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Your Questions and My Answers February 2023

In this blog post, I will address queries and concerns related to immigration in Australia.


The following are some of the questions that I will address in this blog:

  1. Do you need a job related to the technologist to apply for 491 in Queensland?

  2. Can I do RPL while I am on a student visa?

  3. Will we lose the visa application fees paid for 491?

  4. Can we reapply for my skills assessment using the same professional year certificate?

  5. Can I upload my police clearance or wait for the case officer to ask for it?

Question: I received 190 visa pre-invitation on 24th January 2023 from VIC, and they asked whether I have applied/received a nomination from other states. To date, I have not received any, but I lodged an ROI to ACT before receiving this invitation. I canceled all EOI put to other states but can't withdraw ROI from the ACT matrix. But I have mentioned as I did not receive any nomination from other states in my pre-invitation declaration form. Is this ok?

Answer: You have not received any nomination. You had only lodged the expression of interest, but none of the other states have invited you, and you have yet to lodge any other nomination application. You are safe to answer no to this question that the Victoria nomination application has got in that form.


Question: Suppose you do a skill assessment as an engineering technologist. Then do you need a job related to the technologist to apply for 491 in Queensland?


Answer: If you're applying under the skilled workers in Queensland, you do need work experience in your nominated occupation in Regional Queensland, you need to be living in Regional Queensland, and you need a job of Valera from an employer in Regional Queensland for a minimum of 12 months, and you do need a job offer letter from an employer based in Regional Queensland for further 12 months.


Question: I have only 60 points - Architect. I have lodged EOIs for NSW and Victoria, any chance?


Answer: You are currently offshore, so you have lodged EOIs for both states. You still have an excellent chance with 60 points because the state will give you five points to make you eligible for 190. Recently, we have seen many invites for 190 with a minimum of 65 points, and there are still many seats left with these two states, so there are still good chances of getting invited at 65 points.


Question: Can I do RPL while I am on a student visa? And can I do a skill assessment? I have experience.


Answer: Usually, if you're doing RPL while holding a student visa, it is recommended that you do the RPL from a CRICOS-registered institution.


Question: We have been invited for a 491 visa, and we applied on 16th October 2022 by paying visa application charges. Today we received pre invite for a 190 visa. Should we withdraw 491 and apply for 190? Will we lose the visa application fees paid for 491? What would you advise, 491(South Australia) or 190(Victoria)?


Answer: First of all, you will lose the application fee you have already paid for the 491 Visa, but since your 491 Visa has yet to be granted, you are eligible to lodge the 190 Visa. So far, you have received the pre-invitation from Victoria. You will have to apply for the nomination application and wait for the full invitation from Skill Select. Once you have that, you can go ahead and lodge the 190 visas and withdraw the application for the 491 Visa, but please make sure that you get professional help in this matter.


Question: My skills assessment is about to expire. Can we reapply for my skills assessment using the same professional year certificate? My professional year certificate is still valid.


Answer: You can lodge your skills assessment with your professional year program certificate. Even if your professional year program certificate expires, you could still lodge the skills assessment with ACS with that professional year certificate.


Question: I have lodged my 189 Visa Application. After one month, I managed to get a police clearance certificate. Thus, can I upload it or wait for the case officer to ask for it? Also, should I add any explanation, or is there no need to explain if I upload it?


Answer: We highly recommend that you upload all your documents and make sure that your application is decision ready because, at the moment, with 189 applications, we are getting swift decisions, so you want to make sure that when a case officer picks up your application all documents are uploaded, and they do not send you a further request. You do not need to explain anything. You can go ahead and lodge your police clearance for your application.


Question: I have been waiting for 12 months for SA 491 visa grant and still have not been granted, showing 30 months. Will the Department reduce the time frame soon?

Answer: The 30 months processing time is the current processing time, and I'm hoping that the Department will improvise this processing time. As you know that the processing times do get updated every

month so I would say keep an eye on the updated processing time in the coming months, so we are hoping that the Department will reduce the processing time for the 491 Visa.


Question: If one is promoted or a job title is changed within the same company, how to mention it in EOI, both Job titles together as one with the given duration?

Answer: Usually, with our Expression Of Interest that we lodge for our clients, we would split the employment into two with the separate title, and if this occupation relates to your nominated occupation, then you would mark it as yes to claim points for both these occupations.


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