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    First of all, thank you very much for putting up this very helpful forum.. My hubby is a CPA (previously emplyed in a firm), however he has been practicing on his own now for a couple of years, I wonder what documents we need to submit to DIMIA for his case.We're applying under the Skilled Independent - Subclass 136.Your inputs are very much appreciated. Thank you.
    Babykiss,

    Self-employment is more difficult to establish than an employee
    relationship.

    Most relevant documentation to include would be:
    - statutory declaration from him regarding period of time self-employed,
    hours per week, main tasks & duties
    - business registration or incorporation documents
    - tax returns for the business or personal
    - accounts for the business
    - references from clients - these should be quite detailed and
    talk about the period of time he worked with the clients, kind
    of work completed
    - invoices and/or bank statements can be requested by DIMIA

    Hope this helps,

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    Self-employed Accountant

    We just submitted hubby's documents at CPAA. I've heard that it can take as long as 4 months. I hope in our case it doesn't. We're from the Philippines, by the way.We've already checked our points, and even without the specific work experience of my hubby, we still pass it. Still, I think it's best to submit this as well. I'm just not sure if being self-employed will help at all.Or maybe cuz of this, we might be denied. Have u had self-employed CPA clients?Were they granted the PR visa?I'm beginning to think that being employed is much better than being self-employed, atleast in applying for one's PR visa.And how about looking for a job in AU, I think they also prefer employees right?Pls. advise.Thank you again.
    Well they let me in, and I was a self employed accountant!

    I recall I supplied the same sort of information as Mark has mentioned,
    plus letterhead, evidence of advertising and marketing, and a letter
    from my former business partner (also a CA).

    Best regards.

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    Alan Collett of Go Matilda, http://www.gomatilda.com
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    • #3
      Self-employed Accountant

      We just submitted hubby's documents at CPAA. I've heard that it can take as long as 4 months. I hope in our case it doesn't. We're from the Philippines, by the way.We've already checked our points, and even without the specific work experience of my hubby, we still pass it. Still, I think it's best to submit this as well. I'm just not sure if being self-employed will help at all.Or maybe cuz of this, we might be denied. Have u had self-employed CPA clients?Were they granted the PR visa?I'm beginning to think that being employed is much better than being self-employed, atleast in applying for one's PR visa.And how about looking for a job in AU, I think they also prefer employees right?Pls. advise.Thank you again.
      Babykiss,

      CPAA is my least favourite assessing authority for accountants. This is
      due to both processing time and likelihood of success (I had a case
      where CPAA refused and ICAA approved). As he will be relying on covering
      9 of the 12 core accounting areas, you may find that it's worth also
      looking at ICAA or NIA if you can spare another $350.

      Better to claim as many points as possible - what if they take
      accountants off the MODL?

      Work experience is critical to the case even if you're not claiming
      specific work experience. This is because he must show 12 of the last 18
      months of skilled work experience (ie recent work experience) - this is
      a threshold requirement and if you can't show this, the application must
      be refused.

      Hope this helps,

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        Self-employed Accountant

        Hey Angelico!I read in the other thread that ur meds were requested already!So excited for you!Are u in the IT field?Yes, this is Princess.Any idea though if we still need to pass my hubby's former employment records or references?Thanks.
        Yep, Im IT.

        I'm not exactly sure about accountants, for IT skills assessed by ACS,
        we are definitely required to submit the employment references to DIMIA.
        Remember DIMIA requires applicants to submit all documents submitted to
        skilss assessment bodies.

        I think it would be best you provide DIMIA those references.

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        • #5
          Self-employed Accountant

          Thanks again, Mark. As for the Personal Bank Statements, how far back are the copies we're supposed to give to DIMIA?6 months, a year?Thanks.
          Babykiss,

          Indicative sample should be enough - you might try sending the first few
          months and the last few months whilst he has been self-employed.

          No hard & fast rules here - the processing officer will most likely
          request additional details if there's not enough submitted.

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