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Old 03-02-2013, 04:51 AM
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Subclass 189 Visa - Confused Accountant - Please help

hi - i am going to apply for a subclass 189 visa - the eoi process. i hope someone can help me with some questions:

(1) i'm an accountant, does it matter what type? i see the system asks if i'm a general accountant, management accountant or in finance (those are the only 3 i'd fit under)
(2) do i need to submit my medical exam when i apply for the eoi?
(3) how long does it take to hear from immigration after submission of eoi to approval of the eoi?
(4) after eoi approval, can i go ahead and immediately file for a visa?
(5) how long will it take for the visa?

based on the information i went through, i think i can manage 70-75 points if that matters.

thanks, lots of questions!


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Hi Redgems -

Comments on your questions below:

1) Yes, it matters. You need to choose 1 that fits most closely to your work experience and educational qualifications.

2) No, you should wait until you are invited to apply for a visa to take the exam and submit results (most results are submitted electronically from the panel doctor, etc now).

3) Depends on the demand for your occupation and your overall points test score compared to everyone else in the same pool of applicants as you are. If you are at 70-75 points, that puts you up towards the top group of applicants, I would think, which means you may be invited sooner (than those with lower scores).

4) Once you have your IELTS score (optional for USA citizens, but helps with points) and skills assessment completed you can lodge your EOI. Then you wait for an invitation. If/when invitation is issued, you have 60 days to complete the application forms online (most info is pre-filled from your EOI and cannot be changed) and lodge your online visa application which includes payment of the $3,060 application fee to DIAC and uploading the supporting documents required.

5) Currently we're seeing 189 visas being granted approx 2-3 months after the visa application has been lodged, however I've also seen it as short as 3 weeks.

Hope that helps - please advise if I can provide any further assistance -

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Hi Mark -

Thanks for your response. I've been reading this forum and you're super helpful! We love you!

Another follow-up - I realize there are a lot of variables going into the EOI and when you get a response - do you know what the average weight time is? Or the minimum and maximum you've seen in your experience?

Thanks!


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Hi Redgems -

Thanks for the kind words!

For those with higher points test scores (70+) in high demand occupations, it can be a month or 2-3. Longer for those with lower points test scores (60 - 70) depending on occupation demand, could be many months, and no invitation is guaranteed even if you have 60 points. Getting a higher points test score is a very good way of getting a fast(er) invitation.

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Hi,
Re point 1, if its cpa australia who will assess your migration, do note that each type of accounting role may demand a few different mandatory subjects from education, therefore picking the right one is very important. I submitted my EOI for 189 under management accountant with 65 points and got an invite to apply on the first invitation round ( which was 2 days after I submitted). Now waiting for a case officer which takes about 10 weeks according to the allocation dates.
I have already completed my Medicals and criminal check so now just sitting tight and waiting!

Best of luck to you!


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yh31 -

Congrats! When did you submit your EOI?

Also, did you go through CPA Australia (I assume so)? I read some posts about them being not so friendly - but they were old posts. Can you tell me how your experience was?

Did you study/work in Australia? Where is your education / experience from if you don't mind my asking.

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I submitted my EOI on 01/29/13 and received an invitation to apply on 02/04/13.

Yes, I went through CPA Australia. I had to call their office a few times to ask some questions. They were very helpful every time. I didn't find them unfriendly at all, one even had a good sense of humour! You just have to understand and accept that the rules are the rules and they won't make any exceptions for anyone in regards to the requirements.

You also have to make sure you carefully read and include all the documents they have requested or it will slow down the process.

Once my migration advisor was assigned, she was really nice and answered promptly to all my questions. Overall, I have absolutely no complaints, everyone was great! The only thing is that I did not get the years of work experience I thought I would get recognized because they only counted starting from when I received my CMA designation, which was 1.5 yrs ago.
I'm from Canada with no Australian work experience but I was able to get Associate CPA designation through an MRA so I just have to complete this audit course and hopefully will move to qualified shortly. Where are you from?


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Hi all,

this page gives me hope...

I have my EOI and am just completing my residency request for a subclass 189.

For my EOI I have 65 points and submitted no work experience as a lawyer advised it was easier not to have to verify the work I had done, and also as my CIMA qualification was only granted last year it is doubtful how much work experience I actually have. (Even though I have 5 years as an accountant!) But then when it comes to the question have you any work experience from the last 10 years, do I hit yes, then list it all and put that it isn't relevant, or just put no to having working experience?

I went through CPA too, and the response time was more like 18 working days, and that's when they put the response in the post, but didn't find them rude, just a little slow!

Thanks for any helpful responses!


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I think I put all my work experience and did not select any as relevant. At the end of the EOI, you should see a screen totaling all the points so you'll be able to see if its the same as your expectations.

I did not need the work experience points, got my visa grant earlier this month with no problems or questions whatsoever!

Good luck!


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