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Hi I am a English guy (41) with wife and Child (8) looking to start the process for visa application to Aus as a skilled Insurance Broker, at the beginning of April 2013 I made the Choice of paying an Agent $7000 to undertake my application (ASA CONSULTANTS) and yes got ripped off!!!!

Now I am totally against using an agent as I checked out ASA and their whats I now know as false credentials and obvioulsy feel aggreived but hey ho its done - troble is I do not have a clue where to start or look for my visa app or process - can anyone help.

Also first time on any forum and a bit lost.

If anyone could help, really appreciated.

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Hi Darren,

Skilled Occupation List - 1 July 2013

This is the website of Australian Government immigration staff. You can look what you need.

The general skilled immigration conditions are
-Under 50 years of age,
-Your occupation must be in the skilled occupation list (SOL)
-For English speaking nationalities you dont have to take IELTS but you will not get any extra points either. Normally the minimum requirement is 6 from the general test. For 7 you get +10 points, for 8+20. So you might want to take the exam to increase your points.
-And you must score 60 points in skill select system

Your points are calculated in many ways:
-Years of experience: over 8 years you receive the highest point.
-Higher education: bachelor or master's degree will give you extra points.
-IELTS mentioned above.
-If your partner's occupation is the SOL as well and she has to get her skill's assessed by the relevant Office. For noneng speaking countries, the partner has to score 6 in ielts.
-(Subclass 190) State sponsorhip +5 points / regional sponsorship (subclass 489) +10 points
If your occuipation is in demand in a certain state, then they you can apply for a sponsorship to that state. And you have live in that state for 2 years, its compulsory. Regional is similar but you cannot live in anywhere of the state but just certain designated areas - mostly away from the center.

Or if you find a job when you are still in England you can skip all these. But I dont know how people do this. Must be for brain surgeons, or rocket scientists or people with 3 brains god knows!

Subclass 189 is a skilled independant visa, you can go to anystate. This is the best visa I think, but takes longer to get a grant. nad you dont get any extra points like in state sponsorship.

My advice to you,
-first find if your job is in SOL.
-İf yes, find out where you can get your skills assessed, (ours took 4 months waiting and many more month for preparing before).
-Meanwhile decide which state to go.
-Then you will figüre out the rest...

Regarding the agent, I'm sorry for your bad experience. If you go to MARA website and find a MARA agent in your town, actually just in your country is enough, our agent is in another city, everything is fine. They will provide you with their certificates and permits. I doublechecked my agent like this, when I click on "Find a MARA agent in your country" all the credentials of my agent came up.

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Hi I am a English guy (41) with wife and Child (8) looking to start the process for visa application to Aus as a skilled Insurance Broker, at the beginning of April 2013 I made the Choice of paying an Agent $7000 to undertake my application (ASA CONSULTANTS) and yes got ripped off!!!!

Now I am totally against using an agent as I checked out ASA and their whats I now know as false credentials and obvioulsy feel aggreived but hey ho its done - troble is I do not have a clue where to start or look for my visa app or process - can anyone help.

Also first time on any forum and a bit lost.

If anyone could help, really appreciated.

Cheers
Hey mate,

Sorry to hear about that, i was in a similar case, where the agent kinda decided to stop being an agent and left me hanging.
Anyway, for a start, did the agent do anything at all? As in make any applications in your name? If they did, there should be a record with the Immigration Department in Aussie that your application was submitted.
 

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Hi Darren,

Suggest you read the thread "Thinking of emigrating" on the stickies in Australia Forum....

Did you get your assessment done through the agent (or by yourself) yet?
 
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