SkillSelect is a service for skilled workers and professionals who wish to migrate to Australia based on their work experience. It is an online system for which you will have to create a login in order to be able to access SkillSelect.
How does SkillSelect work and what is an EOI ?
SkillSelect works by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). That EOI is NOT to be confused with a visa application. It is simply an expression of interest, meaning you are telling the Australian government that you would like to apply for an Australian visa.
What to do before submitting your EOI?
When you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, you will have to include the following information:
Details on your work experience
Your English language proficiency
A Skills Assessment for your nominated occupation
Business and Investment experience (if you wish to apply for a Business Visa)
If you don’t know what documents you need or know how to create your account, Contact Us.
Answer the following questions for yourself before proceeding with submitting your EOI:
Which Australian state or territory would you like to live in?
Do you fulfil the nomination criteria of that state?
Is the occupation you wish to apply under on the relevant list of eligible occupations?
Would you be able to pass the skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority?
What happens after you have submitted your EOI in SkillSelect?
Once you have submitted your EOI, the SkillSelect system will give you a points score and a result based on the claims you have made in your EOI.
This result and your points score will become your ranking for some visas (higher ranking for higher points score for example). You can update the information in SkillSelect at any time, which will result in SkillSelect updating your ranking as well.
How does the selection process work?
Depending on the visa you wish to be considered for, you might receive an invitation to lodge a visa application under a State Nomination, for example, Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190). An Australian employer might also contact you to discuss a job opportunity as some Australian employers have access to SkillSelect in order to find suitable candidates.
If you ARE selected:
SkillSelect will send you an invitation. After that you have 60 days to apply for a visa, after which the invitation expires.
If you are NOT selected:
Your EOI will be saved in SkillSelect for 2 years from the date you have lodged your application. During those 2 years, you can update your EOI at any time to, for example, add qualifications and/ or experience you have gained, which may result in improving your ranking.
SkillSelect has several “Invitation Rounds”. Usually the rounds are anticipated to run on the 11th day of each month. Number of invitations vary in each round depending on number of applications being processed by the Department. The results of that round can be found on the Department website.
Occupation Ceilings: Occupation ceiling is the maximum number of skilled workers that will be invited to apply in a certain occupation. Occupation ceiling for all occupations can be found on the Department website.
However, Occupation Ceilings do not affect State/ Territory Nominated Visas, Employer Sponsored Visas or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.
Points Score: The minimum points required are 65, but usually require much more to be invited.
If you want to know more about suitable visa for your skill set, fill out our Contact Us form today and we will get back to you shortly.