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On Feb 8th, DIAC has announced many changes affecting immigration program. One of that is current SOL list will be changed and a new SOL will be announced which will be applicable from mid 2010.

My question is that can I launch my skill assessment application on the current SOL, before new SOL is announced?
Because I have already prepared it and I want to submit skill assessment application as an electronics engineer within a week.
 

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On Feb 8th, DIAC has announced many changes affecting immigration program. One of that is current SOL list will be changed and a new SOL will be announced which will be applicable from mid 2010.

My question is that can I launch my skill assessment application on the current SOL, before new SOL is announced?
Because I have already prepared it and I want to submit skill assessment application as an electronics engineer within a week.
Engineers are a skilled profession likely to be in demand still and will also likely be on the new SOL.
Applications can still be made based on the old SOL until it is replaced and so yes, you might as well get assessment underway for assessments will not be affected and the IEA assessment can be a few months.
 

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you mean that I can apply for skill assessment at Engineer Australia tommorow. And I dont have to wait?
Because a migration agent was telling me that until new SOL list is published, application for skill assessment cannot be launched. I think it is not true, thats why I am here on this forum to confirm this statement.
 

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you mean that I can apply for skill assessment at Engineer Australia tommorow. And I dont have to wait?
Because a migration agent was telling me that until new SOL list is published, application for skill assessment cannot be launched. I think it is not true, thats why I am here on this forum to confirm this statement.
You can still apply under the General Skills Migration (GSM) program. The difference since the 8th of February is that you will no longer received points for MODL occupations.

Raul T Senise Registered Australian Migration Agent, MARA No. 0636699
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you mean that I can apply for skill assessment at Engineer Australia tommorow. And I dont have to wait?
Because a migration agent was telling me that until new SOL list is published, application for skill assessment cannot be launched. I think it is not true, thats why I am here on this forum to confirm this statement.
Getting a Skills assessment is independent of an immigration application.
An Agent may have been advising that if you wanted to be cautious you could wait until the new SOL but assessments will still need to be obtained.

And as aba indicates, DIAC has not stopped taking applications though I have seen a post elsewhere today re a potential applicant being advised by an agent that they would not process a 176 family sponsored visa as DIAC were not taking any at the moment - I've not seen any DIAC announcement to that affect though it does not mean that they have not decided on something like that for lower priority applications for the time being.

Maybe aba will know if there is anything available via Agents Gateway advice.
 

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I get so angry when I read that Agents have given missleading or totally WRONG advice. At this time I would actually be suggesting to any prospective client to obtain qulification assessment as quickly as possible. As indicated most of the Engineering fields are priority occupations and it is sad that MODL points will not longer be available to the priority applications.

IEA are a wonderful assessing body, and if all the documents are forwarded at time of application an assessment is normally completed in less than 6 weeks.

Engineers with Degrees, are covered by the Washington accord, and the assessments are relatively straight forward, holders of the 5 year Diploma are assessed under the Sydney accord. Engineers who have diplomas are required to complete a very details Competency Demonstration Report which can take weeks to prepare, and will if you are lucky the assessment will be successful and an assessment as a technologist issued.
 
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