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Old 04-14-2015, 05:35 AM
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Ways to substitute IELTS score and using a migration agent

Dear fellow expats and Aussies,

I am a secondary school teacher whose occupation is on the SOL and CSOL list. I am an English teacher with a BA honors degree earned in Canada and a USA Washington DC state-certified teaching license for secondary school in the subjects of ESL and social studies. I earned the state certification through an online Washington DC state accredited program called Teach-Now. I understand that such a program may not be recognized as an Initial Teacher Education program but I'm trying to find assessment authorities that can make an Australian equivalent credit recognition. (Not the AITSL because it's unlikely that they'll recognize it)

Which is why I'm looking for the help of MARA agents who can help me formulate a strategy for getting my PR visa status and securing employment as a secondary school teacher. Here is the response I got after a few correspondence emails about my current situation.

This is what xxxxx migration agent wrote: GSM= General Skilled Migration ENS= Employer Nomination Scheme

"We are certainly able to assist you with the application process of the subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas. In terms of recommendation of which of the 3 subclasses would be more suitable for your circumstances, I would probably say that as you have enough points on the points test, then the subclass 189 gives you more options and it does not restrict you to State/Territory nominations.

In regards to the English test requirements, the conditions of these visas state that unless you have a passport from the USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada, you need to sit and IELTS or equivalent English test within 3 years prior to your application. I will double check the exemptions as I know for the ENS visas, under the TRT stream, if you have studied for at least 5 years in an English speaking country, in English, then you may be exempt from undertaking an English language test. As far as I am aware, that is not the case with the GSM visas, however, more research on the subject will be required to confirm that. If there is not exemption with the GSM visas, are you definitely opposed on taking the IELTS again if it means that it opens up an opportunity to apply?

In addition, we would be happy to conduct a comprehensive report (as per our previous email to you) outlining the whole process for you in detail and what your strategy to achieving PR should be. In regards to securing employment, even though we are migration agents, we have contacts within the recruitment field. The only problem you will have is that GSM visas stipulate that you need to go through the Skillselect process which means that prospective employers that are members of skillselect can only access your details. So in other words, under GSM visas, you cannot seek an employer yourself, unless they are already registered for Skillselect. In the event that you wish to utilise a recruitment agency to find an employer, you will need to consider ENS visas.

Please advise if you wish to proceed with the comprehensive report and we will then spend more time researching and advising on the best way to proceed forward with your application. We look forward to receiving your instructions."

Here are the following questions I have for you:
1. Should I pay the $400 AUD fee for the consultation on how I should obtain my Visa?
2. Is it really necessary to do additional research about the IELTS English proficiency requirement? I already have 5 years of university schooling in Canada and have transcripts, diplomas, and Praxis (teacher certification exams) tests to prove it. I also have a IELTS test result in 2011 with almost perfect 8-9 scores.
3. Does this agent really know what he/she is talking about asking me to reconsider taking the IELTS again just for the sake of getting a PR visa?
4. What do you think is the best way I should obtain my PR visa and secure employment as a secondary school teacher?

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1) It's cheap, considering the amount of time involved.
2) Definitely provide a valid IELTS test with a high score to claim additional points as well as for your skills assessment.
3) It is sound advice if you go for one of the points tested visas.
4) I'd research first of all if you will be able to get a positive skills assessment and teacher registration.

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The is no point in approaching a recruiter for a school teaching appointment. The various state and territory education departments do their own recruiting, as does Cath Ed, et al.

Your IELTS has expired. It would be sound strategy to resit even if you do not have to. The skills assessing authority reserves the right to ask an applicant to undertake the Academic version of the IELTS examination if there is uncertainty about their level of English language profi¬ciency. Applicants must achieve a score of seven (7.0) or more for both Reading and Writing and a score of eight (8.0) or more for both Speaking and Listening.

Your academic transcript would be an essential document in professional assessment and a crucial issue would be the particulars of your teaching practicum. Your qualification must include a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice with students across the age range of 13 - 18 years in a secondary school setting.

From what you have posted, I suggest that you might consider consulting one the the RMAs who regularly post on this forum for a second opinion; they are all OK.

I have not looked at your previous posts, but I hypothesise that you would be able to apply on your own behalf once you are pointed in the right direction. The level of difficulty is about the same as preparing lesson plans to guide a relief teacher for a week.

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