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Friday, 18th of October 2013
Volume 267

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In this issue we cover the upcoming changes to the Australian Computer Society's Skills Assessment as well as excerpts from the latest SkillSelect round report.


Upcoming Australian Computer Society Shock Skills Assessment Changes                                                                           
Don't be surprised if the ACS office is surrounded by angry students next week




From the 28th October it would appear the Permanent Residency hopes of potentially thousands of IT graduates studying in Australia will be dashed. 


The latest announcement regarding skill assessment guidelines from the Australian Computer Society outline the fact that new Australian IT graduates will only be able to obtain a provisional skill assessment for the 485 Graduate Visa.


The new provisional assessment will be called the "Temporary Graduate - 485". The letter (below) will specifically indicate the result is suitable for obtaining the 485 visa.


If you wish to apply for a "permanent skill assessment" you will need a "Graduate Skill Assessment".


When we spoke to Senior ACS Assessor Calvin today, he confirmed the new "Graduate Skill Assessment" will require a work experience component which is still to be announced but will released on the ACS web site sometime next week".


We expect that they will be following the VETASSESS skills platform example and will require 12 months relevant work experience in order to obtain the "PR" assessment.


There is little doubt that the news released by the ACS is deceptive in its design. It is far from clear to spell out what the changes for recent graduates will mean.


At this stage we will have to wait for this further information to be released regarding the mandatory work experience requirement to apply for permanent residency. We are suspicious that a special waiver may be implemented that those who complete an ACS approved Professional Year Program (PYP). It may become just a clever way for the ACS funnel thousands of International Students into their PYP programs who are not able to find jobs while they are on their 485 visas.


Readers may remember how we were critical of the Accounting assessing bodies giving a special IELTS exemption students who underwent their PYP programs. One has to wonder how students are miraculously able to achieve a higher standard of English in a PYP course. The result of this exemption for students no doubt has led to a significant increase of enrolments into their PYP programs.


The ACS today did not return our call for a media comment on this issue. I guess we will have to wait till next week to find out what this new work experience requirement will be.



ACS Announcement


Change of Name: Temporary Graduate - 485 


As of Oct 28, 2013, the Recent Graduate application type will change name to Temporary Graduate - 485.

The assessment criteria will remain the same -

*    Bachelor degree or higher with a major in computing that is closely related to the nominated occupation.

All applications lodged on or after Oct 28, 2013, will receive a result letter stating that the result has been issued for the purpose of lodging a visa subclass 485.    


Change of Name: Graduate Skills Assessment 


As of Oct 28, 2013, the Recent Graduate wanting experience considered application type will change name to Graduate Skills Assessment.

Only applicants that hold a valid Recent Graduate or Temporary Graduate - 485 skills assessment will be eligible to apply for a Graduate Skills Assessment. 


The Graduate Skills Assessment is to allow applicants that have previously applied for aTemporary Graduate - 485 to have their work experience assessed for a permanent skills assessment.


The assessment criteria will remain the same and the Skill Level Requirement Met Date will be noted as the completion date of the relevant Bachelor degree or higher on the ACS result letter.  

This change will affect all applications lodged on or after Oct 28, 2013.  


This news can be found on the ACS website here


Edward (Eddy) Kang: The Sydney businessman allegedly preying on foreign students trying to get a work visa
Watch the full story aired on ABC's Lateline here.
Read our previous newsletter with quotes from his clients, who paid Singapore Oil vast sums of money for visa applications that were rejected here
SkillSelect Invitation Round: 7th October, 2013                                       pensive-laptop-man.jpg
An invitation round to apply for the Skilled - Independent and Skilled - Regional (Provisional) visa subclasses was conducted on 7 October in SkillSelect.
Invitation process and cut offs

The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. 


Expressions Of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.


Visa SubclassPoints ScoreVisa date of effect
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)6026/09/2013 
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)6029/09/2013 

Due to the continuing high numbers of EOIs received for the following six occupations, invitations for these occupations will be issued on a pro rata basis in each twice monthly invitation round over the remainder of the program year:

  • Chemical and Materials Engineers
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
  • Other Engineering Professional
  • Software and Applications Programmers.

The points scores and the visa dates of effect cut-offs for these occupations in the 7 October 2013 invitation round were as follows:

Occupation IDDescriptionPoints ScoreVisa date of effect
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers7028/09/2013 
2334Electronics Engineers6511/09/2013 
2339Other Engineering Professionals7020/09/2013 
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts6526/08/2013 
2613Software and Applications Programmers607/05/2013 
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals6531/08/2013 
State/Territory Nominations September 2013

Nominations by State and Territory Governments - September 2013

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments in September 2013 is shown in the table below:

Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) visa92662111818441642341369
Skilled - Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa056191404018138
Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa02208701169162
Business Talent (Permanent) (subclass 132) visa00005041019

Nominations by State and Territory Governments - 2012/13 total activity

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from July 2013 to the end of September 2013 is shown in the following table:

Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) visa28420334247435125198344206
Skilled - Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa01826249511091445
Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa07502620129830450
Business Talent (Permanent) (subclass 132) visa200110093153

If you would like to read more regarding the various SkillSelect Round reports, please visit the SkillSelect section on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.


The next round of invitations for the month of October will be on Monday, the 21st of October.

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