Step 1 is satisfying the skills assessment criteria:
To satisfy the base criteria for your occupation we look at a combination of your work experience and qualifications
The calculating your likely deeming date
This is a guideline to calculate your likely deeming date
You can only claim work experience points for your paid work after the deeming date
Let’s look at an applicable section of the Regs
Procedures Advice Manual (PAM3) which is used by DoHA case officers:
16.3 When is an applicant skilled
An applicant is considered skilled and therefore eligible for claiming employment points from the date the relevant assessing authority considers the person to be skilled in the nominated occupation:
• If a skills assessment provides a date at which the assessing authority is of the view that the applicant became ‘skilled’, case officers must ensure that any claimed employment experience under Schedule 6D took place from this date and not earlier.
• The date on which an applicant becomes ‘skilled’ may be different from the date that an assessing authority finds that the person meets their requirement for a suitable skills assessment. For example, an assessing authority may issue a suitable skills assessment on the basis of attainment of a tertiary qualification but may require a period of post qualification work experience before considering an applicant ‘skilled’ for the purpose of employment points.
Importance of this date for visa purposes:
The date an applicant met the Australian entry level requirement for their occupation, as prescribed by the assessing body or determined in accordance with the guidelines above, is the date from which an applicant can acquire skilled work experience in that occupation. Until that time, the applicant is in fact learning the job, albeit while on-the-job. They cannot therefore normally be assessed as performing the job at a skilled level.
For example, ANZSCO provides that in relation to ITC occupations the entry level requirement is either a bachelor level qualification or 6 years work experience (or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification). If an applicant applied for a GSM visa and nominated a suitable occupation from the Unit Group (ITC), but had no formal qualification, the case officer would, on the basis of ANZSCO, only consider work after the applicant had been working in that occupation for 6 years to be at a skilled level. This means only work undertaken after working in that occupation for 6 years would be considered towards meeting the requirements for the award of points for the Overseas employment, Australian employment, Occupation in demand or the Partner skills factors.
What this means for a GSM applicant with an IT occupation
You can only claim points for work experience post your deeming date, so that often means you need at least 5 years post grad work experience (if your degree subjects = 75% of your degree PLUS highly relevant to your nominated occupation), and in most instances, you need at least 7 years of post grad IT work experience (paid work experience) to claim any work experience points
Even though the pass mark is 65 points, the DoHA have been issuing invites to apply for a visa during the EOI stage of an application (we will explain this in greater detail and as it will apply to you specifically during our assessment service), for IT occupations, at 70 and more often 75 points over the last year.
So, realistically, you should only apply for a visa, if you are confident that you would be able to claim at least 70 points in total
Possible action plans for IT applicants
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