If you are looking at applying for Australia’s PR with skills based points system visa (known as 189 visa), you would need to apply for ACS’s assessment, if your education and work experience is related to science and technology.
At the time or writing, the fees for Skills based test is AUD $ 500.
This converts to approximately USD $ 384 with conversion rate of 1 AUD = 0.77 USD.
Use this sample skill letter. It has all the information that ACS needs to validate your work experience with respect to the Australia ANZSCO job code that you choose.
The start date and end date for the job has to be clearly mentioned.
If you just mention the MONTH like JUNE 2017 to MAR 2018, ACS will assume it to be the LAST day of that month for calculating your total work experience.
Letter head is mandatory.
Get all documents photocopied and then NOTARIZED.
Sample Notary stamp and content to be placed on EACH page that needs notarization.
This is a common problem with ACS’s system. They do NOT allow to delete the files (if you wrongly uploaded them) even though they have a ‘Delete‘ button available.
This is perfectly fine and you can ignore the wrong files. Just upload the correct files against each section and you should be fine, as per official ACS response.
Some people suggest to create a new ACS online account and then re-start the process.
If you try to create another account with another email, they do NOT allow you to do so.
They do match your passport number to check any pre-existing applications.
If ACS needs any more documents from you, they will send you an email and move the application status to ‘Awaiting Documents’.
If you have not received an email from them and still the status shows ‘Awaiting documents’, check this link for resolution:
ACS assessment status waiting for documents – no email received.
You can apply for re validation but I would not recommend it until you are sure of some mistake.
The fees is AUD $300 for re-validation and they just re-do the same process that they did earlier.
You can ask for the reason of low score though and they will explain on what criteria they chose.
End date has to be mentioned for the current and active employment too. Just choose the end date as the date when you are submitting the application.
Once you are past the education and employment entry page, you will receive an email to create your PASSWORD.
Follow that link. It will ask you to enter your email and send send you a new link to reset your password.
Once you create a new password, you are logged in to ACS for completing your application.
Once you submit your application, it is normal for it to stay at “In Progress” step for about 10-15 days.
Once the preliminary verification of your documents are done, the next status would show up as “with Assessor“.
Assessor is the person who will judge your educational and work experience and give the results.
Officially ACS says that it takes about 10-12 weeks to get the ACS assessment report.
This sample report was received on May 21, 2018. It was filed on Apr 4, 2018. So, it took about 6 weeks to get the report. The time frame varies based on your submitted documents and their truthfulness.
ACS may send the document to the employer for verification if they feel something has been tampered with. This will eat up lot of extra time based on how soon the employer responds.
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