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  Once we knew we met the basic requirements for emigrating to Australia, the first step towards a visa application was the skills assessment.

The skills assessment authority was the ACS , the Australian Computer Society. Arjan had to write a RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), which is a very extensive document about his training and workexperience in the IT. Besides the RPL Arjan had to provide the ACS with documents like diploma's, reference letters of current and former employers, a resume, case studies and examples of projects, an international birth certificate and a certified copy of his passport. Of course everything had to be translated (when in Dutch) and certified.

ACS (RPL) Timeline:
  • Date applied: 18 Dec 2003
  • Received by ACS: 8 Jan 2004
  • Date approved: 24 Feb 2004 (2 mths 6 days)