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Old 11-24-2009, 06:41 AM
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Need Guidance!!

Hello everyone,

I am graduate in mechanical engg with more than one year experience in petroleum sector as a drilling engineer.

Am I elegible to apply for immigration to australia from pakistan??

anybody who has an experience with australian immigration office in pakistan... how long does it normally takes for visa issuance from the date of submission of very first documents??


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Old 11-25-2009, 03:21 AM
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You can go for a skilled visa
All applicants for skilled visas must be able to demonstrate the following basic requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and younger than 45 at the time of application.
English language

In most cases, applicants will have to take an English Language Test (e.g. IELTS). If you are a native English speaker, this is not necessary but maximum points for English will not be available for you.
Nominated occupation

In order to apply for a skilled visa, applicants must nominate an occupation that appears on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Those with professions that are not on the list are not eligible to apply. Once applicants nominate an occupation, they must have their skills assessed by a government appointed Australian Assessing Authority in order to determine if their skills are appropriate for this visa type.

In order to qualify for most kinds of skilled visas, applicants must have either university or trade qualifications. There are some exceptions in a small number of occupations, where substantial work experience might suffice. The relevant Skills Assessment Authority will assess all certificates and work experience skills.
Recent work experience

Applicants are required to have recent work experience in their nominated occupation at the time the visa is lodged. However, this requirement is waived for students with Australian qualifications (generally onshore applicants). Or 2 years of study in Australia if they lodge their skilled visa application within six months of completing their studies.

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Old 11-28-2009, 09:35 AM
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Start on the DIAC site @ Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration
The top link of What's New will take you through to list and select second top which will show you a link to Priorities Processing FAQ as with latest arrangements made at 23/9.
Mechanical Engineering is on the CSL and you should have a visa processed in about 12 months with an application being fully complete and correct.

The second link for Skilled Occupations List will give you the contact details for IEA at rear of list, the qualifications assessing authority and that is the first thing you need to do, a separate process to your immigration application.

Next down the above page you'll see Visa Options and that'll take you to the 175/176 visas and under each you'll have five sections, "eligibility" being the first one you need to look at and where there is a table which allows you to do a self assessment.
If with a successful engineering assessment you can get 120 points, you'll be OK or you can get extra points with a higher IELTS score or seeking a state nomination for a 176 visa which means you only need 100 points and you'll have a slightly higher priority re application.

The "applying for this visa" section has a Checklist , worth its weight in gold.

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