Australian Visas for Skilled Individuals

Visas for Skilled Individuals

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Australia Immigration’s new Skilled Visas Program is to be called the Skilled Migrant Selection Register or SkillSelect. SkillSelect will be an electronic two step process; applicants will need to first submit a claim for Skilled Migration through an Expression of Interest (called EOI). The second step is that the applicants will then be invited to apply for an Australian Visa based on their EOI.

To see why this is such a change to the Australian Skilled Visa scheme you need to compare it to the existing process where Visa applicants are likely to get in if they qualify based on having sufficient points depending on the type of Immigration Visa being applied for. The new SkillSelect is likely to make Immigration to Australia under a skilled Immigration Visa more difficult as applicants will not only have to have gained enough points but Australia Immigration will decide who can apply depending on the priorities they have at the time.

Australian Immigration’s SkillSelect will invite applicants to apply for Skilled Visa based on their points and applicants must meet the English Language Requirements and Skills Assessment before submitting their EOI.

The Australian Skilled Visas that will be affected are:

  • Skilled Visa Subclasses 174 and 885 – Independent Skilled Migration
  • Skilled Visa Subclasses 176 and 886 – State Sponsored Skilled Migration
  • Skilled Visa Subclasses 132, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 890, 891, 892, 893 – Business Skills
  • Skilled Visa Subclasses 132, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 890, 891, 892, 893 –
  • Skilled Visa Subclasses 121 and 856 – Employer Nomination Scheme
  • Skilled Visa Subclasses 457 – Temporary Business Long Stay visa

Australia Immigration will begin sending out invitations to eligible Skilled Visa Applicants in August 2012 and will be sent to the applications with the highest ranking EOIs and those who apply early will be prioritised if having the same score.

You can tell if you are eligible to apply for an Australia Skilled Visa in just 5 minutes using National Visas FREE ONLINE Australia Immigration Assessment.

For Australia Skilled immigration you need a skill as defined as a skilled occupation as included in the skilled occupation list which is used to define who can apply without a sponsoring employer by the department Australia Immigration.

Australia Immigration can be complicated process so we recommend you get professional advice and assistance from MARA registered Australian Immigration Consultants or if you want help with visas contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.