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I just want to be clarified. My occupation as an Accountant is in the recent SOL however, with the upcoming changes of SOL on mid 2010, I am afraid if my occupation will not be included in the SOL. Will I get refund of my VAC? Or is the new SOL on mid 2010 applies to the application lodge before the effectivity of that new ruling? I am planning to lodge my application this first week of March

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I just want to be clarified. My occupation as an Accountant is in the recent SOL however, with the upcoming changes of SOL on mid 2010, I am afraid if my occupation will not be included in the SOL. Will I get refund of my VAC? Or is the new SOL on mid 2010 applies to the application lodge before the effectivity of that new ruling? I am planning to lodge my application this first week of March

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The old SOL is still there Joy until the new one and other changes take place and there're some transitional arrangements to be announced more in respect to the revoking of the CSL and implementation of State Migration Plans that will become the second tier priority in place of the CSL.
But applications will be treated as per SOL/CSL as pertains at time of application.

If you are planning on putting in an application I'd suggest that you look at doing an IELTS if you haven't already to get scores of seven or higher so as you'll be on the CSL to get some priority.
Otherwise it could be an indefinitely long wait for processing with an application of a lower priority.

A few years down the track, if there was a great stagnant pool of lower priority applications I'd not be surprised if a review was made in respect to such applications and if they were cancelled, it'd be likely that as with the applications made up to 2007, VAC refunds would occur.

The other approach you could take to get some priority if not on the CSL is to get your application in and then when the State Migration Plans are announced, if there are a few states with accountancy listed on their plans, there'll be something akin to the current nomination for sponsorship on a Plan to have a higher priority.

Either way, I'd not be too concerned re accountancy not being on the new SOL for along with most other degree qualified professions currently on the CSL, I'd reckon they'll be there somewhere and it'll be more what you need to do for a higher priority that'll be the question.
 

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Hi Joy, You can lodge your application now as long as you have the suitable qualification assessment and meet the 120 points required for the 175 visa, or 100 points if you are being sponsored by a family member.

As with Wanderers answer, the chances of Accountants coming off the new SOL are slim, the current impact is that the MODL is now revoked so no bonus points for being an accountant can be claimed.

Most important is to ensure you make those required points with what you have.
 

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Hi Joy,

I'm in the same boat. I've scored 8 overall in IELTS (7.5+ in each module), which puts me on CSL. I believe that the current CSL is valid till mid 2010.

Mary, I too have heard rumors that Accountants won't be on the new SOL, which is hard to believe. I've checked each states individual requirements and only NSW doesn't need accountants. Unfortunately, that's my destination as my sponsor is from NSW.

Wanderer, currently I've 110 points (60 for accounting qualifications, 25 for Age and 25 for IELTS), which puts me above the required 100 points. I'm planning to apply around 10th March, 2010. I'm also in process of securing an employment from a local accounting firm. I'm also planning to enroll for the professional CPA program (with CPA Australia) starting from Aug, 2010. Along with my Master's in Accounting degree, I also have a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engg and a partial Master's in Aerospace Engg (I couldn't finish the program as I lost my funding and the fees were too high). Would all these factors help me in securing subclass 176 migration visa. What kind of timeframe am I looking at?

Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated. With all these new rules in place all this is very confusing. I'm not planning to use a registered agent unless it becomes utmost necessary. I believe we all can help each other and make it a successful experience.
 

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Hi Duke.

With your points score you should meet the current 120 points, if you are going to claim 60 for quals, 25 for IELTS and age and if you have 3 years experience you get the 10 points. I dont think accountants will come off SOL but they no longer will get the MODL points. State sponsorship would get the priority processing which would benifit you or the Job offer of course. You have such a wide variety of qualifications, but it doesn't really gain you any brownie points. You have to pick your occuapation and work experience and go from there. Best. Mary
 

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Hi Duke.

With your points score you should meet the current 120 points, if you are going to claim 60 for quals, 25 for IELTS and age and if you have 3 years experience you get the 10 points. I dont think accountants will come off SOL but they no longer will get the MODL points. State sponsorship would get the priority processing which would benifit you or the Job offer of course. You have such a wide variety of qualifications, but it doesn't really gain you any brownie points. You have to pick your occuapation and work experience and go from there. Best. Mary
Hey Mary, I thought for subclass 176 (relative sponsor) I'd need only 100 points and not 120. Correct me if I'm wrong. Also, in accounting I only have about year and half experience.
 

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Hi Joy,

I'm in the same boat. I've scored 8 overall in IELTS (7.5+ in each module), which puts me on CSL. I believe that the current CSL is valid till mid 2010.

Mary, I too have heard rumors that Accountants won't be on the new SOL, which is hard to believe. I've checked each states individual requirements and only NSW doesn't need accountants. Unfortunately, that's my destination as my sponsor is from NSW.

Wanderer, currently I've 110 points (60 for accounting qualifications, 25 for Age and 25 for IELTS), which puts me above the required 100 points. I'm planning to apply around 10th March, 2010. I'm also in process of securing an employment from a local accounting firm. I'm also planning to enroll for the professional CPA program (with CPA Australia) starting from Aug, 2010. Along with my Master's in Accounting degree, I also have a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engg and a partial Master's in Aerospace Engg (I couldn't finish the program as I lost my funding and the fees were too high). Would all these factors help me in securing subclass 176 migration visa. What kind of timeframe am I looking at?

Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated. With all these new rules in place all this is very confusing. I'm not planning to use a registered agent unless it becomes utmost necessary. I believe we all can help each other and make it a successful experience.
Yes 10duk, the CSL will not be revoked until mid-year, the exact date to be tied in I'd expect with State Migration Plans being ready for implementation.
Applications re ocupations on the CSL made prior to then will be treated with that priority at time of application though there are as yet to be announced transitionary arrangements to be applied for when the CSL is no more.

As to rumours, I'd not put too much store in those as far as the new SOL goes but just how many states have accountancy on State Management Plans is an unknown just as it is for any occupations.

As Mary says, there is still points to be had re specific experience and so if you have three years within the last four for either accountancy or engineering [ and why on earth would you swap from engineering to accountancy for! - from an engineer ] you could get another 10 points, you needing to have at least 12 months within previous two years as a basic recent experience to qualify for either a 175 or 176 visa.

Time-frame will be dependent on whether you can apply with a priority, and going independently on a 175/176 with priority you can expect somewhere within 12 months or close to it, however getting your qualification assessed could add to that.
Without priority, it becomes anybody's guess as to how many years for lower priority applicants as they'll be continually shunted back by higher priority applications.

Employer sponsorship will give you another string to the bow and highest priority; though most employer sponsorships start on a 457 temporary residency visa, there is provision for that to lead to permanent residency or even a permanent residency right from the start if all eligibility requirements are met [ qualifications assessed for an on SOL occupation and three years experience being the most likely prime ones ] , including those for employer and the position, with of course the employer being agreeable.

There are on the face of announcements quite a few changes but basic principles have not been altered too significantly and the main changes will of course be other than MODL gone, the revised SOL, revoking of the CSL and replacement of that re priority with State Management Plans.
It'll be the administration associated with those and they are one of the main outcomes as being the system by which many professionals can get both sufficient points and priority in lieu of MODL and CSL.
That underwrites one of the results that Immi may be attempting to achieve and that is people having to apply for states where the need is.
 

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Accounting assessment applied to CPA Australia : March 09
I was advised to take three bridging units after assessment.
Exams taken and passed : Nov 09
Associate member of CPA Australia : Jan 10
IELTS taken : Dec 09 ( 7+ score in each module)
Tentative subclass 176 (relative (sister) sponsor) application: March 10
As of now, I've 110 points. I need only 100 to pass the point test. Instead of waiting for an employment letter from Australia, is it wise to go ahead and apply with my current status? If later down the pipe I do get employed can I change or make addition to my application?
 

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Hi Duke
Yep 100 points for 176 family sponsored or state sponsored. I would recommend State sponsored as it should be processed quicker. you have the minimum 12 months work experience needed. Regards Mary
 

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Hi, another question: I have read that if the occupation e.g. Accountant will appear on the new SOL list the current holder will still be able to apply for PR. Can that be interpreted as a good news provided accountant stays on the SOL list? Or the government will put there the 'CPA or equivalent' clause, thereby excluding the current accounting students... Thnx
 

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Hi, another question: I have read that if the occupation e.g. Accountant will appear on the new SOL list the current holder will still be able to apply for PR. Can that be interpreted as a good news provided accountant stays on the SOL list? Or the government will put there the 'CPA or equivalent' clause, thereby excluding the current accounting students... Thnx
The new SOL is not scheduled for release until 30/4 and quite possibly later and speculation will achieve nothing.
 
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