Permanent Resident - eligible?
I've been reading and reading about the points system, etc, and it seems that every website where you can find out your points score tells me something different.
My other half with be working as a systems designer (IT) on a 457 visa, and we would like to apply for permanent residency but don't think he is eligible. We also wonder if he will be eligible for an employee sponsored permanent visa after 2 years with the company if we can not go the other route.
Although he has worked in the IT profession since he was 18, in different areas of the trade, he has no formal qualifications in his speciality.
He has worked for 3 years with his current employer; two IT positions before that over a 1 year period; before that a 2 year period of self employment; and finally then the same position for another 3 years previously.
The new job he is taking on in Perth is slightly different to his current employment - more one area that he is now going to be specialising in that has been part of his current role.
Some websites say that he will get in via skills assessment, others by experience, and others not at all as he has no degree or diploma.
Which is right? Can we even apply when on a 457 anyway?
So sorry if this seems so obvious, I am just rather stumped here.