Quick Guide to Apply for Australian Skilled Visa through SkillSelect

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on January 18, 2017

Skilled Migration Australia

Preparing to apply for Skilled Visa in Australia?

It’s quite essential to read the process guidelines carefully, align all your documents, and subsequently, follow the stepwise process. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) of Australia has designed several visa categories for skilled migration applicants. You require choosing the right visa category and apply for the same through online SkillSelect System.

SkillSelect System for Skilled Migration in Australia

The SkillSelect system has been designed to help the skilled migration program in Australia. It works towards choosing the skilled migrants for immigration to Australia as per the economic requirement of the country.

(Note: With effect from April 19, 2017, Australian Government has replaced the old Occupation lists, i.e. SOL & CSOL with new Skilled Occupation lists, i.e. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) & Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

The visa applicants, eligible to nominate an occupation from STSOL, also have access to some occupations in MLTSSL. Hence, both the lists (STSOL & MLTSSL) have been combined to form a new Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations and hence, there is no separate STSOL list.)

How to apply in SkillSelect system?

If you are interested in skilled migration to Australia, choose the right skilled visa category and submit the Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect System, mentioning the key profile details, i.e. age, work experience, nominated occupation, skill details, qualification, language skills, etc.

The SkillSelect system shall assess the EOIs submitted and subsequently, will allocate the points to the candidates, based on the details mentioned in EOI, Minimum points you need to score based on your age, education, etc. factors are 60 points. If you are selected based on your points score you will get invitation to apply for visa from the authorities. You require applying for visa within 60 days of the receipt of ITA (invitation to apply).

Things to do before applying in SkillSelect system

Before you apply in SkillSelect system, you must ensure the following:

  • Choose an occupation: Nominate an occupation from Skilled Occupation Lit (SOL)/Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). However, the occupation you nominate must match your skills, qualification, and experience.
  • Select the visa category: You must choose the appropriate Visa category to apply for skilled migration in Australia, i.e.
    • Skill Independent Visa: Subclass 189 is skill independent permanent visa that you can apply directly through SkillSelect system.
    • State Nominated Visas: Subclass 190 (permanent visa) and Subclass 489 (Provisional visa) are the visas that you can apply after getting approval from state or territory in Australia.
    • Employer Sponsored Visas: You can apply for Subclass 457 (temporary visa) or Subclass 186 visa (Permanent), once you have obtained the sponsorship from an employer in Australia.

Since most of the process is online, you may apply directly, however, if you are applying for the Australian visa for the first time and not much aware about the procedural guidelines or immigration rules, it’s wise to hire a genuine and reliable immigration Consultancy service for Australia immigration process.

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Key Changes Recommended in Australia’s Skilled Migration Program

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on October 15, 2016

Australia Skill Migration Program

The Productivity Commission of Australia has proposed some key changes to Skilled Migration Program of Australia. The changes may likely focus on the selection criteria or process of selection of Migrants in Australia.

The recommended key changes include reduction in the age limit, allocating extra points to adult secondary applicants’ credentials, etc. Here is the overview of key changes.

Major changes recommended for Skilled Migration Program in Australia

The Productivity Commission has sent an inclusive report named ‘Migrant Intake into Australia’. This detailed report is likely to restructure the process of Permanent Skilled Migration in the country. Here are the key recommendations.

Reduction of Age Limit

The Productivity Commission has suggested the government of Australia to reduce the age limit for permanent residence under skilled migration stream. The age limit at now is 50 years. However, the report recommends the exemptions for the highly skilled candidates. The report also recommends the higher points to the young skilled immigration applicants as per the point system.

Make SOL A Key Yardstick

The report from the commission has advised considering Skilled Occupation List (SOL) of Australia as a key benchmark for deciding the skill needs for different categories of the permanent skilled migration programs. The SOL should also work as the yardstick for TRT (Temporary Residence Transition) visa.

Maximum points for Single Applicants

The applicants with no dependents should be given the highest level of additional points as per the commission’s recommendations.

More points for Secondary applicants’ credentials (i.e. traits/skills)

As per the commission report, the government of Australia should increase points for adult secondary applicant’s skills and traits in order to considerably increase points of the primary applicant.

Reorganize the ‘Points System’ for all the Permanent Skilled Migration Programs or Visas in Australia

The Productivity Commission Report recommends the ‘Point System’ for all type or categories of Permanent Skilled Migration in Australia. However, the applicants with ‘employer sponsorship’ from Australia should be given additional points. As of now, the parameters of selections for employer-sponsored applicants are different.

Evaluate the adult children and partner for English language ability

As per the commission, half of the total skilled migration visas are issued to secondary applicants. Hence, the adult secondary applicants should also be assessed based on their age, English skills, education, work skills, apart from the review criteria in practice for primary applicant.

The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) has received the report of Productivity Commission and it is expected to respond regarding the same in due period.

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