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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  • Nurullo December 17, 2017, 8:11 am | Link

    Hello dears how can I go to the australia for work from turkey

  • Muhammad December 10, 2017, 3:45 pm | Link

    I’m poor boy,,so please help me,,I shall be very much thankful to you

    • BobinOz December 11, 2017, 9:20 pm | Link

      I can’t help, getting a visa for Australia is a very expensive process, and it isn’t just about the money either. There are strict qualification criteria as well. I wish you all the best though, Bob

  • Jackie December 3, 2017, 11:01 pm | Link

    Hi guys , has anyone used Thinkibg Australia – Darrell Tod for their agents please ?

    • BobinOz December 5, 2017, 11:52 pm | Link

      This question has been asked elsewhere on my website somewhere, he’s the guy with the long grey hair who does the YouTube videos. Nobody actually had an opinion to offer then either, which is good, because I’m not comfortable when people say either great things about an agent or bad things.

      After all, what do we know about the people saying those things? It could be an agent recommending himself or even an agent advising people to avoid somebody who is a competitor.

      All I advise to people is to just make sure that the agent they do use is MARA registered, and you can check that through a link on my page about Migration agents.

      One agent I do recommend though is the one I work with here on this website, because I know him very well, I meet with him often, I’ve been working with him since early 2014 and I know he is very honest, conscientious and gives great value for money. He is one of the good guys.

  • Kana November 29, 2017, 4:36 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Thank you for the useful information you provide on your website, it does helps a lot of people who wants to migrate to aussie.

    Just a quick question regarding the payment for the visa assessment provides on your website, I have tried to pay by credit card but somehow is not working for me, is there any other payment options you can provide? Please, really need your advice on this.

    Thank You
    Kana

    • BobinOz December 1, 2017, 3:53 pm | Link

      Sorry for the slow response, this comment seemed to slip me by the first time.

      Anyway, I’m afraid there is no other method of payment, all of the other methods I’ve looked at are just too costly due to the requirement of international money transfer. I’m not sure why you cannot pay by credit card, although I do believe that for some countries this option is not available.

      If you can find somebody you know who can pay by credit card on your behalf, or maybe somebody who does have a PayPal account (you can pay from a PayPal balance) then that might be the best way to go. Just ask them to mention your name in the special comments.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • ian November 16, 2017, 6:52 am | Link

    hi i am 55 can is there anyway into oz to work as sign maker or a labourer?

    • BobinOz November 16, 2017, 7:06 pm | Link

      This isn’t a question I am allowed to answer, only MARA registered migration agents can offer advice on eligibility criteria for Australian visas. Alternatively, watch the video on my page about Visas, it will show you how you can look into this for yourself.

  • ian November 16, 2017, 6:49 am | Link

    are sign makers on the list of jobs in oz and do they want any labourers?

  • Maria Candela November 3, 2017, 12:57 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, I’m interested in purchasing the Visa Assessment Service but I’m wondering if there’s any difference between the one you offer here and the one currently offered at Signet Consulting & Migration’s website, since that one over there costs $50 dollars more?
    Thanks!

    • BobinOz November 3, 2017, 8:37 pm | Link

      Hi Maria

      No, there is no difference whatsoever, wherever you buy it you will get the same assessment. It’s $50 cheaper here because I have made a special arrangement with Simon for my readers.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Maria Candela November 7, 2017, 7:23 am | Link

        Thanks!

  • Boywin Chen October 31, 2017, 1:52 am | Link

    Dear Bob, I am from Malaysia age 28, currently head of operation and business Development of the company. Have been thinking of working in Australia. What is the procedure required?
    Regards,
    Boywin Chen

  • Agnieszka October 24, 2017, 4:08 pm | Link

    Dear Bob,
    my partner got 489 visa and arrived to Australia in September last year. He’s been working for six months now, (got a permanent job). We are getting married next year, so can he add me to his visa as a subsequent entrant or needs to wait until he gets a permanent visa and apply for a spouse visa?
    Is the assessment useful in my case?
    Kind regards

    • BobinOz October 25, 2017, 7:26 pm | Link

      Hi Agnieszka,

      I had a word with my agent about your case, and he thinks it is definitely worth you going through the assessment process. From what he knows about your situation, he thinks there will probably be two directions you can go with this, but one is significantly cheaper than the other.

      So it is possible that if you use him, you could actually save money.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Emad Shinoudah Farag October 18, 2017, 1:09 am | Link

    Dear Bob
    I am preparing to apply for 190 subclass visa, but I have to complete the IELTS test first and get at least band score 7 in each part.
    As I studied from the Astalian government website I have to be nominated by a state or territory, after that i will be invited to apply for the visa.
    My question is this nomination by a state or territory will give me 5 points added to my score?
    In brief, my score will be as follows:
    1- Age 41 = 15 points
    2- Education – Mechanical Engineering Bachelor = 15 points (still I don’t know how they will accept my Bachelor).
    3- Work experience – 11 years = 15 points (still I don’t know how they will accept my work eperience, I have got work experience certificates from all the companies I had worked in).
    4- IELTS – band score 7 = 10 points.
    So, the total will be 55 points, still 5 points balanced if we consider the 5 points from the nomination by the state or territory.
    I am thinking to get an assessment from Mr. Simon Earles after I have finished the IELTS test, but if you can make it clear I will be thankful.
    Emad

    • BobinOz October 18, 2017, 8:36 pm | Link

      Hi Emad

      Firstly, I cannot verify your anticipated point score for you, that kind of advice does have to come from a MARA agent, I am simply not legally allowed under Australian law to give it.

      What I can tell you though is that my MARA agent will be able to confirm your point situation for you as part of the assessment, and I can also tell you that you do not need to go through the IELTS test before doing this assessment either.

      My agent will simply advise you as part of this assessment that yes, you do need to do the IELTS test and he will also tell you what your minimum result needs to be. He should also be able to advise you further about any additional points you might be able to get and also estimate your chances of getting nominated with the points total that you have.

      The full list of what you will get with this assessment is listed above.

      Hope that helps, and good luck, Bob

      • Emad Shinoudah Farag October 18, 2017, 9:35 pm | Link

        Dear Bob
        Thanks for your attention and quick reply.
        I understood all what you explained to me, I just wrote what I studied from the Australian Border website.
        I am Egyptian, I mean an Arabian country not English language native country, so I think it is a must to do the IELTS test.
        I read well this page again about MARA assessment service, and I am encouraged to do it, but from my point of view it is better to do this assessment after finishing the IELTS test, so I will be in a better status.
        Just one more question if you allow me, right now I am living and working in Kuwait, after I do the assessment I can continue with Mr. Simon submitting my visa application through him?

        Thank you for your time and consideration.

        Emad

        • BobinOz October 19, 2017, 8:57 pm | Link

          Yes, you will definitely need to take the IELTS test, or one of the other English language test, they are all listed on my page called How to Pass IELTS.

          For sure, you can use Simon to act on your behalf, irrespective of where you are living in the world or working. He does everything online and by telephone or Skype. He helps people move to Australia from many countries all around the world.

          Thanks, Bob

          • Emad Shinoudah Farag Mikhael October 20, 2017, 3:06 pm | Link

            Dear Bob
            Thanks for your valuable information. I am practicing now to make myself ready for the IELTS test. I wish I can achieve a good band score. Just something interesting to tell you, my son Mario is studying in his British school everything about Australia, he knows all the states, animals, and much more. His dream is travel there, but it depends on me I will be accepted by the government or not. I wish we will keep in touch, you are one of the friends who guided me in this way.
            God bless you.
            Warm wishes
            Emad

            • BobinOz October 21, 2017, 12:26 am | Link

              Thank you, and I wish you well with your plans. Just one quick tip; the government here is currently trying to make the English language test much harder, so the sooner you get it done and get your application in, the better. The bill was defeated in the Senate yesterday, but I’m sure they will return with a revised suggestion.

              Once they change the rules, assuming they do eventually, I think it will be a lot harder, but as long as you get your application in (with IELTS under your belt) then usually the new rules will not apply to you. Good luck, Bob

              • Emad Shinoudah Farag October 21, 2017, 6:04 pm | Link

                Dear Bob
                Thanks for your advice. Really, I am doing my best to make myself ready for the IELTS test and to achieve at least band score 7 in each part so I can get at 10 points. I am very busy between the work, family, so it will more time from me to be ready for the test. I don’t want to go for the test unless I feel that I am ready enough. I am making use of some free time in my work to study and practice, also I joined one IELTS course in the week end, I mean I deal with the subject very seriously. I am expecting within 2 months I will be ready to do the test.
                Sorry for disturbing you too much.
                All the best.

                Emad

  • Mike October 17, 2017, 2:23 am | Link

    Hello Bob,
    my case is somewhat different. I’m already an Australian citizen (by birth) but have never been there and have lived in Europe all my life. I want to move to Brisbane next year with my partner. She’s coming to Australia with a work & holiday visa. We want to apply for partner visa (820) so we can both stay after that 12 months period. We already spent some time gathering information but aren’t sure yet what it finally depends on whether the visa will be granted or rejected. Can a MARA agent or someone else give us detailed information what the exact requirements (esp. financially, income etc.) are to get this visa?
    Thanks in advance!

    Mike

    • BobinOz October 17, 2017, 7:34 pm | Link

      Yes, any good MARA agent, including my own, would be able to guide you with this. A MARA agent should be able to let you know what all the guidelines are, but in the end it’s down to immigration to make the decision and with these partner visas they do look at the relationship very strongly, from what I’ve heard.

      Of course, it’s unlikely a MARA agent would just give you all the information you want so that you can go off and do the application on your own, that would take up too much of their own time without reward. You will probably need to engage them to act on your behalf.

      So it probably would be a good idea to get an agent to help you, but of course, no agent can guarantee what the outcome would be although a good migration agent would not put through the application in the first place if he wasn’t convinced it was a strong case for approval.

  • Hisham October 17, 2017, 1:00 am | Link

    Hi
    Could you please confirm me if ur agent received and check my questionnaire sent 7days ago, since I didn’t receive any feedback.
    Regards

    • BobinOz October 17, 2017, 6:49 pm | Link

      Hi Hisham

      Yes, my MARA agent has got your completed questionnaire and your resume which he received on the 10th and acknowledged by email to you sent out on the 11th. He tells me you have several email addresses, he used the one associated with your purchase through PayPal, in other words your Gmail account.

      We have quite a few problems with Gmail, they often put legitimate email into a spam folder. Please check your spam, you should find his response in there. We are now on the fifth working day since receipt, your assessment is currently pending, my agent deals with these in the order they arrive, so you should hear from him very soon.

      Good luck with your assessment, I hope it goes well, Bob

  • Chris cave October 14, 2017, 2:46 pm | Link

    Hi,

    Im just wondering is there a site where i can see the updated “required” points for each individual? For example IT needs 60points to qualify, Accounting needs 85points to qualify and so on……, if there’s can you comment or email please.

    • BobinOz October 16, 2017, 9:41 pm | Link

      I think there is, I’m trying to find out and hopefully I’ll be back at some point with a link.

      • BobinOz October 17, 2017, 7:00 pm | Link

        Okay, I got this from my MARA agent. You can actually find it if you Google ‘skillselect invitation round results’. They change every month, so you need to find the latest month available from the border.gov.au website.

        Alternatively, you can click on the following link…

        https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Empl/skillselect

        Then click on the tab that says ‘Invitation rounds’ and then look for the link that says ‘Current invitation round’.

        • Ud October 19, 2017, 1:16 am | Link

          Hi
          Could you please explain why there is no cut off mark shown in the 4th October skill select invitation round list for Accountants??
          Do you have any idea what the cut off mark would be for Accountants in next round

          • BobinOz October 19, 2017, 9:03 pm | Link

            No, I can’t explain it, simply because I don’t know. Maybe they already have enough accountants? But I really have no idea, and as for next month, I suspect we would just have to wait to see if it changes.

  • Saba October 7, 2017, 12:14 am | Link

    How much funds need to be shown in bank and what are they fee structure for they year for my kids .can I work on dependent parents visa will it helps me to survive .as iam looking forward to enroll in 2018 January.when can I expect they visa .please do reply

    • BobinOz October 9, 2017, 7:13 pm | Link

      All questions are answered where possible in the visa assessment process, we do not answer individual questions about eligibility and visas here in these comments.

  • osman October 6, 2017, 12:57 am | Link

    need work

  • Saba October 5, 2017, 1:27 pm | Link

    Plusultramigration . are they geneu Mara agent as he is asking for 500Aud for they assisment with us . Can I trust him please help

    • BobinOz October 5, 2017, 9:36 pm | Link

      Never heard of them, so I cannot tell you if they are genuine or not. I can tell you that my man is most certainly genuine though, I meet with him regularly and he is a good guy. You can definitely trust my MARA agent.

      Why use someone who charges $500 when you can get it here for $100?

  • Saba October 5, 2017, 1:21 pm | Link

    Hi iam from India looking forward to move australia for my kids education ages 7,9,and13 with dependent parents visa can any one help me with they complete details how to lodge they visa process and whom to contact

    • BobinOz October 5, 2017, 9:34 pm | Link

      If you go through the initial assessment as described above, and if my MARA agent feels that you do have a solid basis to make a successful application, then yes he could help you with this. As it says above, he will give you the full breakdown of everything he can do including costs and the kind of visa you need to be applying for.

      What my agent does is let you know, if applicable, what kind of visa you qualify for, but he doesn’t help you lodge the visa, you pay him and he lodges it on your behalf.

      Hope that helps, Bob

      • Saba October 7, 2017, 12:05 am | Link

        Hi can I have MARA agent contact details and office address as I have some doubts to clear

        • BobinOz October 9, 2017, 7:11 pm | Link

          Everybody has doubts to clear, and for my agent to talk to you about them takes time and he also has to acquaint himself with your situation. For that reason, we do not give out his contact details, the way to engage him is to go through this assessment service first so that he has all the information he needs in order to help you when you do speak.

          We find that it is undoubtedly the most efficient way to work, and $100 is a very small amount to pay for the huge amount of information and input you will get from my MARA agent.

  • Yahya September 26, 2017, 5:42 am | Link

    Hi Bob :
    if my wife have skills but unfortunately cant be documented by certificates,like painting interiors,Stained glass,tailor,puppets making,moreover her 5 years Spanish institute graduation,from Egypt -have no relevance with her other hand-skills !
    As for me i am working as an Ophthalmologist,for more than 8 years (Egypt) aged 46,but my diploma is not recognised in Australia,and i have another diploma in Total Quality Management In Healthcare,from the American University in Cairo but still i cant find its match in Australia,also my father have 15 acres of Olive farm that i run it with him,your precious opinion would be so valuable to me.

    • BobinOz September 27, 2017, 12:27 am | Link

      Only MARA migration agents can offer opinions on these matters, they are the professionals and they know the rules. That’s who you need to speak to.

  • Husham September 25, 2017, 7:50 pm | Link

    Dear Bob
    Do the assessment useful if I didn’t take the IELTS test yet?

    • BobinOz September 25, 2017, 9:03 pm | Link

      Yes, you can still go ahead with the assessment, my agent will tell you about the additional points you might get from an IELTS test and how that might affect your application. For example, he might say you do not have enough points now, but if you get such and such a result in IELTS, you would have X number of points which would mean you are able to apply for a visa.

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