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?