Skill Select

Skill Select

SkillSelect is a major change to how Australia manages its skilled migration program.

SkillSelect helps to ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. It will support the Australian Government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, we expect to significantly reduce the time taken to process a visa application.

SkillSelect will also help address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This will be of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.

SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Intending migrants can then be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they may be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

From 1 July 2012, all intending migrants interested in the points based skilled migration or business investment and innovation visa programs will be required to submit an EOI and receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application.

Visa programs in SkillSelect

From 1 July 2012, if you are interested in the following visas, you will need to submit an EOI and receive an invitation before you can apply for a visa:

  •  Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent (Permanent)
  •  Subclass 190 Skilled – Nominated (Permanent)
  •  Subclass 489 Skilled – Regional Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional)
  •  Subclass 132 Business Talent (Permanent)
  •  Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

You can also express interest in the following visa programs on your EOI to be contacted by an employer.

  • Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
  • Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Scheme (RSMS)
  • Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled)

You can express interest in a range of skilled migration visas in one EOI.

Points based skilled migration visa

Visa subclasses 885, 886 and 487 will remain open to new applications until 1 January 2013 (for people with access to transitional arrangements and other eligible applicants). If you are eligible to lodge an application for one of these visas you will be able to do so using the current application process.

Any visa application will be processed according to the priority processing direction in effect at the time it is processed.

You can also submit an EOI for one of the new visa subclasses under SkillSelect. You may benefit from submitting an EOI, as this would allow employers and state or territory governments to view your details to discuss sponsorship or nomination opportunities.

What is an EOI

An EOI is not a visa application, it is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa.
You will be asked to provide a range of information in your EOI depending on the visa(s) you want to be considered for, such as:

  • Basic personal information
  • Nominated occupation
  • Work experience
  • Study and education
  • Level of English skills
  • Details of a Skills Assessment, related to your nominated occupation
  • Business and investment experience.

For more details on what questions and information you will need to supply in your EOI, you should refer to the webpage for the visa(s) you are interested in.

Points Test

For the points based skilled migration and business innovation and investment visa programs , you will be ranked according to the appropriate points test. You will be able to submit an EOI even if you do not meet the pass mark; however, you will not be invited to apply for a visa. For information about how to calculate the points test, you should refer to the points test tab on the webpage for the visa you are interested in.

It is important to remember that meeting the points test pass mark does not guarantee you an invitation to apply for a visa.

If you select the subclass 190 or 489 visa(s) you will receive the appropriate points for nomination or sponsorship. For example if you select the 190 visa subclass you will receive 5 points which will be added to your points score. Your points score based on your claims in your EOI will then be displayed before you submit your EOI.

Nominated Occupation

If you are submitting an EOI for a visa that requires you to list a nominated occupation you should establish if your occupation is a skill that Australia needs. You can do this by checking the Skilled Occupation Lists. You must provide details of a Skills Assessment relating to your nominated occupation in your EOI.

Be aware: If you’re invited to apply for a visa, the information you submit in the your EOI will be used as part of your application. If you provide misleading or false information on your EOI, your application may be refused. If your visa is refused on this basis you will be subject to a three year ban which may prevent grant of a further visa.