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Sponsorship on sc 186 visa or Skilled Independent visa sc 189 - what is the best option?

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Sponsorship on a sc 186 visa or skilled independent visa sc 189 - what is the best option?

I would like to know if I am eligible to be sponsored by my current company under the subclass 186 Visa Direct Stream (Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa). I am an Industrial Engineer (assessed by Engineers Australia), have superior English, 32 years old, 32 months of work experience (in July 2019 I will have 3 years of work experience). My current job title is of a Demand Planner (only partially related to my occupation).

However, I need clarification as to whether or not my current role title and duties have to have the same name and tasks as my occupation (Industrial Engineer). I know that for sc 482 visa, you need to be nominated to work on an occupation of the list and your job title need to match exactly, but on the visa 186 it only said that it is enough to have your occupation on the list ( plus the other requirements) and doesn't said if you need to be working for your employer under your nominated occupation with the same role title(in my case as an Industrial Engineer) or not.

On the other hand, regarding the work experience requirement, does it needs to be assessed obligatory by the respective authority? Or can I submit my CV to the case officer and only if they ask for evidence, provide it?


Answer provided by Migration Agent

Hi R.

If you are going to be nominated by your company, then you should be working in an occupation on the list for that visa. Have you thought about applying for a sc 189 - Direct Entry. That is points tested and you need to get a minimum of 65 points. It is a two step process. the first is to put in an expression of interest and the second is to, once invited, make the visa application.

Work experience must be verifiable usually through things like pay slips along with your CV. All of this needs to be provided at the time of application.

Please feel free to ask for clarification should you require it.

Migration Agent

----------- Clarification Request ----------------

I have already applied for sc 189 (75points) and sc 190 (80 points) but no chance until next FY (only inviting 100 per month).

Regarding the nomination I am not working in my occupation now, but my company may create a role. My question is that this role title needs to be exactly of "Industrial Engineer" or it can be something like Industrial Planner or Industrial Engineer Planner. Also, since my visa will expire in August and I may receive a sc 189 invite by the end of this year how can I extend my stay while I wait for this. I am looking to apply for any visa that in the meantime will give me a Bridging Visa that will let me work fulltime, to gain more time while I receive the sc 189 invite. Any valid options?

----- Response from Migration Agent --------


The roles can be related. You need to look at the ANZSCO listing for Industrial Engineer, and see if there are alternative titles there. Also check the roles and see if you are doing similar tasks in your role. Check also the other two occupations you mentioned and see if your qualifications and experience will fit those roles. You will need to submit your CV when you apply so you should try and see which role is closest to your work experience.

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