Applying for Australian PR VISA for Skilled Immigrants.

Important Info:

  1. Three types of visa easily accessible to Nigerians -189, 190 and 489 Visa -489 Visa is being replaced with the 491 Visa. This is a temporary Visa as well with Pathways to a permanent residency visa
  2. You have to be an experienced skilled worker (at least two years for most occupations)
  3. You need to possess a degree certificate or trade certificate (This is for occupations like Plumbers, Fashion designers, carpenters and bricklayers. Honestly, most Nigerians in these trades are not eligible because even if they possess a certificate for this trade, the practical exam they have to do for the assessment of their skill is not done in Nigeria).
  4. You need to be able to score high in PTE, IELTS or TOEFL -
  5. This visa process is strictly online based. No interviews or physical appointments.
  6. You need to have at least 65 points to be eligible. (For some occupations you need as much as 80 points to get a visa invitation.)
  7. The higher your point, the faster you will get a visa invite. It can come within hours of applying or it can take months. This is because invites are sent out once a month and people with the highest point in every occupation get a visa invite. There's a certain number of invites monthly, 4500+. (not sure of this figure)
  8.  Some occupations are invited on pro-rata basis, these occupations are allocated a certain number of invite every draw. So this means people in less popular occupations will get invited faster and also with lesser points. Eg. A valuer can apply with 65 points today and get an invite next month while a software developer with 75 points will have to wait longer. Think of this as every occupation having a separate queue and people getting attended to faster than the other based on the length of the queue. Use this link to view invitation rounds and estimate how long you might wait - https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds They usually list points invited for just Pro-rata occupations. If your occupation is not on the list on this page, then it's not a pro-rata occupation and you should get invited within a couple of months -depending on how many points you have.
  9. Pro-rata occupations -Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers,  Electronics Engineers, Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers, Other Engineering Professionals, ICT Business and System Analysts, Software and Applications Programmers, Computer Network Professionals. You need very high points for these occupations.

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.

  1. Visa is point based. 4 major factors determine your points and eligibility. Age, English test, education and years of experience.

      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

10 PTS

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)

C.        Education:

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

D. Experience:

 0 - 3 years experience.. (0 Point) [a][b][c][d][e][f]

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 :

  1. THOSE WITH HIGHEST POINTS
  2. BASED ON HOW LONG YOU HAVE APPLIED - EG, IF TWO PPL HAVE THE SAME POINTS, THE PERSON WHO APPLIED FIRST WILL BE INVITED FIRST.

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.                                      

Please note: 

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.

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list

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.

Procedure:

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.

START.

  1. Visit the website of the assessing body-Assessing body is listed on the right of the link shared above for occupation list-eg. Vetassess, ACS, AIM. etc. Read on the requirements to apply for assessment and the documents you need. Ensure you can provide everything the require before you apply.
  2. Sit for PTE/IELTS/TOEFL
  3. Once report is out for both english test and assessment- express your interest with the Australian government via this link -  https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect
  4. Wait for a mail asking you to apply for visa. Pay for visa, do your medicals and police report. Submit all necessary documents and wait for visa.
  5. Come to Australia and bring me smoked catfish or Kuli Kuli or Banga soup spice.

*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.*

GOODLUCK.

[a]I want to know if those of us that don't have up to 3 years work experience can include our NYSC experience to make it up. Thanks

[b]A lot of ppl do. As long as you have proof of working there.

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Thanks

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