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Old 07-09-2016, 04:30 AM
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Hi guys,

I have tried to search through various threads for answers, and then decided to post a new one.

I am looking forward to get Australia Skill Select Assessment, and got few questions.
1. My reference letter from employers is not in specific format (providing my job description). I am looking forward to get reference letters. One of the consultants i met with mentioned I myself can put together what all I have done in a particular job and get it attested by Notary in India. ACS documentation mentions you should not write your own and should be written by someone whom you have worked with. Can someone confirm that it should actually be a referee that should put together a letter and I shouldn't be doing it?

2. Assuming the reference letter is written by previous colleague:
a. Does it need to be on a letter head of the company they are working for?
b. As per ACS, it should have "witnessed by" present explicitly and they have a list of authorised witnesses in Australia. My references are based in UK and USA. Should they be going to local centers or is it not mandatory?

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Old 07-09-2016, 09:09 AM
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It should be written either by the company's HR department of by a supervisor. It is not acceptable that it is written by an equal or junior. It must be attested as being sworn in front of an appropriate person. If the letter comes from the company it does not need to be attested. If it comes from a supervisor it does. It needs to be attested by an appropriate person in the country where the referee is. That will depend on the law of the country they are in.

Do it exactly as the ACS says. Do not listen to friends. If you don't do it exactly as ACS says it is likely they will ignore it.

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Old 07-10-2016, 03:53 AM
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Thanks Jeremy!

The supervisor reference:
1. Does it need to be on company letterhead of where they are working?
2. Again very conflicting views on who can witness. In UK some blogs mention could be Doctor, Nurse, Lawyer - but nothing concrete.

Do you have any idea regarding this?

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Old 07-12-2016, 03:44 AM
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I passed the ACS assessment. Here is some sharing: All my reference letters were prepared by previous direct supervisor with specific format that was provided by my adviser. All the letters were printed on a paper with company letter head with my ex-head signature (or may have company chop).

In addition, two reference letters were declared by my ex-colleagues (peer, or junior) under my home town - Home Affair Dept. However, both letters are ignore during the assessment.

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Old 07-13-2016, 05:06 AM
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Thanks for your response.

So the letter that was written by direct supervisor was not declared, however the ones written by junior colleagues was - but was ignored?

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Old 07-13-2016, 07:19 AM
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Yes. My situation is like that. All letters from my ex-supervisors were printed on company letter head paper with their signature. But the declared letters printed on a white paper.

I think it is a key concerns to CO. Officially, company letter head paper cannot be used for printing with no management authority.

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