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Hi all,
My wife and i and our two children would like to set up home in australia.

I have been in touch with a migration agent as we werent sure which visa was right for us. My job as vehicle painter is on the skilled occupation list and I have been in the industry for 16 years, I am being told that I need to pay $2500 to do a video assessment to prove my job? In the UK there is no real qualification for paint spraying as it is all mainly in house unless you do an apprecticship from school now (I am 32!). We are also being told that overall it will cost us $9500 for a permanent residency visa before we go and this could take 2 years or more....
Can anyone else shed any light on my situation or advise??? Could we arrange a visa ourselves or is it safer to go with these agents?

Many thanks

Ben
 

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Not all agents may offer a great service and there are a few checks you can do yourself first and then you'll find the information on the Immi web site quite explicit and straightforward though there are a number of changes due mid this year that could have an effect on meeting eligibility.
Have a look information via Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration for starters, in particular following the links of Visa Options / Outside Australia and 175 or 176 for the eligibility section where you will find a table to do a self assessment, each heading a link to additional information.
If you are short of 120 points for a fully independent 175, you could consider seeing which states may do sponsorship for Spray Painting via looking at individual state occupational lists you'll find via the state sites under 176 eligibility and a 176 SMP application only needs 100 points and will also give a higher processing priority.

You can find out more about priorities via jeadings on the What's New page linked from top of page link I've given.

If it looks like you will meet eligibility, the very first step before an application oughtto be made is to get a Trade Assessment and I've not heard of doing a video and wonder just how assessible that would be.
You'll be best to find out what will be required direct from the Assessing Authority - Trades Recognition Australia - Home and various trades examiners do regular trips to different countries for assessments and it will just depend on how they go about it, and I'd not mind betting that for the very practical assessment that Spray Painting would be, they may either have a workshop environment organised or may even go to the employment location of those wanting to be assessed.
I think you will find that there is provision within the TRA assessing for those with many years of experience rather than an apprenticesdhip to be considered, but have a look at their site and you should be able to contact them re details.
That process by itself could take all of six months or more, depending on frequency of examiner trips.
On having success with that, it is on with the actual visa application and again have a look at the applying section of a 175 or 176 and you'll find a Checklist and the documentation/steps required clearly laid out.

So it is possible to avoid the expense of using an agent and have control of your application yourself.
So have a read and feel free to ask further questions.
 
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