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Skilled Visas


One of the key components of Australia’s skilled migration involves SkillSelect which is an online service that enables skilled workers or business persons from overseas to express their interest in migrating to Australia. This expression of interest is widely abbreviated as EOI. As part of the EOI, the intending migrant should include information about their skills and business information (where applicable). SkillSelect then issues invitations to apply for a visa based upon a ranking of the attributes of nominees, the pass mark and subject to ceilings on occupation numbers.

Threshold Eligibility Criteria to complete an EOI

Subclass 189: Skilled Independent

  • Age: less than 45
  • Occupation: MLTSSL
  • Skills assessment: Suitable and valid
  • English language ability: Competent and valid
  • Complete points test self-assessment: Yes
  • Seeking nomination by State/Territory government: No
  • Claims family sponsorship: No
  • Willingness to reside in regional Australia: Not necessary

Subclass 190: State/Territory nominated

  • Age: less than 45
  • Occupation: STSOL, MLTSSL
  • Skills assessment: Suitable and valid
  • English language ability: Competent and valid
  • Complete points test self-assessment: Yes
  • Seeking nomination by State/Territory government: Yes
  • Claims family sponsorship: No
  • Willingness to reside in regional Australia: Not necessary

Subclass 491: State/Territory nominated

  • Age: less than 45
  • Occupation: STSOL, MLTSSL, ROL
  • Skills assessment: Suitable and valid
  • English language ability: Competent and valid
  • Complete points test self-assessment: Yes
  • Seeking nomination by State/Territory government: Yes
  • Claims family sponsorship: No
  • Willingness to reside in regional Australia: Yes

Subclass 491: Regional sponsored

  • Age: less than 45
  • Occupation: MLTSSL
  • Skills assessment: Suitable and valid
  • English language ability: Competent and valid
  • Complete points test self-assessment: Yes
  • Seeking nomination by State/Territory government: No
  • Claims family sponsorship: Yes
  • Willingness to reside in regional Australia: Yes

Ranking – Expression of Interest

Based on information provided in the EOI, SkillSelect ranks intending migrants on their notional points score which SkillSelect determines using criteria in Schedule 6D.

Ranking is an automatic process, conducted by SkillSelect daily. To ensure that each EOI has a unique ranking, EOIs with equal scores are separated by the date and time at which the migration applicant submitted their EOI for a given subclass. The date of effect is updated each time the intending migrant amends their EOI resulting in a change to their points test score or eligibility for a visa subclass. If an intending migrant changes their information, but it does not change their points score or eligibility, this will not alter their date of effect for the purposes of ranking against a particular subclass of visa.

Schedule 6D Points Test

To lodge applications for Subclass 189, 190 and 491 visas, applicants must firstly be invited in response to their EOI on Skillselect. A minimum of 65 points are required to lodge an EOI. Pursuant to the Schedule 6D, the points are accumulated as follows:

Age

  • 25 points: not less than 18 and under 25
  • 30 points: not less than 25 and under 33
  • 25 points: not less than 33 and under 40
  • 15 points: not less than 40 and under 45

English Proficiency

  • 10 points: proficient English
  • 20 points: superior English

Overseas Employment – Last 10 years

  • 5 points: 36 months
  • 10 points: 60 months
  • 15 points: 96 months

Australian Employment – Last 10 years

  • 5 points: 12 months
  • 10 points: 36 months
  • 15 points: 60 months
  • 20 points: 96 months

Australian Professional Year

  • 5 points: Australian professional year program completed

Educational Qualifications

  • 20 points: Doctorate degree
  • 15 points: Bachelor’s degree
  • 10 points: Diploma, Trade qualification or other recognized qualificationThe bachelor qualification or other qualification does not have to be related to the applicant’s nominated occupation.

Specialist Educational Qualifications

  • 5 points: Doctorate or Master’s by research in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Australian Study

  • 5 points: Having studied in Australia.

Community Language

  • 5 points: Doctorate or Master’s by research in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Study in a Regional Australia

  • 5 points: Doctorate or Master’s by research in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Partner’s Qualifications – Maximum 15 points

  • 10 points: Partner has competent English and a positive skills assessment for an eligible occupation.
  • 10 points: Applicant does not have a foreign spouse or partner.
  • 5 points: Partner has competent English.

Skilled Visa Subclasses

Subclass 189: Skilled Independent (Permanent)

Applicants must firstly be invited to apply in monthly invitation rounds. The invitations are issued on a competitive and points-tested basis with the annual intake being capped for each financial year.

Subclass 190: Skilled – Nominated (Permanent)

Applicants must be invited and nominated by a State or Territory authority. Each nominating authority has their unique set of prerequisites.

Subclass 191: Skilled Regional (Permanent)

Subclass 191 visas will be in force from 16 November 2022, providing a pathway to permanent residence for holders of Subclass 491 and 494 visas.

Subclass 491: Regional Skilled Work (Provisional)

Subclass 491 visa is provisional enabling the holder to apply for a Subclass 191 visa after 3 years. Whilst holding Subclass 491 and 191 visas, the holder is conditioned to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia.

Subclasses 124 / 858: Distinguished Talent (Permanent)

Subclasses 124 and 858 are direct pathways to permanent residence for individuals with a proven record of internationally recognised excellence in a certain field, to which stringent thresholds apply.