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Hi,

Not sure if it was discussed in detail in this forum, but since I wasn't able to find enough relevant information, would like to raise it here. Have raised it another similar British forum and seeking for futher advice here.

Basically, I would like some confirmation regarding information required for ACS skills assessment (Occupation: Software developer).

I've been employed for 3 years in IT company focusing on life insurance/pensions.
After that I've registered as self-employed and was providing similar services to my previous employer remotely for 2.5 years.

So in order to get my skills assessed by ACS, I need to provide an employment reference letter on the official company's letterhead for my employment period. Does the company logo need to be in color or black&white?
The reference should look like this ACS example. Does it need to specify who is it for (i.e. have ACS details)?
It should be signed by HR manager, senior coleague or direct manager.
Does it need to provide the number of hours worked per week or salary details?

Then I should take this employment reference to the Notary public and get it notarized (marked as Certified copy). I suppose each page of this letter must be notarized. Is it the only way to mark it as Certified copy as per requirements?

For additional evidence, I should also notarize my P45s, P60, job offer letter, contract agreement. Is this all required? and also do I need to certify my first and last payslip, bank statements or termination letter?


As far as self-employment is concerned, I should prepare a formal Statutory Declaration with the details of my self-eployment (UTR number, start/end dates, occupation, nature and content of the work provided). It should be written by me and then witness and certified by the Public Notary, correct?

Also I should get my client (my former employer) write and sign a reference what I did for them and when. My understanding is that it can be done on client company's letterhead and should be very similar to and employment reference. In my case, it's the same client I used to work for and duties are more or less similar.

I suppose I also need to get my tax agent to write a declaration confirming my self-employment on a letterhead? I should also include contracts with the clients, invoices issued, bank statements, copies of tax returns submitted, letters from HMRC with UTR number - registration certificate, and get the certified by the Public notary.

And lastly, will the following format of Statutory declaration be ok?
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I, [First Name] [Surname] of [Address] do solemnly and sincerely declare as follows:

I have been self-employed as a [ job title(s) ] between DD/MM/YYYY and DD/MM/YYYY.

During my period of self-employment with I would perform the following tasks and duties on a day to day basis:

[give details in bullet point format]

I used the following tools and equipment:

[give list]

I make this solemn declaration believing the same to be true and by virtue of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835

Signed: [your signature]

Declared at: [Solicitors Address]

On this [Day] Day of [Month/Year]

Before me,



[solicitors signature]

[Solicitor’s Name, Occupation, Address]
"

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding that the following statement from ACS guidelines only applies to the employment references and not to Statutory Declaration of self-employment:
"The Statutory Declaration or Affidavit must be written by a third party work colleague and NOT written by you, the applicant.
Important Note: Self-written Statutory Declaration or Affidavit will be assessed as not suitable." (page 14).

Sorry for putting a long check-list - I just wanted to get all in one place and confirm if my understanding is correct.

Thanks for any related information provided.
 

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For employment reference:
- Reference should be written and signed by your manager/ supervisor. Work colleague (who is not a junior) also works.
- Not sure about the logo colour thingy. IMO, better to have it on a coloured letterhead.
- If it is on the company letter head, then you just need "Certified True Copy" stamps and not notarization. Yes, each and every page should be stamped.
- Must-haves in this document:
-- Number of hours or the words "full time".
-- Dates of your employment positions held there.
-- Work location.
-- Authors name, designation, employment period, contact details, and his work relation with you.

I am not sure about P45, P60, etc, but for ACS, just the reference document is required. However, applicants do submit salary slips, bank statements as well. There have been instances where applicants did not submit and were asked for these additional documents.

As for self employment:
Check this thread: http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...g-australia/740922-proof-self-employment.html

You are right. That "Important Note" is for employment references. For self employed individuals, you need your own self-declaration.

Your self declaration template looks fine (except for the 1835 part- I am not sure about it).
 

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Hi,

Thanks a lot for clarification.

By saying that employment reference does not need to be notarized, but stamped with "Certified True Copy" - does it need to be done by Notary public or Solicitor, right?
 

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Hi,

Thanks a lot for clarification.

By saying that employment reference does not need to be notarized, but stamped with "Certified True Copy" - does it need to be done by Notary public or Solicitor, right?
Anyone who is authorized to do it. ACS says this:
A document is a certified copy when the original document is photocopied or scanned and a person authorised to certify documents stamps and signs the copy, signifying that it is a true copy of the original document.
The following information is required on each page of your certified copy:
  • The words “Certified True Copy of the Original”
  • The signature of the certifying person
  • The date signed and name of the certifying person
  • Registration number or title of the certifying person (eg: Police Officer, Doctor)
  • Certification details must be legible on the copy
Source: Skills-Assessment-Guidelines-for-Applicants.pdf
 
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