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Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:41 PM
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Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa

Hey, Im currently studying Civil Engineering and I plan on emigrating to Australia when Im finished with my studies. I was reading through alot of information on the official homepage but I still have some important questions:

1. How likely will I get in?
Im reaching 65 of 60 necessary points for this visa but it states other requirements like work experience. Do I need anything extra if im reaching enough points? ( so far the points are: 30 points from age 25-32; 20 points from Superior English—IELTS 8; and 15 points from my Bachelor degree; skillselect/index/visas/subclass-189/... Im not allowed to post links here yet)

2. Bachelor or Master? Just from the Immigration points sheet it doesnt make any difference but here in Germany having a Bachelor or Master makes a big difference moneywise. Is it the same in OZ?

3. At the moment Civil Engineering is still on the list of jobs, but how will it be in 2-4 years? What if I decide to do my Master and they suddenly dont need engineers anymore...

4. Are there any other requirements I missed (except the health stuff) for example: Do I have to give some sort of financiel proof that I can sustain myself until I find a job (it was like that when i went to Australia for my 2 years of work and holiday)?

5. My wife is from Taiwan with a Master of Arts in Management, which is not on the list, her english is nearly on the same level as mine, will this lower my chances? (not that I could do much about that )

I basically want to asses my chances to be able to plan a bit into the future... like not buying a house here etc...

Thanks already for the help and it would be great if someone from the engineering community could help me out a bit aswell or give me useful links

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:40 AM
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1) Yes, your working experience shall be assess by the australia authorised engineer association (can't remember the name) Get your previous employer reference stating your scope of work in their firm, date of service...bla bla bla.

2)It doesn't make any difference now for bachelor or master. I think what the industry thinks that both doesn't show contribute much as working experience still precious than just only a paper

3. Well my friend. sometimes life is a gamble. But i believe engineering still in high demand if you're in mining area

4. i did ask this question before. But i think it's not necessarily. You must have some savings for migrating or if not you can find a casual job for you to survive through the job hunting

5. You just has to attach her IELTS certificate will do. Like my wife, she's an chartered accountant but she just attach her professional certificate will do, to proof that her education is in english and understand the basic, no IELTS required.
You mean where? Germany or Oz? I suggest you to find a job and buy a house in Oz will be more appropriate. You dont want to rent a house for your whole life dont you?

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:43 AM
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Hi Durstos -

Great info from Nemesis. I'll add a few points -

1. You will need to get a positive skills assessment from Engineers Australia prior to lodging your EOI. The process is not simple, especially the 3 "Career Episodes" you need to write up. Allow plenty of time, and consider getting assistance with this. Likelihood of getting an invitation depends on the number of people with points test scores higher than yours (regardless of when they lodged their EOI) and occupational quotes in place with the 189 program.

2. Nemesis is absolutely right - your work experience will speak far more to your ability than the difference between having a Bachelor or Masters degree, and the Masters does not get you any more points on the skilled migration points test.

4. No specific financial requirements for this visa as it's a permanent visa.

5. Your wife's occupation will not count against you in any way. Just submit her IELTS certificate (dated within 3 years) to avoid the secondary applicant English charge (over $4,000!)

Hope this helps - good luck with your case!

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Old 12-28-2012, 07:36 PM
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thanks for all the help

Do I definetly need that work experience or is there a chance that I could get in straight after finishing my studies?

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