Sometimes misspelled as Skills Select or SkillsSelect, this guide to Skills Select was first published in 2016 although the amount of enquirers and searches is as strong as ever. We’ve updated this article for 2019.
There are no Skill Select Visas, it is simply the online platform through which you make an Expression of Interest to apply for a Skilled Working Visa.
The most popular visas applied for via SkillSelect are the 189 and 190 Permanent Residency Visa classes allowing applicants to Emigrate to Australia.
Eventually it’s anticipated that SkillSelect will make it easier to secure an employer sponsored visa on the TSS visa class as the platform is designed to link employers with potential skilled migrants.
Everyone considering moving to Australia based on their skills and experience must start their journey with the Skill Select portal. In order to begin you’ll be required to complete an Expression of Interest, also known by the abbreviation EOI.
Unfortunately not, the expression of interest via the Skill Select platform is simply a lengthy and detailed notification that you would like to apply for an Australian Visa, it is not a visa application in itself although it does allow the Australian Government to make a decision on whether to select you from the pool of candidates during what are called ‘Invitation Rounds’.
The two lists are known as the Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List and the Short Term Skilled Occupations List. Every six months occupations drop off the list, some are added and a number are red flagged for removal. If your occupation drops off the Occupation List you will be unable to immigrate to Australia via this platform.
It’s important that you don’t complete the EOI until you have had your Skills Assessed by the assessment body responsible for your occupation code. This is a mandatory state for your Australian Skilled Visa application and must be completed prior to your EOI.
Anything you say must be factually true, i.e. in the example above it will ask if you’ve had your Skills Assessed positively. If you answer yes, even though you haven’t actually had one done, regardless of your future intention it could result in your eventual Visa being refused; you will have technically made a false declaration to the Australian Dept. of Home Affairs.
The questions on the EOI are around the following topics:
Name, address, passport
Your occupation and employment experience
Questions about your English language ability
Questions on your Skills Assessment
Details on your Business or Investment experience (if applicable)
Once you’ve been through all the questions on your Expression of Interest via the SkillSelect online portal you enter the application pool of other candidates. Employers can scan this pool as well as the individual Australian States & Territories and once selected you’ll receive by email what is known as an ‘invitation to apply’.
Sometimes it doesn’t always work out that you receive an invitation to apply for your desired State so it’s important to keep an open mind and be as flexible as possible. When you receive an invitation to apply do make note of the timeframe because should you not accept the invitation to apply it will automatically expire and you won’t then receive another invitation from the same State without cancelling your Expression of Interest and making a new one.
It’s also worthwhile noting that quite often the system suffers from errors and shutdowns and should SkillSelect be offline when you go to accept your invitation to apply for a visa you’ll be unable to. The best advice is never leave your acceptance to the very last minute!
If you require any further assistance or professional clarification take our free online visa assessment in the first instance.
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