Immigration Update - August 2015

webster By Mark Webster
Friday, 07 August 2015

Accounting Skills Assessment - 485 Holders

Requirements for skills assessment for accounting and auditing changed from 1 July 2015.

As a result, applicants need to complete more subjects for a positive assessment.

It was previously thought that if an applicant had a positive 485 assessment, then they would not need to complete additional subjects when applying for a permanent skills assessment and providing evidence of English language ability.

Chartered Accountants has now made it clear that unless the 485 holder has completed all subjects required under the new rules, they may need to complete additional subjects. This may result in many 485 students needing to re-enrol to complete necessary accounting subjects prior to applying for PR.

Please book a consultation with us if you think you may be affected and we can assess the situation.

SkillSelect Update

Immigration has finally provided statistics on invitations for the 6 July 2015 invitation round.

The pass mark for most occupations was 60 points, and applicants for 189 would expect to be invited next round with this score.

Invitations for certain occupations are being issued on a pro-rata basis, and as a result have a higher minimum score of 65 for an invitation. The following occupations are in this category:

  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts (ANZSCO Group 2611)
  • Accountants (ANZSCO Group 2211)
  • Software and Applications Programmers (ANZSCO Group 2613)

Even with 65 points, it may take several invitation rounds to be invited in these occupations.

Acacia in Melbourne

Acacia CEO, Mark Webster, will be in Melbourne next Wednesday the 12th of August for consultations. If you are in Melbourne and would like advice on your situation, please book via our website.


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