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Hi,

Initially, everyone is welcome to participate in this topic from their experience regarding what people should do and don't when they filling information and lodging application.

So, I'm gonna start this topic with some information and will update it routinely when there is an opportunity. This is vitally important as it enables you to submit a complete application and avoid any complications, delays, and refusals of your application.

Let's start...

*1- Do not wait until the CO asks for the 80 & 1221. Fill them out in advance and upload them.

2- If you are capable of conducting the health assessment and the PCC in advance before lodging your application and paying the fees, definitely do it.

3- After submitting your application, do a monthly routine on the papers and docs you uploaded and review every single question.

4- If you find out there is a wrong answer, a missing answer for a question or new circumstances occurred to you, don't wait otherwise the CO will send you a natural justice letter. Update your form and let the CO know, also there is form 1023 you can upload, especially if there is a wrong answer or incorrect information.

5- Do not rely heavily on your agent, if you have one. They are still humans and can make errors like anyone. So, ask for a mirror account and also review your information and docs.

6- If you are claiming points for experience. Do not rely only on reference letters and contracts. It has to be something validated by the gov like tax & insurance.

7- You must upload the military discharge certificate. Most COs ask for it.

To be continued...
 

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Hi,

Initially, everyone is welcome to participate in this topic from their experience regarding what people should do and don't when they filling information and lodging application.

So, I'm gonna start this topic with some information and will update it routinely when there is an opportunity. This is vitally important as it enables you to submit a complete application and avoid any complications, delays, and refusals of your application.

Let's start...

*1- Do not wait until the CO asks for the 80 & 1221. Fill them out in advance and upload them.

2- If you are capable of conducting the health assessment and the PCC in advance before lodging your application and paying the fees, definitely do it.

3- After submitting your application, do a monthly routine on the papers and docs you uploaded and review every single question.

4- If you find out there is a wrong answer, a missing answer for a question or new circumstances occurred to you, don't wait otherwise the CO will send you a natural justice letter. Update your form and let the CO know, also there is form 1023 you can upload, especially if there is a wrong answer or incorrect information.

5- Do not rely heavily on your agent, if you have one. They are still humans and can make errors like anyone. So, ask for a mirror account and also review your information and docs.

6- If you are claiming points for experience. Do not rely only on reference letters and contracts. It has to be something validated by the gov like tax & insurance.

7- You must upload the military discharge certificate. Most COs ask for it.

To be continued...
What's a mirror account?
 

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By which you can log in yourself to your application and check details like the docs uploaded, the messages or the health examination details.
 

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Hi,

Initially, everyone is welcome to participate in this topic from their experience regarding what people should do and don't when they filling information and lodging application.

So, I'm gonna start this topic with some information and will update it routinely when there is an opportunity. This is vitally important as it enables you to submit a complete application and avoid any complications, delays, and refusals of your application.

Let's start...

*1- Do not wait until the CO asks for the 80 & 1221. Fill them out in advance and upload them.

2- If you are capable of conducting the health assessment and the PCC in advance before lodging your application and paying the fees, definitely do it.

3- After submitting your application, do a monthly routine on the papers and docs you uploaded and review every single question.

4- If you find out there is a wrong answer, a missing answer for a question or new circumstances occurred to you, don't wait otherwise the CO will send you a natural justice letter. Update your form and let the CO know, also there is form 1023 you can upload, especially if there is a wrong answer or incorrect information.

5- Do not rely heavily on your agent, if you have one. They are still humans and can make errors like anyone. So, ask for a mirror account and also review your information and docs.

6- If you are claiming points for experience. Do not rely only on reference letters and contracts. It has to be something validated by the gov like tax & insurance.

7- You must upload the military discharge certificate. Most COs ask for it.

To be continued...
8- If you've been refused a visa to any country including Australia, you must indicate that in the forms 80 & 1221. Don't assume the CO already knows that and will skip it, if you're past refused visa related to Australia. So, you should write that including the reasons, in order to avoid any delays.
 

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Hi For claiming job experience( AU experience) can i rely on reference letter and pay slip only?
Nope
You will need the payg and bank statement also

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7- You must upload the military discharge certificate. Most COs ask for it.

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Does that include the National Service, which is around less than a month and not consider officially as a military, rather a general training after finishing high school, isn't that better to just skip it ?

Thanks for the useful thread.
 

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Does that include the National Service, which is around less than a month and not consider officially as a military, rather a general training after finishing high school, isn't that better to just skip it ?

Thanks for the useful thread.
Frankly, that's the first time I hear about that, but I think they only require the military expemtion/discharge certificate only.
 

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Hi,

Initially, everyone is welcome to participate in this topic from their experience regarding what people should do and don't when they filling information and lodging application.

So, I'm gonna start this topic with some information and will update it routinely when there is an opportunity. This is vitally important as it enables you to submit a complete application and avoid any complications, delays, and refusals of your application.

Let's start...

*1- Do not wait until the CO asks for the 80 & 1221. Fill them out in advance and upload them.

2- If you are capable of conducting the health assessment and the PCC in advance before lodging your application and paying the fees, definitely do it.

3- After submitting your application, do a monthly routine on the papers and docs you uploaded and review every single question.

4- If you find out there is a wrong answer, a missing answer for a question or new circumstances occurred to you, don't wait otherwise the CO will send you a natural justice letter. Update your form and let the CO know, also there is form 1023 you can upload, especially if there is a wrong answer or incorrect information.

5- Do not rely heavily on your agent, if you have one. They are still humans and can make errors like anyone. So, ask for a mirror account and also review your information and docs.

6- If you are claiming points for experience. Do not rely only on reference letters and contracts. It has to be something validated by the gov like tax & insurance.

7- You must upload the military discharge certificate. Most COs ask for it.

8- If you've been refused a visa to any country including Australia, you must indicate that in the forms 80 & 1221. Don't assume the CO already knows that and will skip it, if you're past refused visa related to Australia. So, you should write that including the reasons, in order to avoid any delays.


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9- The translator's details are extremely important. Sometimes, although rare, they call the office to validate the translated papers.
 

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You may need to add as a reminder that despite a positive skills assessment, a CO can still refuse a visa application. There’s this guy in Twitter complaining in several Australian govt twitter accounts demanding a refund or an explanation why his application was rejected.

He got a postive skills assessment but looks like some of his documents had handwritten employment dates.
 

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You may need to add as a reminder that despite a positive skills assessment, a CO can still refuse a visa application. There’s this guy in Twitter complaining in several Australian govt twitter accounts demanding a refund or an explanation why his application was rejected.

He got a postive skills assessment but looks like some of his documents had handwritten employment dates.
Some assessment agencies especially ACS were extremely liberal with the their assessment
There was negligible evidence requirements to get a positive assessment
Only from December last year they have become stricter and enlarged the evidence requirements

Even then they don’t have the investigating powers at their disposal which DHA has
So it’s widely known that positive assessment by the skilling agency is not a holy Grail for DHA and correctly so

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Hi,

Initially, everyone is welcome to participate in this topic from their experience regarding what people should do and don't when they filling information and lodging application.

So, I'm gonna start this topic with some information and will update it routinely when there is an opportunity. This is vitally important as it enables you to submit a complete application and avoid any complications, delays, and refusals of your application.

Let's start...

*1- Do not wait until the CO asks for the 80 & 1221. Fill them out in advance and upload them.

2- If you are capable of conducting the health assessment and the PCC in advance before lodging your application and paying the fees, definitely do it.

3- After submitting your application, do a monthly routine on the papers and docs you uploaded and review every single question.

4- If you find out there is a wrong answer, a missing answer for a question or new circumstances occurred to you, don't wait otherwise the CO will send you a natural justice letter. Update your form and let the CO know, also there is form 1023 you can upload, especially if there is a wrong answer or incorrect information.

5- Do not rely heavily on your agent, if you have one. They are still humans and can make errors like anyone. So, ask for a mirror account and also review your information and docs.

6- If you are claiming points for experience. Do not rely only on reference letters and contracts. It has to be something validated by the gov like tax & insurance.

7- You must upload the military discharge certificate. Most COs ask for it.

8- If you've been refused a visa to any country including Australia, you must indicate that in the forms 80 & 1221. Don't assume the CO already knows that and will skip it, if you're past refused visa related to Australia. So, you should write that including the reasons, in order to avoid any delays.

To be continued...
9- The Freedom Of Information unit is an amazing resource when you want to know/expect the status of your occupation and whether or not the department processes its applications. Also, you can inquire about anything regarding the exact number of applications of your occupation or of a remaining number of applications for any kind of visa generally.

10- Sending emails to the CO is waste of time. If you wanna inquire about the status of your application, the only way is to lodge full detailed feedback to the Global Feedback Unit. Only do this if your application exceeds the timeframe of published indicative processing times. Do NOT excessively send lodge feedbacks, otherwise, they will not respond to any other complaint you make.
 
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