The information below pertains to applicants for subclass visas 189, 190 or 489 who must make their expressions of interests and invitations to apply for a visa and explains the role of the SkillSelect process.
What is SkillSelect?
- Submit a Lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI).
- Receive an invitation to apply for a General Skilled Migration visa.
- Lodge their visa application.
Prior to lodging your Expression of Interest on SkillSelect
Whilst lodging an ‘expression’ seems harmless enough, this is in fact the start of your visa journey. The EOI is a points-based assessment that dictates whether or not you are selected from the expression of interest pool. If it is incorrect any subsequent visa application may be refused and you should note that the EOI does involve costs.
It is therefore imperative that you first undertake a thorough assessment before lodging your EOI via SkillSelect.
First step on SkillSelect
Lodging your expression of interest via SkillSelect
In order to lodge the EOI, you must meet certain basic requirements as well as achieve an assessment score of at least 65. You will also indicate what categories of skilled migration you are interested in and answer questions relative to these classes.
Is the EOI submitted via SkillSelect considered a visa application?
No, it is not – it is the start of your visa journey but not an application. Only if your Expression of Interest is selected, will you receive an invitation to apply for a visa. This is applicable even if you reach the required 65 points.
How is the EOI lodged with SkillSelect?
The process takes place online and can be done by your appointed immigration agent.
Second step on SkillSelect
SkillSelect issues an invitation to apply
Based on your submitted EOI, you may be invited to apply for a General Skilled Migrant Visa. The highest ranking applicants across a broad range of occupations are invited to apply for a skilled visa.
How does SkillSelect choose?
SkillSelect ranks the person’s score against other EOIs, based on their self-assessed performance against the points test factors. Equal scoring EOIs are separated by the date and time of EOI lodgement, or an update to the EOI of eligibility factors and points test score. Rankings and invitations are processed automatically by SkillSelect with no intervention by departmental staff.
Third step on SkillSelect
Lodging a visa application
If a person receives an invitation to apply, they have 60 days (from the date of invitation) to lodge their valid visa application online through SkillSelect. Applications lodged outside this time frame will be invalid.
Providing false or misleading information in an EOI
The provision of false and misleading information leading to a 3-year ban on a visa grant is contained in Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 in Schedule 4 of the Regulations.
While PIC 4020 or policy does not explicitly state that it covers information provided in an EOI, there has been some suggestion by the Department that a visa application may be refused after an invitation has been issued, if it relies on misleading or false information that has been provided in the EOI. If a visa application is refused on this basis, a 3-year ban operates to prevent the grant of a further visa.
It is therefore essential that prospective General Skilled Migrant applicants provide accurate information in their EOI that can be verified at the time of invitation to apply for a visa.
Contacting Intergate Emigration
To find out more about the Skilled Migration as well as other Australian immigration and visa options, you are welcome to call us on + 27 (0) 21 202 2800 or e-mail us here.
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