Potential engineering candidates who want to work in Australia must follow the Engineers Australia (EA) system to complete their immigration skill assessment test. This is a step that all candidates have to go through if they want to work visas, which will help them secure jobs in Australia. Anyone working without a valid work visa might be detained and deported and in extreme cases also be banned from entering Australia ever again. All potential engineers who have done engineering in any country other than Australia must undergo the process by writing a Competency Demonstration Report or popularly known as CDR.
A few years ago, the number of people who wanted to settle in Australia was less compared to what it is today. Today, the sheer number of applicants, who want to obtain visas to work in Australia sometimes brings the entire system to a screeching shut down and delays the results of the skill assessment tests. The number of people who want to immigrate to Australia has increased rather exponentially. The conditions for the visa are also many, Age factor also plays a big role. Many people’s applications have been rejected because their age bar had passed by the time the results of the assessment were complete. In other situations, people who were given job offers had to stay back in their own countries because the time it took to get their results were too much and the offers that the company gave them had expired. In situations like these, it is advisable that you take the skill assessment test under the fast track system.
If you have any other personal problems that do not allow you to wait for a long time to get your results, the fast track system is your friend.
The fast track system essentially gives your application more priority than others. Meaning, that your application will be evaluated by the respective evaluator faster than the other normal applicants. Of course, in order to obtain this expedited service, you will have to pay an extra fee to the Engineers Australia association while submitting your CDR.
How long it will take for your application to be assessed is a relative concept. It mainly depends on the number of applications in the pipeline during the time of your application. If the number of other applicants is less, you will get your results within a week or in about 10 days. If the workload the EA has is considerably larger, then you can expect your results within the fortnight. That is, in about two or three weeks. This is typically the time that it takes for most people to get their results. But the EA does not guarantee a time frame. So, if the system is overwhelmed by the number of applications, then you might even have to wait for a bit longer than usual. Some individuals get them faster than others, it is a natural phenomenon. So, if you and your friend had applied together, and he got his result and you did not, then you have no reason to worry. You will have it soon.