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Hi all -

I've just got back from a three-week holiday in Sydney and have decided to migrate there on a 175.. there's plenty of jobs and the life-style seems great!

I've spent two days working through the immigration website and handbooks and guides and ... well everything. But I have a few questions if I may:

My profession is a Network/Systems Engineer - I currently work for Cisco officially as a "Software Quality Assurance Engineer" - but in real life I test and engineer datacenters. Based on this I've found I don't directly fit any specs on the current Schedule 3 skills list, BUT I do match 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer which according to the ASRI webpage for Computer Network and Systems Engineer - 263111 maps to 261111 ICT business analyst (2231-13 Systems Designer) - which is on the Schedule 3 SOL. To add to the confusion, I might be able to slot into 261313 Software engineer due to the 'software testing' nature of my job.

So is there a definitive method or agency that can advise which is the best skilled occupation to apply for pre-assessment against?

The alternative solution is of course to get an employer-sponsored visa to start off with, so I've also applied for tickets to the State-sponsored employer event in Bristol.

My second, less worried-about question is on the 2nd instalment payment - am I correct in thinking this doesn't apply to British Citizens, so for the visa application itself (excluding all the fees for assessments etc) I only need to pay the $2575.


Appreciate the help - Jim.
 

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Hi all -

I've just got back from a three-week holiday in Sydney and have decided to migrate there on a 175.. there's plenty of jobs and the life-style seems great!

Are you aware that a 175 visa can take up to three years to process? Have you also checked whether you will qualify for the visa after the introduction of the new point test in July 2011?

I've spent two days working through the immigration website and handbooks and guides and ... well everything. But I have a few questions if I may:

My profession is a Network/Systems Engineer - I currently work for Cisco officially as a "Software Quality Assurance Engineer" - but in real life I test and engineer datacenters. Based on this I've found I don't directly fit any specs on the current Schedule 3 skills list, BUT I do match 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer which according to the ASRI webpage for Computer Network and Systems Engineer - 263111 maps to 261111 ICT business analyst (2231-13 Systems Designer) - which is on the Schedule 3 SOL. To add to the confusion, I might be able to slot into 261313 Software engineer due to the 'software testing' nature of my job.

So is there a definitive method or agency that can advise which is the best skilled occupation to apply for pre-assessment against?

As far as I know, no, but (also as far as I know), you can lodge your assessment application with the job you think you're qualified for, and if there is a closer-matching job you will get a positive assessment for that one.

The alternative solution is of course to get an employer-sponsored visa to start off with, so I've also applied for tickets to the State-sponsored employer event in Bristol.

This is a good idea if you want to move quickly, but rememer then that your visa would be tied to an employer.

My second, less worried-about question is on the 2nd instalment payment - am I correct in thinking this doesn't apply to British Citizens, so for the visa application itself (excluding all the fees for assessments etc) I only need to pay the $2575.

The second installment is only if you're sponsoring someone (example, child or wife or de-facto partner) and he or she does not have adequate English, i.e., he or she is not a native speaker of English or does not have the necessary IELTS score. This is because this money would go towards your dependant's English tuition.

Appreciate the help - Jim.
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Cheers - I appreciate the response.. I had seen the processing times on a 175, so I will probably get a 457 to start off with (I've spoken to a few contacts in Sydney and there are employers who'd sponsor someone with my skillset) and then apply for a permenant visa once I'm settled.

Cheers again!

Jim.
 
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