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SkillSelect—no better time to express your interest

Thanks to SkillSelect, skilled visa processing has never been faster, which is great news if you’re interested in working in Australia.

The system was introduced on July 1 last year and the first invitations were issued through SkillSelect in August, resulting in 2717 skilled visas granted five months later—processed well within the processing time standards.

If you receive an invitation through SkillSelect to apply for a skilled visa, you have all the details for your visa application ready in a complete EOI.

People who have had their visa granted through SkillSelect have contacted us to share their positive experience. Kapil, who submitted his EOI in October 2012 and was invited to apply for a skilled visa in November 2012 said:

‘I really appreciate the way my visa got processed so quickly. As promised the new streamlined visa processing using SkillSelect is very efficient. Another great thing to point out is that the website has all the required information for a candidate to process their application. I have done the visa processing all by myself and found all the relevant details from the official website.’

SkillSelect identifies overseas workers with the skills that are most in need in Australia. State and territory governments are using SkillSelect to search for overseas skilled workers. To date, they have nominated 3700 points tested skilled EOIs and 218 business innovation and investment EOIs through SkillSelect.

So if you have a skill Australia needs and meet the visa requirements, log into SkillSelect today and tell us about yourself and what you can bring to Australia’s workplace. You may be invited to lodge a skilled visa application sooner than you expect.

SkillSelect is an online system so you can start your EOI at any time. If you’d like to find out more about SkillSelect you can read previous blog posts or visit the SkillSelect website at www.skillselect.gov.au

The department welcomes all feedback, compliments and complaints. If you’ve been granted a visa through SkillSelect you can let us know about your experience through our website.

Stay posted for another blog post next week about top tips for submitting an EOI in SkillSelect.

Comments (106)


When is the next date for invitations to apply (following EOI)?

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your comment.

The next invitation run will be conducted on Monday 18th of Febraury. We conduct invitation runs on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Thanks for reading the Migration Blog.

think this is really good! Wish their was a skill visa for florist.

Hi Natalie,

Thanks for your blog comment.

The occupation of Florist is actually in the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL). This list applies to certain visas, namely the subclass 190, subclass 489 State or Territory Nominated, subclass 457 Temporary work, subclass 186 Employer Nominated, and, subclass 187 Regional Sponsored.

You may be eligible for one of these visas. You can find our more information about these visas and their requirements on our website at: www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect

Thanks for reading the Migration Blog.

good afternoon

I have completed EOI and got message from skilled select that I can apply for visa, but when i wan to apply it ask for employer which I have not got. How can i complete in this case. I am in Australia and I did Diploma in Hospitality Management.

Thank you

Hi Tej Karki,

Thank you for your post.

Employer sponsored visas (subclass 457, subclass 186, subclass 187) require you to have an approved employer sponsor before you can apply for the visa. If you do have a job offer from an employer they are required to lodge a nomination application first and have it approved by the Department. Once the Department has approved that nomination you can then lodge your visa application.

More information about the employer sponsored visas can be found at our website at: www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Thanks. I m interested to know..

Hi Gouranga,

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

do i need working experience to apply for this visa

Hi Govinda,

Thank you for your comment.

There are various skilled visas which have different requirements. If you would like to know about which visa may be more suited to your skills please refer to the SkillSelect website at: www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect

Alternatively, if you have in mind applications for a specific subclass of visa please let me know and I'll be able to provide general information to assist you further.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.


I have completed my accounting degree on 2010 in Australia and applied for 489 family sponsored visa on last November and granted the visa on Jan 2013. At the same time I have applied for NSW state sponsorship and now my file is processing and I will get my sponsorship within two weeks time. My question is, as now I'm holding 489 family sponsored visa can I again apply for 190 visa once NSW state approve my sponsorship? If I can apply, would I able to provide the same medicals for 190 visa, which I have done last December for 489 family sponsored visa? As I seen from DIAC website medical is valid for 12months.
This time I'm thinking to apply visa by my self as last time I applied it via an agent and their fee is pretty high. Is my case complicate ? ( as I'm switching from 489 visa to 190 visa)

Thank you very much

Hi Hash,

Thank you for your post.

Most health examination reports are valid for 12 months; however some may be valid (time limited) for only six months if certain medical conditions come to attention in the assessment. You are encouraged to submit the health assessments you have already undertaken for the 489 visa and the case processing officer will be able to determine whether they are still valid for the purposes of the 190 visa.

We cannot comment on your individual circumstance as the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa falls within the Department’s priority processing arrangements which means processing times are dependent on a range of factors and individual processing times may vary, even if you have obtained state government nomination.

Should you be invited to apply, and your visa application is allocated, you should discuss this further with your visa processing officer. They will be able to provide you with further advice regarding the validity of your health examination reports.

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why there is no regular updates on skillselect website? right now it says Next SkillSelect Invitation Rounds to be held in January 2013.
its 8th february now.
it would be better if we get regular monthly updates about invitation rounds.


Hi Redwan,

Thank you for your comment.

The new report and invitation round announcement will be updated next week.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Do I need to sit for IELTS or asses my degree before applying for EOI.
I have already set the date for the IELTS and applied for assessing my degree.

Hi Samir,

Thank you for your post.

The EOI process asks particular questions about your IELTS results and skills assessment result. Accordingly, you do need to sit your IELTS test and have your skills assessed before you can submit a complete Expression of Interest. If you are invited to apply for a visa, the information in your EOI will be used as part of your visa application. You will then need to confirm your claims and submit evidence with your application.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Yes Samir, the EOI asks you to enter the English Language Test Details with individual scores on each area. It also asks whether you have got your skills assessed with a reference number. This information is used to calculate your points and the invitations is issued on the basis of points. The same information is then verified when you receive invitation for visa and submit your documents.

I would suggest, write your IELTS and get your skills assessment letter and then submit the EOI.


Hi Mairin
I'm extremely excited about skill cellect. Sent my Vettasses docs for lodgement to Adelaide thru Network Migration. Then they say I must do an English exam and motor trade practical. Thereafter I can lodge for state processing. How does skill cellect fit in with this process? I'm currently living in South Africa and applying as a Motor Mechanic ANZSCO code 3212-11
Kind Regards
Benny Theron

Hi Benny,

Thank you for your comment.

I am glad to hear that you are extremely excited about SkillSelect.

The Subclass 190 State and Territory Nominated (Permanent) and the Subclass 489 State and Territory (Provisional) require you to have an invitation before you can apply for these visas. When you submit an EOI in SkillSelect the State or Territory that is sponsoring you will be required to nominate you via SkillSelect, this will then automatically generate an invitation to allow you to apply for the visa.

For more information on the SkillSelect EOI process please refer to our website at: www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/index/visas/subclass-190

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Hi, I have applied for visa 457 in december 2012 and still waiting for visa to be granted currently im on BVA in Australia. Can u please tell me how much time it takes to approve 457 visa if all the requirements have already been fulfilled including employer sponsership and medical check.
I have also applied for Nsw state sponsorship as an accountant in november 2012 and lodged EOI at same time , I hv got an acknowledgement from DIAS for EOI but still waiting for state sponsorship. Please advice when should I expect it?
Many thanks.

Hi Muhammad,

Thank you for your post.

The Departement's processing times for the 457 Temporary Work Visa applications can take up to 3 months, for more detailed information about how the processing times can differ please refer to our website at: www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/3.0.htm

Invitations to apply for State or Territory sponsorship work a little differently. NSW have their own process for selecting candidates you may want to refer to their website which will give you more information at: www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visa-and-migration/skilled-...

Once you have satisfied their application process for sponsorship, NSW will then nominate you via SkillSelect which will generate an invitation.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.


Would you please tell me how long is the waiting period now for the invitation to apply in the case of Registered Nurse ( aged care) by NSW state sponsorship 190 visa?


Hi Jissy,

Thank you for your comment.

As I have previously mentioned in another reply, invitations to apply for State or Territory sponsorship work a little differently. NSW have their own process for selecting candidates you may want to refer to their website which will give you more information at: www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visa-and-migration/skilled-...

Once you have satisfied their application process for sponsorship, NSW will then nominate you via SkillSelect which will generate an invitation.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.


I have a question regarding choosing visa in expression of interest.
Can I choose to express my interest for the 187 visa (regional sponsored) if I do not have an employer? I know, I will not be able to apply for the visa until I find an employer. But if I lodge my eoi for that visa, can employers view my profile and possibly contact me to nominate me? Or I should not lodge eoi for that visa unless I already have an employer?
Thank you!

Hi Berbara,

Thank you for your post.

Yes, SkillSelect is a free service also designed to assist skilled migrants to display their skills and other credentials for registered employers to see. If an employer is interested they can contact you through SkillSelect and you will receive their correspondence in your SkillSelect account.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

I am currently in 457 long stay visa
How I can change to skill select
I have 6 band but I don't have 6 in 1 module
..is there any chance that I can apply for skill select visa for permanent residency while I am in 457 visa ?
Thank you

Hi Sanoj,

Thank you for your comment.

Yes you are able to submit an EOI in SkillSelect while you are on a 457 visa.

In relation to your question about not having a band 6 in all modules I can only assume you are talking about your IELTs results. If this is the case, Points Tested Skilled migration visas require at least a competent result in all four criterias which is equivalent to 6.

For more information about the English language requirements please refer to the link below.


Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Is it true that its not sure that you will get 15 pts even though you have a bachelors degree? I heard that it depends on the school. How would we know if the school we graduated gets 15pts? Is there any list for Philippine universities?

Hi Teng,

Thank you for your post.

It is true, it does not necessarily mean that all overseas qualifications are at the Australian Qualifications Framework standard. The department will need to be satisfied the qualification attained is of a recognised standard to a qualification awarded by an Australian institution.

You can find out if your qualfication is of a recognised standard by asking your assessing authority to specifically mention what your overseas qualification is equivalent to under the Australia Qualification Framework in your skills assessment.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Good day,
I have assessed my overseas bachelor degree and got a positive assessment for 485 visa along with a condition that inorder to apply PR I must am have either professional year in Accounting or score 7 bands in academic.
As per the new 190 visa condition, I thought to apply for this visa and in requirement I have 50 points and the another 5 points I can get from professional year,where I have already enrolled.
Here is my main query that is, I did not complete my professional year and I have a provisional assessment will still able to apply 190 visa. Thank you

Hi Khan,

Thank you for your post.

The question about the Professional Year in the EOI specifically asks you if you have completed a professional year. In the help text it also says that the professional year completed must be no less than 12 months.

In your case you can't really say that you have completed a professional year because you are still undertaking that particular program. If you are invited to apply for a visa, the information in your EOI will be used as part of your visa application. You will then need to confirm your claims and submit evidence with your application. So it's best to have the correct evidence at the time you submit the EOI.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Good day. Hope all is well.
I am sitting with a problem. I have been going through so many links and have read so many people comments , so I am very confused and wish there is someone who can help me.
We as a family have decided to want to move to Australia, preferably Perth. We did that assessment and it says he should do a skills visa.
We don't have a sponsor so we are not sure what to do. And now they say you must complete a E0I.
Now one set of people say you can do the EOI and then do the english test and the other half say we must first do the english test, get all the verifications from the Australian trade place then once that all is done, then only do a EOI.
We don't know what to do anymore. Is there a check list of what you need to do in order to go through the skills visa without leaving anything out?
Thank you so much for your time.

Hi Michelle,

Thank you for your comment.

Yes I understand it can be confusing.

If you are unsure of the process the best point of reference would be Booklet 6 for Points Tested visas which can be found on our website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/1119.pdf

If you would like to know more about the process for Employer Sponsored visas you can refer to Booklet 5 on our web site at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/1131.pdf

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Very informative article. I am going to apply for assessment by ACS. The company that I worked for 5 years ago, is no longer exist. The owner has sold the company and it has renamed.In that case does it create any problem if i submit my experience letter with previous company name.

Hi Sudipta,

Thank you for your post.

I am glad that you found the blog informative. Any evidence of skilled employment you hold, including work reference letters, in your nominated or closely related occupation should be given to the relevant assessing authority that provided your skills assessment. In circumstances where the company has ceased business, the assessing authority may be able to provide an opinion as they have expert industry knowledge.

You must provide the department with copies of all the documents that you provide your assessing authorities, should you be invited to apply.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

I have submitted my EOI for the profession of ICT Business Analyst under subclass 190 to Victoria State. The EOI was submitted on 30th November 2012 and has been updated twice so far with the changed information. I have no information on
1) my case has been allocated to a Case Officer or
2) If my EOI has been approved.

The priority processing indicates the time frame to be 12 weeks, how do i know if my EOI has been processed with either a negative or positive result. It's 9 weeks since the EOI has been submitted.

Thanks ,


Hi Kavita,

Thank you for your comment.

EOIs are not allocated to a case officer within the Department. The SkillSelect system will automatically select EOIs according to the highest points for the 189 Independent and 489 Sponsored and issue an invitation. In the case of a 190 State & Territory sponsored visa the State Government, in your case Victoria will have to nominate you through SkillSelect and it will generate an invitation for you to apply for that visa.

Each State and Territory Government have their own process seperate to the Departments. To ensure you have an approved nomination with the Victorian State Government please refer to their website at:

There are no priority processing times for EOIs, the processing times that you mention most likely refer to visa processing times. EOIs are not a visa application and we cannot guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Hi I'm from Iraq I am a student in the third stage in Computer Engineering Technology Department I want to edit a wishes to live safely in Australia and work and study there, how I can take visa if possible answer

Hello..i m in 457 working visa and i have been working the same job from last 4 yrs as s partime...its been onlg 8 month i m in sponsership visa....my question is can i apply for a permanent resident visa now or not....thank you santoos....


first of, thank you for introducing skillselect. It has made visa grant to eligible candidates really fast.
I had a question regarding occupation ceiling list, there seems to have been some updates in ceiling numbers of certain occupations, for example
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers
Music Professionals
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters
Authors, and Book and Script Editors
Land Economists and Valuers
could you please explain its implications? toes this mean these occupation has no ceiling during this financial year?

i would greatly appreciate your reply,


Hi Jamel,

Thank you for your comment.

The occupation ceiling list is a reflection of the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) and there are some occupations on the CSOL that do not have a ceiling limit. Previous publications of the occupation ceilings on our website did display limits where it was not required however this has now been corrected. There are no implications, it just means that we are not expecting a high amount of interest in those professions this financial year.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

There is no updated information about the occupation ceilings. There were a few that were very close to the ceiling in December, but there isn't much information.

It's difficult to plan and make important life decisions without proper information. For example, the time frame to resign and to relocate, etc.

Hi James,

Thank you for your post.

The occupation ceilings update will be posted soon.

Thank you for reading the Migration Blog.

Quite Happy to see this article....and its really amazing to hear that the process is so robust and fast..not to mention..but still i really like the EOI..and found it constructive approach...the only glitch we professionals are facing is the degree assessment duration which is still very sow process taking up to 2-3 Months...overall bravo Australia for there efforts in skilled immigration


I go back to my country after I finished my certificate III in aged care TAFE QLD last year. But before I go back home I've found an employer who sponsored me and lodge a nomination application for RSMS subclass 857,but sadly its has been refused because I don't have work experience yet on that area.
Now I'm just wondering if there is a visa could you recommend that will suites my case?

Thank you

Hi there,

Is there any possibility that the pass mark of the subclass 189 will be lowered to 55 as there are not enough 60s in the pool and there are a vast number of unused immigration quota left this financial year?

Apart from that, in my view, would band 6.5 rather than 7 in all four aspects of IELTS be awarded 10 points? If you haven't think about it, I suggest that you take it into serious consideration as it's beneficial for all the candidates and the immigration department as well.



I’ve been invited to apply for 489 family sponsored visa on Nov.2012 and I apply for Visa on Dec.2012 I’ve already taken medical and police clearance and submit with the application. I would like to know how long it takes to be granted a visa. Is there any possibility that I may not get a visa? I have applied for the occupation of computer network and system engineer.

Hi Mairin,

I applied for my eoi on 19-12-12 and I was invited to apply for the 189 visa on 7-1-13.
I lodged my application on 18-1-13 and I was wondering how long will it take for the visa to be processed?
I have seen a few cases where people have got their PR in two weeks.
I have meet all the requriments and provided all the necessary information.
I would appreciate if you can give me an estimated time.
Thanks for your help!