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Hi all,

I was just reading throught the changes to the immigration policies announced a few week ago, as I plan to begin my application for a Skilled Independent Visa as an Accountant early next year, first job the IELTS test, then the Skills Assesment, then the visa itself.

I had a quick glance at the CSL to make sure Accountants were still on there, and was slightly horrified to see the And/or amendment to the note:

Accountant - where the applicant has achieved a score of at least IELTS 7 in each of the four competencies, and/or has completed The Professional Year – Skilled Migration Internship Program Accounting (SMIPA).

I was already aware of the IELTS, not a problem, but an annoying expense for a born and bred English man with a Professional Qualification.

But the And/or statement worries me, as I read it.......... the or, means someone who has completed the SMIPA doesn't need the IELTS 7 score.
But, the And, means someone with the IELTS 7 score also needs the SMIPA.

Does that mean that as a Qualified Accountant I need to do a further 44 week training programme, or is it a sign that my English isn't as good as I think it is?

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Comment by John on November 19, 2009 at 7:59
And this from John at Immigration2oz

As an Accountant to qualify for inclusion on the Critical Skills List (and therefore priority visa processing) you must either pass the IELTS English test scoring 7 in each of the four testing components OR complete the Skilled Migration Internship Program Accounting (SMIPA). You do not have to do both.

SMIPA relates to a professional accounting year undertaken in Australia that provides an extra 10 points on the visa points test. Those accountants that have completed SMIPA also do not have the pass IELTS – if they are native English speakers. All accountants who have not completed SMIPA (which applies to the vast majority of accountants applying) must pass IELTS to be eligible for priority visa processing.
Comment by Ken Fayers on November 13, 2009 at 21:01
Andy, one more piece of advice. I notice you've said "first the IELTS, then the skills assessment". You can do it in that order if you wish - but it's not strictly necessary. Some professions do need to have their IELTS result as part of their skills assessment but accountants only need it as part of their visa application (to qualify for CSL and for the extra points it gives).
Comment by Ken Fayers on November 13, 2009 at 20:49
Andy, I'm sorry to tell you your English isn't as good as you think it is. "And/or" means you can have either the IELTS or the SMIPA or both the IELTS and the SMIPA. If you had to have both it would say "And" not "And/or". Good luck on the IELTS! Don't worry I'm sure you'll do fine.

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