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In the latest combined skilled occupation list published on 11 March 2019, Life scientist and related occupations are now eligible for Skilled independent 189 and nomination based 190/489 visa.

This is good news for all the biologists and researchers out there who want to apply for PR.

Lets gather here and share your experiences or suggestions on skills assessment (VETASSESS) and EOI submission.
 

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Hi guys,

Today I got my positive skill assessment back and it took only 5 business days via priority service!
I will try PTE to boost my English score.

Please find below my details.
 

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Hi guys,

Today I got my positive skill assessment back and it took only 5 business days via priority service!
I will try PTE to boost my English score.

Please find below my details.
Wow that was fast!

All the best with +10 from the PTE :)
 
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Hi guys,

Today I got my positive skill assessment back and it took only 5 business days via priority service!
I will try PTE to boost my English score.

Please find below my details.
This is great news. You have scored 70 so I am assuming you submitted an EOI already?
Hopefully you get an invite while trying for PTE. But all the best for getting a +10 boost.

Two questions about VETASSESS assessment,
i) Did they deduct any work experience after Bachelor's degree?
ii) Did you work as RA/TA while studying and claimed work experience?


I worked as RA during master's but it was 16hr/week, I am assuming VETASSESS accepts only 20 hr/week.

Your input is welcome.
And please keep us posted in this thread.
Thanks:eek:
 

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This is great news. You have scored 70 so I am assuming you submitted an EOI already?
Hopefully you get an invite while trying for PTE. But all the best for getting a +10 boost.

Two questions about VETASSESS assessment,
i) Did they deduct any work experience after Bachelor's degree?
ii) Did you work as RA/TA while studying and claimed work experience?


I worked as RA during master's but it was 16hr/week, I am assuming VETASSESS accepts only 20 hr/week.

Your input is welcome.
And please keep us posted in this thread.
Thanks:eek:
Hi amit2410,

Thank you! Yes I will submit EOI later today.

1) on their website they say a qualification and 1 year post-qualification experience is regarded deemed skilled. I have 2-year full time Aus work experience as graduate RA after my PhD (Aus obtained). They deducted 1 year. I am not sure how many years they gonna deduct if it is overseas experience.

2) My PhD was covered by full scholarship but I didn't risk using PhD as work experience while Bsc as qualification this time because my Bsc was obtained in China and they would have taken 10 weeks to verify my Chinese qualification. Simply I don't wanna wait. 16hr/week part-time work seems unlikely to be assessed as experience because they specifically said 20hr/week. Was your master fully paid by scholarship? if it is, you can risk using it as experience if you absolutely need the points.

Cheers!!!
 

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Hi amit2410,

Thank you! Yes I will submit EOI later today.

1) on their website they say a qualification and 1 year post-qualification experience is regarded deemed skilled. I have 2-year full time Aus work experience as graduate RA after my PhD (Aus obtained). They deducted 1 year. I am not sure how many years they gonna deduct if it is overseas experience.

2) My PhD was covered by full scholarship but I didn't risk using PhD as work experience while Bsc as qualification this time because my Bsc was obtained in China and they would have taken 10 weeks to verify my Chinese qualification. Simply I don't wanna wait. 16hr/week part-time work seems unlikely to be assessed as experience because they specifically said 20hr/week. Was your master fully paid by scholarship? if it is, you can risk using it as experience if you absolutely need the points.

Cheers!!!
Ahh I see now where did you get the 5 points for experience. Its from working in Aus.
Unfortunately I do not have local experience to claim, relying entirely on foreign exp which at this moment I have 2 years+.
My master's was not paid by scholarship so I cant claim that.

I guess my options are limited to high English score+Bachelors+Age = 65 as of now.

Thanks for your help.
If you have free time, you can create a EOI case in myimmitracker website, it will help others to follow the trend.

All the best.
 

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Ahh I see now where did you get the 5 points for experience. Its from working in Aus.
Unfortunately I do not have local experience to claim, relying entirely on foreign exp which at this moment I have 2 years+.
My master's was not paid by scholarship so I cant claim that.

I guess my options are limited to high English score+Bachelors+Age = 65 as of now.

Thanks for your help.
If you have free time, you can create a EOI case in myimmitracker website, it will help others to follow the trend.

All the best.
Thanks for your reminder! will do!
 

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This is great news. You have scored 70 so I am assuming you submitted an EOI already?
Hopefully you get an invite while trying for PTE. But all the best for getting a +10 boost.

Two questions about VETASSESS assessment,
i) Did they deduct any work experience after Bachelor's degree?
ii) Did you work as RA/TA while studying and claimed work experience?


I worked as RA during master's but it was 16hr/week, I am assuming VETASSESS accepts only 20 hr/week.

Your input is welcome.
And please keep us posted in this thread.
Thanks
Hi amit2410,

Thank you! Yes I will submit EOI later today.

1) on their website they say a qualification and 1 year post-qualification experience is regarded deemed skilled. I have 2-year full time Aus work experience as graduate RA after my PhD (Aus obtained). They deducted 1 year. I am not sure how many years they gonna deduct if it is overseas experience.

2) My PhD was covered by full scholarship but I didn't risk using PhD as work experience while Bsc as qualification this time because my Bsc was obtained in China and they would have taken 10 weeks to verify my Chinese qualification. Simply I don't wanna wait. 16hr/week part-time work seems unlikely to be assessed as experience because they specifically said 20hr/week. Was your master fully paid by scholarship? if it is, you can risk using it as experience if you absolutely need the points.

Cheers!!!

Hi Jenny

I was just wondering about your profile and score. (Also to plan for my PhD).

Based on the 189 points table,
were you able to claim 5 points for Australian education and another 5 points for Specialist education (Research MS/PhD)?

In addition, can you claim bonus 5 points for studying in regional area in Aus?

So if I do PhD in regional Uni, i can claim 15?

Correct me if I am wrong.
Thanks.
 

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Hi Jenny

I was just wondering about your profile and score. (Also to plan for my PhD).

Based on the 189 points table,
were you able to claim 5 points for Australian education and another 5 points for Specialist education (Research MS/PhD)?

In addition, can you claim bonus 5 points for studying in regional area in Aus?

So if I do PhD in regional Uni, i can claim 15?

Correct me if I am wrong.
Thanks.
Hi, my education points are PhD 20 plus studying in Aus 5 points (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-independent-189/points-table). I was not able to claim another 5 points as specialist education qualification because my PhD discipline falls in Medicine biological science instead of just biological science!

Hope this makes sense. Please check the website for more details.
 

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Hi Jenny,

Thank you so much for sharing. Do you think that you may receive invitation within the current financial year? Or you still need to wait till the next financial year?

I have recently submitted my 189 EOI as Biochemist, and I think that we are sort of in the same list.
 

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Hi Jenny,

Thank you so much for sharing. Do you think that you may receive invitation within the current financial year? Or you still need to wait till the next financial year?

I have recently submitted my 189 EOI as Biochemist, and I think that we are sort of in the same list.
Hi Masterbigpang,

My agent told me to wait for at least 6 months given the current trend and expect to wait for 12 months if liberal remains and the number cut is taken place. That is why I need to boost my English score.

What is your score?

cheers,
 

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Did you guys receive invitations for todays round 11 April?
No invites la! 70 is definitely not enough. At least 6-months wait.
 

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Hi guys

Needing some advice/opinions/whatever here please :)

I'm a Life Scientist (Biotechnology - 2345154). Everything done - skills assessment, PTE etc. EOI lodged (DOE Nov 19). But DOE going to change to Jan soon as my husband is awaiting his ACS assessment result from them (Software Developer - 261312). So my DOE is going to be super recent unfortunately. I also get more points than my husband which is why I'm the primary applicant but will look at options for him once we get the ACS certificate.

So overall in Jan I will have 85 points for a 189. And can't really see a way to get more. I could do my PhD as an option, and may, but since I'm 36 I will lose 5 points in a few years anyway so can't see me getting 90 at an rate. My family have PR/are citizens but don't live in a regional area (Brisbane).

After looking at the horrifying Dec 11 ITA's, is there any hope for non pro-Rata people with 85 points? Do we give up on this hope and try something else? :/

And then for 190 to confirm our options are:
ACT (but need a job contract for a year)
NSW (feasible right but will they offer?)
South Australia (need high points and I'd have 90).

Should I pursue a 491? have 3 young kids...
Options:
NSW
South Australia (have high points now)

From all looks of it Life Scientist applicants are a very small number? So is that to our advantage or not? So far very few ITA's for them have been issued for 2019-2020. But for Pro-rata occupations do they just take the top points applicants regardless of profession and then start going lower. I would have thought that 85 points is decent and I have a skilled spouse, but in this day and age who knows!
 

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I presume you went through 190 instead of 189?
190 does not rely on quota number and depends entirely on the state. Whether 85 is enough or not only matters to specific state. If the state decides to choose 80 point accountant instead of a 90 point architect is their sole decision.
Due to the low number of applicants of our occupation, there is no way to predict anything. There is also no advantage.
 
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