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Old 03-27-2011, 09:07 AM
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Hello everyone!

I'm so glad for this site and all of the helpful people and information.

I recently (in the last two weeks) made the trip to visit a good friend in Melbourne and have decided that I want to make the move to Melbourne as soon as possible. I realize that with all the paperwork and clearances, that can take a while. I've already applied for state sponsorship from Victoria.

I did some searching in the forum to get my most pressing questions answered, but here's more that I hope to get some guidance on...

1. I see a lot of ACS (amazed at the number of IT people looking to move) but based on my field, I would be going through VETASSESS for my assessment. Has anyone (especially Americans) had to go through VETASSESS?

2. I've read in many places how to deal with the "I can't ask my supervisor for the signed detailed job description on letterhead without getting fired" problem, and I have downloaded the official statutory declaration form from the Australian government, so I will use that. In place of the signed letter from by boss, I have:

--A printout from my employer's HR department (with one version of my employer's letterhead) of my official job title and start date (but not my salary).

--A printout of my salary from the online government employees database (which includes my name, title, employer, and hire date).

--My employer's HR department's official detailed job description for my job title (also on letterhead),

--My official offer letter from my current employer,

--My first job evaluation (which occurred 6 moths after I began work)

--My most recent job evaluation (which occurred 3 months ago)

--My last 19 salary statements (paystubs),

--My bachelor's degree certificate,

--My master's degree certificate, and

--My certificate of professional certification and member number.

I've been with my employer just over five years, but I have about seven years of professional experience to go along with a bachelor's and master's degree. Will this be enough for VETASSESS and later DIAC? Will I need anything else? I'm also planning to get everything certified by a U.S. Notary Public just to be on the safe side.

3. Any Americans who've made this move care to share any more advice? I saw a reference to applying to the Embassy in DC for the Visa--is that the best way (as opposed to sending the application to Immi)? We have a Consular office in my city, but apparently they don't do anything with "passports"--don't know if that would also include visas.

Sorry this was so long, but thanks in advance for any help. I see that many have gone through or are going through this same process to realize this great goal. Before sinking thousands of $$ with an agent, I hope to get enough insight from you all (so that your experiences will not be totally in vain! )

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