Start with the occupational possibilities

In order to apply for a skilled visa, applicants must nominate an occupation that appears on the Australian government (Immigration dept. called DIAC) Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or an occupation on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) that is sponsored by an Australian State/ Territory Government.

Those with professions that are not on the list are not eligible to apply.

Once applicants nominate an occupation, they must have their skills assessed by a government appointed Australian Skills Assessing Authority in order to determine if their skills are appropriate.

Your skills assessment enables the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to judge if you have the required level of skill in your chosen occupation to practice in Australia.

What to do if your occupation does not appear to be on one of these occupation lists?

You must be able to demonstrate your provable work experience and/or qualification matches an occupation listed on the current SOL or CSOL to obtain sponsorship.

This is not always easy, however our information here will help you a lot.

Start with making a short list of occupations that seem similar, even vaguely similar, to what you would describe your occupation as on your resume if you were applying for a job.

This is easier if you have a more generic occupation than a purely vocational one. For example, it would be easier or an office manager to describe their job in a number of different ways than say an orthopedic surgeon.

Then enter & search each and every one of your short-listed occupational title definitions here and save the results in a file:

What to do with your shortlist of occupational definitions now?

You will see each occupation has a list of “tasks included” in the work.

Now compare those tasks lists to your resume, where you already listed stated all the tasks and work you actually did in your job.

Look for the similarities. Do you see that your resume listed occupation is more similar to the tasks of some occupations than others?

Shorten your short list now to eliminate the occupations which have very little of the same tasks (maybe only 1 or 2 tasks that you did).

Now you have a list of occupations we can pick from to go onto the next stage of your migration application – lodging the skilled assessment.

We will advise you which one is actually best bearing in mind not just the similarity of tasks but the period of time you did that work in.

But what if you do not have any formal qualification?

In order to qualify for most kinds of skilled visas, applicants must have either university or trade qualifications.

However, this does not always apply and there are some occupations, where substantial work experience might suffice instead.

Here is an example:

Note the word “or” in this sentence, “The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience.”

We will advise you in this regard before the relevant Skills Assessing Authority will assess all your educational and recognition certificates and or proven work experience skills.

How do you know if your skills and experience will be approved by the Australian Skills Recognition Authority?

We are not allowed to guarantee success, but by making a very careful assessment & selection of your occupation to see which one has the right balance of success chances as well as matching your actual background, most risks are eliminated.

Our 21 years’ experience in this area is brought to bear on every aspect of this process.

We also look very carefully at the requirements of the skills assessing authority and even speak or write to them about your case before lodging your application.

In every way, we do all we can to eliminate every possible variant of risk.

This is our professional obligation to you and something we take great pride in getting right.

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