Below details are for my Australian Visa (subclass 189/191/491)

I have completed my Bachelors in Electronics and telecommunication engineering (2010-14) and
Masters in Electrical and Electronics engineering (2016-18)

Between the 2 degrees I was working as a Software engineer and post my masters I again have joined a Software developer job. My total job/IT experience is now 5+ years.

I have received my skills assessment result from ACS as (total - 4) years experience i.e. only 1 year.
My agent told me not to include my masters in the application and so I didn't.

Could I have opted for another assessment authority or should I have included masters degree as well to have received a better result?

Please suggest!!!

  • I think (thus not an answer) that a 2 year research master's can replace some of the 5 year work requirement, but then only the work post-masters may qualify.
    – mkennedy
    Aug 10, 2022 at 15:04
  • what qualifies as a research master? I have published a thesis and 5 papers (including conference papers). but nowhere in my degree says particularly as research Master. is that applicable for outside Australian universities as well?
    – RC0993
    Aug 10, 2022 at 20:53
  • @RC0993 It sounds like you did do a research-based Master's degree. I started out working on one but switched to a course-based one (had to pass a comprehensive test and write a paper) because I didn't plan to do a Ph.D and wanted to graduate!
    – mkennedy
    Aug 11, 2022 at 13:52
  • I don't think your electrical and electronics Master's would have helped if you were being assessed for software experience.
    – jcm
    Aug 15, 2022 at 22:34


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