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Hi,

this forum is wonderful and I get some real good information. After going through some sticky threads in the forum I assembled some parts and made a stupid and simple plan for migrating to australia. But I would appreciate other members to go through the stuff so as I can be corrected in case I missed or mistook something in the arranging.

An Introduction

I am a software engineer working at Microsoft,US since July 2008. I work in programming with c# and web technologies. I am from India but came to US for graduate studies in 2005. I had obtained a MS in Computer Engineering from a University here in 2 years. I am 29 years of age.

Interest And Plans For Australia

I was intruiged about the land and the diverse geography and animals found here. I am too fond of cricket and quite infamous for supporting the aussies even against my country. I would like to settle in Australia and lead a dynamic and cool lifestyle. US indeed offers a great learning platform for the beginners and useful experience. I want to continue my work here for two more years so that I have a good 4 years work experience. After that, I will love to migrate to Australia and I am sure the US experience will help me get good job in Australia . I am also planning an MBA in future and Aus Universities are quite good I heard.

The Possible RoadMap
Assuming the immigration policy doesnt change much in coming years, I believe I can use the following roadmap
*Try for a job in Australia using websites from end of 2010
*Appear for the IELTS and get a good score in 2011 middle
*Hopefully find a job before 2011 ends(I am 31 then)
*The employers will work for a worker visa for me to migrate into Australia
*Work 2 years there so that I have 24 months work experience in Australia and 4 years in US
*File for a permanent residency as a skilled independent worker using an agency

*Since I will be
-under 45 years of age(33)
-having post graduate degree in engineering(from US)
-an IELTS score as well as 2 years student and 5 years working experience in english speaking countries
-5 years of relevant job experience(3.5 in US,2 in Aus)

my case will be strong enough to me expect getting the permanent residency approved within a year from then (unless the embassy guys have some problem)

Questions

> Can I use the term Electrical Engineer to describe my education although I have earned a Masters and Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering while fling permanent residency application?
> Do I need a big bank balance in order to apply for Visa as well as later for permanent residency?
>Am I mistaken anywhere in the assumptions I made?
>Does the permanent residency success depends on the state you work in?
>Am I overestimating anything, especially the time requirements I am thinking?
 

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Hi epsix,

You call that simply? :D

I don't think you mentioned the skills test with Australian Computer Society? I think that is still required even for an employer sponsored visa but I may be wrong.

It's quite difficult to get sponsorship unless your skill set is in demand. Most job websites say that they want you to have a visa before you apply for a position. However it's not impossible since a few of our members have got in through employer sponsorship.

Do you have enough points to apply skilled independent visa?

The requirements have changed a lot in the last year or so and there is no doubt in my mind that they will change again although how I have no idea.

No you don't need a big bank balance for the visa but you don't want to end up with financial issues here when you arrive.

Regards,
Karen
 

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You call that simply?

Yes , lengthy but simple

I don't think you mentioned the skills test with Australian Computer Society? I think that is still required even for an employer sponsored visa but I may be wrong.

Hmm, need to look into that

It's quite difficult to get sponsorship unless your skill set is in demand. Most job websites say that they want you to have a visa before you apply for a position. However it's not impossible since a few of our members have got in through employer sponsorship.

so you can get an employment visa on your own from US WITHOUT A JOB OFFER?

Do you have enough points to apply skilled independent visa?

I think I will by 2011 because of the list I said(count out Aus experience)
and definitely by 2013


The requirements have changed a lot in the last year or so and there is no doubt in my mind that they will change again although how I have no idea.

Cool

No you don't need a big bank balance for the visa but you don't want to end up with financial issues here when you arrive.

Thats good





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so a new brick to build the building, Australian Society For Computer Skills

Thanks Karen
 

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There is state sponsorship which is a work visa without an employer.

Have you been through the visa wizard? There is a link in the 'PLEASE READ....' sticky post. You could enter what you hope to have and see what it says.

Regards,
Karen
 

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Here's another possibility:

Do a transfer from Microsoft US to Microsoft AU. You could do that on a 457. I did pretty much that and it wasn't too difficult. Mainly you have to start the conversation with your managers now and tell them it's a long term plan (so your not jumping ship).

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Also instead of being assessed for EE, get assessed by the ACS for a computing specialisation. Try to get something in the CSL Priority level. That way even if you do decide to do an independent PR application it processes at the highest possible priority.
 
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