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  1. Hi guys, Let me tell you my story. I have already worked in Australia for a year on a working holiday visa. I came back to the UK 6 years ago and have been working regularly for the past 5 years at a large tech firm here in the UK. I applied for a skills assessment through the Australian Computer Society (ACS). I could not believe how fussy and pedantic they have been with regard to the format of the reference letters. I paid £300 to have the employers references assessed. They advised me that every letter needs to be certified. I went back to all my previous employers and asked them to certify the letters. The ACS then came back saying it cannot be certified by the company itself. So I got my mate Jeff who just happens to be a chartered structural engineer to certify the letters. Now there were about 10 letters and he is a busy man so instead of getting him to write all the speel out, I put together a "Stamp" which was just a piece of paper with everything printed on it and it included his signature. I scanned each letter with stamp carefully placed so that it would be readable on the letter. I submitted all 10 of them to the ACS. They wouldn't accept that either. So I went back to my mate and got him to write everything out again. He was happy enough to do this but it took him about an hour to do. I submitted all the letters to the ACS. They then came back to me saying that one of the letters (which just so happens to be the company I have been at the longest and also my current employer where I have been 5 years) lacks sufficient detail. It did not include information on my roles and duties. So I went back to my company and asked them to re-do the letter. My company then re-iterated what it said in the letter that they could not give out certain information due to company data protection policy. I then phoned the ACS at midnight my time and hoped that someone on the other end would be human enough to empathise with my situation. Instead of being helpful they were rude and the girl actually cut me off in mid speech and said "what is your actual question? " she insisted that not only could they not accept the reference letter, but if I was to somehow get my company to re-do the reference letter this time with all the required detail, that I would still have to pay a further £200 to get the application re-assessed! I have managed to get my company to redo the letter and I have paid the additional £200 to have the application re-assesed. It would not suprise me if these idiots at the ACS come back with some other BS excuse for not being able to process my skills assessment. My understanding is that I need to get this done through the ACS if I work in IT and it is needed for the department of home affairs to calculate how many points I have. I have found my interaction with the ACS to be a bit like the computer says no sketch in the tv show little Britain. See link here for a funny clip. This kinda puts me off Australia in general. It makes me wonder if I really want to live in a country where people are so far stuck up their own arses that they cannot compromise on the money thing or indeed show even the slightest bit of empathy. I found Aussies were mostly rude and up themselves apart from a few people I have kept in touch with. So part of me is wondering why I want to apply for a visa there apart from the great weather, good money and attractive lifestyle. I guess you've got to take the rough with the smooth. I reckon when I am out there I will not this time go out of my way to be too friendly with the Aussies, because I have in my experience found them to be fake friendly at best! Their immigration system stinks of arrogance and I hope the people aren't all like that. It has been 6 years since I left so I can't remember everything although I do remember some people were so far up their own arses it was difficult to maintain a conversation with them! JUST WANTED TO GET THAT OFF MY CHEST! Enjoy the video below, Aaron.
  2. We have put our application in Dec 2014, to emigrate on a contributary parent visa. We have been told that we get a case officer appointed between 12 - 24 months, then we might get approved within 60 days and when approved we have only 28 days to come up with about $100.000 ( £50k) !. Unfortunately we dont have that in our petty cash and it will come from the sale of our house, so the problem is when do we start selling our house? Too soon and we have turmoil of clearing our stuff and renting , too late and we may lose our application fees etc. Dilemma Has anyone any inside information how long the wait is before we get a case officer?, or any advice where we can get information to give us a clue?. Any info would be helpful, thanks
  3. laurenalexa88

    PR/ 189 time scale.

    Hi there, Just wondered if anyone else is waiting for PR / 198 Visa? We applied on 17th Sept 2015 and are still waiting. We have had a couple of requests for info- last one being 22nd December- which we supplied docs for. And heard nothing since! Just getting a bit fed up waiting. We want to buy a house and cant really do it until we get PR. Finding it so frustrating that my emails to them don't even get a reply. I know they are busy, but its such a lot of money that we pay up front for such poor service from them! I guess we are one in many and are but an application number.. My friend at work got granted his on xmas eve- and he applied at the same kind of time as us, which made me think that ours wouldnt be far behind but here we are another month later and nothing... Just wondered if anyone else was in the same boat or applied at a similar time to us? Thanks guys Lauren
  4. Hi there, Does anyone have a specific recomendation for a migraton agent based in Perth please? I'm looking to ask some questions on migrating my Dad over here and want to talk through the options with someone other than a random Google search Any help much appreciated!
  5. Somebody knows if is it possible to apply for Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) under Graduate Work Stream after be graduated in an Associate Degree in Software Development (2 years course)?
  6. Hello, We were hoping to emigrate under the Skilled Workers Visa as my husband is a Senior Engineer for a large UK powered acces/platform company. I think it falls under Engineer Plant & Production on the new SOL. Only thing is, he doesn't have any formal qualifications. He was in the motor trade for years and then got this job as a trainee engineer and worked his way up - he has been on various 1 and 2 day training courses whilst in this employment. We have been informed that he needs the equivelent of an Australian Advanced Diploma (not sure what that is but I know it's more than he's done) He has spoken with various colleagues and people in similar job roles in the UK and found that none of them ever went to college to follow this career path. One of his old colleagues moved to Perth a few years ago and got a job with Genie and we're sure he didn't have any formal qualification either - need to try and track him down. Does anyone have any advise please?
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