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189 visa subclass, MLTSSL and assessment with EA

189 visa

If you are thinking about immigration to Australia, first thing you need to do is to check what kind of visa you can receive within you profession. Majority of people would prefer, of course 189 visa subclass, the skilled independent (points based) visa.

What is the best information source for understanding if my profession is eligible for 189 visa subclass?

The best resource to check the visa type you can receive is this governmental website that gives MLTSSL details and provides visa subclasses details for all professions on the list:


As an Engineer, please pay attention to Engineering Technologist (ANZSCO code number 233914). Engineering Technologist is a general code for all Engineering professions who had Engineering studies that lasted 3 years and for all degrees similar to B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology and alike). Find more information about Engineering Technologist Occupational Category on page 5 of MSA booklet you can download from EA website https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/For-Migrants/Migration-Skills-Assessment/MSA-StepByStep-Guide

Also notice that professions such as Petroleum Engineer, Mining Engineer and Engineering professionals NEC are not eligible for 189 visa subclass. (Petroleum and Mining Engineering were in this list in the past but now they are out). If you have these professions, do consider applying as Engineering Technologist instead, as Engineering Technologist is eligible for 189 visa now.

As well, if you are a fresh graduate and have experience mainly gained during your University studies (for example, one Career Episode based on final year engineering project and two other Career Episodes based on  internships or alike), we would advise you to apply under Engineering Technologist occupational category instead of Professional Engineer.

If you need advice on choosing the right ANZSCO code or occupational category for your CDR application, or if you need any help with writing your CDR, please contact us on cdr@cdrsample.com or visit us on www.cdrsample.com and use  “contact us” form.

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