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Permanent Residency application process for Australia

Skilled Migration for Permanent Residency in Australia can be applied through different visa
options. However, as I have a knowledge and experience of only two visa options so I will be
detailing the procedure of these two options (189 and 190).
Disclaimer: This guide is only for information purposes. Based on my experience and
research, I am sharing this information which may change over the time so do your own
research as well. Written for Scholarship Network facebook group.
You can apply for PR based on your occupation/nominated occupation in Skilled Occupation
List (SOL) or Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL). Following are the
main/common/popular visa categories for Permanent Residency (PR) application based on
your skills and occupation.

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)


a. Step1: Check minimum points required to be eligible for this visa application.
Online points calculator (3rd party link): https://www.acacia-au.com/skilled-migration-pointstest.php
You need at least 60 points if you are applying in Electronics/Electrical/Telecommunication
engineering skilled occupation. However, some occupations require around 65 or 70 points to
get the invitation timely. Research immitracker website (link given in the end) to estimate the
invitation and visa approval based on your points, nationality, occupation, etc.
b. Step 2: Select/nominate your occupation based on your academic
qualification/experience in Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
Link:
https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessingauthorities/skilled-occupations-lists/SOL
c. Step 3: Get an assessment of nominated occupation from respective assessing
body mentioned in SOL.
d. Step 4: Check eligibility, documents required (document checklist).
Document Checklist: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/189-/Skilled-Independent-visa(subclass-189)-document-checklist
e. Step 5: Once you have an assessment and completed rest of the documents, then,
signup for Skills Select to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Link: https://skillselect.gov.au/SKILLSELECT/ExpressionOfInterest/PreReg/Start
f. Step 6: You will be then sent an invitation to apply for visa (time for invitation
varies, research your expected invitation time from Immitracker). Here, you will
need to submit visa fee and all other documents. This is almost the pre-approval
step. Once you apply the visa, if you are in Australia you can get bridging visa.
g. After that, you wait for the outcome of your visa application.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

The key difference of 190 is that you have to live in a state which sponsor you for two years.
You have to live and work in that particular state. However, if you dont get professional job
related to your occupation, then you have to request the state to release you for relocation.
The rest process is similar to 189 visa except you have to get state sponsorship as well.
a. Step1: Check minimum points required to be eligible for this visa application.
Online points calculator (3rd party link): https://www.acacia-au.com/skilled-migration-pointstest.php
You need at least 55 points if you are applying in Electronics/Electrical/Telecommunication
engineering skilled occupation. However, some occupations require around 65 or 70 points to
get the invitation timely. Research immitracker website (link given in the end) to estimate the
invitation and visa approval based on your points, nationality, occupation, etc. You will get 5
more points if you get state sponsorship from your specified state.
b. Step 2: Select/nominate your occupation based on your academic
qualification/experience in Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
Link:
https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessingauthorities/skilled-occupations-lists/CSOL
c. Step 3: Get an assessment of nominated occupation from respective assessing
body mentioned in SOL.
d. Step 4: Check eligibility, documents required (document checklist).
Document Checklist: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/190-/Skilled-Nominated-visa(subclass-190)-document-checklist
e. Step 5: Once you have an assessment and completed rest of the documents, then,
signup for Skills Select to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and also select
state/region you want to apply for sponsorship.
Link: https://skillselect.gov.au/SKILLSELECT/ExpressionOfInterest/PreReg/Start
Note: Each state has its own occupation in demand list which changes over time. You
need to check if your occupation is listed for sponsorship in particular state or not.
Australian states are New south Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia,
Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria.
a. Once selected date approves your sponsorship, they will send you invitation to
apply for visa.
b. Step 6: You will be then sent an invitation to apply for visa (time for invitation
varies, research your expected invitation time from Immitracker). Here, you will
need to submit visa fee and all other documents. This is almost the pre-approval
step. Once you apply the visa, if you are in Australia you can get bridging visa.
c. After that, you wait for the outcome of your visa application.

Assessment from Engineers Australia for Professional


Engineer/Engineering Technologist/Engineering Manager in
Electronics/Electrical/Telecommunication Engineer

1) Firstly, you need to download and carefully read the Migration Skill Assessment
booklet
available
at
https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/shado/About
%20Us/Migration%20Skills%20Assessment/msa_booklet.pdf

2) As stated in booklet, if your qualification is accredited from Engineers Australia,


Washington Accord, Sydney Accord or Dublin accord then process is relatively easier
and simple. You can visit respective accord website to confirm if your degree is
accredited or not.
a. If your degree (from Pakistan) is not accredited by any of these signatories,
then you need to prepare three Competency Demonstration Reports (CDR)
and one CDR summary.
b. These CDRs should be prepared according to given guidelines in MSA
booklet. One CDR demonstrates your skills which you used in any related
engineering project in your career.
c. You have to highlight how you specifically participate in the project, came up
with solution of engineering problem and implemented the best engineering
practices.
d. I would strongly recommend to first understand the CDR summary template
given by Engineers Australia and then write your CDR by keeping these
important points in mind.

e. Once CDR and DR summary is ready, you can create online account for
Migration Skills Assessment on Engineers Australia website and upload your
documentation step by step.
3) If you have any specific questions or issues during the process, you can tag me in the
comments. I will try my best to respond.
4) Best of luck
General Information about Permanent Residency in Australia
5) To understand about rights and obligations of PR holder, please refer to:
6) Australian permanent resident information
7) Each category has its own unique requirements and conditions. If you intend to
complete this process by yourself, then thorough research and online surfing will
equip you with worthy experience and knowledge of all the process. If you are
motivated, you will find an answer to each and every query online (online forums,
encyclopaedia, friends, etc.). To start with, please go through this introductory page
which contains explanation of basic terms used on official website of Australian
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP):
8) General Skilled Migration Definitions
9) If you are within Australia and seeking for pathways to PR (which are mostly
sponsored) then read this:
10)
Pathways to Permanent Residency

PTE-A English test for immigration


Australia has started accepting Pearsons Test of English-Academic (PTE-A) for awarding
points for English competency. It is considered equivalent to IELTS but only for immigration,
not for skills assessment. You need 65 points (IELTS 7 band) in each module to get 10
points for immigration and 79 points (IELTS 8 band) each for 20 points.
Based on my experience, I have found PTE-A test easier than IELTS. Following is the related
information to this test,
1) General information and format of test on this page:
http://pearsonpte.com/test-takers/preparation/free-pte-academic-preparation/
2) Download complete offline practice test from here for preparation:
http://www.pearsonpte.com/resources/offline-practice-test.zip
3) Some mroe practice online tests are available on this link
http://www.examenglish.com/PTE/PTE_Academic.htm
4) YouTube videos for test tips and important points are on this link:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLRB-cQkcmmhqxTDvtjefnw/videos
5) This video will be beneficent for Essay writing task of writing section:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7rBlBb_WKM

Some of the useful forums are;


1) http://www.expatforum.com/expats/australia-expat-forum-expats-living-australia/
2) https://myimmitracker.com/
Author: Noman Haider (nomanhaider21@gmail.com)