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PR for US citizens?

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Old 09-29-2018, 03:39 AM
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PR for US citizens?


I am a 22-year-old US citizen planning on coming to Australia in the next few months on a Work and Holiday visa (462). I was planning on working in transportation engineering or ICT (I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the US) during my time in Australia and I was going to apply for visa 189 (skilled independent), after my 2 years of work and holiday are over. I currently have 60 points via the following

18- 24 years old - 25 pts

Superior English - 20 pts

Bachelor degree - 15 pts

I was planning on gaining at least 1 year of skilled employment in Australia over the 2 years so I would then have 65 points to apply for visa 189. I wanted to ask the following:

1. At what point within my second work and holiday visa should I submit an EOI?

2. While waiting for an invitation after my EOI, if my 2nd work and holiday visa runs out, am I able to request a bridging visa during this period?

3. I saw that the US is not listed in the top 10 countries for applying for PR to Australia, is there any advantage/disadvantages from this? Does anyone know if there are any specific quotas per country?

4. As a native English speaker from the US, who has studied in English in secondary (high) school and university, do I need to prove Superior English?

5. Anything else I should know about the process based on my situation?

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1. You could submit an EOI at any time once you have the required 65 points. Keep in mind that ICT occupations are in high demand from applicants so it may be some time before you would get an invitation.

2. No, you only get a bridging visa once you lodge a valid onshore application while holding a substantive visa. Submitting an EOI doesn't result in eligibility for a bridging visa.

3. There are no quotas per country. If the US isn't in the top 10, that's simply a statistic of which country's citizens have chosen to apply for a PR visa. That wouldn't be either an advantage or disadvantage, just a piece of data.

4. Yes. If you have a US passport you are exempt from needing to submit any proof of English proficiency but that doesn't give you any points. If you want to claim points towards a visa, then you must take one of the approved English tests. Even native English speakers have sometimes struggled to score high enough for Superior English.

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