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.
Today we are going to agree the basis of your application with your migration agent. As I mentioned in Part Two, applications are generally based on a points system and I gave you a link to the government site where points are explained. It is a minefield, that’s why I suggested using a MARA registered migration agent in Part Three.
But I am sure that many of you reading this just want some kind of quick idea about whether you are likely to qualify or not. To apply for and be granted a General Skilled Migration visa you will need to fulfil some basic requirements, and that means getting enough points.
To see how the points system works, visit this points calculator page.
But, as you will know from Part Two, there are at least 6 ways to move to Australia. I believe the above mentioned calculator is good for the Employer Sponsored Workers, Professionals and other Skilled Migrants, and Doctors and Nurses. But the Business People applications use a different point’s calculator available here.
Investor Retirement entry is totally differently, as is the Working Holiday Visa. Neither, I’m pretty sure, work on points. Both are dependant on your financial clout. I have no idea how much money you need to qualify for an Investor Retirement but last I heard you need to prove you have a minimum $5,000 AUD available to you before you can come for a year on a Working Holiday Visa. You will not need a migration expert for a Working Holiday Visa.
Assuming your point’s total, if you did one, looks promising, it’s time to chat to your migration agent. Why? Two reasons. First, you want to know if they are prepared to represent you. Second, to formulate the basis for your application and in particular, what your skill is.
If you have a recognised skill with a recognised qualification, then the following probably doesn’t apply to you. But what if you have a skill that is possibly in demand here, but no recognised qualification?
You will need to be assessed by the relevant body. But which skill?
Here’s an example. Let’s say you work for a major finance company as a senior manager. Your job is to ensure that all your staff in your 200 strong department are up to speed on the company’s products. To do that, you give presentations to various groups within the department at regular intervals. Are you a trainer? Trainer is on the Skilled Occupation List. Your migration expert will help you decide that based on your experience and your job specification. Your expert may decide you should apply, instead, as a Finance Manager, also on the list.
Once the decision is made, that is not the end of it. The migration expert is only advising. The job of accepting your skill is down to the Australian authorities. Your job is to prepare your case, which involves getting references, copies of your job specification, detailing your work experiences (yes, you will need to write an essay) and explaining exactly what you do and how you do it.
More on that next week. Or read it now at Moving to Australia Part 5
Final note on the points system
It’s all well and good knowing whether you have enough points or not, but what do you do next? If you have enough points, you can apply for a visa, but which one?
If you don’t have enough points, does that mean you can’t possibly move to Australia? No it doesn’t! There are many ways to move here, it’s knowing how they all work, that’s the problem.
That’s where MARA registered migration agents earn their money.
I do now have a MARA registered migration agent working with me on this website, I’ve known him for a very long time now and I can tell you he is very good at his job.
If all this is a bit of a minefield to you, you might like to check out my Visa Assessment Service.
If you have enough points, my agent will let you know which options you have an recommend the best option for you. If you do not have enough points, he will recommend “pathways”, that’s things you can do to improve your points total so that you do qualify.
There are many ways to successfully move to Australia, my agent knows them all and as I say to so many people, if there is a way in for you, he will find it.
His service, of course, isn’t free, but it is worth every cent. Here’s the link again, you can read more about how it works on my Visa Assessment Service page.
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.