The present COVID-19 pandemic may seem to affect the plans about Australian migration for work. But there’s a positive update from Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). It has informed that it will go on with its assessment of applications submitted online.
The COVID-19 crisis has led to a delay in processing times. The normal inquiry channels like the inquiry line are closed from 30 March 2020 until further notice. But even then, TRA will continue to assess applications submitted through the online portal in the normal course.
Applicants can still submit inquiries to email@example.com. TRA will make all efforts to respond to email inquiries at the earliest.
Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a service provider for skills assessment. It specializes in assessments for people having trade skills built in Australia or overseas. The assessment is meant to recognize a candidate’s eligibility for migration and skills.
The MSA program is aimed at those who are applying for a permanent skilled migration visa. The application is placed with the Australian Home Affairs department. The assessment is based on evidence. The scrutiny will be done on qualifications and work history. It will be checked whether they are compatible with Australian standards for a skilled worker in a particular nominated occupation.
The MSA deals only with instances of migration. The successful outcome of the assessment doesn’t deem the applicant being awarded an Australian qualification. Hence the assessment result itself cannot be used to work in Australia. It can neither be used for licensing or recognition of qualification.
To be assessed for an Australian qualification, one should apply for skills assessment through the Offshore Skills Assessment program.
A candidate is qualified for the MSA program if his/her nominated occupation is:
- Listed on the
- Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL), or
- Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
on the Department of Home Affairs website and with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)
- Having direct relevance to the candidate’s qualification and/or apprenticeship
- Directly relevant to the candidate’s employment.
It is necessary to be sure that the candidate’s visa pathway needs a skills assessment. It also has to be ensured that the TRA is the right authority to assess the candidate’s nominated occupation. It is necessary to check it with the Department of Home Affairs.
The application for MSA is submitted via TRA’s online portal. The application is expected to be ready for a decision. This means, all mandatory fields in the application must be filled and all the required documents are submitted. The information to be furnished in the application include:
- Applicant details (previous TRA number (if applicable)
- Personal details
- Passport details
- Nominated occupation
- Visa type
- Agent/representative details (if applicable)
- Qualification details/details of apprenticeship
- Employment details
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