The type of visas available is really confusing and I am still actively reading since yesterday. I have searched up useful sites like nix’s but it is still freaking confusing. Nonetheless, I will just document what I have done for now.
The Australia immigration site have a very useful wizard that helps you to decide which visa to apply from. After filling in my requirements, I was recommended skilled-independent subclass 189 or skilled-nominated subclass 190.
Basically in order to qualify these are the stuff I’ve prepared or am preparing:
1) a Washington Accord accredited degree for engineers
2) the application for accreditation is here, cost about AUD310 or about SGD$365.48
3) IELTS band 6 and above, application through the British Council, cost about SGD$320
4) State sponsorship if you are in the state’s nomination list, and AUD20 000 to show…I have 85 points already, I think I will skip its 5 points…don’t think I can save up to AUD20K by April
I am still waiting for my degree to be completed by January…shucks…I still have to wait a few more months to get that paper before I can file for accredition. I figure I will take a local driving license here since I will not know if I have the luxury of time and resources to take a license there. I have always avoided taking a driving license in Singapore because of the high cost here. Going to the driving school for lessons can easily cost you up to $3K, even going for private lessons will cost you at least $2K. Like all things in Singapore, it is madness.
And in the meantime…I am preparing my resume to send out to companies in my industry. I have just gotten my certified technology specialist certification from Infocomm. Hope that helps…otherwise I will be really flipping burgers there.
I have exact 6 months from my one-way ticket…counting down 186 days…