General Skill Migration

General Skill Migration

If you are a skilled professional or tradesperson you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Australian General Skilled Migration Program.

Skill Select

The Skill Select program provides permanent and temporary residence pathways, for skilled professionals on the basis of their qualifications and work experience. If you are a skilled professional with relevant qualifications and experience in a listed occupation, you may be eligible to apply for a visa under the Australian skilled migration program.

Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent permanent residency visa
Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated permanent residency visa
Subclass 491 – Skilled Regional Sponsored or Nominated temporary visa.

This subclass is broken into two, on stream requires nomination by a state or territory government and the other sponsorship by a family member. To apply for the Skilled Independent 189 visa, your occupation must feature on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). To apply for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa, your occupation must feature on the broader Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). To apply for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 491 visa, your occupation must feature on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL), also knowns as the occupational shortage list for the state in which you wish to reside.

Skills Assessment

It is a requirement that a skill assessing authority assesses your qualifications and experience and award you a positive skills assessment. Every occupation on the MLTSSL or STSOL has a specific skill assessing authority which conduct assessments to determine if the applicant has the required skills to perform the duties of the occupation. Depending on the assessing body this can be through paperwork alone, or with a combination of paperwork, exams, practical assessments or technical interviews.

Points Test

The Skill Select program uses a points-based system to assess individuals on the basis of their age, qualifications, work experience, English language skills, and other factors. In order to qualify you must meet a minimum points. We will assess your skills and experience against the points test criteria as contained within the Migration Regulations, as well as identifying any state nomination opportunities. Our assessment includes your eligibility to meet the required points test and advice how to best maximise your points test score.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Once we have confirmed that you are eligible for a visa under the SkillSelect program, the next stage is to prepare all documents required and lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’. This is not a visa application but instead a system that assigns a ranking to each potential applicant. Twice a month DHA will issue Invitations to Apply (ITA’s) to a pre-determined number of applicants in each occupation, welcoming them to make a visa application.

The invitations are given based on the applicants’ rank, which considers the date potential applicants lodged their EOI if there are a number of people achieving the same points score. This gives DHA the ability to control the program so that the needs of Australia are being met and the program has a good balance of occupations.  If an applicant has secured state sponsorship however and applies for the Skilled Nominated 190 or Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 491 visa, they will be selected automatically after completing an EOI and issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) within days.  Once and applicant receives an ITA they have 60 days in which to lodge the visa.  Applicants and all dependant family members are also expected to meet the health and character requirements.

Our Service

Suns Accounting & Migration Services can assist with all stages of the application process, from first assessment, preparation of the necessary supporting documents, lodgement of the EOI and finally preparation and lodgement of the visa application. Our role is to act on your behalf when liaising with the Department of Home Affairs and to secure the best possible immigration outcome for you.