MPA FAQs

How will I know if TRA has received my application?

TRA is not able to verify receipt of mail. Applications are registered following receipt. You will receive an acknowledgement letter with your TRA reference number confirming receipt of your application once it has been registered.

How long will it take to process my points advice?

Applications are assessed in order of receipt and processing times may vary depending on the program.  Generally most Migration Points Advice assessments are completed within 60 working days.  Should there be any considerable delays, TRA will post a news item on its website.

I need my application processed faster than the standard 60 working days. What do I need to do?

Only applicants who have an offer of employment or state/territory sponsorship and who can provide evidence which meets TRA requirements will have a request for expedition considered.  The following evidence must be provided to TRA with any request to expedite an application:

  1. A letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and/or a State/Territory authority responsible for State Migration sponsorship confirming:
    • approval of a ‘nominated position’,
    • that the applicant is the nominee for that position, and
    • the expiry date for that offer.

    OR

  2. A letter from a person with the appropriate authority of the employer intending to sponsor the applicant, on their letterhead, with details regarding the nature of the urgency. This letter must be signed by a person with the appropriate authority to progress the applicant’s migration sponsorship and include their position within the company and contact details.

Applicants who fulfil the requirements above can submit a request for expedition.  This request must be sent to TRA in writing.  The request must include the applicant’s full name, date of birth, TRA Reference number, email address and signature along with a full explanation of the request type and reasons for the request.

Do I need an IELTS test?

An IELTS test is not required for Migration Points Advice.

The application form asks "At what age did you commence employment?" What does that mean?

This refers to your age when you commenced paid employment in your nominated occupation.

What evidence do I need for my employment?

TRA requires sufficient evidence of paid employment to verify that your employment was full-time (or equivalent part-time) and at the required skill level for your occupation in Australia.   TRA will require at least one primary source of evidence or a minimum of two secondary sources of evidence for each year and each period of employment being claimed.  Additional evidence may also be requested.

Further information on documents that may be submitted as primary and secondary sources of evidence can be found in Section 2.9.1 of the Migration Points Advice Applicant Guidelines.

What if I have only worked part-time?

Evidence of employment undertaken on a part-time basis will be considered and counted toward the employment requirement on a pro-rata basis. TRA considers full-time employment in Australia as 38 hours per week, unless a particular industrial award specifies otherwise. For example, if hours worked are 20 hours per week it would take an applicant two years to meet the equivalent of one year full-time employment.

How many payslips do I need to provide?

TRA will require at least one primary source of evidence or a minimum of two secondary sources of evidence for each year and each period of employment being claimed.  Pay slips may be a primary or a secondary source of evidence for paid employment depending on the information provided on the payslip.  Comprehensive information regarding evidence requirements can be found in the Section 2.7.1 of the Migration Points Advice (MPA) Applicant Guidelines.

Please ensure you are using the latest version of the MPA Guidelines when preparing your application and also refer to the Applicant evidence checklist when preparing your application.

What's the difference between a skills assessment and points advice?

The purpose of Migration Points Advice is to provide advice regarding qualifications and specific periods of employment over the past ten years, following a successful skills assessment.  TRA will issue a letter with advice for use in a skilled migration application to DIBP.  The awarding of points for the skilled migration points test remains at the discretion of delegated officers of DIBP.

How will I know if I have to have points advice?

The visa subclass you are applying for with DIBP will specify whether it is a points tested visa. Unless you have already been advised by DIBP to obtain points advice from TRA you should check with DIBP before lodging an application with TRA.

Please note that you are required to have a successful skills assessment before you are eligible to apply for the MPA. Please also note that TRA provides migration points test advice only. A decision to award points remains with DIBP.

Do I need to resubmit documents I have already provided to TRA with a previous MSA or MPA application?

In most instances you are not required to resubmit documents you have already provided with a previous MSA or MPA application.  You can submit any additional evidence you wish to have assessed in a review, subsequent application or for points advice.  Please ensure you quote your TRA reference number.  However, if your skills assessment was through a TRA approved RTO you will need to resubmit all documents with your MPA application.

Why does TRA need a transcript of the subjects I studied for my qualification?

TRA compares qualifications issued overseas to the relevant Australian Training Package qualification for the nominated occupation when determining relevance. To do this, TRA requires the academic transcript to be provided in the application.

If you do not have a copy of your qualification and transcript we suggest that you contact the institution that issued your award and ask them to provide you with either a copy of your transcript, or other official certified documentation stating your name, the qualification and the date awarded, an overview of the content of the program and the competencies/subjects completed by you.

How do I request a copy of my MPA outcome letter?

You must request a replacement outcome letter in writing, either by fax, email or post. TRA requires verification of your identity when requesting a copy of an outcome letter. Your request must include your full name, TRA reference number, date of birth, current postal address and email address. TRA may also require you to provide a signature or other photo identification if unable to verify your identity. If sending your request by post or fax, please include your signature for verification. See the ‘Contact Us’ page of the TRA website for further information.

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