Since 1 July 2012, SkillSelect is the only way you can be nominated by a state or territory government for skilled migration. Since May 2013, state and territory governments across Australia have nominated almost 20 000 intending migrants and more than 10 000 of those have been granted a visa.
SkillSelect provides an effective way for states and territories to find and engage with skilled workers in order to meet their specific skills shortages. SkillSelect makes the nomination process simpler and more efficient than ever before. So how does it work?
State and territory governments first identify the skills and qualifications they need in their local labour markets. Then they nominate skilled workers directly from SkillSelect. The workers they choose must have occupations listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). The CSOL contains more occupations (644 in total) than the Skilled Occupation List (which contains 192 occupations) so your chances of being nominated are higher.
There are benefits for you in being nominated too.
If you are nominated by a state or territory, you receive an extra five points for a Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa and 10 points for a Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa under the Points Test. So it’s worth considering putting yourself up for nomination if you are close to the Points Test pass mark as an independent migrant.
Nomination by a state or territory through SkillSelect means that you will be issued an invitation to apply for a visa as soon as you are nominated, rather than having to wait for a scheduled invitation round to take place.
Your application will be processed as a high priority if a state or territory nominates you.
In return, if a state or territory nominates you and your visa application is successful, you’ll need to commit to remaining in that state or territory for a period of time. There may be other obligations for nomination by specific states or territories.
If you want to be nominated by a state or territory government, check out their websites to find out what you need to do to gain their nomination.
So if you have the skills Australia needs, submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect today so state and territory governments can find out about you.
Even if you have already submitted an EOI, you can still update your EOI to show your interest in state or territory nomination.
More information about state and territory nominated visas is available on the department’s website.