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lolacarlotalolacarlota MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
edited July 2015 in Migration Agent Posts: 20
I am a Civil Engineer in the Philippines and is actively searching for job opportunities in Australia. I submitted through online my cvs and resume to some migration agents and employment agencies.
VISAS SIMPLY is amongst who responded immediately. They sent me job options that I would be applying for since I seek for civil engineering related job in AU.

I inquired for how much my expenses would be for the processing.
Breakdown as follows:


Visa Processing Fee - 150,000 (Australian Permanent Residency Visa)
Initial Payment - 40,000
Balance - 110,000 (payable for 6 months)

Skill Assessment - 27,000 (must be paid 2 months after start of visa application)
IELTS Exam - 8,986
Medical - 5,000

TOTAL - 190,986


Are their costs reasonable compared to other agencies / migration agents?

I researched for reviews / blogs regarding VISAS SIMPLY but majority of those are negative. There are some success stories but I am not assured if they are true at all.

If you have any experiences with this please share.

Thanks in advance!
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  • rarekingrareking MontrealTotal Reaction Points: 77Member
    Posts: 466
    Here is what I have from my agency based in Singapore, I heard they are the cheapest:

    Agency Total = Php160K
    DIBP + ANZSCO Assessment + IELTS + Medical + Police etc = 190K

    Total Processing (all-in) kapag may agency sa case ko = Php350K (primary applicant only - 1 adult).

    I suggest to DIY, yakang yaka kapag masipag kang magbasa dito sa forum at sa guidelines ng DIBP (plus Google skills). So kung DIY, you can save that Php160K, pang start-up sa Oz.


    Visit their sites if you want to know more: http://pinoyau.info/plugin/page/migration-agents ; for everything else there's Google.






    IELTS+REMARK - 2MOS | ANZSCO - 3MOS | NT 489 INVITE - 1MO | SA 190 INVITE - 1.5MOS | VISA GRANT - 1.5MOS (15-OCT 2014)
    lolacarlota
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  • lolacarlotalolacarlota MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 20
    @rareking Thank you very much for the info. I am actually not good at processing documents on my own though I already read lots of step by step process shared by others regarding visa application. Right now I'm actively searching for Philippine-based employment agency who can assist me with this matter. Though I know that finding a legit and trustworthy agency is quite hard..

    Do you have any idea of Philippine-based agency who has job offers for Filipino engineers to Australia?
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  • axlroseaxlrose SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 4Member
    Posts: 60
    @lolacarlota why not apply directly to Australian employers/agencies offering sponsorship/employer-sponsored visas (457 Visa)? i think migration agents could only assist with processing your visa, and not in finding you a job or an employer.
    25-Oct-2014 457 Visa grant
    20-Nov-2014 ACS assessment result: Software Engineer
    27-Jan-2015 ANMAC result of husband (primary applicant); Registered Nurse nec
    12-Feb-2015 EOI
    13-Mar-2015 Lodged Visa 189
    08-Apr-2015 Medicals at BUPA (dependant)
    01-May-2015 CO contact, medicals at BUPA (primary) & applied for APF police checks
    08-May-2015 Submitted all required docs
    11-May-2015 Visa Grant
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  • dhey_almightydhey_almighty PerthTotal Reaction Points: 53Member
    Posts: 665
    @lolacarlota kahit mag-agency ka e ikaw pa rin ang ggawa ng lahat, like CDR, IELTS, collation of documents (COE,Proof of employments, etc)

    Most Australian companies e ihihire ka lang pag PR ka na, malaking advantage un pag PR ka na...as ive heard kase e wala na daw 457 visa...or papalitan na daw yata..

    since nakapag-downpayment ka na sa agency mo, no backing out ka na...kaya ituloy mo na yan.. :-)

    once na approve na ung PR Visa mo, then apply-apply ka na bago ka pa magpunta dito...
    October 6, 2012 - Passed IELTS - Academic (W 6 S 6 L 8 R 7 OBS 7.0) pwde na yan!
    October 16, 2012 - Submitted CDR to EA
    February 27, 2013 - Received Favorable letter from EA (Mechanical Engineer - ANZSCO 233512) Thank you Lord!
    March 8, 2013 - Applied WA SS
    March 25, 2013 - Received Letter for WA SS (delaying/maximising 28 days; waiting for civil wedding)
    May 31, 2013 - Submitted Visa Application (with everything; PCC Saudi, NBI, Marriage certificate, etc)
    July 11, 2013 - CO Assigned / Team 7 Adelaide
    August 17, 2013 - Done with the Medicals
    September 4, 2013 - Visa Grant (Subclass 190 / ANZCO233515 - Mechanical Engineer) Thank you Lord! / IED August 23, 2014
    August 8, 2014 - Flight to Oz, No turning Back, This is it!
    May 2015 - End of relationship
    June 2015 - Wife found new partner (aussie)
    October 2015 - Wife filed for divorce (That cunt)
    January 2016 - Divorced
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  • lolacarlotalolacarlota MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 20
    @axlrose which website can i find Australian companies offering sponsorship?
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  • lolacarlotalolacarlota MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 20
    @dhey_almighty hindi pa ako nagdodownpayment sa agency wala pa kasi akong mahanap na legit. san ko po ba dito makikita yung step by step process if ever ako mismo magaayos ng papers ko w/out migration agent or agency. thanks!
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  • lolacarlotalolacarlota MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 20
    @dhey_almighty hindi pa ako nagdodownpayment sa agency wala pa kasi akong mahanap na legit. san ko po ba dito makikita yung step by step process if ever ako mismo magaayos ng papers ko w/out migration agent or agency. thanks!
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  • axlroseaxlrose SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 4Member
    Posts: 60
    @lolacarlota try job-hunting sites like SEEK.com.au, LinkedIn

    info for Skilled Independent Visa
    http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/pages/189.aspx
    -->if you're planning to go for PR, do the Points test on the site to check if you're eligible. minimum of 60 points ang required

    Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457):
    http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/pages/457.aspx

    Before deciding on getting the services of a migration agent, i suggest na basahin mo muna yung information on visas from the Immigration site of AU (links given above). andun na lahat ng steps, requirements,etc..

    good luck! :)

    25-Oct-2014 457 Visa grant
    20-Nov-2014 ACS assessment result: Software Engineer
    27-Jan-2015 ANMAC result of husband (primary applicant); Registered Nurse nec
    12-Feb-2015 EOI
    13-Mar-2015 Lodged Visa 189
    08-Apr-2015 Medicals at BUPA (dependant)
    01-May-2015 CO contact, medicals at BUPA (primary) & applied for APF police checks
    08-May-2015 Submitted all required docs
    11-May-2015 Visa Grant
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  • MANZMANZ SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 16
    @lolacarlota why don't you check out the POEA website and see any job orders for your profession. If a migration agent advises you that they can find you a job make sure they are POEA registered and the job offers are real. Not too many job offers for overseas civil engineers but it is on the Skilled Occupation List and you can apply for migration even without a sponsor (if you pass the categories to get 60 points).
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  • teachjennyteachjenny DavaoTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 51
    Hi @lolacarlota - a friend also referred me to Visas Simply. May I ask your progress po? :) I am planning to talk to them tomorrow. Are they good?
    I am a Civil Engineer in the Philippines and is actively searching for job opportunities in Australia. I submitted through online my cvs and resume to some migration agents and employment agencies.
    VISAS SIMPLY is amongst who responded immediately. They sent me job options that I would be applying for since I seek for civil engineering related job in AU.

    I inquired for how much my expenses would be for the processing.
    Breakdown as follows:


    Visa Processing Fee - 150,000 (Australian Permanent Residency Visa)
    Initial Payment - 40,000
    Balance - 110,000 (payable for 6 months)

    Skill Assessment - 27,000 (must be paid 2 months after start of visa application)
    IELTS Exam - 8,986
    Medical - 5,000

    TOTAL - 190,986


    Are their costs reasonable compared to other agencies / migration agents?

    I researched for reviews / blogs regarding VISAS SIMPLY but majority of those are negative. There are some success stories but I am not assured if they are true at all.

    If you have any experiences with this please share.

    Thanks in advance!
    Feb 28 2015 IELTS Exam
    Mar 13 2015 IELTS Results
    May 9 2015 Submitted requirements to Australia school
    May 30 2015 Finalization of enrolments and COE
    June 5 2015 Courier visa docs to VFS Global
    June 9 2015 VFS Global acknowledgement
    June 10 2015 DIBP acknowledgement of visa application
    June 17 2015 Medical advise from DIBP
    June 18 2015 Medicals done. Waiting for results..
    July 7 2015 VISA GRANT! Thank you Lord!!!
    July 16 2015 Arrival in Australia
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  • AdminAdmin SGTotal Reaction Points: 143Administrator
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    Trying to get in touch with them to check their profile, i'll add them up in our Migration Agent list page. wait for the outcome if they are recommended Migration Agent. :)
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  • jingle07jingle07 DubaiTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 1
    May chance po ba ma approve ang designation na Project Administrator if in case I will process my application by self?
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