Documents Required for ACS Assessment Australia PR

ACS Assessment for Australia PR. Fees = AUD $500. Processing time 7-10 weeks. Color Copy of Passport, Degree, Mark sheets, Work experience letter required.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20


You need ACS assessment to claim points for education and work experience in Australia PR system.

You do not need English test result for filing ACS. PTE and IELTS can be done in parallel with ACS evaluation.

ACS assessment fees is AUD $500. ACS assessment processing time is 4 weeks. Officially ACS says that it takes about 10-12 weeks to get the ACS assessment report though.

Documents required for ACS Australia Assessment

#1 Birth Certificate or Passport

Only Applicant details page required from passport. No need to submit all passport pages.

Example: In case of Indian Passport, submit only first and last page showing your photo and address.

#2 Education Degree or Award Certificate

You need to submit degree for your education above Senior secondary i.e. above 12th standard. In Australian language, the degree is called tertiary education.

  • Title of Degree or Award – Example: Masters of Computer applications.
  • Name of University or College – Example: Delhi University
  • Date the Degree was completed should be mentioned.

Note that the education will not be counted as relevant if there is no degree.

If the date printed on your degree does not match your education completion, you can choose to either write the last examination date or the date printed on degree.

#3 Mark Sheets or Mark sheet Transcript

Education mark sheets should have Unit or Subject Names in addition to grades or marks Achieved.

There is no need to get sealed transcripts for degree or mark sheets.

#4 Work Experience Letters

ACS Work Experience letter format requires you to have all your roles and responsibilities mentioned clearly.

Use Sample skill letter for Australia PR to provide information about your day to day job responsibilities to ACS for your Australia ANZSCO job code.

The start date and end date for the job has to be clearly mentioned.
If you just mention the MONTH like JUNE 2018 to MAR 2019, ACS will assume it to be the LAST day of that month for calculating your total work experience.

Official employer Letter head is mandatory. If you cannot get an employer letter, you can get your roles and responsibilities letter from colleague or co-worker.

#5 Resume

Uploading resume to ACS assessment is optional even though official ACS guidelines do ask for CV.

Do you know How ACS calculates your work experience years?

ACS Assessment Fees

Application TypeFee (AUD)
Temporary Graduate – 485 Skills Assessment$475
Post Australian Study Skills Assessment$500
Skills (general application)$500
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)$550
Review Application$395
Appeal Application$395
Is Notary required for ACS Assessment?

Notary is not required for ACS assessment.

ACS changed the notary requirement in Sep 2019. The only exception is co-worker reference letter for your work experience. This letter needs notary.

Are Salary payment proof required for ACS Assessment?

Salary payment proofs are required for ACS assessment.

I am not able to delete wrong file uploaded on ACS?

ACS system NOT allow to delete the files in case you wrongly uploaded them even though they have a ‘Delete‘ button available. As per official ACS response, you can ignore the wrong files and just upload the correct files.

Some people suggest to create a new ACS online account and then re-start the process. ACS does not allow creating a new account with new email as they match your passport number with existing application in their system.

Is English Test Result Required for ACS Assessment?

English test result are not required for ACS assessment.

Evidence of Paid Employment

You can submit any two documents as evidence of paid employment:

#1 Official Government Tax Records

documents that may include payment summaries, group certificates or notices of assessment (citing company and applicant name) –


  • Form 16 (India),
  • Income tax returns – ITR (India), W2 (USA)
  • Provident fund deduction,
  • 401k (USA),
  • Social Security Deductions (USA)
  • Group Health Insurance Card where premium was paid by employer
  • Superannuation Payments

#2 Payslips

You should submit one payslip from start of each year of employment one from end of that year. The salary statement of pay stub should have the employer and employee name clearly mentioned.

#3 Bank Statements

Bank statements showing salary payments from employer with employee and employer name.

ACS will not accept bank statements without the employer name clearly visible.

PDF File Scan, Size for ACS

ACS allows uploading up-to 8 PDF files. Use free ADOBE Scan mobile apps to easily scan your documents. This app also reduces the total PDF file size for easy upload to ACS.

Only color copies are accepted. Black and white scans will be rejected.

A separate PDF file should be created for each qualification type and for each Employment reference.


  • You will have 1 PDF for your passport.
  • Then, second one for your Master’s/Bachelor’s degree + Mark sheets (all years)
  • Then, third one for your Employment 1 reference letter along with payment evidence.
  • Then, fourth one for your Employment 2 reference letter and so on.

Max 8 documents can be evaluated for 1 application fees.
This essentially means 8 PDF files excluding the passport PDF.

Each PDF can be max of 3 MB in size.

PDF File name should clearly state the content of file.

  • PDF 1 can be named ‘Passport.pdf‘.
  • PDF 2 with Masters degree and mark sheet can be named ‘Education 1 – Master of Computer Application.pdf’
  • PDF 3 with Employment 1 can be named as ‘Employment 1 – ABC technologies ltd‘.

ACS Assessment Awaiting Documents Email

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’, try these options to upload the documents to ACS.

ACS Revalidation

The ACS re-validation fees is AUD $300.

You can apply for re validation but I would not recommend it until you are sure of ACS mistake as they just re-do the same process that they did earlier.
You can communicate with ACS over email or call them to understand how they evaluated your education and work experience before opting for re-validation.

ACS Current Employment End Date

Employment End date has to be mentioned for all employment. ACS will consider the date printed on your current and active employment as the end date for counting the work experience.

Do not worry, you can keep the end date BLANK for current and active employment while filling Australia EOI to increase your work experience points automatically.

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.

ACS Application “In Progress” or “with Assessor”

Once you submit your application, it is normal for it to stay at “In Progress” step for about 10-15 days.

ACS Australia application in progress
ACS Australia application in progress

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.

Sample ACS Assessment Report for 261312

ACS may send the documents to the employer for verification if they feel something has been tampered with. This will delay your ACS report.

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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Vinay_Kumar

    Registration number of notary is required. ACS does not need payslips or other such documents.

    You can check the list of other documents required for ACS assessment here.

  2. Vinay_Kumar

    Thanks Anil, now I have take colour xerox’s of following documents

    1. Passport first page, last page
    2. Referral letter from the 7 companies I worked, mentioning my tenure with the company, roles and responsibilities.
    3. My education certificates … 10th, Intermediate, Degree convocation, Degree provisional, Degree summary of mark sheets of all semesters in one certificate.

    I have done notary for all these colour xerox documents, notary has registration number as well.

    These should be fine right.


  3. egodalle

    Thanks Anil. I got my assessment today and it is positive. Out of my 14 years experience, ACS removed 4 which is what I expected. Thanks!

  4. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Saby_H

    It is recommended to have color copy.

    You should get an affidavit to prove that all the names refer to one and same person.

  5. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @anamika

    Assuming you are going for ACS assessment, notary is not required for any document as per new ACS guidelines.

    Create separate PDF for each education level. This means create separate PDF for Bachelor and masters.

    Salary description is not required but you would need to submit payslips for each year of work experience completion.

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  158 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. One Life Traveller
    One Life Traveller 12 Jun, 19 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Please answer my belwo query. I really need an expert opinion.
    I completed my MBS in Marketing in May 2016.
    But I was working from May 2011 jn Automobile Sales. I worked in Automobile Sales for 5 years.
    After my MBA, I did SAP certification and Started working in IT field as a SAP Functional Consultant. And now I have 2.6 years of IT experience. The jobs roles mateches with ICT Business Analyst.
    So in this case, I have 5 years of Sales experience (ANZSCO code is 131112 – Sales and Marketting Manager) and 2.6 years of IT experience (ANZSCO code is 261112)
    How would my experience be calculated?
    Will they be considering my both ANZSCO experiences?
    Will they consider only current ANZSCO/experience?
    Will they only consider maximum experience which is sales??
    I am very confused, please help.

  2. Sara Ramez
    Sara Ramez 11 May, 19 at 11:19 am

    Hi, could you please guide me as well because my case is a bit different as i thumbs through most of comments to get an idea:

    I have qork experience as follows:

    2008 Feb – 2009 Feb
    2009 Feb – 2010 Feb
    2010 March – 2012 March
    2012 -2015 studied Bachelor
    2015-2017 studied masters
    2018-now work

    My first question is how would be the calculation of my work experience?

    Second question is my work experience on teaching but different institute, do you think is that acceptable to be assessed as lecturer (as my early years of experience back to my country and recent years of experience other country?

    I appreciate your time.

  3. Sachin Bedekar
    Sachin Bedekar 10 May, 19 at 12:51 am

    Hi Anil – I am new to this group, I have applied to ACS for skill assessment and have been advised to change by application type to RPL. They have also asked me to pay additional fees and submit 2 project reports. Can you help me with sample project report ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 6:40 am

      I do not have any sample RPL report at this time.

      • Sachin Bedekar
        Sachin Bedekar 10 May, 19 at 7:58 am

        Ohhhh… Any pointers that can be helpful ? Is it advisable to look for any consultant ? Do you know anyone , who can help ?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 10:14 am

          I do not have any consultants to recommend at this time. You can search online for the ACS website for sample RPL

  4. Guneet Katlaria
    Guneet Katlaria 5 May, 19 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I work as a software contractor (self-employed) for usually six months to one year with one agency. All the work experience letters that I have gathered from my past agencies have sent the letters via email and NOT as a paper copy. The ACS wants all work experience letters to be a certified true copies of the “original” letter. I am now confused if ACS will even accept my work experience? Should I just print the soft copy letters and have them certified and sent?
    I would appreciate your advice.

    Thank You!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 May, 19 at 5:55 pm

      You can print the soft copy and get it notarized. They are acceptable by ACS.
      Just make sure you print color copies.

      • Guneet Katlaria
        Guneet Katlaria 5 May, 19 at 7:24 pm

        Thank you Anil for the quick response!

  5. Bibin Raj
    Bibin Raj 1 May, 19 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am planning to claim 5 points for spouse. So while doing the skill assessment for spouse, do we need to create another application and choose “Skills” in the ACS application form and pay 500$ ? Or Can we do the skill assessment for spouse in the same application of primary applicant?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 May, 19 at 9:43 pm

      Spouse assessment has to be done separately with separate fees.

  6. prabha
    prabha 28 Apr, 19 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Anil
    I have got experience letter from my current company for some other purpose(which is mentioned only in subject line in the letter), but it has all relevant details which is required for submitting the experience letter in ACS. Can I use the same experience letter for ACS ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Apr, 19 at 9:04 pm

      You can try but i still recommend to get the same letter with general purpose line as “To whomsover it may concern”.

  7. Shilpa Jindal
    Shilpa Jindal 28 Apr, 19 at 8:09 pm

    Dear Anil, Your suggestions are always clearing our confusion. I have a new query, recently I got my ACS certificate and need one help. I claimed my experience points from Jun 2006 to till date (with first company experiene Jun 2006 — Jan 2011, and 2nd company Feb 2011 – till date), although they mentioned all dates in the letter but they mentioned to use below exp after Jun 2010. Is it typo mistake or I can claim points after Jun 2010. So while filling EOI I need to use date from Jun 2010 for first company. Kindly suggest. Regards,Shilpa

  8. Santosh
    Santosh 26 Apr, 19 at 8:27 am

    Hi Anil,
    Really appreciate the advice and suggestions you’ve been giving us.
    I finished cookery course in Australia in 2010 in Australia also did jobs to the relevant field but didn’t ask employers for work experience letter. Now some of the employers have changed. If new employers refuse me to give me letter since it was long time before, what should I do?
    Need help I have 8 Years worth of cooking in Australia.
    I’m in Nepal at the moment.

  9. Rajshekar_232
    Rajshekar_232 24 Apr, 19 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have done notary for my docs and there is no “Certified True copy” written but there is attested seal on the doc. Attached is the screenshot for reference. Please let me know if this is enough?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Apr, 19 at 1:33 pm

      This should be fine. You can also write “True copy” by hand.

      • Rajshekar_232
        Rajshekar_232 25 Apr, 19 at 2:22 am

        Also, should the Bachelor’s degree and Bachelor’s marks cards go in a separate pdf or both can be in the same file? I have done Masters too and have worked in 3 companies so far. Hence if i scan like this: Mtech-degree.pdf, Mtech-transcripts, BE-degree.pdf, BE-transcripts, passport.pdf, comapny-1.pdf, company-2.pdf, company-3.pdf, resume.pdf there will be total of 9 files, but the limit is 8 files right? what to do here? Also, is the file naming system correct?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Apr, 19 at 5:39 am

          Combine bachelor degree and mark sheet into 1 pdf file. Same for masters.

          Please read above article for file naming.

  10. Ragini gupta
    Ragini gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 8:34 am

    Hi Anil,

    My ANZSCO code is 261313- Software engineer, but my qualification is BTECH Electrical. My first job start date is June 2007. Will my employment be considered from June 2011 for skill select purpose? Or from the total twelve years of experience from 2007 to date, 4 years will be deducted? basically want to understand will years will be deducted from begining years of employment(4 years from starting of employment) or later years

    This is important as for year 2010, I do not have a proper roles and responsibility letter and experience letter.

    Thank you in Advance!!

  11. Rajshekar_232
    Rajshekar_232 18 Apr, 19 at 11:56 am

    Hi Anil,
    For the third party declaration for employee reference letter, should i print it on a 10/20 rupees stamp paper or plain paper containing the details is enough?

  12. Ahmed Ali
    Ahmed Ali 16 Apr, 19 at 9:20 am

    Hi Anil,
    Hope you are doing well. I just got the my assessment result letter stating the following. Could your please guide me on up to how much points I can claim for both of my qualification and experiences? Or do I need to submit application in different job code? I want to claim maximum points out of my experience. Please guide


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Apr, 19 at 12:20 pm

      Just enter the dates of employment as marked relevant by ACS in your EOI and it will show you the points.

      • Ahmed Ali
        Ahmed Ali 22 Apr, 19 at 5:42 am

        I have entered the relevant exp dates in Skillselect (EOI) but it is not showing me any points?? cant you suggest after reviewing above result letter that how many points I am entitled to get for my experience? or could you please suggest any other alternatives where I can make sure the points? Actually I am confused in ACS’s After Month date and also their policy regarding deduction of experience?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 6:39 am

          Australia EOI shows points at last step before ‘submit’.

          If you want detailed analysis by looking at your documents and ACS report, you should opt for ‘paid’ consulting. Let me know if you are interested and we can set it up.

          Understand how ACS will deduct work years and what date will they choose as your relevant work start date.

          • Ahmed Ali
            Ahmed Ali 26 Apr, 19 at 9:45 am

            Thanks Anil for the detailed response. Actually my 4 years exp (from 2 different companies) has been assessed as unsuitable stating the reason that it is not closely related to nominated ANZSCO.

            Is it possible if I submit the review application with updated Ref letters stating duties which can match with nominated anzsco? actually I want to claim all of my work experience which I believe is relevant to my nomiated ANZSCO. Please advise if it is safe and I can update my result letter this way?
            Many Thanks

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 26 Apr, 19 at 10:06 am

              You will have to apply for a new ACS application if you want to submit new letters.

  13. jong bong
    jong bong 30 Mar, 19 at 3:12 pm

    They said either upload your passport or birth certificate

    But when I upload

    It shows

    Passport_Birth Certificate

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 19 at 3:51 pm

      That’s fine. Its your choice if you want to upload only birth certificate.

      • Anu
        Anu 31 Mar, 19 at 12:56 am

        Hi i had the same issue but instead of passport we submitted citizenship is it going to affect my application than after five months we had submitted new birth certificate.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Mar, 19 at 1:34 pm

          I don’t understand your question. Are you talking about ACS assessment or visa submission documents?

  14. jong bong
    jong bong 30 Mar, 19 at 1:26 pm

    anil very important question

    in acs assessment

    it asks for birth certificate or passport

    if i give birth certificate

    then when i attach birth certificate

    it shows

    n-applicant_passport_birth certificate.pdf


    does it mean i have to attach the passport

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 19 at 2:59 pm

      I suggest to upload passport instead of birth certificate or both to avoid issues later.

      • jong bong
        jong bong 30 Mar, 19 at 3:06 pm

        Well when I fill up skill select

        Things are fine

        Cause I am writing Us citizen

        Then why do I need to give passport in the ACS assessment ?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 19 at 3:12 pm

          Please check with ACS as to why they need passport as it is their requirement.

  15. Arunkumar Thangaraj
    Arunkumar Thangaraj 30 Mar, 19 at 1:02 am

    Hi Anil,
    I’m preparing docs for ACS skills assessment for 261313 ANZSCO code. I have 2 previous employers and 1 current employer. I have got my roles and responsibilities letter from employer 1 very similar to what was mentioned in the description of ANZSCO code in the pdf doc from ACS. Please find below the bullets I have provided. Is this style fine or will this cause any issue ?

    – Identifying technology limitations and deficiencies in existing systems and associated processes,
    procedures and methods.
    – Testing, debugging and diagnosing errors and faults in an applications programming language within
    established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications perform
    to specification.
    – Researching, consulting, analyzing and evaluating system program needs based on the specifications
    defined by the business based on their needs.
    – Writing, updating and maintaining technical programs, scenarios, use cases, plans, strategies, end user
    documentation, and operational procedures to ensure that the working of the system is in accordance with
    the quality accredited standards defined by the business.
    – Participating in the support and maintenance of the delivered systems to ensure uninterrupted business with
    the same level of quality as designated during go-live.
    – Providing cost, effort and timeline estimates for the tasks to be accomplished in order to achieve successful
    delivery, with the aid of several data Metrics and benchmarks defined by the engagement policies.

  16. Ahmed Ali
    Ahmed Ali 24 Mar, 19 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Hope u doing well. I got a courtesy email from ACS asking for additional documents and gave me 14 days time. They asked the following docs:

    Full Academic transcripts? (I dont understand what do they mean by full academic transcripts? I have done 4 years Bachelor degree in computer science which is on semester system and i have four transcripts for each year separately and these are only transcripts which I got from uni and all of them have full information i,e Course title, credit hrs, max marks, passing marks, obtained marks and grade. I dont know what else they are looking for? do i need to contact uni to issue full transcripts ?
    Two of the reference Letters does not have working hours mentioned and they have asked to provide one with working hours mentioned. I have already asked with those employers to mention the working hours but they have not. and now it is quite hard to chase them up again for the same purpose. Normally in my country no company mention the working hours.. in this situation how can I prove them that those were full time jobs?

    PLease guide


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Mar, 19 at 4:06 pm

      Have you submitted your Bachelor degree along with mark sheets?

      Hours or the word “Full Time” are required in your letter.
      If your company is not writing exact hours, ask them to write words “full time”.

      • Ahmed Ali
        Ahmed Ali 25 Mar, 19 at 1:05 am

        yes I submitted the bachelor degree along with all 4 mark sheets, following is exactly what they ave asked in term of bachelor degree:

        “For your Bachelor degree, we require attested HEC (Higher Education Commission Pakistan) certified copies of the awarded certificate and full academic transcript must be provided. ACS cannot assess your qualification without this information”

        I can understand the HEC requirements and can fulfill that but what do they mean by full academic transcript?

        I got these Ref letters (Which I have already submitted) from previous employers after a great effort but they missed to mention the word full time. it is quite hard to obtain the same letters in timely manner since they are very slow. can i submit my offer/appointment letter as a proof that i was full time employee there?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 8:32 am

          I think what ACS is demanding are transcripts attested by university directly. Transcripts are nothing but copy of your mark sheets.
          Not sure why ACS has asked for them again since you already submitted them in first place.

          I think ACS has suspicion on the mark sheets that you submitted and hence have asked for attested copies.

          ACS might not consider the other letters to prove the ‘Full time’ nature of your work as per my information.

          • Ahmed Ali
            Ahmed Ali 26 Mar, 19 at 1:29 pm

            Hi Anil,

            is it possible to ask ACS to give me some more time to get my bachelors degree and transcript attested from HEC pakistan? HEC is a govt organization who verifies and attests all bachelor and master certificates in pakistan and it takes atleast 4 weeks but ACS has given me only 14 days. Please guide how can i approach them to extend this time? If I had known that ACS only accepts HEC certified copies I would have got them attested prior to my application? I did not have any awareness about this even after reading the ACS “skill assessment guidelines” I could not find anywhere that they want HEC certified copies? Please advise?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 1:38 pm

              You can request for more time from ACS, Just send them an email explaining your situation.

              • Ahmed Ali
                Ahmed Ali 27 Mar, 19 at 1:59 am

                I have already sent email to stating my situation but have not got any response yet.

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 19 at 9:55 am

                  You can also call ACS and ask for it if you are not getting any response on email. They usually do respond to emails too.

                  • Ahmed Ali
                    Ahmed Ali 28 Mar, 19 at 3:23 am

                    I just got the response stating that “you still have time until 04-05-2019 to provide the documents”

                    Is that 04th may 2019 or 05the april 2019?

                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 7:18 am

                      It should be 4 May 2019 as Australia follows dd-mm-yyyy system.

                      You can confirm it with ACS too. Don’t blame it on us later if it is wrong.

                    • Ahmed Ali
                      Ahmed Ali 3 Apr, 19 at 4:14 am

                      they said that the deadline is 4th April which is not sufficient because I have not received back my attested transcripts back from HEC. I have already requested them to give me more time until I get all my transcripts attested from HEC. Tomorrow is deadline to upload required docs but I dont know whether they will give me more time or not? I am worried

                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 8:36 am

                      I can only help you with the process. Giving more time is solely ACS decision.

  17. Rajshekar_232
    Rajshekar_232 21 Mar, 19 at 8:11 am

    Hi Anil,
    My current company is my third company and in the reference letters there is designation as “Software Engineer” in first two companies and senior software engineer in third. Can i apply for 261312 DEVELOPER PROGRAMMER or i should apply for 261313 SOFTWARE ENGINEER only. What is the difference between two. Does one has more weightage than the other?
    Second query, does ACS ask for English test score?
    Third, does the employee reference letter also need notary stamp?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 7:24 pm

      ACS does not ask for English Language score.

      You should choose the ANZSCO code based on your day to day work activity and profile and not on the basis of designation name.
      ACS will check your job roles and responsibilities to match it with ANZSCO code.

      • Rajshekar_232
        Rajshekar_232 22 Mar, 19 at 5:33 am

        1. does the employee reference letter also need notary stamp?
        2. do we need notary on each of the BE marks card? i have 8 semesters marks card in BE

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 8:58 am

          All documents need notary including employee reference letter and education mark sheets.

          • Rajshekar_232
            Rajshekar_232 3 Apr, 19 at 7:36 am

            For the notary stamp, i can visit any lawyer who does the notary or I need to visit Australian embassy for this?

  18. sonam kapor
    sonam kapor 21 Mar, 19 at 5:48 am

    My job experience is in
    job with ANZSCOcode 261111 for the past 7 years where as I have studied the course with ANZSCO code 262112.Is it going to affect my PR Skilled employment points?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 7:24 pm

      Yes, the education and work experience should be in the same field to get the most relevant and positive assessment report from ACS.
      If the work or education do not match the ANZSCO code that you choose, ACS will deduct extra years from work exp..

  19. Shilpa Jindal
    Shilpa Jindal 9 Mar, 19 at 8:09 pm

    Dear Anil, Its really great to see your responses. I have few queries, 1) I have changed my name during my employment, my name is different in the qualification documents and my experience letters. Just want to know if I can give any document as proof( I have two passport one with old name and 2nd with new name).
    2) May I know if i can file 190 with 65 +5 points from state, what is the possibility of getting the visa(261313).

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Mar, 19 at 8:37 pm

      Your question is out of scope of this article. Hence, I have added it to our forum and answered there.

      You can ask follow up questions on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.

  20. Ragini gupta
    Ragini gupta 6 Mar, 19 at 7:58 am

    Hi Anil,
    You are sharing great info through this platform. My doubt is regarding work experience letters .I have experience letters but they do not detail job roles etc. It is rather difficult to get reference letter from previous employers.Please advice.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Mar, 19 at 9:27 am

      Detailed job description letter is required.
      If the employer is not sharing it, then get one from your co-worker (less reliable).

      Without detailed job description letter, you will not get the work experience counted.

      • Ragini gupta
        Ragini gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 6:23 am

        Thanks much Anil.
        Is notarization needed? Also any specific format?

      • Ragini gupta
        Ragini gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 6:29 am

        Also can you advise what are my chanves for PR under 189 category with 70 points? I am also planning to apply for state nomination to get additional points. My job code is Software Engineer 261313. What is the process of getting state nomination?
        Thanks in advance

  21. Ahmed Ali
    Ahmed Ali 6 Mar, 19 at 1:33 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am finding this very difficult to take out latest references from a previous employers since its been more than 10 years when i worked there and the management is totally changed. I also don’t have have any previous contacts from that employer as well. However, I do have old experience letter which only describe general responsibilities. Please guide if this is enough for assessment?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Mar, 19 at 9:26 am

      As per my information, you need the experience letter in the format that your job code’s assessment company requires.

  22. Ahmed Ali
    Ahmed Ali 28 Feb, 19 at 11:36 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have few questions regarding 189. I am planning to apply under Job Code 263111, Do I need to add my MSc (Network System) which was completed on Jun 2011 from UK) along with my Bachelors (BS computer science, completed Jun 2005) ??. I also have industry based certifications like CCNA and CCNP but they were valid until Sept 2016. Can I add them too? would this impact positively on my application?

    Also, my experience was started in march 2005 and I do have 9 years and 5 months experience up to now. How they gonna measure my skill employment? how much point I will be granted for experience?

    Moreover, my bachelor degree certificate does not have completion date but only have completion year which is 2005 would this impact on degree assessment?

    Please guide thanks

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 11:38 am

      It is your choice as to which educational qualification you want to use for your assessment. It is always better to submit all degree completions.

      There are no extra points for certifications. also, if they have already expired, it is of no use to submit them.

      ACS deducts 2 years from your total work experience.

      Completion date of degree should not affect the assessment. You can mention the date as you know when you actually completed your bachelor degree.

      • Ahmed Ali
        Ahmed Ali 2 Mar, 19 at 9:42 am

        Thanks for your detailed response. Much appreciated..!!

        One more thing want to know is that my wife has Master degree in sociology but she does not have any skill employment. Can I still claim spouse points by having only her degree assessed by AASW. I think her job code should be 272511 (Social worker) and mine is 263111 network engineer, can I claim my spouse points having these job codes? All of other requirements for spouse points have already fulfilled.

        .Please advice.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 10:33 am

          What do you mean by she does not have skill employment?

          • Ahmed Ali
            Ahmed Ali 2 Mar, 19 at 1:17 pm

            i mean she does not have any work experience only qualification. would this impact on claiming her point ?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 1:27 pm

              If she has the positive assessment and she has met other criteria, you can claim spouse points.

  23. Pawan Gupta
    Pawan Gupta 23 Feb, 19 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Anil, I’ve a question regarding the job lists. I’m a network engineer (Job code 2631-11) which is listed in both STSOL and MLTSSL. My wife is Software tester (job code 2613-14) which is listed only in STSOL. I tried to check my score (with me as primary applicant) and got zero points for spouse, even though my job is listed in both the lists. What do you suggest we do to maximize our points? Will making my wife primary applicant help? But in that case, we’ll need some state nominationsponsorship? How does that work?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 12:20 am

      Use this Australia PR points calculator to find more options to increase your points. It automatically suggests the options as you move.

      • Pawan Gupta
        Pawan Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 2:03 am

        Thanks Anil, do I need 2 separate ACS submissions (for myself and spouse) to claim spouse points?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 10:40 am

          Yes, a separate assessment is needed for spouse if you plan to claim spouse points.
          If you are not claiming spouse points, then ACS assessment is not required for your spouse.

  24. Abhijit Jain
    Abhijit Jain 21 Feb, 19 at 1:13 am

    Can I upload for employment like this
    Company 1 – one pdf – document for roles and responsibilities company 1
    Second pdf – Appointment letter company 1
    third pdf – relieving letter company 1

    Company 2 – one pdf – document for roles and responsibilities company 2
    Second pdf – Appointment letter company 2
    third pdf – relieving letter company 2

    or Should I merge all documents and upload only
    Company 1 – one pdf with roles resonsibility + Appointment + Relieving

    Company 2 – one pdf with roles resonsibility + Appointment + Relieving

    Please advise

    thanks in advance

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 1:20 pm

      You only need one letter from each company i.e. document for roles and responsibilities. No other documents like appointment or relieving letters are required for ACS assessment.

      There is a limited number of documents that you can upload. So, choose wisely.

      • Gagan Kataria
        Gagan Kataria 6 Mar, 19 at 8:46 am

        Hi Anil,

        If we don’t get the documents reflecting our roles & responsibilities and if these details are not available on our experience letters, how can we show the work experience.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 Mar, 19 at 9:57 am

          You can get a statutory letter from your co-worker in same company which is less reliable and may or may not be accepted by assessment company.

          • Aman
            Aman 27 Mar, 19 at 12:54 pm

            Hi Anil, can you elaborate more on the statutory letter from co-worker, as I am not able to get official Roles&Responsibility letter from my ex employer?
            Is it required on company letter head, as if co-worker is issuing the letter, than it might not be possible to get it on company letter head?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 19 at 4:05 pm

              You can get it on plain paper. I am in the process of write an article about Statutory letter and will share soon.

              In the mean time, you can check this answer that i shared earlier for similar statutory letter question.

  25. Sugi
    Sugi 20 Feb, 19 at 3:43 pm

    Hi, it may be silly but I have question. For notaries, should I get in all pages of each document or one notary sign for each document?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 3:57 pm

      All pages of each document needs to be notarized for Australia ACS assessment.

      • Sugi
        Sugi 20 Feb, 19 at 4:27 pm

        Thanks much, Another question. Can I combine all experience letters into one pdf, all marksheets (school, ug and master) into one pdf, all degree certificate into one?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 7:08 pm

          A separate PDF file should be created for each qualification type and for each Employment reference. Think it this way: Make it easy for the case officer to read and understand your education and work experience as easily as possible.

          If you combine everything in one file, it may not be readable at all.

          • Sugi
            Sugi 21 Feb, 19 at 9:14 am

            got it, Thank you !

          • Sugi
            Sugi 22 Feb, 19 at 4:57 pm

            Hi, I want to apply skills assessment for Software Tester. I have a Testimonial letter where I was working and studying in one of India’s big MNC, an experience letter that has my role as Technical Lead, another experience letter that has Senior Associates – Projects. However the duties mentioned in the letters are all related to testing/automation testing. How will my points be calculated based on the testimonial and roles?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 5:56 pm

              I don’t understand your question about ‘how’ they will calculate. Whatever you submit will be analyzed to match your selected job code to see it matches.

              • Sugi
                Sugi 22 Feb, 19 at 6:10 pm

                Since the role and the testimonial letter (is not an exact experience letter) does not say I am from automation testing background, I had this question. But the duties do match to software tester. Can I apply for Software Tester under 189 ?

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 7:00 pm

                  I cannot comment on it as i do not have details about your letters.
                  You are the best person to judge as to which job code fits your job profile.

  26. Garima Khanna
    Garima Khanna 16 Feb, 19 at 4:34 am

    Dear Anil ji,

    The first line of your article says that assessment is required for the ones related to science and technology. I am a Chartered Accountant working in an investment bank. Would I not be required to go for the skills assessment test?

    Thank you

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Feb, 19 at 9:03 am

      Everyone needs assessment for Australia PR including accountants. The Assessment agency is different for each job code.
      ACS assesses job codes in the Software engineer category.

      For your field of accountancy, first choose the Job ANZSCO Code and then you will know the Assessment Agency name.

      • Garima Khanna
        Garima Khanna 16 Feb, 19 at 9:19 pm

        Got your point. Would you recommend going ahead with the pr procedure through a MARA agent? Or otherwise?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Feb, 19 at 8:52 am

          Its your choice if you want a MARA agent to help you and spend money.
          The whole process of Australia PR can be done yourself easily though.

  27. Rahuk khurana
    Rahuk khurana 15 Feb, 19 at 1:21 am


    I have 4 years of IT experience but with the integrated “learn and earn program” and the experience letter of same mentioned that i have worked under studentship instead of permanent employment. Will that be counted as an experience or it will be nullified for generating score.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Feb, 19 at 9:38 am

      Sorry to say but Internship is NOT counted as work experience.

  28. Sruthi
    Sruthi 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

    Do we have a work experience criteria for partner skill points ?

    • Sruthi
      Sruthi 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Anil I have gone through the documentation but no where it specifies any particular work experience being required, jobcode can be of primary which I can get but whether the work experience should be recent and should be of certain years for claiming the skill points is something which is missing though

      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:10 am

        To prove that the job code you chose for your spouse, i think you need a valid assessment report from assessment agency.

        Otherwise, anyone can claim the spouse points by saying that my spouse has worked in the same job code as primary.

  29. Baptist Dabhi
    Baptist Dabhi 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I need to ask if ACS will do verification with my University or Institute for Education documents. My university does not do call, email, physical verification. My university accepts and replies only standard postal letters.

    Baptis Dabhi.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      If ACS decides to verify, they will find a way to communicate with your University the way University wants to communicate.

      Don’t worry. If all documents are genuine, the chances are low that any verification will be done.

      • Baptist Dabhi
        Baptist Dabhi 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

        Thank you so much Sir for your reply. Highly appreciated. My documents are legit. I would go ahead and submit my documents to ACS now. However, they do cross check with current employer, and previous employers with no fail. Isn’t it?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

          They cross check if they find anything suspicious.
          Else, they just believe the documents you submit.

  30. adejokefemi
    adejokefemi 5 Dec, 18 at 11:25 am

    Please bellong. I had National Diploma in 2005
    I also got my Higher National Diploma in 2010
    And finally had my PGD in 2017. All in the same Field.Electrical Electronic Engineering.
    I have submitted my Assessment with ACS.
    I have been working since 2007.
    Which of my qualifications do you think they will use.
    As my job is related since 2007.
    Is it possible i get 15 points for education
    And 15 points for Experience.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Dec, 18 at 11:26 am

      Whatever education is closely relation to your work experience will be marked as relevant.

  31. Tina
    Tina 19 Nov, 18 at 8:39 pm

    I want to know, can’t we upload more than 8 documents for ACS? I have 9 experience letter and therefore it makes total documents to be 11 when I include passport and educational qualification. Please advice.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Nov, 18 at 10:36 pm

      ACS only evaluates maximum of 8 document in one single application with one payment (fees).
      You can contact ACS to know how to add more by paying more fees.

  32. Varinder Kumar
    Varinder Kumar 16 Sep, 18 at 6:09 am

    Dear Mr. Anil,
    I am writing into you for some help.

    I am filling up ACS application form online. There is a field in qualification section, Date of completion. In my degree certificate, only month and year is mentioned like May,2009. What should i choose as date ? 31-May or 1st may? Below are lines from degree certificate :

    Varinder Kumar has completed course of Btech and having passed the prescribed exam held in May-2009.

    Date of issue of certificate is 31-05-2010.

    Looking forward to your kind response

    Varinder K

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Sep, 18 at 10:18 am

      You can choose any date in that month if there is no specific date mentioned.
      ACS has their OWN rules to count the start date.

      If ACS does not see an exact date mentioned on any document, they automatically consider the last day of month as the date.
      So, you can either mention first or last day on the month but ACS will only consider the last day of month to count years.

  33. Nk
    Nk 14 Sep, 18 at 9:22 am

    Dear Mr. Anil,
    I am writing into you for some help.
    I need to apply for Australia PR.
    Have already wasted a lot of time and effort looking for an honest immigration consultant.
    I could see that you have already shared the process, can you be kind enough and let me know the documents that are to be submitted and format if any.
    Kindly share on my e mail id as i am unable to make an account on this platform.
    Looking forward to your kind response

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Sep, 18 at 10:10 am

      Hi NK,
      Not sure what account you are talking about?
      The document list is already mentioned in above article.
      Also, we advise to NOT share your email in public comments. You are unnecessary inviting spam.

      We also do NOT email anybody personally.
      If you have any questions, you can either ask here or at our sister immigration forum:

  34. Venu
    Venu 10 Sep, 18 at 7:41 am

    Hi Anil,

    I need one clarification on ACS assessment. I submitted my ACS application (261313 – Software Engineer) along with all required notarized docs on 7-Sep, Fri and I got an email this morning (10-Sep, Mon) from asking to upload CV. It also says “We will place your skills assessment on hold for an extra 14 days. If no contact is received within this period, your application will be assessed according to the current documents.”

    I don’t even recall anywhere mentioning that CV needs to be uploaded.

    When I login to ACS, it says “Your application is currently with an assessor.” I can only edit my personal details and I don’t see any option to upload my CV. Can you please clarify?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Sep, 18 at 7:56 am

      The link to upload CV should in the email that you received.
      If link in not there, then you can reply to same email asking for clarification and they usually respond within 24 hours.

      • Venu
        Venu 10 Sep, 18 at 8:48 am

        Thanks Anil for your prompt response. I’ll email them. Does the CV need to be in any specific format i.e. one page PDF or very detailed spanning multiple pages including all projects that I’ve worked for all clients?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Sep, 18 at 9:02 am

          You can create a CV with all your employers and major project details. No need to go into too much detail as you are already submitting the work experience skill letters.
          Just make sure that what you write in your CV matches the content written in your work skill letters.

          • Venu
            Venu 10 Sep, 18 at 9:21 am

            Appreciate your quick response. Thanks again!

    GURU SMILE 29 Aug, 18 at 8:32 am


    I have 2 doubts regarding experience calculation.can you please clarify it.
    My graduation period is 2004-2008 but due to some lag my course got completed in 2009.So I got my original degree completion date printed as Nov 2009

    I am having work experience as follows
    company A From June 2008 to February 2012
    company B From March 2012 to March 2018
    company C From December 2014 to till date

    1.) So from which date my experience will be counted? is it from june 2008 or after my course completion date i.e., November 2009
    and also while filling the applications “In Qualification section” which date should I need to mention under “Date completed”?2008 or 2009?
    2.) If you observe my work experience,I worked in “Two different companies” during the period December 2014 to march 2018(Day and Night-both full time);
    so can I claim for both periods of employment ?? ; will they consider my experience in those two companies during the same period?

    and also In Notary affidavit , i am writing the same dates as mentioned above;or else should I need to change any?
    Please help me in clarifying my doubts.

    Is notary required for passport and payslips already stamped by company

    Thanks**strong text**

  36. Akshay Deshmukh
    Akshay Deshmukh 18 Aug, 18 at 6:26 am

    Thanks for such valuable information. I am working as a Software Engineer and planning to apply for PR and have following questions regarding ACS –
    1. What will be my ANZSCO code? Is this decided by ACS authorities?
    2. My points will be 70. How likely will I get invite for EOI?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Aug, 18 at 10:46 am

      ANZSCO code has to be chosen by you from the category of Software engineers. There are multiple options available that you can choose based on what relates to your profile better.
      If you are software engineer, you have the ANZSCO code as 261313.
      Check all codes here:

      ACS will then evaluate that specific profile using your education and work experience letters. 65% of your work should match with that ANZSCO’s job code profile and you will get points for it.

      At this time, the chances of getting an invite with 70 points for software engineer are pretty low. Current cut off date in July 11, 2018 draw ( was 11 April 2018.
      The estimated (unofficial) cut off with 70 points is 30 Nov, 2017.

      So, there is probably waiting of at-least 10-12 months with 70 points.
      You should try to increase your points to 75 (did you use spouse points?), here is the calculator that can suggest you options on how to increase:

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