The benefits of submitting an expression of interest on 1 July

 

 

As we get closer to the launch of SkillSelect on 1 July, we would like to point out the benefits of being ready to submit an expression of interest (EOI).

Benefits:

  • It’s free to submit an EOI!
  • You don’t have to meet the pass mark on the points test to submit an EOI. However you won’t receive an invitation for the points based visas unless you meet the pass mark. You can build upon your EOI to achieve the desired pass mark for points based skilled migration or you can be considered by employers for employer sponsorship.
  • You can update your profile in SkillSelect at any time, and have the ability to continually build on your EOI as your credentials and experience grow.
  • Your details will be available to employers who can search for and contact you to discuss employment opportunities. This may increase your opportunity to receive sponsorship.
  • You can select interest in more than one visa subclass in the same EOI. This means you can be considered for invitation or sponsorship for any of the visas in which you are interested —all from the one EOI.
  • SkillSelect will provide you with feedback on your visa eligibility based on the information you provide on your EOI—giving you an indication of the visas for which you may meet the threshold criteria.
  • Submitting EOIs and visa applications is an online process, saving you time as you can gain access to your SkillSelect account 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
  • If you are invited to apply, visa processing will be more responsive, as the total number of invitations and applications will be controlled and matched to the migration program.

Where to start

  1. Visit www.skillselect.gov.au
  2. Find out what visas best suit you
  3. Find out what you need to have prepared for these visas
  4. Gather all your information and evidence
  5. Be ready on 1 July to submit your EOI

 

For more information visit www.skillselect.gov.au or read our previous blog posts at http://migrationblog.immi.gov.au/category/skillselect/

 

224 thoughts on “The benefits of submitting an expression of interest on 1 July

  1. hi,
    wanted to ask a question which is not really relevent to skills select. on the immi website i saw written ” closely related qualification”.what does that mean. Is masters in international business closely related to masters in accounting. Does that mean that qualification must be from the same area that is business or science.

    • Hi yoyo – The critical factor in determining whether a qualification is closely related to the nominated skilled occupation is whether the skill set underpinning the qualification is directly transferable to the nominated occupation, in terms of both subject matter and the level of qualification at which those skills were obtained.

  2. hi,

    i’m on my last trimester doing masters in accounting at the moment, can i apply for skill select?

    note : i am done with all the courses for CPA assessment except for one.

    thanks
    pravin

    • Hi Pravin –
      If you are interested in submitting an EOI for a points based visa, you will need a completed positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation. If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI for the points based skilled migration visas. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

  3. Hi Miranda,

    Thanks for this nice & timely post.
    I have a couple of questions.

    1. (wrt last bullet point in your list of benefits) •If you are invited to apply, visa processing will be more responsive

    Q> Once applicant is issued EOI or nominated though EOI for ENS/RSMS, should applicant & Employer both expect that the VISA application will be processed relatively faster?

    2. (wrt 4th bullet point in your list of benefits) •Your details will be available to employers who can search for and contact you to discuss employment opportunities. This may increase your opportunity to receive sponsorship.

    Q> If I am not mistaken, EOI is not mandetory for ENS/RSMS, then are you refering to pool of applicants of 189/190/489 (for which EOI is mandetory) – database of these Priority Group 3 & 4 (ie. 189/190/489) will be available to Employers for sponsoring and if selected by employer for sponsorship, applicants (189/190/489) then enjoy same benefit as ENS/RSMS (PG1 & 2) in VISA processing.

    Thanks in advance

    Kind Regards,

    • Hi Hasan – thank you for your comment.

      Firstly I will clarify that you do not need to receive an invitation for the employer sponsored visas. You also do not have to submit an EOI for ENS, RSMS or the 457 visa programs.

      SkillSelect allows anyone interesting in migrating to Australia as a skilled migrant, to record their details to be considered for a range of skilled visas. We encourage anyone interested in our employer sponsored visa programs to submit an EOI in SkillSelect selecting those visa options.

      You can submit an EOI for only the employer sponsored programs if you are seeking a sponsor and specifically only interested in these visa programs. Or if you are submitting an EOI for the points based skilled migration visas (189, 190 and 489), then you may choose to broaden your options by selecting that you are interested in employer sponsorship which may increase your chances of being contacted by an employer who is willing to sponsor you.

      SkillSelect is designed to reduce visa processing times for the points based skilled migration visas by only issuing invitations to match the available places in the migration program. SkillSelect visa applications will continue to be processed in accordance with any priority processing direction in place at that time.

  4. Hi there,

    I have question regarding submitting EOI and putting file for PR before 31st December.

    Can I submit an EOI on 1st of July and also put the file for PR on 885 subclass before 31st December?. Is there any consequences for doing both at the same time as I will complete my 60 points in August to submit an EOI and I will get my 65 points on 14th dec to put the PR file directly.
    Thanks
    Vaibhav

    • Thank you for your question Vaibhav –

      Yes you can submit an EOI on 1 July, and also lodge an 885 visa application before 1 January 2013.

      You should be aware that you have to pay a visa application charge (VAC) when you lodge a visa application. If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa from SkillSelect and you choose to also lodge an 885 visa application, you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC that you have paid towards either visa application.

  5. Hello Miranda,
    I would like to ask that Will DIAC publish the occupational ceilings for different occupational groups…?
    When will be the lower pass mark upon which Invitation was issued, published on Skill select website…Will it be published after closing of every month on monthly basis or Wot…?

    Regards,
    Naveed Abid.

    • Hi Naveed -

      We are planning to publish the occupation ceilings on the SkillSelect website on 30 June.

      After each invitation round for the points based skilled migration visas, we will publish the lowest scoring points score that allowed an EOI to be invited for each occupation group at a four-digit ANZSCO code level, as well as the date and time that EOI was submitted or updated. This will give you an indication of potential for an intending migrant to receive an invitation in future rounds. The report will be published on the SkillSelect website after each invitation round. We propose to publish the first report in August 2012.

  6. Hi Mirannda

    Currently I have 50 pts.. for skilled independent visa. Still Can I submit EOI ??

    Is there any chances to be invited me basis on this point??

    • Jay – we hope the below answers your question:

      The points test pass mark for the subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas has been set at 60 points. If you do not have the required points , you can still submit an EOI in SkillSelect.

      You will not be eligible for an invitation until you can reach the pass mark. We encourage you to update your EOI within SkillSelect as your experience and qualifications grow.

  7. Hi Miranda,

    Just a quick question. I am about to start my PR application for 886 visa under the state/territory nomination. I was wondering, since 886 visa is open until January 2013, will submitting both EOI through skill select and applying for 886 directly pose any problem?

    Please assist.

    Thanks.
    Arin Seal

    • Thank you for your question Arin,

      Yes you can submit an EOI on 1 July, and also lodge an 886 visa application before 1 January 2013.

      You should be aware that you have to pay a visa application charge (VAC) when you lodge a visa application. If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa from SkillSelect and you choose to lodge a visa application, you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC that you have paid towards another outstanding visa application.

    • Hi Miranda,

      Thank you for your quick response. One more thing to confirm is that, below you mentioned that the points test pass mark has been set to 60 for 189, 190 visas. But the points test pass mark for 886 visa is 65, is this getting reviewed on July 1?

      Please advise.

      Thanks
      Arin Seal

    • Hi Arin,
      I refer you to the announcement made on 15 June 2012 – http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm#15june

      From 1 July 2012, the points test pass mark for points tested skilled migration visas invited through SkillSelect (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) will be 60 points. Visa subclasses 885, 886 and 487 will remain open for new applicants until 1 January 2013. The points test pass mark for these visas will remain at 65 points.

    • Hi Miranda,

      Thanks for answering the queries above. One more thing to clarify. I have already got my state/territory sponsorship letter for 886 visa. Can that be used for SkillSelect190 visa subclass as well?
      Also, I meet the point test pass mark. I was wondering with the state/territory sponsorship how will the priority processing work? Will the applicants with higher points get preference over the lower points? Or does this only apply for applicants applying for independent visa 189?

      Please advise.

      Thanks.
      Arin Seal

  8. Hi Mirinda,

    I will have 65 points by 21st Aug 2012 and will be elgible to apply a 885 visa. I have finished my Professional Year program and receive my all 7′s in Ielts long time back. Now I am waiting to turn to 25 so that I have 65 points in total. I am happy to see that applications for 885 visa are accepted till 31 Dec 2012. My query is” If I submit an EOI on 1st July 2012, will that effect my eligibility to submit 885? ”
    Please advise and please contact me on my email ID should you require any information

    Regards,
    Raj DODDA

    • Hi Raj,

      Submitting an EOI on 1 July, will not effect your eligibility to lodge an 885 visa application. If you receive an invitation to apply for a visa from SkillSelect, it will be your decision whether you choose to lodge a visa application as well as an 885 visa application. You should be aware that for every substantive visa application you lodge, you will have pay a visa application charge (VAC) and you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC paid if you have chosen to lodge both visa applications.

  9. Hi Miranda,

    Thx for this post.

    May I know that, If anyone fulfill the required 60 points, do Skill Select automatically send the invitation to submit a visa application, or DIAC process everything manually for sending invitation

    • Hi Kamrul, thank you for your comment.

      Invitations for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas will be issued automatically by the SkillSelect system to people with the highest ranking EOIs, subject to occupation ceilings and to those whose points score exceed the current pass mark. The points test pass mark is the minimum number of points required to receive an invitation and not all EOIs that meet the points test pass mark will receive an invitation. The department’s staff will not choose who will receive an invitation.

      For the state or territory nominated visas, invitations will be issued to those who are nominated by a state or territory government in SkillSelect. The invitations will be issued as long as the EOI meets the current points test pass mark and the occupation ceiling has not been reached. The state or territory governments may do their own assessment of your claims before they nominate you. DIAC staff will not choose who will receive an invitation.

  10. Hi Miranda!

    I already have a positive skill assessment from ‘Vetassess’ as ‘Marketing Specialist’, done some four years ago. In case my skill appears in the proposed ‘ consolidated sponsored SOL’, will this assessment be valid? Or will I have to seek a fresh assessment?

    Also, I hold a vaild 475 (State Regional Sponsored visa), with South Australia having nominated me. Will I be eligible to apply for new permanent and state sponsored visas under the SkillSelect? What happens to my existing visa in that case?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Man – we hope the below information is of assistance to you.

      Yes you can use your positive skills assessment when you submit your EOI. The validity of skills assessment results will not have an expiration time under SkillSelect.

      Holders of 487 and 475 visas will continue to be able to apply for an 887 Skilled – Regional (Residence) visa subject to meeting the visa requirements. You do not need to submit an EOI or receive an invitation in order to apply for the 887 visa. For more information on the 887 visa requirements you should visit our website: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/887/

  11. Hi Miranda,

    Thank you for your post.

    I am a 485 Visa Holder and I am currently meet the needs of 60 points, However, I need 65 points applying for an 885 Visa, therefore I am trying to get 4×7 in IELTS to get extra marks to assist my application of 885 Visa.

    My question is,

    Can I apply EOI and 885 at the same time?
    That means, for example, if I fill the EOI application form on line on 1st July. While at, for example, 7th July I get my satisfied IELTS results. Can I still apply for 885 on shore?

    • Yes you can submit an EOI on 1 July, and also lodge an 885 visa application before 1 January 2013.

      You should be aware that you have to pay a visa application charge (VAC) when you lodge a visa application. If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa from SkillSelect and you choose to also lodge an 885 visa application, you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC that you have paid towards either visa application.

  12. I have recently finished my study from Charles Darwin University. I finished my 2 years study from ‘Bachelor of Accounting’ and waiting for my result which will be publish within next 3 weeks. I already gave few attempts of IELTS exams and I had secured each band 6.00. With my IELTS result (each band 6.00) I can do my ‘provisional assessment’ from ‘CPA Australia’. My questions is there if I completed my ‘provisional assessment’ from ‘CPA Australia’ am I be eligible to get the ‘State Sponsorship’ (Subclass 487 or 489 visa). Basically I am interested to get the 489 visa because I required to achieve 60 points to be eligible to get that visa which I already have. My full and final assessment can only be done with either IELTS score (7.00 each band Academic) or completing SIMPA course from any CPA authorized academic service provider. I am interested to know that if I’ll apply for the subclass 489 visa do I need to have full and final assessment or it can be done with my provisional assessment as I am eligible to claim 60 points? Please reply me soon as I have to decide urgently that if I can’t secure that visa (subclass 489) what will be my next option? I probably have to think about the ‘Skilled Graduate Visa’ (subclass 485) and have to finish the SIMPA course to obtain my final assessment and apply for the 489 visa later. Apology for any inconvenience.

    • Hi Sazz -Unfortunately we are unable to provide advice on your individual circumstances.

      However, you will need to have obtained a final positive skills assessment in order to submit a complete EOI for the 489 visa. If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

      Information on the visa requirements for the 485 and 487 visas can be found on our website:
      http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/485/
      http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/487/

  13. Hi,

    My question is regarding age. My DOB is 14/09/1988 and I am 23 years and 9 months old. So I will be 24th in this September 2012. My 25th year will began from 15th September 2012. So can you please tell me How many points I will get for my age after this September.

    Thanks
    Rushabh

    • Thank you for your comment.

      The points test for the new visa subclasses is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-tested-migration-fact-sheet.pdf. You receive 30 points when you are between the ages of 25 to 32.

      You may be interested to know that you can submit an EOI on 1 July even if you do not meet the points test pass mark. SkillSelect will calculate any points you receive for age based on the date of birth you entered when you submitted your EOI. If your age changes while your EOI is active and this results in a change in the allocated points score for that age, then SkillSelect will update your points score and ranking automatically. Once you reach the points test pass mark you will be eligible to be considered for an invitation to lodge a visa application.

  14. Hi Miranda,

    I am applying for Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa.I hear a popular myth saying that from july 1st 2012,after submitting the EoI, the DIAC would only send invitations to apply the visa after Jan 2013.The DIAC keeps all the applications from july 2012 to jan 2013 in the pool.Is this true?Please clarify.

    • Hi Suchitra – I can advise you that what you have heard is not true.
      We propose to issue the first round of invitations in August 2012.

  15. Hi Miranda,

    I got two questions:

    1) Will skillselect go open at the first of july at midnight? Or is the time yet to be determined? (p.s. if you mention a time, which timezone)

    2) with skillselect Australia can pick the best candidates per occupation. For example the ones with the highest points. If all candidates have the same amount of points is the person who applied first who is the one who will be chosen? or how is that order determined?

    Kind regards,

    Rick

    • Thank you for your questions.

      Online registrations for SkillSelect is scheduled to open at midnight on 1 July 2012 – Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

      EOIs submitted for the points based visas will be ranked by points score, along with your time and date of effect of your EOI. The time and date of effect of your EOI, is the date and time you submitted your EOI or the latest date and time you updated your EOI causing your eligibility or points score to change.

      Invitations for the independent and family sponsored visas will be issued automatically to the highest ranking EOIs.

  16. Hi, i want ask, i have a degree in accounting but i do not have any work experience. I can meet the point mark of 65 and my husband is the same situation with a degree in medical science. Are we eligible to apply for any type of visa

  17. Hi officer. I have a question about the expiry date of IELTS result. I got four 7 in IELTS result in June 2011. Can I keep using that result to apply further visa if I receive invitation letter after June 2013 (2years latter)? Thanks !

    • Hi Ray – If you are submitting details of an IELTS test in your EOI, then your IELTS test resuts must have been achieved within the past 3 years in order for your to submit a complete EOI. If you are invited to apply for a visa, your IELTS test results must be valid at the time you apply for that visa. More information will be available shortly at http://www.skillselect.gov.au.

  18. Hi Miranda

    I have a few questions I cannot find the answers to on the SkillSelect website.

    When putting forward EOI for for Skilled – Nominated Visa, (subclass 190) if state sponsorship already attained, can applicants still invite sponsorship from employers, and can employers still contact you to discuss employment opportunities?

    Also, is it a requirement that workers migrating on Skilled – Nominated Visa (subclass 190) must work in nominated occupation only for a 2 year period? (as previous 176 visa conditions)

    Also, are there any indicated timescales for Skilled – Nominated Visa (subclass 190) processing once invitation received and application made?

    Many Thanks

    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa,

      No – If you are nominated and receive an invitation, your EOI will automatically be suspended so your EOI cannot be considered for any subsequent invitation rounds or be available to employers to search for and contact you. Your EOI will remain suspended until such a time that you lodge a visa application and that application is finally determined or 60 days ceases and you do not lodge a valid visa application. If you lodge a visa application then your EOI will continue to be suspended until a final decision is made on your visa application.

      As the 190 visa is state/territory nominated, states or territories may require that you agree to additional obligations that relate to their nomination, but no visa condition applies which requires the visa holder work in a particular occupation

      SkillSelect visa applications will continue to be processed in accordance with any priority processing direction in place at that time.

      Thank you for visiting the migration blog.

  19. Hi Miranda,

    My question is similar to the one already asked but I guess it hasn’t been replied to. Could you please advise whether skills assessments from the VETASSESS [particularly, for the nominated occupation of a Marketing Specialist] under the ASCO system received in the year 2008 are still valid for lodgment with the DIAC or does one need to get a new assessment done with the ANZSCO in place?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Disodhi-
      A suitable skills assessment from VETASSESS in ASCO issued in the occupation of Marketing Specialist is a valid skills assessment for that occupation.

      Hopefully this information assists you.

  20. If one gets an invitation through Skill Select for sponsored 457 visa and is eventually granted this visa. And one has also applied for a 885 visa,
    which is being processed . My question is— can one continue to work on 457 visa while awaiting the outcome of 885 visa ?

    • Hi Haroon – thank you for your comment.

      Firstly, I will clarify that you do not receive invitations for the subclass 457 visa program. SkillSelect allows you to express interest in a 457 visa, which allows your EOI to be viewed by employers who may contact you to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.

      Yes, you can continue working on a 457 visa whilst you have an 885 visa application being processed.

  21. Hi,

    1. Any idea about how much VISA fees is going to be increased, after July 1st?

    2. If I get state sponsorship before 1st July, can I use skillselect or EOI? or I have to apply asap before July 1st.

    Thanks.

    • Fu – we trust the below information will be of assistance.

      The visa application charge (VAC) will be released by1 July 2012. We encourage you to visit our website for more information: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/990i.htm

      The subclass 886 and 487 visas remain open to new applications until 1 January 2013. If you are eligible for this visa you can lodge a visa application directly.
      Subclass 475 and 176 visas will close to new applications on 1 July 2012. Therefore, if you were seeking to apply for a 475 or 176 visa and unable to lodge a visa application before 1 July 2012 then you would have to submit an EOI for a 489 or 190 visa depending on your visa preference.

  22. Hi Miranda,

    I am currently on visa sub class 485. I have scored 7 and above in each of the IELTS module and I am currently working in Accounts receivable. It has been six months since I started my Accounting job and will complete my 1 year of job on the second week of December. However, I will turn 25 in January 2013. So far i have only met these criteria for applying for the PR visa class 885.

    I was wondering If I could apply for the skill select on the 1st July 2012. Likewise, I would like to know how long does it take to get an invitation from the DIAC to apply for PR and the tenure of the invitation.

    • Thank you for your questions Sushil.

      The visa requirements for the new visas from 1 July 2012 can be found on our website http://www.skillselect.gov.au/ – if you meet the criteria for the visa/s you are interested in then you can submit an EOI on 1 July. There is also a useful factsheet on the changes to the points based skilled migration program which may assist you: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/new-skilled.htm

      As you may be aware, invitations will be issued for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas to the highest ranking EOIs. The issuing of invitations will be a competitive process based on a number of factors, such as the number of EOIs in SkillSelect, where those EOIs are ranked compared to yours and the number of invitations issued. Invitations will be valid for 60 days.

      After each invitation round, we will publish on our website the lowest scoring EOI that received an invitation for each occupation group (at a four-digit level ANZSCO code), this will give you an indication of your potential for receiving an invitation.

      For the state or territory nominated and business innovation and investment visas, an invitation will be issued to you automatically when the state or territory nominates you through SkillSelect.

      Remember you can also express interest in our employer sponsored visas, this will allow your EOI to be viewed by employers who may contact you to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.

  23. Hi Miranda,
    Thanks for great post,
    My brother got TRA (trade recognition australia which we do before lodging visa application) 6 years ago, is that still valide.will that TRA helpful in the Skillselect Process,
    Pl suggest me thanks

    • Hi Shash – thank you for your comment.

      Yes you can use this positive skills assessment when you submit your EOI as long as it relates to your nominated occupation. The validity of skills assessment results will not have an expiration time under SkillSelect.

  24. Hi there,

    I would like to ask how occupation ceiling is determined.

    Is the cut off the same for all occupations or each occupation has its own cut off? Thanks.

    • Hi Ted – The occupation ceiling is determined by using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on employment in occupations which are eligible for skilled migration, and taking into account ‘replacement demand’ (workers who are leaving the workforce, or a particular industry) and ‘new job growth’ (new jobs in various industries).

      There will be a specific occupation ceiling set for each occupation group on the skilled occupation lists (at the four-digit level ANZSCO code).

  25. Hi Miranda
    Thanks for this post.
    I have a question that when will all the states governments upgrade the information such as new occupations list, English&work experience requirements under the new subclass 190 Skilled visas?

  26. Hi Miranda,

    A couple of questions:
    1) Does the 12 month minimum work experience for SOL occupations rule still apply after 1st July 2012? (I will have 12 months on 1st Sept, but will submit my EOI on 1st July if the rule doesn’t apply anymore)

    2) Are you required to put your passport number in when you submit an EOI? (My passport is currently being changed as I have recently got married, and I may not have my new passport until after 1st July)

    I have all of my other documents – IELTS results, positive skills assessment, so am really hoping I can submit as soon as possible!!

    Thanks in advance,

    Amy

    • Thankyou for your questions.

      You do not need to have had recent work experience or have recently studied in Australia to lodge an EOI for one of the new points based skilled migration visas. You should note that that while not required, recent skilled work experience and study in Australia will continue to attract points on the points test.
      More information about the new visa subclasses and the points test can be found here:
      http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/new-skilled.htm

      You are not required to enter your passport number on your EOI. You will be required to provide the country from which you hold passport/s.

  27. Hi Miranda,
    As per specification of EOI web site, anyone can submit an EOI.

    I am just wondering whether the Bridging Visa E holder is eligible for the applicant of EOI?

    or they are able to be invited by EOI but they couldn’t submit a new visa application until they have a substantive Via like 485.\

    Thanks
    Harry

    • Hi Harry –
      Yes, anyone can submit an EOI. However, if you are invited to apply for a visa, you must either be outside Australia, or be lawfully in Australia (on a substantive visa, or Bridging visa A, B or C) to make a valid visa application.

      If you are invited to apply for a visa whilst you are the holder of a Bridging Visa E, you will not be able to make a valid visa application. If you want to lodge a visa application you would be required to depart Australia and lodge a visa application offshore. Alternatively you could choose to not lodge a visa application after receiving an invitation whilst on a Bridging Visa E. However, you must remember that if you receive two invitations and do not lodge a visa application after these two invitations your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect.

  28. Hi Miranda,

    First of all i would like to thank you DIAC for significant changed in point system which is now 60 instead of 65. I believe that these changes help us to achieve the minimum pass mark for points tested visas. It looks really breathtaking after read this post that there are lots of benefits of skillsellect. In addition, I have couple of questions regarding upcoming skillselect.

    Que1> How does the occupation ceilings works? You had mentioned above that each occupation will relates to first ‘four digit’ of ANZSCO code. If I am not mistaken, Let’s an example, for professional occupation ‘Analyst Programmer’ [ANZSCO=261311]. This particular occupation is co-related with other two occupations as their first four digits code are same, these are ‘Developer Programmer’ [ANZSCO=261312] and ‘Software Engineer’ [ANZSCO=261313]. However, if the occupation ceilings will give for the occupation ‘Analyst Programmer’= 10000 available then as an applicant can apply for points tested visas [ subclasses 189, 190 and 489] for other two occupations as well. Or, does it means all three occupations will considered as one group.

    Que2> On the immigration website it has mentioned that the ‘Basic Eligibility Requirements’ (Subclasses 189, 190 and 489). This particular paragraph,
    “Revised eligible visa requirements
    Where the intending migrant is lawfully in Australia when lodging their application, it will no
    longer be necessary for them to hold a particular prerequisite visa, such as a student visa.
    People who hold a substantive visa, or a bridging visa A, B or C, will be eligible to apply if
    invited, provided they meet the other eligibility requirements.”

    My question is that after submitting EOI, my application would not be granted bridging visa. If an applicant may finished their two years degree [Subclass 573] and get positive assessment and fulfilled his/her threshold English requirement. However, he/she is going to study further advanced research program [Subclass 574] then at this point of view can applicant submit an EOI towards his/her previous studies in Australia. Or, can’t possible as he/ she is holding a student visa. Or, He/she has to wait until the advanced research program finishes.

    Your’s Sincerely,
    Nabajit

    • Hi Nabajit – thank you for your questions.

      The occupation ceiling is determined by using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on employment in occupations which are eligible for skilled migration, and taking into account ‘replacement demand’ (workers who are leaving the workforce, or a particular industry) and ‘new job growth’ (new jobs in various industries).

      Yes in your example above all those occupations would be considered as one unit group at the 4 digit level “2613”.

      You have to nominate an occupation at the 6 digit level when you submit your EOI and you can only nominate one occupation on your EOI.

      You are correct, an EOI is not a visa application and you will not be granted a Bridging visa. Your eligibility for a Bridging visa would only be considered once a valid visa application is lodged. You can commence an EOI at any time from 1 July 2012, however in order to complete an EOI you will need to meet the requirements for that visa/s you are interested in. You are able to manage your EOI profile within SkillSelect and we encourage people to update their EOI as their experience and qualifications grow. If you update your EOI and this changes your points score or your eligibility to submit a complete EOI, SkillSelect will update your EOI automatically and advise you of this.

  29. Hi Miranda,

    I have read most of above posts and the question raised in my mind is:
    All type of visas would remain the same after 1st July or there would be some changes to some visas?
    If yes, which visas are going to be affected?

    Thanks

  30. Hi Miranda,

    I have question regarding the age points calculation. Just need your suggestion on my age points. My age is 25 running and as per the point allocation (25 to 32 =30 points) I am confused that to get 30 points do one need finish age 25 or running 25 is ok.

    • Hi Abhi –
      Age is calculated on a day basis. This means that on your date of birth you become that age, if you turned 25 on your birthday then you are 25 for the purposes of the points test.

      To make it easy for intending migrants – SkillSelect will automatically calculate your points score based on your responses to the questions on the EOI. After completing all your responses, you will be shown your points score for each points based visa/s you selected interested in and whether you meet the visa requirements for that visa/s.

  31. Hi,

    I have heard that there will be an increase of 10% in visa application fees after July 1. Is this true?

    Thanks

  32. Hi Miranda,

    1. How often will invitations be released?
    2. When will the occupational ceilings be released?
    3. Will the occupational ceiling be revised during the course of the year?
    4. Say for instance, a particular job code has 200 vacancies in the occupational ceiling list. Will the list be updated peridically to say how many are remaining?

    Thanks,
    Lamiv

    • 1. Invitations will be issued for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas to the highest ranking EOIs. Invitations will be issued automatically by SkillSelect. Invitations will be issued regularly, such as once a month. For the state or territory nominated and business innovation and investment visas, an invitation will be issued to you automatically when the state or territory nominates you through SkillSelect.
      2. We propose to publish the occupation ceilings on our website on 1 July 2012.
      3. The occupation ceiling will be set for each program year, ie 1 July of each calendar year.
      4. We propose to publish an update of the occupation ceiling on our website, to show the number of invitations issued as it compares to the ceiling at that point in time.

  33. Hi officer

    Firstly i want to appreciate you for giving answers to so many random questions

    My question is about 475 visa

    I have currently 55 points with 0 points for ILETS ( means i have above 6 but below 7 )

    So,does this makes me eligible for 475 visa without 7 each in ILETS
    as i can pass DIAC pass marks if i get 10 points for regional sponsership

  34. Hi there,

    When you said “There will be a specific occupation ceiling set for each occupation group on the skilled occupation lists (at the four-digit level ANZSCO code).”,

    Is this meant the occupations have the same four-digit level ANZSCO (first four?) are in the same occupation group?

    E.g. 133111 Construction Project Manager and 133112 Project Builder?
    or 221111 Accountant (General), 221112 Management Accountant and 221113 Taxation Accountant?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Cat, yes the occupation ceiling is set at the four-digit level unit group which is the first four digits of the ANZSCO code.

  35. Hi Miranda,
    Thank you for providing very useful information.
    I have few questions
    1. As the points required are 60 from 1st July and I am eligible to submit EOI on 1st July now. I have ACS positive result letter with date 22nd July 2011, as the first set of invitations will be sent on 1st August 2012 but my ACS will expire on 22nd July 2012 (1 year validity).
    Do I need to get my ACS revalidated and extend the date or as my ACS is valid at the time of submitting EOI will that be considered?
    2. If there are any places left for a particular occupation for year 2011 and 2012 will those occupations will be added to the 2012 and 2013 occupation list?

    Thanks in Advance
    Regards,
    ank

    • Thank you for your questions.

      1. Yes you can use this positive skills assessment when you submit your EOI as long as it relates to your nominated occupation. The validity of skills assessment results will not have an expiration time under SkillSelect.

      2. The occupation ceiling will be set for each program year, ie implemented for 1 July of each calendar year. There will be no roll over of any places left in an occupation ceiling in one program year to the next program year.

    • Thanks for your replies Miranda. So suppose if I receive an invitation on 1st August and my skills assessment expires on 22nd July there wont be any issues to file PR application. Thank you.

    • Yes Ank, that is correct. Skills assessment results will not expire under SkillSelect.

  36. Hi Miranda
    Thank you for this post.
    I have a question on the minimum pass mark: Could DIAC adjust the
    the minimum pass mark at anytime or the minimum pass mark can only be announced to be adjusted at the end of June which is the deadline for legislation changes to be effective from 1st July?

    • Hi Leo – The pass mark is a tool that allows for management of the skilled migration program. As you may be aware, the pass mark is subject to change in response to Australian labour market needs. The Minister can revise the points test pass mark at any time as response to these needs.

      The points test pass mark from 1 July 2012 for the points based skill migration visas is 60 points for the 189, 190 and 489 visas and 65 points for 885, 886 and 487.

  37. Hi
    The question is related to visa 190. As we can apply for 190 while on a bridging visa A but the current requirement for statesponsorship in WA is that you have to be on a 485 visa to apply for statesponsorship ( If it has been more than 6 months since you have lodged your application for 485)
    My question is that if we can apply for this visa while on a bridging visa A, the WA state will not select us for this visa unless we donot have a 485 visa granted . Is that true according to the current WA SSS.
    Does this mean that we will not be recieving an invitation through skills select for 190 until we are not on a bridging visa.
    Kindly explain this as it is a bit confusing.

    • State or territory governments may have their own requirements and conduct their own assessment of your claims before they nominate you. These requirements are set by each state or territory government. You can visit the state or territory government websites to obtain more information on these requirements. It is the decision of the state or territory governments who they choose to nominate based on these requirements and the visa requirements set in the Migration Regulations.

      I will also mention that you can submit an EOI even if you have lodged and waiting a decision on a visa application, such as a 485 visa.

  38. Hi,

    After July 1, the current application will be processed in same order or the EOI applicants will take the priority?

  39. Hi,

    After July 1, the current GSM applications would be processed as usual or the EOI applicants will get the priority?

  40. Hi

    I have a bit of a query.My husband is waiting on his IELTS results, he is then going to apply for state sponsorship. If he receives this, its going to be around the 1st of July so therefore he will just miss the deadline to apply. But i have read on skill select that if you are nominated by a state then you will automatically receive an invitation to apply.So since he already has his nomination before the EOI comes into place. Can he just apply or does he still need to lodge an EOI?

    • Hi Lorraine – as you may be aware there are currently different visa subclasses that are considered state or territory sponsored/nominated. I will explain the arrangements in place for all these visas, which should assist.

      The subclass 886 and 487 visas remain open to new applications until 1 January 2013. If you are eligible for this visa you can lodge a visa application directly.

      Subclass 475 and 176 visas will close to new applications on 1 July 2012. Therefore, if you were seeking to apply for a 475 or 176 visa and unable to lodge a visa application before 1 July 2012 then you would have to submit an EOI for a 489 or 190 visa depending on your visa preference.

  41. Hi Miranda ,

    Thanks a lot for the information , I have gone through previous post and I had a question.

    I meet 55 points for 28-age , Master’s degree ,2years Australia study and 1 year of experience(software engineer) ,Ielts 6 .To meet 60 points for EOI am planning to do ACS professional course but,I heard that either 1 year of experience or ACS professional course are acceptable is it true ?
    if it is acceptable then I am happy to join course to gain 5 points,then after am I able to file EOI with 60 points including professional course by providing course joining letter .

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Bhaksar-

      More information about the new visa subclasses and the associated points test from 1 July 2012 can be found here:
      http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/new-skilled.htm

      Remember you can submit an EOI in SkillSelect even if you do not meet the points test pass mark as long as you meet the criteria for the visa/s you are interested in. If you experience and qualifications grown you can update your EOI. SkillSelect will automatically update your points score and visa eligibility based on your EOI claims.
      You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI and meet the points test pass mark.

  42. Hi Miranda,

    I am waiting for my assessment result from TRA at the moment. I would like to know if I could submit an EOI on the 1st of July while waiting for the assessment results? IELTS had already been done though.

    Cheers,
    Rommel Reyes

    • Hi Rommel –
      You cannot submit a complete EOI for the points based skilled migration visas unless you have a positive skills assessment related to your nominated occupation.

      If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI for the points based skilled migration visas. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

  43. How often will the invitation rounds happen after being there in the EOI pool? How many times in a year?
    thanks.

    • Hi Jawad –

      Invitations will be issued for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas to the highest ranking EOIs. Invitations will be issued automatically by SkillSelect. Invitations will be issued regularly, such as once a month.

      For the state or territory nominated and business innovation and investment visas, an invitation will be issued to you automatically when the state or territory nominates you through SkillSelect.

  44. Hello,
    I have a question in mind. After 1st july 2012 is the priority processing arrangements will be effective??

    • Hi Andy – I trust the below will clarify:

      I can confirm that subclass 885, 886 and 487 visas will be closed to new applicants from 1 January 2013. The update you mention refers to when certain visa subclasses will be repealed from legislation.

      Without getting into too technical an explanation, in effect on 1 July 2012 a regulation will be inserted that prevents new applications for the 885, 886 and 487 being made by primary applicants on or after 1 January 2013. Then, from 1 July 2013, the regulations relating to the 885,886 and 487 will be repealed, although provisions will allow for applications made before that time to still be processed under the regulations in place when the application was made. Repealing regulations is in line with the Department’s aim to deregulate as much as possible.

  45. Hi Miranda, I am up to 55 points so far,I am a Qualified Butcher,I believe I have 15points for age, 10points for IELTS, 15points for overseas work experience, 10points for a positive TRA assessment,and 5 points for sponsorship by state or territory government, my wife is a massage therapist and she is currently applying to vetassess for a positive assessment which will give us 5 extrs points. My question is do we currently qualify for regional Australian sponsorship to Western Australia, Sponsorship to regional Aus gives 10points, which would give me a total of 60points and allow me to make a EOI on the 1st of July, also to qualify for regional visa to WA do I need to have a job offer from a employer in WA. Regards Alan.

    • Hi Alan – Unfortunately we are unable to provide advice on your individual circumstances on the blog.

      However, I will explain how the SkillSelect process will work for the state or territory nominated subclasses from 1 July. When you commence an EOI you will be asked a series of questions. When you have answered these questions, you will be provided with a summary screen which shows your points score and if you meet the threshold criteria for that visa/s you are interested in. If you have selected subclass 190 or 489 visa/s your points tally will reflect your score should you receive a nomination. For example if you select the 489 visa subclass you would receive 10 points for a nomination which will be added to your points score estimate. Your anticipated points score for each visa you express interest in will be displayed before you submit your EOI.

      State or territory governments will be able to nominate you in SkillSelect as long as you meet the points test pass mark and subject to the occupation ceilings. When you are nominated by a state or territory government, you will automatically receive an invitation to lodge a visa application.

      You should also remember that state or territory governments may have their own requirements and conduct their own assessment of your claims before they nominate you. You can visit the state or territory government websites to obtain more information on these requirements.

  46. I have been working in a related field listed in the SQL for the past 1 year. Can I claim points for it in EOI or 885? Or is it under the case officers discreation to allow to claim the points? Assistance with the query at the earliest will be appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • Information on the points test requirements for the new points based skilled migration visas can be found on our website at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-tested-migration-fact-sheet.pdf .

      To make it easier for intending migrants, when you submit your EOI into SkillSelect, the system will automatically calculate your points score based on your responses. Therefore, you will know how many points you are receiving for the visa/s you select interest in based on your claims.

      Information on the current points test (such as for the 885 visa) can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/points-test.htm

      When your visa is processed, you will be asked to provide evidence of your claims on your EOI. If the details you provided on your EOI that relate to visa eligibility and the points test, do not match what you provide as evidence in your visa application then your visa will be refused.

  47. HELLO
    since oct. 2011 I have been waiting for the results of my medical and police clearance for skill independent subclass 175 visa. Where as I am an applicant from Pakistan and I have lodged online application and my medical results have been finalized as written on my application status page. My question is why its taking so long after medicals for issuance of visa grant for 175 visa. And is it slow due to launching of new visa policy of skill select?

    • Hi,

      IS it true that DIAC stop processing application when occupation ceiling is reached??

    • Shahid – the occupation ceiling effects invitations issued for the 189, 190 and 489 visas. If the occupation ceiling is reached no further invitations for the 189, 190 and 489 will be issued for that occupation group.

  48. Hi Miranda,

    I have a question. So far as points are concerned I have 65 points. But I am on Bridging visa C currently and working as accountant in my nominated occupation for more than a year. Am I eligible to go for EOI and count my work experience towards that or is there any regulation under which I’m not eligible because currently my case is in MRT.

  49. I note that a person can (subject to invitation through EOI) apply for a 189/190 whilst holding a BVA.

    What about student graduates who have applied for a 485 (for example), have subsequently had their student visas cancelled by DIAC, and so sit on a BVE. How can they apply for 189/190 ?

    Do they have to travel offshore ? How can they then return without a BVB ?

    Thanks
    Steven

    • Hi Steven,
      Anyone can submit an EOI. However, if you are invited to apply for a visa, you must either be outside Australia, or be lawfully in Australia (on a substantive visa, or Bridging visa A, B or C) to make a valid visa application.

      If you are invited to apply for a visa whilst you are the holder of a Bridging Visa E, you will not be able to make a valid visa application. If you want to lodge a visa application you would be required to depart Australia and lodge a visa application offshore. Alternatively you could choose to not lodge a visa application after receiving an invitation whilst on a Bridging Visa E. However, you must remember that if you receive two invitations and do not lodge a visa application after these two invitations your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect.

      If you depart Australia on a Bridging visa E, you would not be able to return lawfully unless you are granted a substantive visa which allows you to enter Australia.

    • Hi Miranda

      Thanks for your clear answer.

      Someone on a BV A,B or C in Australia who receives an invite for an 189/190 visa .. I assume they are still barred from lodging the visa application if they have also been refused a visa since last entry (ie s48) ?

      They would then also need to depart Australia to lodge the visa application ?

      Thanks
      Steven

    • Steven – Yes, you are correct if you have a bar from lodging onshore, such as s48 bar then you will not be able to lodge a valid visa application for the SkillSelect visas.

      You can still submit an EOI. However if you receive an invitation, and want to lodge a visa application, then in this situation you would have to depart and lodge offshore in order for your visa application to be valid.

      Thank you for your question.

  50. Hi, since you will be issuing the invitations to the highest ranking EOIs, will there be a minimum number of invitations issued each month for each occupation? For eg: if there is demand for 2000 cooks in Australia and you have 2000 EOIs above the pass mark by August1st, does that mean all those will get invited, leaving no chance for EOIs with much higher points submitted in September? Or will you have a certain limit each month?

    • Hi Thilini – I assume that you are referring to the occupation ceilings which will impact invitations issued by SkillSelect.

      The occupation ceiling will apply from 1 July, and will not be divided over the year. Therefore, if the occupation ceiling is reached at any point in the year then no more invitations will be issued for that occupation group even if they are the highest ranked EOI in SkillSelect.

      The occupation ceilings affect the independent, regional family sponsored, and state or territory nominated skilled visas.

      Invitations will however be spread out across the year to ensure that we have someone available to actively process an application when it is received.

    • Hi Miranda,

      Many thanks for the information. So, does that mean you will consider an occupational ceiling based on the number of EOIs in your database, or based on the number of invitations issued upto that date for that occupation. How would you decide the ceiling?

  51. hi, please clarify two issues:

    1. For those already finished bachelor degree of marketing (Non-Sol occupation) in Australia in June 2012, if they apply master of management, will they be able to apply post-study visa?

    2. Are there any transition period for 845 subclass until July 2013?

    thanks!

    Victor

  52. Dear Miranda

    You are doing a wonderful job because all the information imparted from you is complete and authentic. I appreciate you for extending a helping hand to all potential immigrants.

    I am a professional Chemical Engineer and have fulfilled all the requirements for grant of 475 visa (IELTS overall 7 bands, Skill assessment from Engineers Australia, 5 years experience, state nomination of Western Australia under 475 visa class) and currently can claim 65 points. But I want to be granted permanent visa under 175/176 or new permanent visa classes and for this purpose I am required to repeat IELTS to score 7 in each band. I am planning to repeat IELTS in coming Fiscal Year. Now I want to know that since my state sponsorship under 475 visa class is valid till August 2012 and you said in one of your answer that persons who will submit Expression of Interest and got nominated by state will definitely be called from SkillSelect, so if I apply to EOI then whether I will be called by the SkillSelect based on the state sponsorship I am already having under 475 visa class if I fail to improve my IELTS score till August 2012?

    Please reply as early as possible as I am having only 2-3 days to decide.

    Best Regards.

    • Hi Muhammad

      If you submit an EOI, you can select that you are interested in state or territory nomination, however this does not guarantee that you will be nominated or receive an invitation to lodge a visa application. Whether a state or territory government decides to nominate you for a subclass 190 or 489 visa is the decision of that state or territory government.

      I will also mention that holders of 487 and 475 visas will continue to be able to apply for an 887 Skilled – Regional (Residence) visa subject to meeting the visa requirements. You do not need to submit an EOI or receive an invitation in order to apply for the 887 visa. For more information on the 887 visa requirements you should visit our website: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/887/

      You should remember that if you are in Australia and submitting an EOI, this will not give you a Bridging visa. You should ensure that you have a visa to remain in Australia lawfully, or you depart Australia before your current visa expires.

    • Thanks alot for the reply.

      I am having a fear that its ok that currently criteria for 887 is not changing but in future if I migrate to Australia on 475 visa class, then what are the odds that the requirements for 887 visa will remain same after two years? Is it possible that after two years time the criteria for 887 visa got stringent and after spending two years in a designated area, I may not be qualified for this visa and had to depart Australia?

  53. Hi miranda,

    When you want to go for a state sponsorship, do you need to:
    * submit an EOI first and the state can select you automatically then based on their requirements
    * submit an EOI and manually request a state sponsorship (like you had to do this year)

    Will there be SMP lists for each state or how do we know their requirements? Any idea when these will be published?

    You said invitations will be issued in august for the first time, is this also for state sponsorships (190/489)?

    • Thank you for your questions.

      If you are interested in the subclass 489 and 190 visas and seeking state or territory nomination, there are two potential options for state/territory governments to discuss nomination with you. You can still enquire with the relevant government agency first about nomination before submitting your EOI. However, you must then submit an EOI in SkillSelect in order to be nominated and receive an invitation to apply for this visa type. Alternatively, when you submit an EOI for this visa type, you can select one state or territory you are interested in receiving nomination from or all states and territories. These state or territory governments can then search for and may contact you to organise nomination.

      As I mentioned previously, it is the decision of each state and territory government to decide what assessment criteria they will set before they will consider nominating you. You will need to visit the state or territory websites or enquire with the state/territory you are interested in about the requirements they have for nomination under the subclass 489 and 190 visas.

      When a state or territory nominates you, the SkillSelect system will automatically issue an invitation at that moment in time, subject to the occupation ceilings. This could occur anytime from 1 July.

  54. Hi Miranda

    Thanks for your help. I wrote to you about my husband attaining his state sponsorship on the 1st of July so he will be just missing the Deadline. So when he submits his EOI for the 190 visa, will he automatically receive an invitation because he already has the state nomination.Also how will he let the DIAC know he has state nomination in his EOI? Can he upload the these details or papers confiming this? (Im not sure what he receives when he is state sponsored)

    Thanks Miranda x

    • Hi Lorraine – hopefully the below will explain the process for you.

      You do not need to provide any documents or evidence on your EOI. If you have gained state or territory nomination prior to submitting an EOI, you will submit an EOI and the state or territory government will locate your EOI and nominate you. The state or territory government may provide instructions to you on how to submit your EOI and what information they will need from you after you have completed and submitted your EOI.

  55. Hi Miranda,
    Getting sponsored by state after 1-Jul will guarantee you an invitation to submit 190 application, my question is:
    Will this invitation be sent on the same day of sponsorship or in the next round of invitations?
    Also, will there be any change in fees after 1-July?

    • Hi Omar –
      When a state or territory nominates you, the SkillSelect system will automatically issue an invitation at that moment in time, subject to the occupation ceilings.

      The visa application charge (VAC) will be released by1 July 2012. We encourage you to visit our website for more information: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/990i.htm

  56. Hi,

    I am planning to apply for 189 independent visa after 01 July 2012 under software engineer. My total points as of now are 60. I am planning to give IELTS on 12 July 2012. My question is can I lodge my EOI on 01 July and update my IELTS score later when I receive my IELTS results and make my points as 70? Another question is, whether there is any specific IELTS requirement ( e.g. 7 + in each section) for ICT professionals or achieving 60 points is sufficient for pass mark?

    • Hi Subodh – Yes, you can update your EOI at anytime in SkillSelect, unless you have received an invitation. If your experience and qualifications grow, we encourage you to update your EOI. SkillSelect will automatically update your points score and visa eligibility based on your EOI claims.

      If you are interested in the points based skilled migration visas 189, 190 and 489 and using an IELTS test result, then you must have an IELTS 6 overall in order to meet the English language ability visa requirement. If you do not have at least an IELTS 6 then you will not be able to submit a complete EOI. You will not receive any points for holding an IELTS 6 overall. More information can be found at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/new-skilled.htm

  57. I applied for 457 visa and submitted my paper in may for Vetassess but they have not replied. What will happen on the 1st of July? Will my application continue with the old rules or i will have to start afresh, abiding to the new changes? Please help anyone

    • Hi Sinikiwe – SkillSelect will not impact on existing 457 applications, and they will continue to be processed as per current arrangements.

    • The skill assessment by VETASSESS seems under progress here and actual visa application has not been made yet. So, you need to reconfirm if this 457 visa is affected or not w.e.f 01 July 12.

  58. Hi Miranda!

    I have two questions:

    1: There is a new SOL available on the website. There is a mention of some ‘consolidated SOL’ which will be coming soon. What is that?

    2: Are participating States and Territories too going to announce their individual SOLs?

    3: Can I as a holder of 475 visa (currently meeting conditions for 887 residence visa) participate in EOI/ SkillSelect process to apply for a fresh visa, either 189 or 489 under the rules w.e.f. 01 July 2012?

    • Hi Man Kamal – thank you for your questions.

      1. The Consolidated SOL (C-SOL) replaces the 457 occupation list, the Employer Nomination Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL) and the State and Territory Sponsored
      Occupation List (StatSOL). If you are interested in state or territory nomination, ENS, RSMS or a subclass 457 visa then you must nominate a skilled occupation on this list in order to submit an EOI for these visa subclasses.

      2. When the state or territory governments announce their skilled occupation lists, is their decision. You will need to visit the state or territory websites or enquire with the state/territory you are interested in about the requirements they have for nomination under the subclass 489 and 190 visas.

      3. Yes, as the holder of a 475 you can submit an EOI on 1 July. As I mentioned previously, holders of 487 and 475 visas will continue to be able to apply for an 887 Skilled – Regional (Residence) visa subject to meeting the visa requirements. You do not need to submit an EOI or receive an invitation in order to apply for the 887 visa. For more information on the 887 visa requirements you should visit our website: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/887/

  59. Hi Miranda,

    Can visa 485 applicant on Bridging visa A apply for visa 885 after 1July 2012 if Australian course was completed more than 6 months?

    Thanks.

  60. Hi Miranda
    I am currently on a student visa which is going to expire soon, I have 60 points at the moment and my concern is: I want to have another course for further studying, if I submit an EOI but couldn’t receive an invitation for a long time,during this period, can I apply for a student visa? Will DIAC bofficers consider that I have an immigration intention which could lead to reject my application for renewing a study visa?

    • Hi Mick –

      You can lodge a visa application whilst you have an EOI in SkillSelect. Whether you meet the visa requirements for the grant of that visa would be up to the delegate making the decision on your visa application. As you may be aware there is a genuine temporary entrant requirement on student visa applications. More information can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/students/issues-impact-student-visas.htm

      I will make it clear that student visas are temporary visas designed for genuine applicants who want to study in Australia. It is important for student visa holders to be aware that there is no guarantee of a permanent migration outcome. For this reason you should choose any field of study based on their academic interests and not in the hope of achieving a particular migration outcome. Students who do not meet the requirements for another visa should make arrangements to depart Australia before their visa expires. There are serious consequences for overstaying your visa that may affect any future visa applications you may make.

  61. Hi Miranda
    Thank you for posting this post.
    I read a submission regarding Job Ready Program on MIA’s website
    This is the link:
    http://mia.org.au/about-annual-reports-and-public-submissions/59/
    MIA suggest government could “giving points for completion of the JRP to encourage its use”, what is DIAC’s response for this suggestion?

    I have finished all four steps of the JRP and I just want to comment on the JRP.
    The whole program makes sure that only international graduates with genuine employments can pass the JRP, and these graduates are most needed by Australian job market.
    But under the new points test which applies a number of specific disadvantages on trades applicants, almost all participants who complete the JRP still could not apply for independent skilled visas. Now I feel regrets to spend lots of money on the JRP. Some of my classmates also do not want to participate in the JRP , because they do not want to waste more than four thousand dollars and get nothing. My employer just said to me that the only reason made him participate in this intrusive program is that he wants to keep me,but he would not be involved in the JRP in the future for any other international students because it is no point for employers to spend so much time on the logbook,workplace assessment etc if employers could not keep their employees. Also, I heard that there are a lot of participants in the JRP are hopeless,feeling like in a tunnel and could not see the light just like me.
    I understand that DIAC came up with the JRP to prevent the situation that tens of thousands of non-genuine students who fake work experience in cook, pastry cook, hairdressing can apply for the permanent residency then quit the jobs straight away after they get PR.
    I sincerely hope DIAC could give extra points for participants who complete the JRP.

    • Thank you Jack for your feedback about the Job Ready Program.

      The Job Ready Program was established as part of the skilled migration reforms to provide international students who have graduated from an Australian trade qualification with the opportunity to demonstrate their job readiness (for migration purposes) through employment and a skills assessment process.

      While there are no plans to offer points for those who participate in the Job Ready Program, the points test only governs one part of the skilled migration program. Large numbers of tradespeople also gain visas through an employer sponsored visa, either permanent or temporary, which are not subject to a points test.

      You might want to consider this option and look at employer sponsorship or state/territory government agency nomination through SkillSelect. SkillSelect allow employers to identify and contact skilled workers to fill skill shortages. When you submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) you can indicate an interest in employer sponsorship and the states and territories of Australia where you are willing to live and work. If you want to be nominated by a state or territory government for skilled migration, you can enquire with the relevant government agency first about nomination, before submitting your EOI. Alternatively, you can select the state/territory nomination option when you submit an EOI and you may be contacted through SkillSelect by a government agency to organise nomination.

  62. Hi Miranda,

    Thanks for the updated information. I am a big fan of your blog for nice and organized way of information. :)

    I have a question related “the number” of invitations in each round. Would you please inform, is there any limitation that only certain number of invitations will be provided in each round of invitation? I mean only a limited number of invitation will be provided in each round?

    For example, in Software Engineer occupation you have ceiling of 100. Up to August 30th, 90 people submitted EOI. So at the time of first round on invitation all 90 people will get invitation as it is not reached the occupation ceiling to 100. Or among 90 only 20/30 people will get invitation and rest of them will get at the time of second round of invitation.

    It would be really helpful for me if you could give me a clear picture regarding this.

    • Thank you for your feedback Forhad and glad to hear you are enjoying our blog.

      In response to your questions – The number of invitations issued will be controlled and matched to the desired outcomes of the migration program.

      For the independent and family sponsored visas, invitations are issued to the highest ranked EOIs and not by occupation. The nominated occupation on an EOI is only relevant in relation to the occupation ceiling.

      Before an invitation is issued, the system will check the nominated occupation on that EOI. If that EOI has nominated an occupation where the occupation ceiling has been reached for that occupation group, then that EOI will not receive an invitation.

      The occupation ceiling will not impact the number of invitations issued. It will only impact those EOIs where the occupation ceiling has been reached and therefore no further invitations for that occupation group can be issued in that program year.

  63. If one gets SS, and then gets invited to apply for PR 190, 190 lets you work and live anywhere in AUS, but then what about the 2 year requirment for SS??

    • Hi Linette – if you are asking about the 2 year requirement for living and working in the nominated occupation and in the state/territory that nominated you, then we have answered this question previously.

      As it is state/territory nominated, states or territories may require that you agree to additional obligations that relate to their nomination, but no visa condition applies which requires the visa holder work in a particular occupation

  64. Hi Miranda,

    I have submitted my skill assessment in the first week of May with Engineers Australia. I heard that they take around 3 months for dispatching the results. Can I know if I will be eligible to submit an EOI before I get my skill assessment with the reference number I had received from EA. (I am an offshore applicant)

    Also, does a higher score in IELTS give an advantage to applicants to be given first preference with respect to receiving invitations?

    Thanks,
    Anushka

    • Hi Anushka – You should not submit a complete EOI for the points based skilled migration visas unless you have a final positive skills assessment related to your nominated occupation.

      If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI for the points based skilled migration visas. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

      Invitations for the independent and family sponsored visas will be issued to the highest ranking EOIs based on the points test score. If achieving a higher score in IELTS would increase your points score, then this would cause your EOI to rank higher compared to other EOIs that are lower scoring.

  65. Hi Miranda,
    I am planning to submit EOI for visa 189, but I am bit worried as I am very close to 40 years of age (i.e. 20th July 2012). I am worried because by the time my case would be picked up, I may cross 40 years of age and hence lose 10 points. I have recently got my skills assessed from ACS (Australian Computer Society). Also, I have recently received my IELTS result. I qualify 60 points which is requirement of visa 189 from 1st July. I fulfil all requirements for visa 189 right on 1st July, but the moment I cross 20th July all is vain. So, it is now or never. I am currently in Australia on 457 visa. Any advise?
    Regards,
    Prem

  66. Hi Miranda,

    I just had some questions regarding the functionality of the system in relation to what will be subclass 186 + 187 applications, please feel free to email me if it is more appropriate.

    Will there be a time limitation in place as to how long a saved Permanent Residency application could remain in the new system unlodged? Our understanding is that with 457s in evisa, the saved application is valid for a six month period.

    As we assume there will be time to time, if an electronic application form was subjected to an update (comparable to the current paper form essential and non essential changes) will a saved application remain if it is not lodged prior to the update going live?

    There is currently a template functionality within evisa for 457s so that templates are able to be saved and stored within the evisa system. Will this carry across to the new system for subclass 186 and 187 applications?

    For applications being lodged with the use of a migration agent, (like 457s) will there still be functionality for a migration agent to login and prepare and lodge a subclass 186 and 187 application? Or will all applications have to go through skillselect system via the applicant and sponsoring company?

    Will the whole application be prepared online? or will the online application need to be accompanied with uploads of other application forms such as form 80?

    Sorry and finally, I just wanted to see if there will be any opportunity to preview the system prior to the launch?

    Thanks so much, any assistance you would be able to provide on the above questions would be greatly appreciated.

  67. Hi Miranda,

    Thanks very much for the post.

    I am calculating the points that I could claim under EOI and have got a question about the potential 5 points for partner skill qualification.

    In the previous 885 visa, the partner has to be either a recent graduate or recently employed in his or her skilled occupation to be eligible for the partner skill points besides the requirement of age, IELTS and skills assessment.

    Is this still the case for 189 visa? I am wondering whether this requirement (recent graduate or recently employed) has been waived since the main applicant doesn’t even need to meet this as entry requirement.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Thank you for your question Olivia – I
      For the new points based skilled migration visas – subclasses 189, 190 and 490, you can claim 5 points for partner skill qualifications. To claim these points your partner must have Competent English, nominate an occupation from the same skilled occupation list as you, have a suitable skills assessment for this nominated occupation and be under 50 years of age. There is no requirement that your partner have recently graduated or have recent skilled work experience.

  68. Hi….I got 5 yrs overseas experience to claim points, which is closely relation occupation to IT. and I got positive skill assessment from ACS as per australian study??

    My query is how to claim points as per new EOI as per conducting body or reviewing by DIAC officer??

    Thnx

    • Hi Zambu – we have answered a previous question. I have copied the response here for you:

      Information on the points test requirements for the new points based skilled migration visas can be found on our website at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-tested-migration-fact-sheet.pdf .

      To make it easier for intending migrants, when you submit your EOI into SkillSelect, the system will automatically calculate your points score based on your responses. Therefore, you will know how many points you are receiving for the visa/s you select interest in based on your claims.

      When your visa is processed, you will be asked to provide evidence of your claims on your EOI. If the details you provided on your EOI that relate to visa eligibility and the points test, do not match what you provide as evidence in your visa application then your visa will be refused.

  69. Hi ,
    I am rephrasing a question earlier for which I have not received a reply.
    1. For assessment of Social Work by Australian Association of Social Workers IELTS Academic module is required, or three years of study in Australia .
    2. For migrating as a Social Worker which module of IELTS, Academic or General is required ?

    • Haroon –

      If you are interested in submitting an EOI using SkillSelect, you will be required to have a positive skills assessment from a skills assessing authority related to your nominated occupation. You will need to meet all the requirements set by the relevant assessing body in order to obtain this positive skills assessment.
      Information about skills assessments can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/

      For the purposes of migration, Australia requires a IELTS general test result as evidence you meet the English language visa requirement.

      For the visa requirements for skilled migration visas you should refer to the visa information on http://www.skillselect.gov.au

  70. Hi Miranda,

    Thanks for the information.

    I need a clarification regarding the number of invitation for each round on invitation. Is there any fixed number for each round on invitation according to occupation ceiling?

    Form example, for Software Engineer occupation ceiling is 100. In August 90 people submitted EOI with the pass mark 60. So at the time of first round invitation all 90 people will be invited as occupation ceiling is not reached. Or during each round of invitation a limited number of invitation will be provided like 20/30.

    If 200 people submitted EOI within August then highest ranked 100 people will get the invitation.

  71. Hi Miranda,
    I am currently a student and have an internship experience currently for 6 months.I have employment contract till end of the year which means by end of the year i will be eligible for 5 points. My question is am I required to get the experience assessed by ACS (Australian Computer Society) as Software Engineer now and/or towards end of my internship towards end of the year.? Please advise.
    Thanks

    • Thank you for your question.

      If you are interested in submitting an EOI for the points based skilled migration visas, you will be required to have a positive skills assessment from a skills assessing authority related to your nominated occupation. You will need to meet all the requirements set by the relevant assessing body in order to obtain this positive skills assessment. You will need to contact the assessing authority to establish their requirements.
      Information about skills assessments can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/

  72. Hi,

    I am 28 yrs of age.I have completed my masters degree ( MCA ). My occupation is of SOFTWARE ENGINEER(261313 ).I have around 4 yrs of experience as software engineer.I have got my IELTS scores – Listening -6.5, Reading 5.5, Writing -7,Speaking-6.5 . Overall score – 6.5.

    I have got my skilled assessed through ACS on May 2011.The validity is 1 year . Do i need to do my skill assessment again.

    Do i get 60 points pass mark as per the new rules from july 2012 for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa. If i get 60 points do i need to give my IELTS again as in (IELTS ) -reading i got only 5.5..

    Also can i take my spouse with me. does my partner need to give IELTS.

    Thanks
    Maya

    • Hi Maya –

      You can use a positive skills assessment when you submit your EOI as long as it relates to your nominated occupation. The validity of skills assessment results will not have an expiration time under SkillSelect.

      If you are interested in the points based skilled migration visas 189, 190 and 489 and using an IELTS test result, then you must have an IELTS 6 overall in order to meet the English language ability visa requirement. The Department’s requirements for IELTS scores (including for points and for minimum requirements) are that the particular score is achieved in each of the four components.If you do not have at least an IELTS 6 then you will not be able to submit a complete EOI. You will not receive any points for holding an IELTS 6 overall. More information can be found at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/new-skilled.htm

      You can nominate dependents on your visa application if you are invited to apply for a visa. Your partner is not required to complete an IELTS test to meet threshold visa requirements unless you are claiming partner skills points.

  73. Good morning to all. It is my birthday today by the way. Before I put forward my questions related to Skilled Migration, following are my basic details and activities I have completed yet.

    1) Profession mechanical Engineer (Currently working in Energy & power)
    2) Registration with Engineers Australia = Approved.
    3) IELTS General trainning. Overall score = 7.5
    Listening = 7.5 Reading = 6.5 Writing = 7.5 Speaking = 7.5
    4) Current related experience = 28 months.
    5) Age = 29 years
    6) B.S Degree in mechanical Engineering.
    7) M.S degree in Mechanical Engineering u.k

    I wanted to process my application for Australian skilled migration 475 visa in june 2012. But I could not, due to my reading score of 6.5. By the way it was my sixth IELTS general attempt. I tried hard but still could not get it through. I might drop the idea to Australian migration.

    I am really a talented and gifted engineer who want to work in Australia in mining sector. Currently I am working in Energy and Power sector on a mega project. But currently the new july changes have discouraged me to apply in Australia. Following are my questions if you would like to answer.

    1) Can you please guide me what should I do?

    2) What is my most favourable visa cateogary after july 2012 changes.

    3) How long will it take?

    I shall really appreciate your feed back.

    Cheers

    Raheel.

    • Hi Raheel – unfortunately we are unable to provide you with any advice on your individual case on the blog. However, I will provide you with some information that may assist.

      The new skilled migration visa options can be found on our website – http://www.skillselect.gov.au. There are 2 new state/territory nominated visa subclasses – 190 and 489. You can express interest in a range of visas in your EOI through SkillSelect, such as the points based skilled migration and employer sponsored visas.

    • Well Raheel,

      I myself is an Engineer and a victim of IELTS as well. As per my understanding the point system is not changing in July, even the pass marks have been lowered. so i hope we will be able to crack it.

      Ragards.

  74. Can internship with monthly scholarship during final year of undergraduate study be counted as work experience?

    • Hi Alvin – we respond to blog responses as soon as we can. We sometimes need to seek assistance from our colleagues to ensure we provide accurate answers.
      Your question will be answered shortly.

  75. Hi,
    can I still seek state sponsorship before submitting EOI? I mean after 1st July?

    • The subclass 886 and 487 will remain open to new applications until 1 January 2013. If you meet the eligibility requirements you could lodge a visa application for these visas before 1 January 2013.
      http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/visa-options.htm

      Alternatively, you will need to submit an EOI and receive an invitation in order to apply for a state or territory nominated visa – subclass 489 or 190 visas.

      We encourage all intending migrants to consider submitting an EOI on 1 July. It is free to submit an EOI and allows you to express interest in a range of skilled visas in the one EOI. More information is available at http://www.skillselect.gov.au

  76. I want to know how the points for age will be calcualted? Is it at the time of EOI or at some stage later? I am turning 45 in october so at what point my points are forzen at various stages of immigration process ie. EOI , invitaion to apply, submiiting the immigration application or some where later? Please advise.

    • Hi Miranda,

      Thanks for answering my questions raelted to nominated occupation.
      Appreaciate if you can answer my question related to the calculation of points for age as well my query is as below:

      I want to know how the points for age will be calcualted? Is it at the time of EOI or at some stage later? I am turning 45 in october so at what point my points are forzen at various stages of immigration process ie. EOI , invitaion to apply, submiiting the immigration application or some where later? Please advise.

    • Thank you for your question.

      SkillSelect will calculate any points you receive for age based on the date of birth you entered when you submitted your EOI. If your age changes while your EOI is active and this results in a change in the allocated points score for that age, then SkillSelect will update your points score and ranking automatically. Once you reach the points test pass mark you will be eligible to be considered for an invitation to lodge a visa application

      Your points claimed for age will be considered at time of invitation. Therefore if your age changes after you have received an invitation and lodge a visa application, you will still receive the points for age you were at the time you received the invitation to apply.

  77. I have positive asessment for ICT Business Analyst but I am also qualified experinced for other closely related postions in IT ie System Administrator . So how can broaden my scope for multiple positions. Do I need to get acs asessemnt for other position also to indicate my intrest in other positions. Please advise.

    • Hi Kuldeep –
      If you are interested in submitting an EOI for the points based skilled migration visas, you will be required to have a positive skills assessment from a skills assessing authority related to your nominated occupation. You will need to meet all the requirements set by the relevant assessing body in order to obtain this positive skills assessment. You will need to contact the assessing authority to establish their requirements.
      Information about skills assessments can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/

      You can only nominate one occupation on your EOI.

  78. I have taken the IELTS Academic module in the month of March 2012. Am I eligible to apply for Skill select migration program with my academic scores?

  79. Hi Miranda,

    Can you please tell what all factors will be considered in the ranking process? It is just marks?

    Regards,
    Kush

    • Hi Kush – EOIs submitted for the points based visas will be ranked by points test score, along with your time and date of effect of your EOI. The time and date of effect of your EOI, is the date and time you submitted your EOI or the latest date and time you updated your EOI causing your eligibility or points score to change.

  80. Hi Miranda,

    What will be the rate of sending invitations? Daily, weekly or monthly? Or will it be a continuous process? When will be the first run of sending invitations after 1st July?

    Regards,
    Rosy

    • Hi Rosy,
      Invitations will be issued for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas to the highest ranking EOIs. Invitations will be issued regularly, such as once a month. We propose to issue the first round of invitations in August 2012.

      For the state or territory nominated and business innovation and investment visas, an invitation will be issued to you automatically when the state or territory nominates you through SkillSelect from 1 July 2012.

  81. Dear Miranda,

    In SkillSelect process, do the people have ANY CHANCE of being invited who fulfil all requirements of points based visa on 1st July but are crossing their age bracket in July itself?

    Regards,
    Monu

    • Hi Monu – As you may be aware, invitations will be issued for the independent and family sponsored skilled visas to the highest ranking EOIs. The issuing of invitations will be a competitive process based on a number of factors, such as the number of EOIs in SkillSelect, where those EOIs are ranked compared to yours and the number of invitations issued.

      In order to receive an invitation for the points based skilled migration visas you must the visa requirements for the visa/s you select interest in and meet the points test pass mark at the time you are invited.

      If your age changes whilst your EOI is submitted, SkillSelect will automatically recalculate your points score and your eligibility to be considered for a visa subclass. If you are no longer eligible to be considered for invitations, you will be notified visa email by the system.

  82. I am a 28 years old mechanical engineer. I hold a positive assessment for my qualifications and years of experience from Engineers Australia. I have taken the IELTS more than twice and I cant get 7 in all in the same test for example In two different Ielts with only a month between them my score was:
    (listening 8 reading 6.5 writing 7 speaking 7.5 with overall 7.5) and (listening 6.5 reading 8 writing 7 speaking 8 with overall 7.5) I need the 10 points and I can go like that for ever as luck plays its role in the course of the exam. So why not just focusing on the overall score. A score of 7.5 overall is a high score I know it is high. So why making it that hard? do you need experts in English language or skilled workers?

  83. Hi Miranda,

    I really appreciate the valuable information provided by you in this blog, you are doing such a great effort here!

    My question is: If I’m planning to submit an EOI for visa subclass 190, but I have only 55 points and the 5 points of state nomination is my only way to get the pass mark, firstly, Will I be able to submit an EOI with only 55 points? secondly, Will the state consider the case that their nomination would give me the 5 points deficiency?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Mohamed – I have answered this question previously, please find below a copy of that response:

      I will explain how the SkillSelect process will work for the state or territory nominated subclasses from 1 July. When you commence an EOI you will be asked a series of questions. When you have answered these questions, you will be provided with a summary screen which shows your points score and if you meet the threshold criteria for that visa/s you are interested in. If you have selected subclass 190 or 489 visa/s your points tally will reflect your score should you receive a nomination. For example if you select the 190 visa subclass you would receive 5 points for a nomination which will be added to your points score estimate. Your anticipated points score for each visa you express interest in will be displayed before you submit your EOI.

      State or territory governments will be able to nominate you in SkillSelect as long as you meet the points test pass mark and subject to the occupation ceilings. When you are nominated by a state or territory government, you will automatically receive an invitation to lodge a visa application.

      You should also remember that state or territory governments may have their own requirements and conduct their own assessment of your claims before they nominate you. You can visit the state or territory government websites to obtain more information on these requirements.

  84. Hi Miranda!

    I sincerely appreciate the time and effort you have been devoting to address the queries. I take this opportunity to ask some more questions about EOI/ SkillSelect. These are:

    1: Is the SOL, that is now available on DIAC webiste, final? Or will a C-SOL follow too?

    2: W.e.f. which date would you consider the actual age – the date of submission of EOI or date of actual visa application?

    3: Will the ceiling/quota for each skill published on the website and will we ever know how many vacant positions would be there as real-time update?

    4: Will a participating state (say South Australia) be allowed to nominate me again, having already nominated me once in the past against my successful visa 475 application in the year 2008-09?

    Thanks.

    Man Kamal

    • Hi Man Kamal –

      1. The annual update of the SOL for 1 July 2012 has been announced on our website – http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/updated-sol.pdf. The consolidated sponsored occupation list (C-SOL) will be released on our website shortly.
      2. Your age for the purposes of the visa requirements and points score will be calculated at the time you receive an invitation.
      3. We are planning to publish the occupation ceiling on our website http://www.skillselect.gov.au on 30 June 2012. We will provide reports on invitations issued per occupation group (at a four digit unit group level).
      4. As previously mentioned, holders of 475 visas can still apply for the subclass 887 visa if they meet their visa requirements. You do not need the state or territory government to nominate you again for the subclass 887. You can submit an EOI for the subclass 489 and 190 visas, if you are the holder of a 475 visa as long as you meet the visa requirements. You should remember that it is the decision of a state or territory government whether they nominate you or not.

  85. Hello! Miranda. I am an international student, I came to Australia to study since 2007, I completed Diploma of Hospitality Management and doing my degree in Hotel Management, I have 3 years experience in the hospitality industry, I am interested in a career as a Qantas Flight Attendant, but this position is not on the occupational list at this stage. Qantas will only offer the jobs to Australia Permanent Residency, however they required people who can speak fluency Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin will offer a distinct advantage, I can written and spoken fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin, my question is I want to apply for the Flight Attendant position, can I use my language skills, experience and qualifications to apply for the employer sponsor?

    Thank you for your time!

    Regards,

    Rachel

  86. Hi Miranda,
    My question is that how will this EOI system work if someone put false info to just get invitation on 65 or 70 points and on the other hand applicant has 60 points with all genuine docs and he/she won’t get invitation. So how will system differentiate between fake or genuine applicant?? Will this system check your valid Ielts and positive assessment results from assessing authority?? Will this system have proper control to validate applicants genuine docs like Ielts and then take applicant to next page/step or there will be simple question there you just enter “do u hv Ielts” and you say “yes” n it will take u to next step. If DIAC won’t hv that level of System to differentiate between genuine or fake applicant then I think it’s hard for a geniune applicant to get invitation. That’s all I’m concerning
    Thanks
    Sam

    • Hi Sam – thank you for your question.

      When you submit an EOI, you advised that it is a criminal offence to provide false or misleading information on your EOI. The system will ask you to provide reference numbers for your English language test and skills assessment, but will not validate this information before you submit your EOI. Your claims on your EOI will be used as part of your visa application if you are invited to apply. You will be required to provide evidence of your claims with your visa application.

      There is no advantage in falsifying information in your EOI in order to receive an invitation. There is a criterion in each of the new invitation based visas, which requires the claims made in your EOI to be at least of the same standard as those in the application, regardless of whether the pass mark is met. We remind all intending migrants interested in submitting an EOI that if you provide misleading or false information on your EOI, your visa application will 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.

  87. Hi Miranda,
    Thanks for all of your replies as they are very helpful. My query is regarding your reply to Maya above today at 9.07 am. You replied ” You can nominate dependents on your visa application if you are invited to apply for a visa. Your partner is not required to complete an IELTS test unless you are claiming partner skills points”. My question is ‘do this sentence means that functional english requirement for secondary applicant (spouse) is no longer required under skill select’.

    • Hi Ali – You can include your partner on your visa application if you are invited to apply for a visa. Your partner is not required to complete an IELTS test and meet threshold English language requirements unless they are claiming Partner Points on the points test. However, secondary applicants aged 18 years or over (including your partner) who do not have functional English must continue to pay a second visa application charge. The payment will entitle secondary applicants to English language tuition in Australia to enable them to achieve functional English.

  88. Hi Miranda,
    Thank you for your response. Kush again. Will occupation also take part in ranking along with points and date/time of EOI submission?

    Kush

    • Hi Kush – I have answered this previously, so have provided the reply below for you to read:

      For the independent and family sponsored visas, invitations are issued to the highest ranked EOIs and not by occupation. The nominated occupation on an EOI is only relevant in relation to the occupation ceiling.

      Before an invitation is issued, the system will check the nominated occupation on that EOI. If that EOI has nominated an occupation where the occupation ceiling has been reached for that occupation group, then that EOI will not receive an invitation.

      The occupation ceiling will not impact the number of invitations issued. It will only impact those EOIs where the occupation ceiling has been reached and therefore no further invitations for that occupation group can be issued in that program year.

  89. Hi Miranda,

    As first round of invitation is going to happen in August, what about people who satisfy points and other visa requirements in July itself (i.e they are potential candidate to be invited) but are crossing their age bracket in July and hence by the time invitation would be send in August, they fall in non-potential candidates. Any consideration for such cases?

    Regards,
    Monu

  90. Hi Miranda,
    It’s Sam again. I hv posted earlier in the morning and waiting for ur response that how will EOI system will work.

    Your response will be appreciated

    Regards
    Sam

  91. HI,Miranda

    Please advice me for those student studies here before 5 Nov 2011, if they renew another master course for 2 years, will they be eligible to apply PSW?

    I noticed that some docuemnt said before PSW only open for those got their first student visa after 5 Nov 2011.

    Please clarify!

    victor

    • Hi Victor – Thanks for your question.
      Post-study work arrangements are proposed for introduction in early 2013 and, as such, the legislation for these arrangements is still being developed. Under the proposed arrangements, graduates with a Bachelor degree, Masters by coursework, Masters by Research or Doctoral degree will have access to post-study work rights of two, three and four years respectively. Further information will be provided on the Department’s website as it becomes available.
      See this link: http://www.immi.gov.au/students/knight

  92. Hi Miranda
    Thank you for the valuable information provided. I have a query. I will complete 8 years of professional experience in August 2012. If I submit the EOI on July 1, while calculating the points, is the experience taken in the bracket of 5 to 8 years or 8 and above? If it falls in the 5 to 8 years category my points will not suffice for the invitation. How do i go about it? Should I wait till August to send an EOI or send it on july 1 and upgrade in August? Hoping to get a reply from you. Thank you for your time. Appreciate it.
    Regards
    Abhi

    • Hi Abhi – I have answered a similar question previously on the blog so I will provide my response here which should assist you. Please be aware that we cannot provide any advice on this blog.

      Information on the points test for the new points based skilled migration visas can be found on our website: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-tested-migration-fact-sheet.pdf
      As you would note from this fact sheet, you need at least 8 years of experience in the past 10 years to obtain 15 points.

      To make it easier for intending migrants, when you submit your EOI into SkillSelect, the system will automatically calculate your points score based on your responses. Therefore, you will know how many points you are receiving for the visa/s you select interest in based on your claims.

      If you do not meet the points test pass mark you can still submit an EOI on 1 July. However, You will not be eligible for an invitation until you meet the points test pass mark.

      If your skills and qualifications grow, you can easily update your EOI in SkillSelect. SkillSelect will automatically update your points score and visa eligibility based any changes to your EOI claims.

  93. Hello, I have already got the positive skill assessment from ACS as a Network Administrator (which is currently in SOL-2 ); so I need to have a state/region sponsorship. Previously there was a Nominated Occupation list in every state; from July 1, 2012 will there be any Nominated Occupation list for every state? If NO, then how will I know the availability of specific occupations (like: Network Administrator) of a particular state/region?

    • Hi Amit – I have answered this one earlier. I have pasted the previous response below for you to look at:

      It is the decision of each state and territory government to decide what assessment criteria they will set before they will consider nominating you for a subclass 190 or 489 visa.

      You may wish to contact the state or territory government you are interested in to discuss any assessment they may do before they will nominate an intending migrant for a subclass 489 or 190 visa.

  94. Hi Miranda,

    I have two question for you,

    how long is the approximate processing time for visa 189 after receiving invitation and lodging the application?

    how can I find out whether my skill has reached the “occupation ceiling” or not?

    thank you in advance for your answer.

    • Hi Jacky – we have answered these questions before, I have provided them below which should assist you:

      The time taken to process a visa application can depend on a number of factors, such as the merits of the individual case, preparedness of the visa application and the number of visa applications received. As I have previously mentioned, SkillSelect is designed to reduce visa processing times by only issuing invitations to match the available places in the migration program.

      We will publish updates to the occupation ceiling on our website at http://www.skillselect.gov.au.

  95. Hi Miranda,

    I have checked online on http://www.immi.gov.au that From 1st of July 2012, the points tested skilled migration visas invited through SkillSelect (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) will be 60 points.

    I would like to tell you one thing here, that i have already been successfully assessed by ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA as a Professional Engineer(Skill Level1) under Telecommunications Network Engineer ANZSCO 263312. I got this assessment back on 21st Jan 2011.

    From that time, i was trying to score 7 BAND in IELTS so as to pass 65 points for immigration to Australia.

    Now after the changes being introduced by Australian Govt from 1st July 2012, i would like to know whether i still need to fill EOI before applying for Immigration because with new passing points system of 60, i am eligible to Immigrate to australia under Subclass 189.

    Please let me know despite of having Assessment from Engineers Australia, do i need to fill EOI ?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Maninder Singh

  96. Hi Miranda,

    I have applied for a state spons application for Vic last month, and it will take three months to approve. I am aware that I can apply for 886 visa before 1 Jan, ’13 once if I get my approval. My question is; is it necessary to apply or do I need to apply an EOI in order to get approval for state sponsorship.

    • Hi Sharon – You do not need to submit an EOI if you are looking at applying for a 886. visa. The subclass 886 and 487 will remain open to new applications until 1 January 2013. If you meet the eligibility requirements you could lodge a visa application for these visas before 1 January 2013

      You may also choose to also submit an EOI for the range of skilled visa options introduced on 1 July.

  97. Hi Miranda,
    thank you for the response,
    my previous inquiry was not accurate.
    I meant to ask:
    can I still seek state nomination before submitting EOI?

    • Mowaffag – yes you can contact and discuss nomination with a state or territory government before submitting an EOI. However, you must submit an EOI and be nominated by a state or territory government in order to receive an invitation and be able to lodge a visa application.

  98. Dear Miranda,

    I have been going through all your posts and would like to say that you are doing a wonderful job by providing all those clarifications about the new Skill Select. In fact most of my doubts have been cleared by reading the posts and only 4 remain as below:

    1. I have applied for a state sponsorship of ACT and hope to receive that by End Jun 12. When I put in a EOI by 01 Jul 12, how does this state approval get linked to my EOI- is it automatic or do I have to take it up with ACT?

    2. I have currently 60 points (with state approval points counted) and a IELTS score of 7 in each. I have also applied for a EOR on the IELTS by which I hope to get a fresh result of 8 in each band by Early Aug 12, in which case my score jumps to 70. When I get the result, I understand that I can update my EOI. Is that correct?

    3. Is a state approval mandatory for applying under 190 since even without state approval I am getting 65 points (with my EOR results awaited from IELTS).

    4. My occupation is in SOL 2- so can I apply under 189?

    Many thanks
    Sudhir

    • Hi Sudhir – thank you for your questions.

      1. This depends on the visa option you are considering. As previously mentioned- the subclass 886 and 487 will remain open to new applications until 1 January 2013. If you meet the eligibility requirements you could lodge a visa application for these visas before 1 January 2013.
      http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/visa-options.htm
      Alternatively, you will need to submit an EOI and receive an invitation in order to apply for a state or territory nominated visa – subclass 489 or 190 visas. State or territory governments will search for and nominate intending migrants through SkillSelect. The state or territory government may advise you on how they would like you to notify them that you have submitted an EOI.

      2. Yes you can easily update your EOI at anytime before receiving an invitation. We encourage all intending migrants to actively manage their profile in SkillSelect and update their EOI as their qualifications and experience grows.

      3. You can submit an EOI for the state or territory nominated visas – subclass 190 and 489 without having a state or territory nomination. However, you will not receive an invitation for these visas unless a state or territory chooses to nominate you.

      4. If you want to be considered for a subclass 189 visa then you must have a nominated occupation on the SOL.

  99. hi i have question about Minimum of eligibility requirements for state sposorship .for exampel act goverment need to attach Financial resources and wa goverment dont need.if i write the my Financial resources in form of EOI and i wli select ,must i send the my Financial resources for diac?

    • Hi Anna – I have answered your question previously, and have provided the responses below for you:

      State or territory governments will be able to nominate you in SkillSelect as long as you meet the points test pass mark and subject to the occupation ceilings. When you are nominated by a state or territory government, you will automatically receive an invitation to lodge a visa application.

      State or territory governments may have their own requirements and conduct their own assessment of your claims before they nominate you. These requirements are set by each state or territory government. You can visit the state or territory government websites to obtain more information on these requirements. It is the decision of the state or territory governments who they choose to nominate based on these requirements and the visa requirements set in the Migration Regulations.

      You are not required to provide any documents when you submit your EOI.

  100. Hello Miranda,
    In July, I am going to make an EOI with 60 points (visa 190 / visa 186 / visa 187).
    I am in wait of the answer for the evaluation of the skills with AITSL.
    My question: which interest to present an EOI given that I would have no invitation before having had a positive assessment of the skills.
    thanks,
    Stephanie

    • You should not submit a complete EOI for the points based skilled migration visas unless you have a final positive skills assessment related to your nominated occupation. If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI for the points based skilled migration visas. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

  101. Hi Miranda,

    I have another question regarding the visa sub class selection.

    If any one meet current pass mark 60, can also he/she choose 190 and 489 visa sub classes for nomination from state or territory govt? On that case, if the person select 190 sub class, his/her point will be 65. So can the person’s EOI work both for 189 and 190 at a time? Is there any impact on this during the first round of invitation? I mean If the person select both 189 and 190 sub classes, can he/she nominate by state or territory govt to get invitation and also can get invitation as an independent visa after first round of invitation?

    It would be great if you could help me to clear this multiple sub class selection process.

    • Hi Forhad – yes you can submit an EOI for one or as many of the skilled visa subclasses as you like.

      For the points based skilled migration visas – when you finish answering the questions in your EOI, SkillSelect will show you the points score and visa eligibility you have based on your claims for each visa subclass you select interest in. Your points score will be different depending on which visa subclass you select.

      If you receive an invitation, your EOI will be suspended and you can not be considered for any invitation rounds whilst your EOI is suspended. Your EOI will remain suspended for 60 days whilst you decide whether to lodge a visa application. If you do not lodge a visa application then your EOI will become active again and you can be considered for invitation rounds.

      Therefore in your example above, if you are nominated by a state government and receive an invitation then your EOI would be suspended so you not be able to receive invitation for a 189 visa during those 60 days.

  102. Hi Miranda,

    I have already lodged my application under 175 since i am already meeting 70points.
    My query is as below;
    1- Is there any benefit of me applying through the new process of EOI. I do understand the new scheme has its own pros/ cons with regards to faster processing of a person having highest points.
    2- If i apply through the new process and do get an invitation, will my previous application as per 175 be automatically migrated to the new process along with the fees paid, or i will loose the previous application and will need to apply as a new applicant and also pay new fees.

    Your reply would be highly appreciated since my next step as per the new process will entirely depend on your response.

    Regards,
    Sandeep

    • Hi Sandeep –

      It is your decision whether you submit an EOI on 1 July. It is free to submit an EOI, and you can submit an EOI for a range of visa options which would increase your chances of obtaining a skilled visa. We propose that we will be able to process visas under SkillSelect more effectively due to our ability to manage the number of applications we receive, and match the applications to the outcomes of the Australian migration program.

      You should be aware that you have to pay a visa application charge (VAC) when you lodge a visa application. If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa from SkillSelect, you will be unable to apply for a refund of any VAC that you have paid towards either visa application.

  103. Hi Miranda,
    I want to ask if i apply on 01 july for 189 visa with 60 points and few minutes later my friend also applies for same visa with 60 points under same nominated occupation.. who will have higher ranking..
    will submitting an EoI before my friend for same occupation with same 60 points provide me 1 rank higher to my friend?? does the date and time of submitting EoI plays a role in rankings of candidates with same points?

    • Hi Rahul – yes you are correct.

      You are ranked firstly by points score and then by time you submitted your EOI or last updated your EOI causing your points score or visa eligibility to change. In you example above, you would be ranked higher as you submitted your EOI first.

  104. Hi Miranda,
    I have a question. Reading through the post, I realized that once an invitation is given out, the EOI will no longer be available for ranking for a certain period. Let’s suppose I opt for 189/190/489 and also for ens, rsms. Suppose I am contacted by a potential employer, does that remove my EOI from the list.

    The second thing is, since I finished my trade studies last yr, my qualification will be assessed by TRA which means working for a year full time post studies. If my math is correct, that would mean I would get a positive assessment by next year april (April 2013). So does this mean I will not be eligible for point consideration till April 2013?

    • Hi Logan –

      Being contacted by an employer does not remove or suspend your EOI. However, your EOI will be removed if you are granted, refused or withdraw a ENS or RSMS visa.

      You can choose to suspend your EOI whilst you discuss employment and sponsorship with an employer, if you no longer want to be considered for the other visa options you selected.

      You should not submit a complete EOI for the points based skilled migration visas unless you have a final positive skills assessment related to your nominated occupation. If you do not have your positive skills assessment yet you can still start the process in SkillSelect (from 1 July). When you get your skills assessment, log into SkillSelect and update your profile to complete your EOI for the points based skilled migration visas. You will not be eligible for an invitation until you have a complete EOI.

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