Accountants with high points still struggle for PR – here are the numbers

Accountants with high points still struggle for PR – here are the numbers

A Freedom of Information request (FOI) to the Department of Home Affairs by a peer back in late May yielded results that are not surprising as to how tough it is for Accountants to achieve points for the 189 Skilled Independent Visa, yet that numbers tell truth of just how hard it is.

You can see the request here and the results here.

To summarise, Accountant (a pro-rate occupation code, 2211) within a 2 month window shows how many accountants submitted waiting for an invitation (as of 19th June 2019):

  • 80 Points = 4,222 primary applicants
  • 85 Points = 682 primary applicants
  • 90 Points = 19 primary applicants
  • 95 Points = Less than 5 primary applicants.

As you can see from the results in the link, the submitted EOI’s awaiting invitation for Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers are bleak too.

So how can you improve your chances of getting PR as an Accountant? Well, if you’ve missed my previous blog posts then look no further, below is a summary of the best bit’s most relevant:

Be Decisive:

I think this is my favourite blog yet, published in March where I let you know the best way to get PR = decisiveness. In such a highly competitive ranking system which is General Skilled Migration (points-test), it is so important to be decisive in your approach to your English tests, gaining work experience, and your migration journey to Australian permanent residency in general. The blog is a great mindset-changer to read if you are seeking additional points for PR.

Don’t Chase Rumours:

Last month I posted a blog titled Immigration news that isn’t formalised is a dangerous game’, which although focused on the 457 visa, the crux of the article was raising awareness at why you shouldn’t solely rely on blogs, forums, Facebook groups, Whirlpool, friends, etc when making decisions on your migration pathway, and the value of seeking professional advice. These are all a great source of information, but can also lead to the cognitive bias of ‘anchoring’ or ‘focalism’. Anchoring/focalism is a psychological term used to describe the human tendency to overly or heavily rely, anchor on one trait or piece of information when making decisions. Sounds dangerous to me! Everyone is different, and every situation is unique. This blog is well worth a read.

Think Regional:

Although posted back in December 2018 before all the changes for regional visas were announced, I still think it’s as important as ever to start really considering regional Australia as an option. This blog has fun describing some of the wonderfully big things located throughout regional Australia, but it also gives some serious insight into how hard it is for regional employers to hire quality staff, as well as how close some of these regional areas are to capital cities (some being within 2 hours of Sydney and Melbourne). This blog is a great read to start to realise that regional Australia is a great option.

Avoid Getting A Visa Refusal:

So you work harder than ever before, all the stress and the money, and finally get your invitation to apply for the visa from successful EOI (expression of interest). Congratulations, but you are not at the finish line yet. Please please PLEASE don’t join one of the hundreds of 189, 190, and 489 visa applicants that achieve invitation from EOI and then get a refusal. Yes, you read that correctly, hundreds of people every year still get their visa approved AFTER successfully submitting points for EOI. Read the figures for yourself and see my suggestions in my January 2019 blog, titled ‘Visa Refusals Are On The Rise, And Here Is The Proof.

Predict Upcoming Migration Law Changes:

Published in May, my blog on how to know when a migration law change is coming is a great read for all migration types.

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