Surveyors Migrating to Australia

Surveyors in Australia

The occupation of Surveyor is listed under SURVEYOR (GENERAL) ANZSCO 232212, and here is the official description according to ANZSCO:

  • Cadastral Surveyor
  • Engineering Surveyor
  • Geodetic Surveyor
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Mine Surveyor
  • Photogrammetric Surveyor

How do I migrate to Australia as a Surveyor?

There are three pathways available for assessment by SSSI (Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute):

Consider getting expert migration advice

There are a number of visa options to select from if you are suitably qualified and meet all assessment criteria, so it is advisable to seek professional assistance from experienced migration agents such as Direct Migration Experts.

What are the assessment criteria for applicants who have studied overseas?

  • Educational qualifications — Applicants must hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor’s degree in surveying — 4 years full time course;
  • English language competency — there are 5 ways that non-native English speakers can meet this requirement;
  • Professional experience as a Surveyor — at least 3 years of experience prior to applying;
  • Contributions to the surveying profession; and
  • Record of maintaining Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to maintain your professional knowledge and skills.

How do I obtain my skills assessment as a Surveyor?

This is where the expertise of Direct Migration Experts will come in handy as we can help you prepare the necessary documentation to supply to the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) or to VETASSESS, depending on your specialisation. We ensure that your skills assessment application is decision ready and that all assessment criteria are met.

Do I need to find a sponsor or a work visa to stay in Australia as a Surveyor?

All too often we hear from onshore clients whose employers weren’t able to sponsor them as promised. Having loved their time in Australia on their working holiday visas, they do not want to return home. Employers often promise sponsorship, and even in cases where this occurs, it is only a temporary pathway to staying in Australia. As a Surveyor, you have access to the permanent residency pathway in Australia. Direct Migration Experts have assisted hundreds of clients like this, in Surveyor roles, in obtaining their visa and permanent residency.

Do I need a job to obtain permanent residency?

You do not need a job — however, this can vary depending on if you are onshore and offshore and based on which state and territory in Australia you are going to live in. Generally, and in most cases, you do not need employment to apply for permanent residency. Permanent Residency and the skilled occupation list are based on points and meeting the points criteria. This is not limited to Surveyors but to all occupations on the skilled occupation list.

Do I need experience in Australia as a Surveyor to obtain Permanent Residency?

You do not need Australian experience as a Surveyor to apply nor obtain permanent residency. However, you do need formal qualifications and to hold a valid skills assessment in Australia as a Surveyor to obtain permanent residency.

Do I need to be in Australia to apply for my permanent residency?

No, this is a misconception. Direct Migration Experts have helped countless clients over the years in obtaining permanent residency from all over the world including but not limited to the UK and Ireland, Asia, and South Africa.

Is it difficult to find a job in Australia as a Surveyor?

Surveyors are on Australia’s occupation shortage list due to local staff shortages that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Once you have your permanent residency, you will find an abundance of well-paid job opportunities as a Surveyor.

How do I start the process of migrating to Australia?

The first step so that we can assess you and ensure that you meet the Australian qualifications framework for the skills assessment is to send us a copy of your resume (CV) for your free visa preliminary assessment.

Did you become interested in working and living in Australia?

If you want to learn more about immigration to and working in Australia, we’ve prepared a number of articles that can give you further information on the topic, such as this one on how to find a job in Australia. We also explain how to get a work visa in Australia. And if you need further help, don’t hesitate to request a consultation to receive support for your individual case.



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