My Journey on a 489 Visa
Brief overview of 489 visa
Skilled Regional subclass 489 is a provisional visa which allows skilled migrants to live, work and study in specified regional areas of Australia for up to four years. To be eligible to apply for this visa you are either nominated by an Australian State or be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a Designated area of Australia. A State or relative nomination provides you with 10 additional points to help you out with your DIBP points test. When you are a holder of this visa and have lived in a specified regional area for two years and work full-time (35 hour per week) for 12 months, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through DIBP Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).
I migrated here in Australia with this visa after working in Singapore for 6 years. I guess we all have different circumstances in life but the reason I picked this visa wasn’t really my choice. But it was the wisest decision I made. I had several stumbling blocks reaching the 60-points pass mark at that time. First, although I had a positive skills assessment from ACS for my occupation but my degree was only assessed as an Associate Degree which means I only get 10 points for my Bachelor’s Degree. Secondly, IELTS was my worst nightmare. I had to retake the test several times hoping to achieve an all band 7 and be able to claim 10 points for it. But that didn’t happen in every test result there was always one show stopper. It attempted to crash my dreams. And yet that’s not all, guess what added more to the misery? My age was hanging around the 33-39 brackets. I only had 3 months prior to my 40th birthday which will then mean a decrement of my points and pull me down some more by 10 points.
In summary my points were:
Age – 25 (but will turn 15 points in 3 months)
Degree – 10 points (as ACS only assessed my degree as equivalent to AQF Associate Degree)
IELTS – 0 (L-7.0, W-7.5, R-7.5, S-6.5)
Work Experience – 15 (For the 8-10 years overseas work experience in my occupation)
South Australia State Nomination 489 – 10
Turn Your Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones!
I was getting desperate but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my dreams. I did my researched, read a lot of topics in PinoyAu forum (Thanks PinoyAu!), spoken to a lot of people for advice and kept re-assessing my points and options. Taking into consideration that I have 3 months before my age points will decrease to 15. I took the plunged to apply for a South Australia State Nomination under 489 visa. And it wasn’t long enough, after 2 weeks SA approved my application for State Nomination and then automatically I also received an invitation to apply from SkillsSelect. I waited no time and lodged my visa application for 489 in mid October 2013 a week after I received the invitation. My visa was granted after a month from the date of application. I was really happy, nervous, excited, name it and I was just jumping for joy. Praise God! He always finds a way to get you to where you want to go.
I and my partner (whom I applied with a Subsequent-Entrant visa – this would be another story!) are now permanent residents after complying with the visa conditions I have stated above. We’ve been living and working here in Adelaide the capital city of South Australia for 3 years now. And we love it!
Loves road trips around SA and the rest of Australia.
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