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Old 05-11-2009, 12:49 PM
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Skilled Ocupation Choice

Hello all,

I graduated from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2006, and for the last 3 years I have been working in the Middle East with a company that provides oilfield services in directional drilling, measurements while drilling and logging while drilling. I am uncertain as to which skilled ocupation I should nominate for my accreditation by Engineers Australia, seeing that my expertise is not so much in Mechanical Engineering but rather in the oil and gas industry. Also, is it common for people to use migration agents? Is it really a worthwile investment, or do they just help people fill out forms? Appreciate any feedback. Thanks.


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Old 05-12-2009, 03:27 AM
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It is fairly common for one with engineering qualifications to work in related or entirely different fields to that of their qualification bur your engineering qualifications will be assessed on qualifications and unless you have any other than mechanical engineering then that is what you apply to be assessed on - have a look at their web site info for more detail.

When you come to an immigration application, there is a mandatory requirement for 12 months experience in past 24 and your experience in the drilling area ought to be OK for that, in essence you are a mechanical engineer with experience in oilfield services, drilling in particular utilising diverse mechanical plant starting with the drill rig itself even if you were not a getting hands dirty engineer.

Have a read of the third sticky thread for 175 visa, the eligibility section/table and "applying for this visa" section and I think in there is a reference re using agents, but a lot of good info on checklist link - read all links.
Also read second sticky thread re ministerial statement on immigration changes and FAQ re what's happening in respect to economics, as unemployment grows so immigration may be reduced!, jobs certainly harder to come by.

Yes some people use agents and yes, they may help with the process at your end in preparation but then you are releasing some of your control and a form is not all that difficult to complete, though you will have to pay for any translations necessary and getting that and copies accredited, collating all the appropriate documentation is what takes time, other than immigration processing.

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If you are busy getting an agent might be a good idea. But you still need to provide all of your details and documents to your agent, so I wonder if it really saves time. Some people don't like reading through the documentation so they are happy for someone else to take care of it.

I find it interesting that people who are using agents still come here to ask questions! Maybe that says something about level of customer service of some agents.

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