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  1. Aaron

    Covid 19 Impact

    Yeah I got an overall score of 56% in the last PTE test. 44 Listening, 67 Reading, 59 Speaking, 51 Writing. So looks like I need to put in a lot of practice anyway to get anywhere near the 79% mark for superior English. For me even though I'm from the UK and English is my first language, the 3 hour exam was a real test of my ability to take in all the information, concentrate and manage time.
  2. Aaron

    Covid 19 Impact

    Hi guys, sorry I have not really been on here in ages. Quick update from me. I am still considering applying for a skilled migrant visa but I heard from a friend that Australia has suspended all visa applications until covid-19 is resolved. Is this true? I still need to re-sit my PTE exam and apparently gain a score of at least 80% (which will take some doing because I suck at listening). So my plan is to use the time to prepare for the exam and hopefully when this all ends and things return to normal I can get on with the application process again. I know the borders are currently closed according to the below link: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/i-want-apply-visa
  3. Hey guys thank you vert much for your kind words of support. I will re-double my efforts to get an 80+ mark on the next attempt! All the best to you guys aswell.
  4. Hi very stormy. Thank you very much for your reply. I guess I will just need to rebook the exam for another £155! I’ll need to analyse these results and work out where I’m going wrong. I’m slightly autistic so this might have affected my performance a bit on the day compared to another native English speakers. I did practice all four components. But I found 3 hours a bit long for an exam to prove I can speak my native language! Can’t believe I got less than 70% to be honest! Here’s my score breakdown. I guess I will just need to keep practicing the areas I’m weakest at: Communicative Skills: Listening 44 Reading 67 Speaking 59 Writing 51 Enabling Skills: Grammar 67 Oral Fluency 71 Pronunciation 46 Spelling 63 Vocabulary 62 Written Discourse 78
  5. https://pearsonpte.com/australiavisas/ My understanding is that 56% is "competent". I thought I would get a bit higher because English is my first language. Do you think this mark is enough to go ahead with the expression of interest or should I retake it and aim for "superior English" (79% or above)
  6. Hi there, I have completed a working holiday (417 visa) under my UK passport. In my time there I did not complete the 3 months of regional farm work which is normally required for a second visa. However, I now have an Irish passport. Would it be possible to apply for a "First" working holiday visa again, but this time using the new Irish passport rather than the old UK one? Kind Regards, Aaron Lavery
  7. I told my migration agent that I’ve already supplied my UK passport for the skills assessment. He said “I would prefer that there was consistency in the documents used and referred to for Skills Assessment, Expression of Interest, and visa application, in case it provokes queries and delays.”
  8. Do they just base it purely on points then?
  9. Hi there, I am from Northern Ireland. Due to the good Friday agreement I can apply for either a UK or Irish passport. I am thinking of applying for migration to Australia. I have been there before on a working holiday visa. I used my UK visa which is about to expire. I have never actually had an Irish passport before, but everyone else in my family have Irish Passports. In addition to that with Brexit and all that going on at the moment I am thinking of applying for an Irish passport as it may be better for travel around Europe (less queuing at airports, access to European health care etc) however my feeling is that the Australian migration people may slightly favour a UK applicant over an Irish applicant. I presume a slight positive bias towards the British rightly or wrongly. This could mean faster processing times, a smoother application process, more likely to be accepted and potentially other things. I base this on the naturally closer cultural similarities between the Aussies and the English (e.g. Love for Cricket, the Queen, Union Jack in flag, Cockney accent, Conservative government backing Brexit etc) and also the slight disdain for the Irish which I encountered over there, particularly when the Irish had a reputation for getting drunk, wrecking the place and working in low skilled jobs. Which passport do you think you would use to apply for a long term Australian visa? If you could choose between either British or Irish? My gut feeling (whether I am being technically or politically correct or not) is saying stick with the British passport. What do you guys think? Appreciate your thoughts, Aaron
  10. Aaron

    190 Visa Processing Times

    Thank you for the message of positivity mate. I think you have the right idea. When I eventually get to Oz I will buy you a beer!
  11. Aaron

    190 Visa Processing Times

    https://www.propertypal.com/51-117-lisburn-road-belfast/563474/photo-16 It is called at £125k but I got it for £118k. So worst case scenario I could at least make a few grand on it.
  12. Aaron

    190 Visa Processing Times

    I can get a lettings agent to take care of it while I am away. If worst case scenario I need to sell it I will. This apartment is in a desirable area.
  13. Hi there so I googled the above and I got the following result: 75% of applications are processed within 9 months 90% of applications are processed with 12 months I have looked at the timeline checker which doesn't seem to list past applications only current applications? Was wondering if anyone can tell me how long it took them to get their visa approved? was it over a year? I am thinking of investing in a property and living in it until my visa application is processed. If accepted I will start looking for work in Perth. If I then find a good job in Perth which works for me, I will rent the UK property out to tenants. Otherwise I will stay in the property. I'm all for this plan although saving for the Visa and Migration itself will be tough. I may need to use a credit card for the initial stages of migration (if it comes to pass). I feel like it will take around 9-12 months before I know where I stand. I desperately need to move out of my parents house and renting just seems like a bad idea because I have the money to buy.
  14. Aaron

    Skills Assessment done. What next?

    I have got I touch with a MARA registered migration agent because he is busy moving house at the moment he has given me the following guidance informally and free of charge which was very nice of him. Hello Aaron, I have read what you’ve sent to me and if you want to live and work in Perth I think you want to apply for visa Subclass 190. This is a permanent visa and is available to somebody doing the job you do. It is points based. You get points for your age, how long you have been doing the work you do, your English language ability, etc. As you are from Northern Ireland I am assuming you have either one of or perhaps both a United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland passport. Either of these can be used to show that you are competent in English, but really you want as many points as you can get. To get more points you can do an English language test to show you have what is called “Superior English”. To get these points you need to do either an IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or an (OET) Occupational English Test, or a PTE (Pearson Test of English) test. IELTS and PTE are available in Belfast, as at the following links: https://admissiontestportal.com/en/ielts/the-united-kingdom/northern-ireland/belfast/ https://pearsonpte.com/uk/ I have no connection with these bodies and cannot make a recommendation whether you should choose either. You could make enquiries with both of them (or another IELTS or PTE provider) for an English language test as part of a visa application for Australia. Once you have your English test results, you will lodge what is called an “Expression of Interest”. This is the first stage of the application process for the Subclass 190 visa. This is where you’re saying that you want to be “invited” to apply for the visa. You can’t apply for this visa unless you’re “invited”. Your feedback from the Australian Computer Society for your skills assessment, together with your English test results, will be submitted for the “Expression of Interest”. There is no fee for lodging an “Expression of Interest”. It is done online. If your “Expression of Interest” is approved, you will then be “invited” to apply for your visa. To be able to apply for this visa you will need to be “invited” to do so by a specific State or Territory to do so. If you want to live and work in Perth, you will need Western Australia to invite you. When you’re submitting your “Expression of Interest” application you will have a chance to confirm which States or Territories you hope will invite you. In the meantime, while you’re waiting for your English test to be schedule, make sure you have all your educational and professional documents available and up-to-date (degree parchments etc). When submitting your “Expression of Interest” you will need to confirm all your qualifications. You will also need your full employment history for the past ten years (position title, employer name and address, dates of employment). Also, make sure your passport(s) is (are) still current. You will need to submit all of these things as part of your “Expression of Interest”. I hope that is of some help. Regards,
  15. Aaron

    Skills Assessment done. What next?

    Hi guys! Thank you so much for all the responses. Just a quick question. How much should I pay for a registered migration agent? Could anyone recommend one in the UK that is good value and service? I’m just weary of getting ripped off. Cheers! Aaron