How To Migrate To Australia – Skill Select Program

Australia Select Skills program is an online tools that helped the government to manage skilled migration while addressing various needs to help strengthening the nation economy.

How To Migrate To Australia – Skill Select Program

Australia Select Skills program is an online tools that helped the government to manage skilled migration while addressing various needs to help strengthening the nation economy. The Skill Select program help Australian government to monitor exactly what skills are in shortage, who can apply, when they can apply and in what numbers are required. The purpose of this article is to assist you on how to migrate to Australia – Skill Select Program.

This program also addresses the shortages in regional skills across the nation. It also allows the intending migrants to declare or indicate if they are willing to live and work in Australia regional areas. This benefits the state and territory governments a lot seeing migrant that are willing and happy to work and settle in regional Australia.

The application process is believed to be quick and effective as it is backed by Australian government.

SKILL SELECT PROGRAM – HOW IT WORKS

How To Migrate To Australia - Skill Select ProgramThe first process is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) online. Go to Australia Skill Select website HERE. There is no FEE for this process. it is absolutely free to submit your interest through skill select. Please note that EOI is not a visa application, it is just your expression of interest to be considered for the shortage occupation in Australia.

Before you submit your application for EOI, you need to have researched your best visa options and be sure you have met all the criteria required. Majority of the programs are point based and you can access yourself to see how many points will get before proceeding with you application.

To calculate how many points you might get, please VISIT list of Eligible Skills Page and choose your relevant visa category.

Please note that you can only have one EOI application at any given time. Multiple entries can disqualify you.

How To Migrate To Australia – Skill Select Program After Your Application Is Submitted

Australian government will now review your application and rank you according to you score. You may still be able to submit your application even if have not met the criteria but you will not be selected to proceed to the next round. You will be shown your score immediately your application is submitted but the ranking depends on other applications.

You will be invited to lodge in a visa application if you are selected. If you are not invited, your application will remain in the system for up to 2 years and you will have opportunity to regularly update your details to increase your ranking with a possibility of being selected one day.

What You Will Need

The information below are the most important that you will need to provide for your EOI application depending on the visa category you want to be considered for, such as:

  • work experience
  • study and education
  • business and investment experience.
  • level of English skills
  • basic personal information
  • nominated occupation
  • full details of a skills assessment, related to your nominated occupation

How To Migrate To Australia – Skill Select Program Visa Categories

There are about 8 different visa categories available to all migrant workers. This article will cover only 5 that I found most relevant. Please visit Skill Select page to read about other categories. I have listed below the summary of what is required to apply for any of these category, for full information required, please visit Australia Home Affair page.

The application process is pretty much the same for all the 5 categories covered in this articles. I will detail the process in the first one and can be applied to the other 4 categories.

  1. Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – $3,755 AUD (Permanent Visa)

  • No job offer is required
  • You must have a relevant occupation
  • Max 45 years of age at the time of apply.
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for occupation
  • You must get the points test pass mark of 65 points
  • Have competent English
  • Be invited by us to apply.
  • Processing time approximately is 8 months

POINT SCORING SYSTEM (65 Points minimum is required)

  1. AGE
AGE POINTS
18 – 24 25
25-32 30
33-39 25
40-44 15

There is no point if you are over 45 years of age. 

2. ENGLISH EXAMS

EXAMS LEVEL TYPE POINTS
Competent IELTS – 6 each       0
Proficient IELTS – 7 each      10
Superior IELTS – 8 each      20

3. SKILLED EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA IN LAST 10 YEARS

YEARS POINTS
Less than 3 0
3 – 4 5
5 – 7 10
8 – 10 15

4. SKILLED EMPLOYMENT INSIDE AUSTRALIA IN LAST 10 YEARS

YEARS POINTS
Less than 1 0
1 -2 5
3 – 4 10
5 – 7 15
8 – 10 20

5. QUALIFICATION

QUALIFICATION POINTS
Doctorate from Australia or Abroad 20
Bachelor from Australia or Abroad 15
Diploma or Trade qualification Australia 10
Skilled award recognition certificate 5

6. OTHER

At least one degree, diploma or trade in Australia 5
Master or Doctorate in Australia 5
Accredited in a community language 5
If you Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area that meets the Australian study requirement 5
Partner skill qualifications 5
Professional year in Australia 5
  1. Skilled – Nominated visa (subclass 190) -– 3755 AUD (Permanent Visa)

Processing time is same as Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) above – expect that you are nominated by the government as there is a shortage for your skills. The visa application for this category may be a bit quicker.

Processing time is approximately 6-7 months.

  1. Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) (Invited pathway: nominated or sponsored)

    Visa fess is $3,755 AUD (4 years Visa – can be extended until Permanent Residence)

  2. Regional Skills Migration Visa (Permanent) visa (subclass 187)

    Visa fess is $3,755 AUD (Permanent Residence Visa)

  1. Temporary Shortage Visa (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)

    Visa fess is $1,175 AUD (Up to 4 Years Visa)

The prices and information extracted from Australia home affairs website on how to migrate to Australia – Skill Select Program are to believed to be accurate at the time the post was made public. Please know that these information can change from time to time.

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