Documents for ACS Assessment (2 Financial Proof?)

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

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  15 Jul, 20


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

You do not need an English test results for filing ACS.

PTE and IELTS can be done in parallel with ACS evaluation.

ACS assessment fee 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

#1 Birth Certificate or Passport

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

Example:

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

#2 Education Degree or Award Certificate

You need to submit a degree for your education above Senior secondary i.e. above 12th standard.

In the Australian culture, the degree is called tertiary education.

  • Title of Degree or Award – Example: Masters of Computer Applications.
  • Name of University or College – Example: Delhi University
  • The 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 the 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 have 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.

The official employer Letterhead is mandatory.



If you cannot get an employer letter, you can get your roles and responsibilities letter from colleagues or co-workers.

#5 Resume

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

Do you know How ACS calculates your work experience years?

ACS Process

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

FAQ

Is Notary required for ACS Assessment?

A notary is not required for ACS assessment.

ACS changed the notary requirement in Sep 2019. The only exception is a co-worker reference letter for your work experience. This letter needs a 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 deleting the files in case you wrongly uploaded them even though they have a ‘Delete‘ button available.

As per the 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 a new email as they match your passport number with existing applications 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) –

Example:

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

#2 Payslips

You should submit one payslip from the start of each year of employment one from the end of that year.

The salary statement or the pay stub should have the employer and employee name clearly mentioned.

If employer name is not mentioned or not clearly visible, ACS will give negative result.

#3 Bank Statements

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

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

PDF File Scan, Size for ACS

ACS allows uploading up-to 8 PDF files with each maximum of 3 MB in size.

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.

Example:

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

Max 8 documents can be evaluated for 1 application fee.

This essentially means 8 PDF files excluding the passport PDF.

PDF File name should clearly state the content of file.
Example,

  • 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‘.

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.

Revalidation

The ACS re-validation fees is AUD $300.

You can apply for revalidation 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.

Current Employment End Date

The 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 you a new link to reset your password.

Once you create a new password, you are logged in to ACS for completing your application.

In-Progress or with Assessor

Once you submit your application, it is normal for it to stay at the “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 is done, the next status would show up as “with Assessor“.

The assessor is the person who will judge your educational and work experience and give the results.

Sample Report for 261312



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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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Anil Gupta
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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Rob_Stark
    Rob_Stark

    I have some questions. Please help

    1. Is salary slip for each month of each year required? I have been working in same company for 7 years in different roles. How should I create salary slip?
    2. I passed Bachelor in 2011. Started working in 2012. Joined evening shift Master’s program in 2013 while still working full time (so study and work at the same time). Completed Master’s in 2016 (late thesis). If I include Master’s degree in ACS Skill Assessment process… will my work experience be from 2012 or 2016?
    3. I did not get what actually is this ICT Major and ICT Minor. How can I be sure if I fall under Major/Minor. What does 25% ICT contains actually mean?

    Thank you in advance for your help.


  2. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    ICT major means majority of subjects studied were in computer science.

    Payslips or salary slips are required for each year.

    ACS does not count education and work experience at same time. They can only count one thing at a time.


  3. Rob_Stark
    Rob_Stark

    Thank you for your response.


  4. Suresh_Kapisetty
    Suresh_Kapisetty

    Hi Sir,

    Please clarify my queries related to ACS Skill assessment,

    I had a positive skill assessment in 2017 and recently it was expired and again I submitted in Nov 2019 but I got a negative outcome mentioning - Not Assessable Due to Insufficient Documentation for all the three companies I worked earlier.
    I mailed them about my result and they replied saying as below highlighted in bold,

    1. Your employment at three companies does not have evidence of payment.
      – I can provide all the present and before company payslips and form 16 documents as part of payment evidence. But for the first company, I was paid in cash in which I was not able to submit any payment evidence. In this case, all my first company experience years will not be considered?
      In the 2017 assessment, 6 years deducted (BTECH- EEE) as I fall under ICT Minor.

    2. Furthermore, the statutory declaration uploaded states you were employed until 2017. If you wish to claim employment until 2019, you will need to provide an updated statutory declaration. When a statutory declaration is provided in the event an employer reference cannot be obtained, an explanation will be required as to why an employment reference letter cannot be obtained. The declarant must provide evidence of their employment as well.

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    – Statutory declaration from the year Oct 2017 to till date (As I had already submitted a statutory declaration document for the present company from July 2011 to Sep 2017 - No need to submit again right?.

    1. An explanation letter from my employer on official company letterhead as to why an employment reference letter cannot be provided.
      If I am not able to get the explanation on the company letterhead, an email from my HR works as evidence?

    Please suggest on how to proceed.


  5. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Hi @Suresh_Kapisetty

    ACS will reject the work experience if you can’t prove it on paper that salary was paid. So, if you can’t prove cash payments, then you are out of luck.

    You have to resubmit all reference letters again even for 2011-2017 period as this is a fresh assessment now.

    I am not sure if ACS is accepting an email from HR. My suggestion is to get it on company letter head.


  6. Suresh_Kapisetty
    Suresh_Kapisetty

    Hi Anil,

    I have the certificate from company stating that my salary was paid in cash. Addition to that I have to submit one more payment evidence?


  7. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Yes, there are two different payment proof are required.


  8. Ali_Aghababaeipour
    Ali_Aghababaeipour

    Hi, I need some sample document (work experience, bank statement), who can send me documents? just for sample.

    thanks.


  9. vu_le
    vu_le

    Hi @Anil.Gupta,

    Can you please help me to clarify below concerns:

    1. Will 2 payslips for each working year (Beginning and end of each year) suffice?
    2. Do payslips need to be stamped by the company? as normally payslips do not have company stamp on it.

    Thanks.

    Vu Le.


  10. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Did you read the linked article? It has all the details. There is no need to re-verify the same thing that has already been mentioned on the article.


  11. mhasan1989
    mhasan1989

    I have a question related to Bank statement after changing ACS policies. I have all documents that is required as payment evidence, However, the bank statements is showing only “SALARY” remarks in the salary transactions. Will ACS accept that along with my payslips and other supporting documents like an experience letter from my company?

    One more questions, how many salary slip do I need to provide for each year of employment. I have 4.5 years with my current company so do I need to share full 4.5 years of bank statements or specific to the provided salary slips if payslips are required for specific months?

    Thanks
    Regards
    Muhammad Hasan


  12. Aalokit_Chhabra
    Aalokit_Chhabra

    @Suresh_Kapisetty

    An explanation will be required from your employer as to why an employment reference letter cannot be provided.

    Can you throw some light on above line as per your experience. I only have a email from company reference letter team asking me to change format of letter which wont comply with ACS.

    If along with statutory declaration, i also submit my proof of employment from my employer on a company letter head. would that workout?


  13. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    I suggest to read the article once again as all your questions have been clearly answered.


  14. pale.sandhya
    pale.sandhya

    Hi,
    1.My company is not ready to provide roles and responsibilities on letter head so
    Reference letter from college with attestation and mail from HR/ Manager saying company can’t provide those details. Is this enough

    2.Is it mandatory to provide bank statements as well along with payslips and form 16


  15. Beptis
    Beptis

    Dear Sir. Thank you so much for valuable information you shared on ACS docs with examples. I need to ask you something on FORM 16. I’ve got two PAN numbers. One PAN number is used on all the FORM 16s from my past employers. The new PAN number is being used in my current organisation’s FORM 16. Could you please share if it could be an issue when submitting FORM 16 with ACS? Your reply, and expert guidance would be highly appreciated Sir.


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