WHAT IS A MIGRATION SKILLS ASSESSMENT AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
For certain skilled migration visas you will need to provide evidence that your accounting skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant local assessing authority.
One of the local accounting bodies in Australia: CPA Australia, CAANZ or IPA can assess your overseas education, English proficiency and, in some cases, your work history, to determine if you meet a set of predetermined criteria required by Australia for your chosen occupation.
In New Zealand: the NZ ACCA membership can provide 50 points towards skilled migrant application. This is NZQA assessed so its treated as the same as a university degree for purposes of the points.
You will need:
– certified copy of your ACCA membership certificate
– current years paid tax invoice (to prove that your ACCA membership is still active).
– certified copies of all of your professional qualifications (including any other graduation certificate contributing towards completion of your ACCA degree).
APPLYING FOR AN ASSESSMENT
You can find information on criteria and requirements, how you apply, what documents are needed and fees required directly from one of the local accounting body websites listed below.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCAL ACCOUNTING BODIES TO APPLY FOR YOUR ASSESSMENT:
The skills assessment process can take anywhere between 1-4 weeks, but some bodies like CAANZ do offer a Fast Track service.
Note: If you are planning to lodge your expression of interest (EOI) with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), make sure you wait until you have received your migration assessment outcome from the local body first.