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Your Questions and My Answers January 2023 Part 2

In this blog post, I will respond to inquiries about migration in Australia.


These are a few of the questions that I will respond to in this blog:

  1. Is regional Queensland a good state for a 485 visa holder (chef) to get a 190 visa?

  2. Can we do commercial cookery certificates 3rd and 4th along with masters?

  3. How long do you have to make arrangements and move to regional once the 491 is granted if you currently live in Sydney?

  4. I want to do a welding course; which college is best?

  5. Should an applicant stay at least six months in NSW?


Question: I recently got an invitation as a production engineer at 90 points, but I saw that I mistakenly entered the wrong end date of my bachelor's degree. I put 30/04/2016 instead of 24/06/2016, but every other information and dates are correct in the EOI. Will this be a problem?

Answer: No, this will not be an issue, so when you're lodging your visa application, you can change these dates to the correct dates.


Question: Is regional Queensland a good state for a 485 visa holder (chef) to get a 190 visa? Or which state do you prefer?


Answer: Queensland is a good state, but recently, they were inviting applicants with higher work experience or higher points for a 190 Visa, but many things have changed. The Department has invited a lot of chefs for 189 with 65 points, which may decrease the competition in Queensland, and Queensland may start looking at inviting chefs for 190 with minimum points.


Question: I have received 189 invites. Should I withdraw all my EOI for 491/190 from respective states, as others will get a chance to invite? Should I wait until the 189 visa grant, or will my different EOI lodgement for 491/190 with the state put the 189 visa application at risk?

Answer: It is recommended that if you already lodged a visa for the 189, then you should withdraw all your other EOIs. Also, if all the information is correct on your 189 visa application, the grant of the 189 Visa will be fine.

If you have the 190 or the 491 expressions of interest lodged in the system while you're waiting for the 190 and 189 visas, it does not impact your 189 visas in any way.


Question: Can we do commercial cookery certificates 3rd and 4th along with masters?


Answer: This is something that you will have to check with your current uni as well, and you will also have to make sure that the timetables for both courses are not clashing with each other and that you are able to manage the study load for both the courses. If you are able to do all this, I don't see any issues with doing your certificate three and certificate four while you're doing the Master, but it is advisable that you do this towards the end of your Master's degree.


Question: How long do you have to make arrangements and move to regional once the 491 is granted if you currently live in Sydney?


Answer: If you're currently not in a regional area and have been invited for a 491 visa, once the 491 visas is granted, you have three months to move into a designated Regional area.


Question: I want to do a welding course; which college is best? I'm from India, and I am now in Melbourne.


Answer: You are in a very good state to study this course. A couple of good providers offer this course at a reasonable cost. So, you can book a free consultation through our website and talk to our registered migration agent or education counselors, who can guide you regarding this course.


Consultation link: https://www.sumandua.com.au/service-page/free-trade-or-higher-course-admission?referral=service_list_widget


Question: Do we need to show any settlement funds under the 491 visa for South Australia?

Answer: There is no requirement to show any settlement funds for the nomination from South Australia.


Question: As someone living in Queensland, what other states can we apply for, and what type of skilled visa?


Answer: While living in Queensland, the other state where you can apply for a 190 or a 491 Visa is Western Australia. You can lodge your expression of interest for 190 or 491 if your occupation is available on their combined occupation list, which is on the schedule to list. For a 190 visa nomination, you will require a job offer letter from an employer in Western Australia; however, for a 491 Visa, a job offer is not required.


Question: I received pre invite from Victoria for 190 on Jan 05, 2023. My question is: Our English test expires next month (Feb-2023) for my spouse and me. Do we need to rewrite the exam, or is it frozen after the pre-invite?


Answer: The pre-invite is not a full invitation, so what it means is that your EOI is not locked. Victoria will assess your application. And they will decide whether to nominate you or not. This could take four to six weeks, so you should get your English test sorted and let the Victoria nomination team know that you have received the new test scores. Once they give you the invitation, you want to ensure that you already have the recent English tests.


Question: Should an applicant stay at least six months in NSW? Even if I am offshore? I have been in Korea while applying for a 190 visa.

Answer: To be able to get a nomination from New South Wales for the 190 Visa, you need to be residing in New South Wales for the last six months, or you need to be residing offshore for the last six months, so if

you have been living in Korea for the last six months; at the time of the invitation, you are eligible for the nomination



Question: Can you please clarify the following:

  1. Can I bring my partner to Australia after I am granted 491?

  2. Is it mandatory that the spouse should get their skill assessment and language test to come as a partner?

Answer: Once you have received your 491 Visa, you can get married and lodge the subsequent entrant visa for your partner. Your partner will need functional English. However, they do not need a skills assessment to get granted the 491 visas.


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