it, if you fail an assessment as a plumber, it is difficult to go back a month later claiming to be an accountant. Although you could work on a different way to apply, for example, as a Business Person starting a business here.
In my wife’s case, she put together a huge folder that included references, a full CV, the official job specification and signed contract, written examples of work undertaken and samples of brochures, handouts, presentation material and cards used in the execution of her work. For others, your skill may be easier to prove. It really depends on what your skill is. But either way, it is worth putting a good deal of effort into this part of the process.
Luckily for us, my wife’s skills assessment was successful and we were able to move on to the next stage.
If you are looking to come to Australia under one of the other ways mentioned in Part Two, you will probably still have to “prove” something. Employer Sponsored Workers will still have to prove their skill. Business People will no doubt have to prove their business skills along with their ability to set up and finance the new business. Doctors and nurses will need to prove their qualifications. If you wish to come here on an Investor Retirement package, then you will no doubt have to prove your financial security.
Yes, this is definitely the “prove it” part of the application.
If you want to know more, read Moving to Australia Part 6
For a full chronological list and brief description of all the posts in this series about how I moved to Australia, please visit my page How to Move to Australia.