You've started to think about migrating to another country. You're considering Australia as a possible destination and you have started to do some research. We assume you've been to the web site of the Australian Department of Immigration (DIAC), www.immi.gov.au This link takes you to the DIAC site. If you haven't yet had a look at it, you should definitely do so soon - but be prepared to be overwhelmed (and perhaps confused)!, which has all the information you could possibly want or need: of all the sites you could visit, this official government site is the most comprehensive, the most exhaustive and the most up-to-date.
Why are you still looking?
The reason may be that the Department of Immigration site contains a lot of information you DON'T want or need and you're hoping that someone somewhere has found a way to simplify the mass of complicated and often confusing information you have seen about migrating to Australia.
There are nearly 130 types of Australian visa, some of which are straightforward, like e.g. the Visitor visa. Migration visas, however, are definitely not straightforward: working out which migration visa is the right one for you requires a great deal of research and careful analysis and comparison, while submitting a migration visa application requires advance planning, thorough preparation and very serious attention to detail, especially now that the Australian Government has made a fundamental change to the process by which Australia issues migration visas.
I saw your email today in the morning at work and immediately wanted to send you a thank you note. But I stopped myself, thinking that I won't be able to justify the effort you had put in to achieve this result for me. This truly is a monumental occasion in my life. Every second person in my office is asking me how I did it and I am simply telling them that I've got a great migration agent. I am sure I might be able to pull some of them towards you. Thank you for giving me the biggest news of my life since my first born. My brother, Ibrahim Khaleel, is very eager to start his paperwork with you (a couple of things stand in the way), and very soon we will contact you for his case. True, you are a professional migration agent, but I've never seen anyone provide this amazing kind of personal touch to their emails and interactions. I've always felt that I communicated with you face-to-face and not through emails. Please accept this "Gracious Thank You" from my family as well. And please know, that whenever I end up in Adelaide for any reason, I'll feel it my duty to show up at AMES office and personally thank you.
A big "Thank you" goes out to you as well for your kind support and marvelous back-up on so many issues. Many a times your prompt replies saved me a lot of time and hassle. You were a pivotal part of this succes: please, accept this note as a personal "Thank you" from me and my family.
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Fundamental change in the visa issuing process
On 1 July 2012 the Australian Government introduced the Skilled Migration Selection Model, or "SkillSelect" for short. This is a new electronic on-line service for managing the skilled migration program, which completely changes the way people who want to live and work in Australia can apply for an Australian skilled visa when they are not sponsored by an employer or a state.
Before 1 July 2012 Australia accepted visa applications from any skilled person interested in living or working in Australia - but you often had to wait a long time before you found out whether your application had been successful or not. From now on
you can only lodge a skilled visa application after you been invited to do so by the Australian government in response to an Expression of Interest (EOI) you have lodged electronically through SkillSelect.
From your point of view two important advantages of the new system are a) that you don't have to pay a fee to the Department of Immigration until you submit your visa application, after you receive their invitation, and b) that the new system will significantly reduce the time DIAC needs to process your visa application. From Australia's point of view the main advantage is that it will give Australia much greater control over who can apply for a skilled visa and when.
To have the best chance of getting an invitation to apply for an Australian visa, it is essential that you have a good understanding of how the new SkillSelect system works. Unfortunately, getting a good understanding of how the new SkillSelect system works is not at all easy and we expect that many people will in the end decide that they need the help of a Migration Agent. We have summarised the main features of the new system below - just move your mouse over the headings - but there's a lot more to the new system than is included in this summary. Migration Agents will know how the system can be used to your best advantage and we provide you with detailed comprehensive advice on how to use SkillSelect in our Eligibility Assessment Report. In the meantime have a look at the relevant sections of the DIAC website, SkillSelect and Migration Blog:SkillSelect.
THE SKILL MIGRATION SELECTION MODEL
Move your mouse over the links below for a brief summary of the main aspects of the new SKILLSELECT system. You may also find it helpful to have a look at a recent Eligibility Assessment ReportThis PDF document will open in a new tab or window. we have prepared for one of our visitors: it contains a personalised explanation of SkillSelect and sets out its implications for the visitor.
- the aims of the Skilled Migration Selection Model (SkillSelect)
Through SkillSelect Australia will be able to manage
in response to Australia's economic needs.
- who can apply for skilled migration,
- when they can apply and
- in what numbers they can apply,
SkillSelect will also help to address regional skill shortages, because intending migrants can indicate in their EOI whether they are willing to live and work in regional Australia.,
- how SkillSelect works,Briefly, SkillSelect is a two stage process:
At Stage 1 -
At Stage 2 -
- you submit an Expression of Interest in lodging a visa application,
- SkillSelect prepares a shortlist of the most suitable applicants,
- and sends an invitation to shortlisted candidates.
When you receive an invitation to apply, you have 60 days to lodge a visa application, which needs to include all the relevant required supporting evidence.
- the types of visas covered by SkillSelect,An EOI is compulsory for:
General Skilled Visas
Business Skills Visas
- Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa
- Skilled-Nominated Subclass 190 visa
- Skilled-Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa
An EOI is optional - but recommended - for Employer-sponsored Skilled visas, including the Employer-nominated Subclass 186 visa, the Regional-nominated Subclass 187 visa and the 457 visa.
- Business Talent (Permanent) Subclass 132 visa
- Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Subclass 188 visa
- Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Subclass 888 visa
- the information you need to enter into the SkillSelect database (your EOI),Depending on the visa(s) you want to be considered for, you will need to enter into the SkillSelect database -
- basic personal information
- details of your nominated occupation
- relevant work experience
- educational background
- level of English
- details of a Skills Assessment related to your nominated occupation
- business and/or investment experience
- the penalty for entering incorrect or incomplete information,If the information you provide turns out to be different from the information you provide in your visa application (for example, if your English score is lower than what you told DIAC in your EOI), you will be banned from submitting ANY visa application for the next 3 years (including applications for a Student or Visitor visas!) In other words, to ensure that the information people put in their EOI is true, correct and complete, Australia is placing a severe penalty on people who tell lies, or make mistakes, or can't support their application with the necessary documentary evidence: such people won't be allowed to submit any kind of visa application for the next 3 years.
- how the information supplied will be used to determine whether you will be invited to apply for a skilled visa.You will be allocated a score on the Points Test, based on the claims you make in your EOI about your skills and attributes. SkillSelect will rank your score against other EOIs and shortlist the best applicants electronically. The shortlist is subject to the relevant occupation ceiling, which determines how many people can be selected each year for points tested skilled migration within a particular occupation group (e.g. Nurses, Social Workers, Environmental Scientists).
- the cost of a visa application under SkillSelectLodging your EOI (entering your details into the SkillSelect database) does not cost anything. However, before you do, you need to complete the Skills Assessment for your nominated occupation and obtain your International English Language Test Score (IELTS), both of which involve a cost. Then, when you get your invitation, you need to pay DIAC the application fee for the visa you are applying for.
The information entered into the database (your Expression of Interest) must fully match the information submitted to the Immigration Department in your visa application - if it does not, you risk the penalty of a three-year ban - so it would be wise to get someone to supervise the process.
Probably the best person to do so is a Migration Agent, who will not only supervise you but will make sure that your Expression of Interest won't be lodged until all the information and documentation required for a successful visa application is ready to be submitted.
You can make sure of this yourself, of course, but the complexity of the whole thing is quite staggering and the price you pay for a single - perhaps avoidable - mistake is considerable: not only will you lose all the work you have done - and your chance to come to Australia in the short-term - but you will also lose all the money you have invested in the visa application process.
Whatever you do - directly with SkillSelect, with us at AMES, or with another Migration Agent. But please make sure that the agent you deal with is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority: if you don't, you risk getting some very unpleasant surprises! We wish you good luck and success in your search and the realisation of your hopes for a future in Australia!
Managing Director AMES