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Hi There,

I am Adi and have around 6years of exp in IT and I am looking out to immigrate to Australia, but I am really struggling to get a proper consultant to file my Skill assessment, EOI and other applications,

I would really appreciate if any one could suggest the trusted consultancy which is also a MARA certified one. Also please help me how can i proceed to skill assessment by my own if there is any possibility,

Thanks very muchm


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Adi
 

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Hi Adi,

if you really want to go with an agency, I'd recommend to consider Australia-based agents as well. They have to register with MARA (unlike those overseas) and chances are that you will be communicating with your agent via email/phone anyway, so it does not matter whether they are based in India or Australia. I haven't used an agent, so I cannot recommend anyone personally. Check out the following threads:

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/br...ration-lawyer-visa-agent.html?highlight=agent
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...ion-agent-my-experiences.html?highlight=agent
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...-immigration-agent-india.html?highlight=agent
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/co...ommend-immigration-agent.html?highlight=agent

If you are willing to put in the hours and if your case is not "complicated" (e.g. chronic, severe medical condition; criminal record; prev. visa fraud etc.) you can definitely do it yourself. DIBP Booklet 6 and the SkillSelect homepage are the best starting points to find out more about the visa procedures. If you are in IT you have to get assessed by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). The ACS homepage contains everything you need to prepare the application, including the excellent ACS Skills Assessment Guidelines, which you should read first.

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Thanks Monika,

I completely agree with you and your points, mine is not a complicated one as I don't have any such issues,

I did my Bachelor of Engineering [Mechnical Engineering] in 2007 and got campus selected with HP in Aug-2007 and since then working in IT Industry [6.3years] as Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer and presently as a Technical Lead/Senior Technology specialist.

I will go through the ACS and other related ones and will keep in touch with you for any sort of help, if you don't mind,


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Adi
 

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As some friendly advice from someone doing their own 189. Go through all of the required documentation for the expression of interest and apply/send in for all of it immediately, it always takes longer than you would expect. Then look at the required documentation for the actual visa application and apply/send in for it all, I believe you can get everything in advance except medical.

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Hi aditya,

My opinion is that you should do it yourself. If your case is not complicated there's no point in going through an agent.

I should also mention that a friend of mine went through an agent here in Australia, but the agent entered wrong information in the EOI. I was really surprised because that might have resulted in his VISA getting rejected and having a ban for future VISAs. So I recommend anyone with a straight case to do it on their own.
 

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But first check if your diploma as Mechanical Engineer is related to Software Engineer. Your diploma and your experience must be related.

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But first check if your diploma as Mechanical Engineer is related to Software Engineer. Your diploma and your experience must be related.

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This is not the case actually. Even if you have a non ICT degree, you can still get a positive skills assessment from ACS provided you have sufficient work experience.
 

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Hi Adi,

while you can get positive assessment even without a formal qualification, this will "cost" you work experience. Work experience can substitute for a formal degree in your occupation.

1.) Ideally, you have a bachelor with a major in ICT and 2+ years of work experience. Since you studied "Mechanical Engineering" you should sit down with your curriculum and check how many ICT subjects you took. For an ICT major at least 33% of your subjects/hours must be related to ICT and one third of that must be at an advanced level.

2.) If your bachelor features between 20% and 33% ICT content, you can get assessed as a minor in ICT. You will need 5+ years of work experience for positive assessment.

3.) If less than 20% of your subjects/hours were ICT related your bachelor will be considered unrelated to your nominated occupation. You will need 6+ years of work experience for positive assessment, except if you also have recognized vendor qualifications.

Check out the ACS Summary of Criteria and the ACS Skills Assessment Guidelines for more information.
 

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Thanks Friends, I really appreciate your help on this regard,

Today I have received my responsibilities/roles letters from my respective companies in a Company letter head, now i am planning to get them attested but really confused with whom i need to get these attestations from in Bangalore/India and who will do that

Below are the documents which i have now to apply for skill assessment with ACS

1. Degree certificate
2. Roles & responsibilties letters for my 6.5yrs of IT experience from respective companies [Employment references]
3. Passport copy
4. All 8 semister Mark sheets [Engineering]
4. My Resume [CV]


Request you to let me know with whom i can get the attestation and also let me know if any other documents which i missed in the aforesaid ones,

Thanks very much,


Cheers,
Adi
 
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