Australia SkillSelect

Australia is a leading economical and business pool, at the same time it has managed to produce enormous striking and well-paying employment opportunities for a large number of people each year. Australia being a sparsely populous country, it faces shortage in Australia skilled workers, thus, seeks to allure overseas skilled employees to migrate and work in Australia to boost the country's economy.  Overseas skilled individuals are interested in migrating to Australia, with an intention to gain better employment opportunities. The government of Australia has introduced several skilled immigration programs for overseas nationals to migrate to Australia.

Australian General Skilled Migration program is a pathway for skilled workers to immigrate to Australia and work over there. Foreign nationals who prefer skilled immigration to Australia must apply through Australia Skill Select, which is a visa assessment tool that manages Australian general skilled migration (GSM) eligibility criteria and visa application process.

What is SkillSelect?

An individual applying to immigrate to Australia based on their experience as a skilled employee is needed to apply through SkillSelect. This is a new online system of the Australian government which enables interested skilled employees to migrate to Australia under the skilled Australian visa. The SkillSelect system was introduced by Australia on 1st July, 2012.  Using the SkillSelect system the government of Australia recognizes overseas workers skills that are mostly needed in the country.

In order to start the visa application process, skilled employees need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

What is an Australian Expression of Interest (EOI)?

An Expression of Interest is simply a sign that shows an individual's interest to apply for an Australian visa an, it is not a visa application. Individuals can get skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest. However, applicants need to include the following information:

Personal information

  • Nominated or desired profession
  • Work experience
  • Education qualification
  • Proficiency in English language
  • A Skills evaluation appropriate to applicant's nominated occupation       
  • Business and investment experience (if needed)

Australia SkillSelect process:

By enrolling an EOI on SkillSelect, skilled employees can be found as well as nominated for an Australian visa by employers and territory and state governments.  Successfully selected applicants will be invited to apply for an Australian visa.

Once the EOI is submitted, applicants will be given points and ranked. Eligible applicants will be invited to apply for an Australian skilled independent visa-if applicants are sponsored by the state or territory government or an Australian employer.

Selected applicants will be given 60 days to apply for Australia skilled visa before the expiry of invitation. If applicants are not selected their Expression of Interest remains valid for a period of two years, during which applicants can update their EOI with relevant experience and details they wish. Applicants must successfully undergo Australia Skill select Points Calculator in order to migrate to Australia.

The following are the five visas which must be applied after the successful submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skill Select:

  • Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
  • Australia Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Australia Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled - Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

The following are the three visas which can be applied after receiving an invitation by a SkillSelect-approved by an Australian employer:

  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).

Some of the Australia points based skilled migration offers permanent residency to the applicants.           

Specialty of Australia SkillSelect:

The major focus of Australia SkillSelect is to make it simpler to obtain employer sponsorship, because the system plans to provide a clear path for latent migrants to connect with Australian employers. Applicants no need to submit multiple EOIs to enroll an interest in more than one visa.

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