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Do my wife and I qualify to migrate to Aus - be it on our own merits or state ?


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Old 06-18-2010, 04:31 PM
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Do my wife and I qualify to migrate to Aus - be it on our own merits or state ?

Hey,

I have been trying on the immi.gov.au website but I am not 100% sure of the chances of success I have.

This is our situation.

We are married and both 26 and are both South African citizens while my wife has EU citizenship as well.

I have a university degree majoring in: maths, computer science and investment finance
I then have a university honours degree in: investment management

I was a researhc analyst at a stock broker for three years.
For the past 18 months I have been a quantium analyst and trader (financial) and investment management which is the current job I have. It is a multi role job.

My wife has a university degree and majored in maths and actuarial science and stastics.
She has an honours degree in Advanced Maths of Finance

She also has experience as a part time honours lecturer for work.
My wife currently works as a financial engineer and risk consultant.
She has had that job for 3-4 years.

We are happy to move to any major city in Aus, be it a state sponsored visa or a general migration, or permanent residence. Pretty much anything as long as we get to a major Aus city.

Any advice as to what visa we should apply for, or if we even qualify to get a visa for Aus.

Thanks


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Old 06-18-2010, 05:55 PM
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Don't know if you gathered by your look at the Immi site but it is on the cusp of a fairly significant change, implementation of which is scheduled for July 01 re a new SOL - http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...ccupations.pdf and Actuary might be the closest [ perhaps only appropriate occupation] [ to your wife's qualifications ] and you'll need to wait until July01 to have the new points approach confirmed.

There is a processing priority approach too and if you have a look at announcements of 08Feb. and 17May on What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration you'll get an idea of what's to happen.
The emergence of what is referred to as State Migration Plans will likely have an impact on what the set-up may be re state/territory sponsorships and it'll really be best to wait until July01 to see what the full scene is going to be.

Meanwhile, though the new SOL is based on ANZSCO classification as against ASCO currently Actuary 2293-15 - Australian Skills Recognition Information is still worth a look as a reference until it is updated and at a guess I'd say that Vetassess will still likely be the occupational assessors.
1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, Revision 1 for comparison.

It is not going to hurt if your wife starts having a hunt about for organisations that may be after an Actuary or for that matter you both can see what the employment market may have on offer that suits either of you for your quickest route to immigration is likely an employer sponsor visa, most people starting out on a temporary residency visa- the 457 and there is the possibility of moving on from that one to a permanent residency visa through sponsorship or with an eligible/agreeable employer going straight for permanent residency sponsorship.
Employer Sponsored Workers - Workers - Visas & Immigration

That is one area that is not really changing so much and it is currently top of the tree as far as priority goes.
Though a temporary residency sponsorship has the weight with it of having to maintain a sponsor for the visa to remain valid, one upside of it could be that there'll be less of a tangle for your wife to show recent experience as an Actuary if she has not actually worked as one recently, something that could become an issue with the points tested independent visa approach.

Only one of you will need to get a visa as primary applicant and the other can be the secondary applicant and will also have full work rights.

EDIT: Just thinking outside of the square a bit, a recent discussion show on television had an official representing WALGA present who claimed WA were crying out re need of various skilled people - http://www.walga.asn.au/careers/council_websites
The LGA organisation itself may not be so bad a starting point for the hunt.





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Thank-you for the reply, i appreciate the time and effort you went to in order to do that.

My wife didn't do the actuary board exams - she studied actuarial science but didn't opt to follow the actuary career path. Does simply having studied it suffice?

I was looking at the NSW skilled 176 Financial Advisor Visa, I have had at least 3 years experience as a financial advisor be it through my current job as a fund manager and previous job as an advisor and researcher for what is the best investments that should be made.

I was reading the NSW website which said that one can apply again after July 1 for the state sponsored visa - but as you and the NSW government have said, it is best to wait and see on July 1 what the story is.


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Thank-you for the reply, i appreciate the time and effort you went to in order to do that.

My wife didn't do the actuary board exams - she studied actuarial science but didn't opt to follow the actuary career path. Does simply having studied it suffice?

I was looking at the NSW skilled 176 Financial Advisor Visa, I have had at least 3 years experience as a financial advisor be it through my current job as a fund manager and previous job as an advisor and researcher for what is the best investments that should be made.

I was reading the NSW website which said that one can apply again after July 1 for the state sponsored visa - but as you and the NSW government have said, it is best to wait and see on July 1 what the story is.
Yes, your wife actually not going through with actuary registration nor working as one will likely make it difficult for her to get an employment offer as one and assessment for an independent skilled visa requires a minimum of 12 months experience and that aside from the occupational assessment by Vetassess.

The NSW web site is a little misleading as though they have indicated that applications for nomination are not being taken until after July01, there may need to be a sizable review of it given a requirement for standard sponsorship is that an occupation is listed on the SOL and Financial Advisor is not in the new list that Immi have for the SOL.
The system has previously allowed for States to have up to 500 off list nominations and so it'll remain to be seen what the situation is in that respect, though NSW were not participating.

It will still not stop either of you seeking employer sponsors.





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Hi,

Now that the 1st of July has come and the VISA requirements have changed, do my wife and I sitll qualify under the NSW sponsored Financial Advisor Visa?

If not then what are the current options available to us?

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Hi,

Now that the 1st of July has come and the VISA requirements have changed, do my wife and I sitll qualify under the NSW sponsored Financial Advisor Visa?

If not then what are the current options available to us?

Regards,
Seems as all states are dragging the chain with getting their State Plans organised, some having comments on their sites re August being when they could be organised and hopefully a looming federal election will not upset the applecart.
NSWhave nothing new on their site and so I'd suggest you have a look at Skilled Sponsored Migration: Business Migration: Industry & Investment NSW in August.
I've sent an enquiry in and if anything comes from them I'll re=post.





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Thank-you for the information.

Do we qualify under the new skills in demand list for a PR visa?


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Thank-you for the information.

Do we qualify under the new skills in demand list for a PR visa?
Advice from NSW is that they're still negotiating their State Plan and meanwhile their sponsorship 176 list is as is.
So if Financial Advisor is on that, you should be able to seek a sponsorship from them.
Then it is just a case of adding the points for eligibility up but waiting possibly a couple of years or more.
With a 176 applied for, it may still be worth a recce trip to visit a few of the major financial institutions or at least contact them and see if you can develop a few contacts to make it worth coming over to see if an employer sponsorship could be obtained as an interim if you wanted a quicker move.





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