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PR after 457: best path? ACS - Australia/Engineers

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Old 10-31-2013, 08:26 AM
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PR after 457: best path? ACS - Australia/Engineers

Hi all,

this is my situation.

- currently under the 457 visa as telco network engineer
- 1 year of Australian relevant work experience
- bachelor's and master's degree
- 31 yo
- IELTS R 8.5 L 7.5 W 6.5 S 6.5

Although consulting the DIAC website (189 visa section) I thought I could reach 60 points (assuming that I will score 7 in each sections of the IELTS next time), I found huge obstacles around the skill assessment.

I might fall either under a category assessed by ACS or one assessed by Engineers Australia.

Apparently, regardless what degree of education I have, ACS requires to have at least 2 years of experience which can't be used to get points for work experience.

On the other hand Australia Engineers application looks very picky and tricky, however in their booklet do not mention at all any requirements around work experience in order to assess your qualifications.

Does someone have any suggestion?

Based on the requirements specified in the DIAC web site I really thought that I was able to apply for PR, but once I hit my face against the skill assessment all my dreams slided miserably away.

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:41 AM
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I did both assessments and for me EA was a lot easier to fulfill.
ACS requires a lot of things in case your major is not computer science related (I'm guessing from telco background).
Also when you check SOL with telco background you have 263311 and 263312 for telecommunications engineers assessed by EA and 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer assessed by ACS.

I would recommend if you are working in telco field go with EA since your current experience will matter more. With ACS you might need to go via RPL path which can reduce your overseas experience even more and your points claim to.

This is best advice I can give you without more details on education and work experience.

You will get private message options when you reach 5 posts so I can give you more details that way.


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Old 10-31-2013, 10:03 AM
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Hi damirsaranovic, thank you so much for your reply!

Here some more details.

My degrees are in computer engineering. The title is a bit misleading as I took also many exams not strictly IT related. e.g. electronics, maths, physics, theory of signals, electromagnetism, automated control, theory of systems, codec theory etc. I had a look at some uni courses in Australia and I should fall in 263312 -Telecommunications Network Engineer category. 263111 through ACS might be an alternative because the nature of my master degree (computer engineering- network specialisation) and my cisco certifications (CCVP, CCNP).

I am currently working as voice engineer (to be more precise for a major australian telco company) 1 y and 1 m. Past experience, although is not extensive, would be very though to be documented.

I look forward to your reply and eventually get in touch via PM so i can possibly get as much as possible info about the AE assessment.

Please let me know if you need further info.

Thank you again!

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Old 10-31-2013, 10:25 AM
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I have advanced Uni degree in Telecommunications with a lot Computer science related classes (programming, OS and Computer systems architecture etc.) which is now equivalent to Masters in Engineering.
Also a lot of Cisco certifications (CCIE R&S and taking lab for CCIE Voice in couple of months, CCNP, CCIP, CCDP, one exam to CCVP) with Microsoft, VMWare and Juniper basic certificates. Working for Service Provider for close to 12 years in IP/MPLS/SDH networking, Voice, Broadband, Wireless, DSL, Cable Access, Services Deployment, OSS/BSS systems etc.

EA did assessment without a problem, ACS took a little more time and more documents (and then occupation I got assessed for got removed from SOL).

To ACS you will have to prove major in Computer science related track and experience in close related field. To me it seems like you are telco engineer and should go for EA assessment.

Can you check if your degree falls under education mobility covered by Washington Accord


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