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AdminAdmin Total Reaction Points: 93Administrator
edited February 2016 in Other Migration Topic Posts: 939
Hi Guys , please feel free to share those basic, common, frequently asked question in Migrating to Australia. Ill start it with...

Q: I want to migrate in Australia, How do I apply a Australia / How do I jumpstart my application ?
A: First of all you have to assess which visa is suitable for you, different visa has different purpose. The most applied visa by people in this forum is the Skilled Nominated visa (as of this writing the code is subclass 190) or sometimes called Landed PR visa and another hot visa is Student Visa, you could probably guess what that visa is for. The best is to use the visa finder at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1 to find out more on the types of Visa

Q: What are the steps for Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)?
A: Please check the page 1 of this page => http://pinoyau.info/discussion/101/general-skilled-immigration-visa-step-by-step-process#latest . General Skilled Immigration is the old term of Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), it will give you an idea about the point system, and this will be a good start for your research . Please note that the thread is still up to date and lots of people are sharing their experiences there, just feel free to join and ask.


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  • therealaidstherealaids Total Reaction Points: 7Member
    edited February 2016 Posts: 96
    contributing...

    Q: How much is the visa application?

    A: This question is quite generic. For Visa Fee and charges, you can check on this page for the exact and latest fees https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees, this is solely visa fee and for different types of visa - charges for skills assessment varies, consider also the exam fee for English Proficiency Exam (e.g. IELTS), and others. Try using the search bar above for your chosen / nominated occupation and check if there are other related amount you need to prepare (e.g. show money).
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  • therealaidstherealaids Total Reaction Points: 7Member
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    Q: Can I choose a different occupation in SOL?

    A: Yes! You just have to make sure that your job description matches the Job Description of the one you are choosing! meaning... Job Title doesn't matter as long as you are able to highlight that you're previous jobs are exactly matches the Job Desc of the nominated occupation in SOL.
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  • therealaidstherealaids Total Reaction Points: 7Member
    Posts: 96
    one more frequently asked question is ...

    Q: What does school section means (e.g. Schools ranked as Section 1, 2, and 3)? How is it related to the comparable Australian Degree to attain the 15pts?

    A: Based on members experience here... those members who's school is falling in Section 1... all course is comparable to Australian degree. so they are for sure able to get a 15pts.
    Inday_lakwatsera
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  • se29mse29m PerthTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,954
    School Listings found here:

    http://pinoyau.info/plugin/page/accredited-schools
    one more frequently asked question is ...

    Q: What does school section means (e.g. Schools ranked as Section 1, 2, and 3)? How is it related to the comparable Australian Degree to attain the 15pts?

    A: Based on members experience here... those members who's school is falling in Section 1... all course is comparable to Australian degree. so they are for sure able to get a 15pts.
    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
    09/12/15 - VETASSESS Results - Negative
    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
    22/01/16 - EA Results - Bachelor's Degree with 4 years 8 months skilled employment
    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
    03/02/16 - Received 189 ITA
    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
    15/03/16 - Direct Grant - IED 11/02/2017
    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent FT Work (not related with Profession)
    therealaids Inday_lakwatsera
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  • se29mse29m PerthTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,954
    Q: What is Subclass Visa 189, 190 or 489?

    A: Visa 189 - This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
    Forums here: http://pinoyau.info/categories/skilled-independent

    Visa 190 -This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
    Forums here: http://pinoyau.info/categories/Skilled-Sponsored

    Visa 489 - This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years.
    Forums here: http://pinoyau.info/categories/Skilled-Sponsored
    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
    09/12/15 - VETASSESS Results - Negative
    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
    22/01/16 - EA Results - Bachelor's Degree with 4 years 8 months skilled employment
    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
    03/02/16 - Received 189 ITA
    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
    15/03/16 - Direct Grant - IED 11/02/2017
    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent FT Work (not related with Profession)
    therealaids
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  • sunflowersunflower Total Reaction Points: 34Member
    Posts: 397
    @Admin
    Oh, an FAQ page is a great idea! Here are some questions that I can think of at the top of my head:


    Q: Do I need to seek the help of a Migration Agent in submitting my application?
    A: No. You may submit your application on your own. Follow the steps found on this page: http://pinoyau.info/discussion/101/general-skilled-immigration-visa-step-by-step-process/p1

    Q: I already lodged my visa application, but my passport will expire soon/I renewed my passport. What should I do?
    A: Fill out and submit Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances found on this page: https://www.border.gov.au/Forms/Documents/1022.pdf
    EARLY CHILDHOOD (PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL) TEACHER (ANZSCO 241111)

    11/Apr/15: IELTS-IDP AU (L: 8.5, R: 8.5, W: 7.5, S: 8.0)
    14/May/15: Lodged AITSL Application
    14/Jul/15: Positive Assessment from AITSL
    24/Jul/15: Submitted EOI (60 pts.)
    6/Sep/15: Received ITA
    19/Sep/15: Lodged Visa 189
    16/Oct/15: Lodged documents for Teacher Registration
    27/Oct/15: CO Allocated (Team Adelaide)
    10/Dec/15: Visa Grant :)
    12/Feb/16: Became a Registered Teacher in QLD
    5/Jun/16: Big Move to Oz!
    11/Jun/16: Hired as a Kindergarten Teacher

    "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do." -Helen Keller
    therealaids
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  • AdminAdmin Total Reaction Points: 93Administrator
    edited February 2016 Posts: 939
    Q: How do i Apply for Tourist Visa?

    A: Follow this Step by Step Guide, with Sample documents to prepare
    http://pinoyau.info/discussion/5998/how-to-apply-online-for-an-australian-tourist-visa-step-by-step-guide#latest thanks to wildperiwinkle.com
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  • se29mse29m PerthTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Moderator
    edited February 2016 Posts: 1,954
    Additional FAQ:

    Q: I submitted my EOI and I got 60 points for Visa 189. When will i get the invite?

    A: There are two rounds of invitation every month. You can refer to the DIBP website for current and future rounds. It does not necessarily mean you will get an invite if you have 60 points. It always depends on the quota for your ceiling occupation. Those occupation almost reaching the ceiling usually prioritises those with higher points(e.g. 70pts). If there are 60 pointers submitted way ahead of you with similar nominated occupation, they will get the invite first(first come-first serve basis). Kaya take the English exam and try to be above the 60 points mark. As for other occupations, suwerte kasi kahit 60 points, they get the invite. It really depends sa available slots for your nominated occupation..
    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
    09/12/15 - VETASSESS Results - Negative
    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
    22/01/16 - EA Results - Bachelor's Degree with 4 years 8 months skilled employment
    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
    03/02/16 - Received 189 ITA
    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
    15/03/16 - Direct Grant - IED 11/02/2017
    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent FT Work (not related with Profession)
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  • se29mse29m PerthTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,954
    Q: Can I submit 1 EOI with both 189 and 190 subclass?

    A: Yes but most states require that you select them on your EOI application as the preferred state. In this case, if you are trying to submit to more than 1 state, you have to create a separate EOI, pero 190 lang ang iselect mo na subclass with the preferred state for each EOI. Or you can take a chance na maselect ka if you have a single EOI, choosing any state as an option..
    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
    09/12/15 - VETASSESS Results - Negative
    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
    22/01/16 - EA Results - Bachelor's Degree with 4 years 8 months skilled employment
    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
    03/02/16 - Received 189 ITA
    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
    15/03/16 - Direct Grant - IED 11/02/2017
    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent FT Work (not related with Profession)
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  • se29mse29m PerthTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,954
    Q: I got an email from a state asking me to apply for State Sponsorship, eto na ba yung Visa 190 ITA?

    A: Not yet. Some states require you to submit an application to them and pay a fee(e.g. AUD 300 for NSW) for state sponsorship application. If ma meet mo yung criteria ng particular state and you get the SS approval, you will automatically get an invite in your SkillSelect account to apply for a 190 or 489 visa. Note that you will be morally obligated to live and work on your state sponsor for two years.
    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
    09/12/15 - VETASSESS Results - Negative
    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
    22/01/16 - EA Results - Bachelor's Degree with 4 years 8 months skilled employment
    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
    03/02/16 - Received 189 ITA
    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
    15/03/16 - Direct Grant - IED 11/02/2017
    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent FT Work (not related with Profession)
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  • EXCELEXCEL Total Reaction Points: 18Member
    Posts: 51
    Q: I am a Registered Nurse overseas with at least two years work experience, should I take a Bachelor Degree in Nursing or the Bridging Program?

    A: Should take the Bridging Program granting you already acquired the level of English required (7.0 across all 4 components of IELTS). Taking a Bachelor Degree in Nursing means you did not met the minimum requirements. This is the sad part. Most education agents will ask the applicant to take BSN despite the fact that the applicant is an RN with at least 2 years' work experience.

    Q: I am already done with the Bridging Program and got registered. What should I do now?

    A: Two things you can do: (1) apply for GSM and start looking for available posts; or (2) do a work training program for nurses where you are allowed to work 30 hrs/wk paid at least the minimum based on the existing Award rate, and obtain additional points with a chance of being sponsored under the 457 visa.

    Q: I previously been to Australia under the 457 visa, and the company closed. Does that mean my visa will be cancelled?

    A: No. According to the Regulations once a 457 visa holder ceased working for the sponsoring company, he is given 90 days to find a new sponsor, nominate his position and obtain approval, AND transfer his 457 visa. In the event that the visa holder was unable to find a new employer, his visa is deemed cancelled after the prescribed 90 days.

    Q: I overstayed my visitor visa for over one month. If i am removed from Australia, will be allowed to go back?

    A: Yes, BUT since you overstayed your visa section 48 takes effect. Meaning you will be barred from entering Australia for at least 3 years.

    Q: I entered Australia as a holder of a 600 visa. Can I extend may stay?

    A. Depending on the condition of your visa. If your visa has a "NO FURTHER STAY" condition, you need to depart Australia before your visa expires.

    Q: I am separated from my previous marriage, and I am now in a de facto relationship who is an Australian Citizen. I have been with my new partner for over a year now. Can I be sponsored by my partner?

    A: Complicated :), BUT yes.
    Admin
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  • AdminAdmin Total Reaction Points: 93Administrator
    Posts: 939
    Q: What is the required points for Skilled Independent Visa?

    A: As of today 29 March 2016, the Pass mark for Skilled Independent Subclass 189, Skilled Nominated Subclass 190, and Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 is 60 points . You can use this points calculator to assess yourself whether you meet the point criteria. http://pinoyau.info/plugin/page/point-system
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  • macmanmacman PampangaTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 20
    Q: Hi guys, would just to ask where do i start in my application for Australia. I've been to Border.gov.au but site is a bit confusing :) To start of I've been working for 8 yrs here in the Philippines as a Telecoms Engineer, graduated BS Electronics in Communications and Engineering, unfortunately not a board passer. Can i still apply for a Skilled Independent Visa? Thank you.
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  • se29mse29m PerthTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,954
    @macman yes you can. Hindi din ako board passer. Sa ea ka magstart
    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
    09/12/15 - VETASSESS Results - Negative
    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
    22/01/16 - EA Results - Bachelor's Degree with 4 years 8 months skilled employment
    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
    03/02/16 - Received 189 ITA
    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
    15/03/16 - Direct Grant - IED 11/02/2017
    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent FT Work (not related with Profession)
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  • macmanmacman PampangaTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 20
    thank you @se29m :) ano ibig sabihin nung Permanent FT Work?
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  • se29mse29m PerthTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,954
    @macman permanent full time means 38 hour work week
    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
    09/12/15 - VETASSESS Results - Negative
    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
    22/01/16 - EA Results - Bachelor's Degree with 4 years 8 months skilled employment
    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
    03/02/16 - Received 189 ITA
    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
    15/03/16 - Direct Grant - IED 11/02/2017
    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent FT Work (not related with Profession)
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  • tinadubaitinadubai united arab emiratesTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 2
    hello po, need some help and advice po.. nacoconfuse po kc ako.
    1) about sa list of SOL & CSOL, i'm working po sa ngaun as administrator/secretary here sa sharjah for more than 2 years po, pero ndi ko po makita sa SOL or CSOL ung admin or secretary.
    2) meron po akong work experience for 5 years as Supply Chain Supervisor/Procurement, wala po sya sa list of SOL pero nasa CSOL po sya under 133611 and 133612 kya lng po ndi nmn po ako nsa managerial position. pwde pa rin po kaya ako mag apply between 133611 and 133612?
    sana po my mksagot po sa tanong ko..TIA
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  • ginalynginalyn imusTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 9
    @se29m .. hello po anong website po ba nakikita to " immigration page ng bawat region sa Australia" for visa 190 to check kung saan po available yung job ko .. thank you and God bless
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