What is SkillSelect and how does it work? - Part 1
SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration programme. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration programme is based on Australia's economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.
SkillSelect also helps address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.
How does SkillSelect work?
Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSel ect.
An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. An EOI is not a visa application.
These skilled workers and business people can then be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they might be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.
All people interested in the points based skilled migration or business investment and innovation visa programmes will need to submit an EOI and receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application.
Once you submit your completed EOI, you will receive a confirmation notification from SkillSelect. Your EOI will then remain in SkillSelect for a maximum of two years. SkillSelect will calculate your points, assess your eligibility and will provide feedback when you submit for points tested and business innovation visas.
Invitation and selection process
Depending on what type of visa(s) you are interested in, you might receive an invitation to lodge a visa application or an Australian employer might contact you to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.
Independent and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visas
Invitations are issued automatically by the SkillSelect system to the highest ranking EOIs, subject to occupation ceilings. Invitations are issued regularly, such as every month.
State and territory sponsored visas
State or territory governments will identify and select skilled workers that they wish to nominate. State and territory governments might assess people before they nominate them. If you are nominated by a state or territory government and you have indicated that your points score is above the current pass mark for that visa, you will receive an invitation to apply from the SkillSelect system. When you complete an EOI that includes one of these visa types, you will be asked which state or territory you wish to seek nomination from. You will be able to select one state or territory, or any state or territory. If you select one state or territory only, then staff from that government body will be able to view your EOI for this visa type. If you select any state or territory, staff from all state or territory governments will be able to see your EOI for this visa type.
Business Innovation and Investment visas
State or territory governments or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government will identify and select skilled business people or investors they might want to nominate. Government nominators might assess people to meet their needs before they nominate them. If you are nominated by a state or territory government, or by Austrade, you will receive an invitation to apply from the SkillSelect system.
For streams which require a pass mark, you must indicate that your points score is above the pass mark to receive an invitation. On a limited basis, nominating state or territory governments might award additional points towards the points test where they have determined that your proposed business is of exceptional economic benefit to that state or territory. When you complete an EOI that includes one of these visa types, you will be asked which state or territory you wish to seek nomination from, or if you are seeking nomination in the Significant Investor stream, if you wish to seek nomination from Austrade. You will be able to select one nominator, or any nominator. If you select one nominator only, then staff from that government body will be able to view your EOI for this visa type. If you select any nominator, staff from all state or territory governments and Austrade will be able to see your EOI for this visa type. If you seek nomination from Austrade for the Significant Investor stream, your EOI will be able to be viewed by all states and territories as well as Austrade.
It is your responsibility to contact the government from which you are seeking nomination to discuss their processes and requirements.