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The benefits of submitting an expression of interest on 1 July

 

 

As we get closer to the launch of SkillSelect on 1 July, we would like to point out the benefits of being ready to submit an expression of interest (EOI).

Benefits:

  • It’s free to submit an EOI!
  • You don’t have to meet the pass mark on the points test to submit an EOI. However you won’t receive an invitation for the points based visas unless you meet the pass mark. You can build upon your EOI to achieve the desired pass mark for points based skilled migration or you can be considered by employers for employer sponsorship.
  • You can update your profile in SkillSelect at any time, and have the ability to continually build on your EOI as your credentials and experience grow.
  • Your details will be available to employers who can search for and contact you to discuss employment opportunities. This may increase your opportunity to receive sponsorship.
  • You can select interest in more than one visa subclass in the same EOI. This means you can be considered for invitation or sponsorship for any of the visas in which you are interested —all from the one EOI.
  • SkillSelect will provide you with feedback on your visa eligibility based on the information you provide on your EOI—giving you an indication of the visas for which you may meet the threshold criteria.
  • Submitting EOIs and visa applications is an online process, saving you time as you can gain access to your SkillSelect account 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
  • If you are invited to apply, visa processing will be more responsive, as the total number of invitations and applications will be controlled and matched to the migration program.

Where to start

  1. Visit www.skillselect.gov.au
  2. Find out what visas best suit you
  3. Find out what you need to have prepared for these visas
  4. Gather all your information and evidence
  5. Be ready on 1 July to submit your EOI

 

For more information visit www.skillselect.gov.au or read our previous blog posts at http://migrationblog.immi.gov.au/category/skillselect/

 

Comments (224)

hi,
wanted to ask a question which is not really relevent to skills select. on the immi website i saw written " closely related qualification".what does that mean. Is masters in international business closely related to masters in accounting. Does that mean that qualification must be from the same area that is business or science.

Hi yoyo - The critical factor in determining whether a qualification is closely related to the nominated skilled occupation is whether the skill set underpinning the qualification is directly transferable to the nominated occupation, in terms of both subject matter and the level of qualification at which those skills were obtained.

hi,

i'm on my last trimester doing masters in accounting at the moment, can i apply for skill select?

note : i am done with all the courses for CPA assessment except for one.

thanks
pravin

Hi Pravin -
If you are interested in submitting an EOI for a points based visa, you will need a completed positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation. If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI for the points based skilled migration visas. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

Hi Miranda,

Thanks for this nice & timely post.
I have a couple of questions.

1. (wrt last bullet point in your list of benefits) •If you are invited to apply, visa processing will be more responsive

Q> Once applicant is issued EOI or nominated though EOI for ENS/RSMS, should applicant & Employer both expect that the VISA application will be processed relatively faster?

2. (wrt 4th bullet point in your list of benefits) •Your details will be available to employers who can search for and contact you to discuss employment opportunities. This may increase your opportunity to receive sponsorship.

Q> If I am not mistaken, EOI is not mandetory for ENS/RSMS, then are you refering to pool of applicants of 189/190/489 (for which EOI is mandetory) - database of these Priority Group 3 & 4 (ie. 189/190/489) will be available to Employers for sponsoring and if selected by employer for sponsorship, applicants (189/190/489) then enjoy same benefit as ENS/RSMS (PG1 & 2) in VISA processing.

Thanks in advance

Kind Regards,

Hi Hasan - thank you for your comment.

Firstly I will clarify that you do not need to receive an invitation for the employer sponsored visas. You also do not have to submit an EOI for ENS, RSMS or the 457 visa programs.

SkillSelect allows anyone interesting in migrating to Australia as a skilled migrant, to record their details to be considered for a range of skilled visas. We encourage anyone interested in our employer sponsored visa programs to submit an EOI in SkillSelect selecting those visa options.

You can submit an EOI for only the employer sponsored programs if you are seeking a sponsor and specifically only interested in these visa programs. Or if you are submitting an EOI for the points based skilled migration visas (189, 190 and 489), then you may choose to broaden your options by selecting that you are interested in employer sponsorship which may increase your chances of being contacted by an employer who is willing to sponsor you.

SkillSelect is designed to reduce visa processing times for the points based skilled migration visas by only issuing invitations to match the available places in the migration program. SkillSelect visa applications will continue to be processed in accordance with any priority processing direction in place at that time.

Hi there,

I have question regarding submitting EOI and putting file for PR before 31st December.

Can I submit an EOI on 1st of July and also put the file for PR on 885 subclass before 31st December?. Is there any consequences for doing both at the same time as I will complete my 60 points in August to submit an EOI and I will get my 65 points on 14th dec to put the PR file directly.
Thanks
Vaibhav

Thank you for your question Vaibhav -

Yes you can submit an EOI on 1 July, and also lodge an 885 visa application before 1 January 2013.

You should be aware that you have to pay a visa application charge (VAC) when you lodge a visa application. If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa from SkillSelect and you choose to also lodge an 885 visa application, you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC that you have paid towards either visa application.

Hello Miranda,
I would like to ask that Will DIAC publish the occupational ceilings for different occupational groups...?
When will be the lower pass mark upon which Invitation was issued, published on Skill select website...Will it be published after closing of every month on monthly basis or Wot...?

Regards,
Naveed Abid.

Hi Naveed -

We are planning to publish the occupation ceilings on the SkillSelect website on 30 June.

After each invitation round for the points based skilled migration visas, we will publish the lowest scoring points score that allowed an EOI to be invited for each occupation group at a four-digit ANZSCO code level, as well as the date and time that EOI was submitted or updated. This will give you an indication of potential for an intending migrant to receive an invitation in future rounds. The report will be published on the SkillSelect website after each invitation round. We propose to publish the first report in August 2012.

Hi Mirannda

Currently I have 50 pts.. for skilled independent visa. Still Can I submit EOI ??

Is there any chances to be invited me basis on this point??

Jay - we hope the below answers your question:

The points test pass mark for the subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas has been set at 60 points. If you do not have the required points , you can still submit an EOI in SkillSelect.

You will not be eligible for an invitation until you can reach the pass mark. We encourage you to update your EOI within SkillSelect as your experience and qualifications grow.

Hi Miranda,

Just a quick question. I am about to start my PR application for 886 visa under the state/territory nomination. I was wondering, since 886 visa is open until January 2013, will submitting both EOI through skill select and applying for 886 directly pose any problem?

Please assist.

Thanks.
Arin Seal

Thank you for your question Arin,

Yes you can submit an EOI on 1 July, and also lodge an 886 visa application before 1 January 2013.

You should be aware that you have to pay a visa application charge (VAC) when you lodge a visa application. If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa from SkillSelect and you choose to lodge a visa application, you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC that you have paid towards another outstanding visa application.

Hi Miranda,

Thank you for your quick response. One more thing to confirm is that, below you mentioned that the points test pass mark has been set to 60 for 189, 190 visas. But the points test pass mark for 886 visa is 65, is this getting reviewed on July 1?

Please advise.

Thanks
Arin Seal

Hi Arin,
I refer you to the announcement made on 15 June 2012 - http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm#1...

From 1 July 2012, the points test pass mark for points tested skilled migration visas invited through SkillSelect (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) will be 60 points. Visa subclasses 885, 886 and 487 will remain open for new applicants until 1 January 2013. The points test pass mark for these visas will remain at 65 points.

Hi Miranda,

Thanks for answering the queries above. One more thing to clarify. I have already got my state/territory sponsorship letter for 886 visa. Can that be used for SkillSelect190 visa subclass as well?
Also, I meet the point test pass mark. I was wondering with the state/territory sponsorship how will the priority processing work? Will the applicants with higher points get preference over the lower points? Or does this only apply for applicants applying for independent visa 189?

Please advise.

Thanks.
Arin Seal

Hi Mirinda,

I will have 65 points by 21st Aug 2012 and will be elgible to apply a 885 visa. I have finished my Professional Year program and receive my all 7's in Ielts long time back. Now I am waiting to turn to 25 so that I have 65 points in total. I am happy to see that applications for 885 visa are accepted till 31 Dec 2012. My query is" If I submit an EOI on 1st July 2012, will that effect my eligibility to submit 885? "
Please advise and please contact me on my email ID should you require any information

Regards,
Raj DODDA

Hi Raj,

Submitting an EOI on 1 July, will not effect your eligibility to lodge an 885 visa application. If you receive an invitation to apply for a visa from SkillSelect, it will be your decision whether you choose to lodge a visa application as well as an 885 visa application. You should be aware that for every substantive visa application you lodge, you will have pay a visa application charge (VAC) and you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC paid if you have chosen to lodge both visa applications.

Hi Miranda,

Thx for this post.

May I know that, If anyone fulfill the required 60 points, do Skill Select automatically send the invitation to submit a visa application, or DIAC process everything manually for sending invitation

Hi Kamrul, thank you for your comment.

Invitations for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas will be issued automatically by the SkillSelect system to people with the highest ranking EOIs, subject to occupation ceilings and to those whose points score exceed the current pass mark. The points test pass mark is the minimum number of points required to receive an invitation and not all EOIs that meet the points test pass mark will receive an invitation. The department’s staff will not choose who will receive an invitation.

For the state or territory nominated visas, invitations will be issued to those who are nominated by a state or territory government in SkillSelect. The invitations will be issued as long as the EOI meets the current points test pass mark and the occupation ceiling has not been reached. The state or territory governments may do their own assessment of your claims before they nominate you. DIAC staff will not choose who will receive an invitation.

Hi Miranda!

I already have a positive skill assessment from 'Vetassess' as 'Marketing Specialist', done some four years ago. In case my skill appears in the proposed ' consolidated sponsored SOL', will this assessment be valid? Or will I have to seek a fresh assessment?

Also, I hold a vaild 475 (State Regional Sponsored visa), with South Australia having nominated me. Will I be eligible to apply for new permanent and state sponsored visas under the SkillSelect? What happens to my existing visa in that case?

Thanks.

Hi Man - we hope the below information is of assistance to you.

Yes you can use your positive skills assessment when you submit your EOI. The validity of skills assessment results will not have an expiration time under SkillSelect.

Holders of 487 and 475 visas will continue to be able to apply for an 887 Skilled – Regional (Residence) visa subject to meeting the visa requirements. You do not need to submit an EOI or receive an invitation in order to apply for the 887 visa. For more information on the 887 visa requirements you should visit our website: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/887/

Hi Miranda,

Thank you for your post.

I am a 485 Visa Holder and I am currently meet the needs of 60 points, However, I need 65 points applying for an 885 Visa, therefore I am trying to get 4x7 in IELTS to get extra marks to assist my application of 885 Visa.

My question is,

Can I apply EOI and 885 at the same time?
That means, for example, if I fill the EOI application form on line on 1st July. While at, for example, 7th July I get my satisfied IELTS results. Can I still apply for 885 on shore?

Yes you can submit an EOI on 1 July, and also lodge an 885 visa application before 1 January 2013.

You should be aware that you have to pay a visa application charge (VAC) when you lodge a visa application. If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa from SkillSelect and you choose to also lodge an 885 visa application, you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC that you have paid towards either visa application.

I have recently finished my study from Charles Darwin University. I finished my 2 years study from 'Bachelor of Accounting' and waiting for my result which will be publish within next 3 weeks. I already gave few attempts of IELTS exams and I had secured each band 6.00. With my IELTS result (each band 6.00) I can do my 'provisional assessment' from 'CPA Australia'. My questions is there if I completed my 'provisional assessment' from 'CPA Australia' am I be eligible to get the 'State Sponsorship' (Subclass 487 or 489 visa). Basically I am interested to get the 489 visa because I required to achieve 60 points to be eligible to get that visa which I already have. My full and final assessment can only be done with either IELTS score (7.00 each band Academic) or completing SIMPA course from any CPA authorized academic service provider. I am interested to know that if I'll apply for the subclass 489 visa do I need to have full and final assessment or it can be done with my provisional assessment as I am eligible to claim 60 points? Please reply me soon as I have to decide urgently that if I can't secure that visa (subclass 489) what will be my next option? I probably have to think about the 'Skilled Graduate Visa' (subclass 485) and have to finish the SIMPA course to obtain my final assessment and apply for the 489 visa later. Apology for any inconvenience.

Hi Sazz -Unfortunately we are unable to provide advice on your individual circumstances.

However, you will need to have obtained a final positive skills assessment in order to submit a complete EOI for the 489 visa. If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

Information on the visa requirements for the 485 and 487 visas can be found on our website:
http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/485/
http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/487/

Hi,

My question is regarding age. My DOB is 14/09/1988 and I am 23 years and 9 months old. So I will be 24th in this September 2012. My 25th year will began from 15th September 2012. So can you please tell me How many points I will get for my age after this September.

Thanks
Rushabh

Thank you for your comment.

The points test for the new visa subclasses is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-test.... You receive 30 points when you are between the ages of 25 to 32.

You may be interested to know that you can submit an EOI on 1 July even if you do not meet the points test pass mark. SkillSelect will calculate any points you receive for age based on the date of birth you entered when you submitted your EOI. If your age changes while your EOI is active and this results in a change in the allocated points score for that age, then SkillSelect will update your points score and ranking automatically. Once you reach the points test pass mark you will be eligible to be considered for an invitation to lodge a visa application.

Hi Miranda,

I am applying for Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) visa.I hear a popular myth saying that from july 1st 2012,after submitting the EoI, the DIAC would only send invitations to apply the visa after Jan 2013.The DIAC keeps all the applications from july 2012 to jan 2013 in the pool.Is this true?Please clarify.

Hi Suchitra - I can advise you that what you have heard is not true.
We propose to issue the first round of invitations in August 2012.

Hi Miranda,

I got two questions:

1) Will skillselect go open at the first of july at midnight? Or is the time yet to be determined? (p.s. if you mention a time, which timezone)

2) with skillselect Australia can pick the best candidates per occupation. For example the ones with the highest points. If all candidates have the same amount of points is the person who applied first who is the one who will be chosen? or how is that order determined?

Kind regards,

Rick

Thank you for your questions.

Online registrations for SkillSelect is scheduled to open at midnight on 1 July 2012 – Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

EOIs submitted for the points based visas will be ranked by points score, along with your time and date of effect of your EOI. The time and date of effect of your EOI, is the date and time you submitted your EOI or the latest date and time you updated your EOI causing your eligibility or points score to change.

Invitations for the independent and family sponsored visas will be issued automatically to the highest ranking EOIs.

Hi, i want ask, i have a degree in accounting but i do not have any work experience. I can meet the point mark of 65 and my husband is the same situation with a degree in medical science. Are we eligible to apply for any type of visa

Hi Pelly - we are unable to respond to questions about individual cases on our blog.

We suggest you visit our website www.skillselect.gov.au for more information on the visa options on 1 July.
You may also like to use VisaWizard to find out what visa options may be available in your situation: http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/

Hi officer. I have a question about the expiry date of IELTS result. I got four 7 in IELTS result in June 2011. Can I keep using that result to apply further visa if I receive invitation letter after June 2013 (2years latter)? Thanks !

Hi Ray - If you are submitting details of an IELTS test in your EOI, then your IELTS test resuts must have been achieved within the past 3 years in order for your to submit a complete EOI. If you are invited to apply for a visa, your IELTS test results must be valid at the time you apply for that visa. More information will be available shortly at www.skillselect.gov.au.

Is it past 3 years? or past 3 months?, IELTS is valid for only 2 years!

Hi Miranda

I have a few questions I cannot find the answers to on the SkillSelect website.

When putting forward EOI for for Skilled - Nominated Visa, (subclass 190) if state sponsorship already attained, can applicants still invite sponsorship from employers, and can employers still contact you to discuss employment opportunities?

Also, is it a requirement that workers migrating on Skilled - Nominated Visa (subclass 190) must work in nominated occupation only for a 2 year period? (as previous 176 visa conditions)

Also, are there any indicated timescales for Skilled - Nominated Visa (subclass 190) processing once invitation received and application made?

Many Thanks

Lisa

Hi Lisa,

No – If you are nominated and receive an invitation, your EOI will automatically be suspended so your EOI cannot be considered for any subsequent invitation rounds or be available to employers to search for and contact you. Your EOI will remain suspended until such a time that you lodge a visa application and that application is finally determined or 60 days ceases and you do not lodge a valid visa application. If you lodge a visa application then your EOI will continue to be suspended until a final decision is made on your visa application.

As the 190 visa is state/territory nominated, states or territories may require that you agree to additional obligations that relate to their nomination, but no visa condition applies which requires the visa holder work in a particular occupation

SkillSelect visa applications will continue to be processed in accordance with any priority processing direction in place at that time.

Thank you for visiting the migration blog.

Hi Miranda,

My question is similar to the one already asked but I guess it hasn't been replied to. Could you please advise whether skills assessments from the VETASSESS [particularly, for the nominated occupation of a Marketing Specialist] under the ASCO system received in the year 2008 are still valid for lodgment with the DIAC or does one need to get a new assessment done with the ANZSCO in place?

Thanks.

Hi Disodhi-
A suitable skills assessment from VETASSESS in ASCO issued in the occupation of Marketing Specialist is a valid skills assessment for that occupation.

Hopefully this information assists you.

If one gets an invitation through Skill Select for sponsored 457 visa and is eventually granted this visa. And one has also applied for a 885 visa,
which is being processed . My question is--- can one continue to work on 457 visa while awaiting the outcome of 885 visa ?

Hi Haroon - thank you for your comment.

Firstly, I will clarify that you do not receive invitations for the subclass 457 visa program. SkillSelect allows you to express interest in a 457 visa, which allows your EOI to be viewed by employers who may contact you to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.

Yes, you can continue working on a 457 visa whilst you have an 885 visa application being processed.

Hi,

1. Any idea about how much VISA fees is going to be increased, after July 1st?

2. If I get state sponsorship before 1st July, can I use skillselect or EOI? or I have to apply asap before July 1st.

Thanks.

Fu - we trust the below information will be of assistance.

The visa application charge (VAC) will be released by1 July 2012. We encourage you to visit our website for more information: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/990i.htm

The subclass 886 and 487 visas remain open to new applications until 1 January 2013. If you are eligible for this visa you can lodge a visa application directly.
Subclass 475 and 176 visas will close to new applications on 1 July 2012. Therefore, if you were seeking to apply for a 475 or 176 visa and unable to lodge a visa application before 1 July 2012 then you would have to submit an EOI for a 489 or 190 visa depending on your visa preference.

Hi Miranda,

I am currently on visa sub class 485. I have scored 7 and above in each of the IELTS module and I am currently working in Accounts receivable. It has been six months since I started my Accounting job and will complete my 1 year of job on the second week of December. However, I will turn 25 in January 2013. So far i have only met these criteria for applying for the PR visa class 885.

I was wondering If I could apply for the skill select on the 1st July 2012. Likewise, I would like to know how long does it take to get an invitation from the DIAC to apply for PR and the tenure of the invitation.

Thank you for your questions Sushil.

The visa requirements for the new visas from 1 July 2012 can be found on our website www.skillselect.gov.au/ - if you meet the criteria for the visa/s you are interested in then you can submit an EOI on 1 July. There is also a useful factsheet on the changes to the points based skilled migration program which may assist you: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/new-skilled.htm

As you may be aware, invitations will be issued for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas to the highest ranking EOIs. The issuing of invitations will be a competitive process based on a number of factors, such as the number of EOIs in SkillSelect, where those EOIs are ranked compared to yours and the number of invitations issued. Invitations will be valid for 60 days.

After each invitation round, we will publish on our website the lowest scoring EOI that received an invitation for each occupation group (at a four-digit level ANZSCO code), this will give you an indication of your potential for receiving an invitation.

For the state or territory nominated and business innovation and investment visas, an invitation will be issued to you automatically when the state or territory nominates you through SkillSelect.

Remember you can also express interest in our employer sponsored visas, this will allow your EOI to be viewed by employers who may contact you to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.

Hi Miranda,
Thanks for great post,
My brother got TRA (trade recognition australia which we do before lodging visa application) 6 years ago, is that still valide.will that TRA helpful in the Skillselect Process,
Pl suggest me thanks

Hi Shash - thank you for your comment.

Yes you can use this positive skills assessment when you submit your EOI as long as it relates to your nominated occupation. The validity of skills assessment results will not have an expiration time under SkillSelect.

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