Applying for Australian PR VISA for Skilled Immigrants.
State and regional sponsored visas -190 and 489 (491) does not follow the above invitation system. You get an invite immediately the state approves your sponsorship. Depending on the state, approval or denial can take weeks or months. Visit the website of any state you are interested in to read info on them and their application processes.
A. Age-18 - 24 years (25 points)
25 - 32 years (30 points)
33 - 39 years (25 points)
40 - 44 years (15 points)
45 - 49 years (0 points)
B. English score
IELTS-7.0 (speaking, reading, listening and writing)IELTS
PTE Academic- 65-78 (speaking, reading, listening and writing)
TOEFL ( 24 for Listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, 23 Speaking)
20 points-Aim for this
IELTS-8.0 (speaking, reading, listening and writing)IELTS
PTE Academic- 79+(speaking, reading, listening and writing)
TOEFL ( 28 for Listening, 29 reading, 30 writing, 28 Speaking)
Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard. 20 points
At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard.. 15 points (This means a 5 year course in most Nigerian Unis or a 4 year course from a TIER 1 UNI-eg, Unilag, UI, OUA..)
Diploma or trade qualifications (This means a 4 year degree in most Nigerian Unis. Eg. Babcock, CU, Uniben, Unad, Lasu, etc) 10 points
An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation 10 points - Some occupational certifications will get you 10 points. Not sure but i think CCNP falls in this category.
However, you don't get double points for education - eg, if you have an Msc and Bsc, you get points just for your highest qualification -MSC
3 - 5 years experience.. (5 points) At least 3yrs but less than 5 years
5 - 8 years experience.. (10 points) At least 5 years but less than 8 years
8 - 10 years experience. (15 points). At least 8 years.
You also get 5 points extra if a state sponsors your visa (190) or 10 points if a region sponsors your visa (489/491).
5 points if your partner’s occupation is on the same list as your occupation. Please note they will have to get their occupation assessed with the assessment body and also get a positive assessment + pass english test for you to get the extra 5 points.
YOU CAN BE ON 65 POINTS AND NOT GET AN INVITE FOR VISA BECAUSE PEOPLE APPLYING WITH THAT OCCUPATION ARE MUCH, THEY ARE APPLYING WITH HIGHER POINTS MAKING THE COMPETITION REALLY HIGH.
PEOPLE ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR A VISA BASED ON THESE CRITERIAS :
THIS MEANS SOMEONE WITH AN 80 POINTS IN AN OCCUPATION WILL GET INVITED BEFORE A 75 POINTS IN SAME OCCUPATION EVEN IF A 75 POINTER HAS BEEN ON THE QUEUE LONGER.
THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH 65 POINT WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE POOL FOR YEARS AND DID NOT GET AN INVITE BECAUSE THE COMPETITION IS STIFF FOR THAT OCCUPATION.
ICT, ACCOUNTANTS, ENGRS, ETC- AIM FOR VERY HIGH POINTS AND ALSO APPLY FOR STATE NOMINATIONS.
A lot of jobs require your years of experience to match or to be closely related to your degree. Exception for IT professionals - Years of experience will be taken in Lieu of the degree you don’t have and you will be required to write a Recognition of prior learning. Think Final year project.
Engineers can possess a degree and not practise but still be able to apply as an engineer - they will be required to write a CDR.
Also make sure to check with assessing bodies as some have waivers.
Australia has a grading system for comparing Nigerian University degrees to their University degrees. It’s a tier based system.
Example of Tier 1 schools-Unilag, UI, Oau, Unilorin...
Example of Tier 2: Babcock, Covenant, UNAD, Uniben, Lasu, Akungba ...
*Please note these are unis I am certain of. Assessing bodies generally won’t tell you because they want you to apply and make payment. Rule of thumb for me is, if your school does not belong to the three schools posted above and you studied a 4 year course, go for a skill two occupation or ask first on the Nairaland thread before making payment. https://www.nairaland.com/4478747/diy-guide-australian-permanent-resident
Occupations are rated in different skill levels in Australia.
Example of skill level one jobs; Doctors, Accountants, HR Manager, etc
Example of Skill level two jobs: Hardware technician, Youth worker, etc
Example of skill level three jobs: Plumber, painters, etc
First thing to do is -check whether your occupation is on the list via this link.
Each occupation has a list of visa listed beside them - Look out for 189, 190 and 489. 491 will be listed come november.
If none of this is listed, please look for another occupation.
Third thing to do is use this link to check for skill level of that occupation. You will need to sign up to be able to check using the site - https://www.anzscosearch.com
You will also be able to see the skill level of your occupation on the assessment body site.
Skill level 1 jobs require you to have an australian BSC or its equivalent in Nigeria. Equivalent to Australian bsc is a 4 year degree from a TIER 1 UNIVERSITY or a 5 year Degree from a TIER 2 UNIVERSITY or a masters degree closely related to the occupation (IT Professionals need not worry about this. Years of experience is used in lieu)
Skill level 2 jobs require an australian diploma. The equivalent to this is our 4 year degree from most Nigerian Unis.
Fourth thing, if it’s only available on 190 or 489, use the same link above to check which state is sponsoring it. Generally, I would say stay away from occupations that is being sponsored by only one state. That way you can apply to more than one and your chances are higher.
So you have checked, calculated your points, your occupation is on the list, it’s available on 189, 190 and 489 list, it matches your degree, it also matches skill level, several states are sponsoring it..ok!
Costs Implications ;
1. English test -55k PTE or 75k IELTS
2. Assessment (depends on your assessing body) 150k- 300k
3. Cost of visa -principal applicant -about 1.2M.
4. Cost of visa for dependants (spouse or partner) -about 600k
5. Cost of visa for children (less than 18)- About 300k
(Remember Visa fees and assessment cost is dependent on current exchange rate as this fees are in AUD.)
6. Medical -44k at Iom in Ikeja GRA for adults. for kids, can’t remember the cost.
7. Police report -3-5k depending on the police officer you meet. It’s done at alagbon. When you get to that stage, search on Nairaland on Australia PR/ Canada thread or ask anyone, they will have it.
8. Polio certificate-done at port health around International airport in Lagos but seeing it’s done online now. Did ours for 2500 per person.
*How fast you get your visa is dependent on you- how fast you are able to start the process and get your documents together, dependent on how popular your nominated occupation is, dependent on the time you applied-year end means offices are closed in Australia. Some do it in years, some in months.*