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Old 02-09-2011, 11:08 PM
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migration to Oz

my girlfriend and I (from Austria) wanna migrate to Oz. As I know Australia, but not she, we will spend our vacation in March down there. Where i also wanna have some interviews or making contacts with companies, because right after our arrival back home in April, i want to start the visa application process.
But for this i have basically 2 questions (though I have already read so much about it):
1) Migration Agent:
- Can anyone give me advises about using an migration agent, and can anybody recommend one or an agency? (I have been in contact already with "no borders", but I'm not really sure about it)
- the austrian embassy told me, that it is fairly easy to perform it online by my own, which costs only the official fees. What may an agent support cost?

2) I'm an Program Manager in Aerospace & Automotive Industry specialized in Composites&Plastics.
- I can't find any job occupation in the MODL, SOL...
- I want to apply for the #175 (or at least #475) with adding my girlfriend (partner visa)

I'd appreciate it a lot, if anybody can give me some advises or recommendations.

many thanks...

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:10 AM
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You can be looking at about A$3000 for agents fees and the advice you have had re doing it yourself is correct for if you have a look at the information in eligibility and applying sections of the relevant visa, you will find requirements clearly laid out though changes that have been occurring and some more scheduled for mid this year do mean you need to keep yourself up with latest information and even something simple like making sure you use the latest application form for they are reviewed regularly.

Have a look @ Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration and through the SOL you'll need to see if there is an occupational category for you, Program Manager being more a generic term, you need to look more at what your qualifications align you with be it in the IT field or other technical/engineering classifications.
Forget the MODL for that is old terminology not used with current regulations for new applicants though some states may still use it.

The first step with any skilled visa is getting an assessment done on your qualifications and that is done by the relevant professional body and separate to a visa application as is being assessed on your english language ability and you should have a look at the IELTS requirements too, agents really of limited assistance in those areas and agents essentially will take what you provide to present in an application, the better ones probably able to give you a realistic assessment on an initial consultation but you still need to have the english assessment done and a person with an occupational professional training and experience is in my view probably as well if not better placed than an agent to consider what is an occupational match for them.

The 475 is probably more restrictive and you may want to consider the 176 for state sponsorship and you will find individual state sponsorship occupational lists via their web sites under the 176 eligibility, possibly only NSW and Victoria being applicable for you on an industry basis.
You may find identifying your occupation is helped by reference to A-Z Occupations List - Australian Skills Recognition Information

And yes, if you have a partner relationship and evidence to support that, it is possible to add a partner as a secondary applicant but the evidence and her eligibility is also then part of your application so it needs to be valid.

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Old 02-20-2011, 06:09 PM
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Hi wanderer,

thanks for your advices.

I have checked the SOL, and I could find 2 possible occupations – but therefore maybe it’s good to get consultancy of an agent.
But I’m still not sure about using an agent…I’ll see…
There are some questions to be answered – especially regarding my defacto-partner…

I want to apply for the 175, as long as I don’t have any company yet, who is sponsoring me (for the 176). But I have contacted already some, because I (and my girlfriend) will be in AUS the complete March again, and I have sent some speculative applications with all my documents.
I have already got my certified translations of all my testimonials.
I also will visit a composite fair in gold coast, in order to make some contacts…

And I thought to get in contact to “Engineers Australia” to check or to make preps for the skills assessment.
I want to know, if it is enough to have the certified testimonials (I think so), or if it also needed to bring the contracts and the related income- and tax-statements.

Do you know any agent, you can recommend?

Do you know anything about the “skilled matching database”? – is it also related to the 176?
...where applicants can register and companies also and they can then check there, if any applicant matches with their demands...it’s free and it’s different for each region…

Many thanks again

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