Skilled Migration Process

Skilled Migration How-To

Skilled Migration How-To

Time needed: 1080 days.

Skilled migration makes up almost 70% of the Australian permanent migration and its goal is to attract qualified specialists, managers and business people who will contribute to the growing Australian economy. If you are a qualified specialist or a trades person under 45 years of age, follow the 12 how-to steps to get a Skilled visa to Australia and make your dreams come true.

  1. Determine if you and members of your family meet health requirements.

    Australia Visa Health Requirements
    Australia’s healthcare system has been ranked second amongst 11 high-income countries in the 2017 study by The Commonwealth Fund. To keep up these high standards, most visa applicants and their dependants are required to meet certain health criteria prior to visa grant. The specific requirements depend on personal circumstances and the type of visa.
    Read more at: Health Requirements
      Australia Visa Health Requirements

  2. Determine if you and members of your family meet character requirements.

    Australia Visa Character Requirements
    To ensure public safety and community welfare, everyone who wishes to enter Australia must satisfy a set of conditions that determine if a person is and has been law-abiding. All visa applicants and their dependants included in the application must be of good character and will be assessed against these criteria.
    Read more at: Character Requirements
     Australia Visa Character Requirements

  3. Get a free assessment of your chances in skilled migration.

    Australia Professional Migration Eligibility
    To receive a free assessment of your chances in skilled migration complete Professional Migration assessment and provide detailed answers to all questions and , in particular, accurate information about your education including educational institutions, years of study, courses names, and work experience including years of employment, positions names and job tasks.
    Complete assessment at: Professional Migration Eligibility
      Australia Professional Migration Eligibility Free Expert Migration Advice

  4. Decide if you need a migration agent’s assistance or can do it yourself.

    Australia Immigration Assistance Discussions
    A registered migration agent (RMA) is a qualified professional who is registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA). It is not required to use an agent, but if an individual decides to seek assistance, they should engage a registered migration agent. RMA can recommend a suitable visa option and help lodge a decision-ready application with all required documents.
    Read more at: Immigration Assistance
      Australia Visa Immigration Assistance Registered Migration Agents

  5. Determine a suitable occupation that is relevant to your qualifications and work experience and is present on the MLTSSL, STSOL or ROL lists of the eligible skilled occupations.

    Australia Visa Skills Assessment
    To apply for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa, an applicant must nominate an occupation that is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations and provide evidence that skills have been assessed as suitable by the relevant assessing authority.
    Read more at: Skills Assessment General
     Australia Visa Skills Assessment

  6. Calculate your likely score in points test.

    Australia Visa Points Test Changes
    Meeting the pass mark of the points test is one of the main requirements for the entry of skilled migrants into Australia. The current pass mark is set at 65 and the points are awarded for particular attributes that are linked to applicants’ abilities to contribute to Australia’s economy and society. Recently published legislation introduce an updated points system for the General Skilled Migration visas that will become operational from 16 November 2019. The changes include additional points for certain…
    Read more at: Points Test Changes
      Australia Points Test Changes Extra Points Regional Visas Partner English Knowledge

  7. Determine applicable assessing authority requirements and submit skills assessment application.

    Australia Skills Assessment Authorities
    Based on the number of visas granted in Skilled Streams in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, it can be assumed that around 100,000 skills assessments are undertaken each year. Major assessing authorities are VETASSESS, ACS, Engineers Australia, TRA, ANMAC and accounting bodies CAANZ, CPAA and IPA. Skills assessment criteria are dependent on the nominated occupation and are determined by each assessing authority in accordance with relevant professional standards.
    Read more at: Skills Assessment Authorities
      Australia Skills Assessment Authorities

  8. Pass an English language test and get a required score to meet English requirements.

    Australia Visa English Requirements
    People who are interested to be considered for a skilled visa must complete an English language test (ELT) before submitting an Expression of Interest (EoI) through SkillSelect. There is no requirement to attach ELT results to an EOI. However, accurate information must be entered in an EOI that matches the information on the supporting documents.
    Read more at: English Requirements
      Australia Visa English Requirements IELTS TOEFL PTE CAE OET English Language Tests

  9. Receive a positive skills assessment and submit an Expression of Interest.

    Australia Visa SkillSelect EoI
    SkillSelect is an online system designed specifically for skilled and business migration programs. It helps the federal government to manage the selection process and the timing and the number of applications in order to ensure that both migration programs are aligned with Australia’s economic needs. SkillSelect also helps state and territory governments to address regional skill shortages.
    Read more at: Expression of Interest
      Australia Visa SkillSelect EoI

  10. Submit an application for state/territory or regional nomination if your occupation is on STSOL or ROL lists or if you just want to increase your chances.

    Australia Visa State Nomination
    The Australian federal government, in consultation with state and territory governments introduced a range of State Specific and Regional Migration (SSRM) schemes designed to address skill shortages in the regions, to attract business people and to encourage a more balanced settlement of Australia’s skilled migrant intake. These initiatives focus on attracting young, skilled, English speaking migrants to areas of Australia where they are needed.
    Read more at: State Nomination General
      Australia Visa State Nomination

  11. Receive an invitation to apply for a visa and submit your application.

    Australia Visas Invitation Rounds
    Australia is using points-based systems for the majority of its permanent skilled migration programs. Points are awarded for a number of characteristics that include age, educational qualifications, work experience and English language proficiency. Prospective migrants are ranked according to their points test score. Invitations are issued on a regular basis and the top-ranked applicants are invited to apply for a visa.
    Read more at: Visas Invitation Rounds
      Australia Visas Invitation Rounds EoI Selection Process

  12. Receive visa grant letter.

    Australia Migration Flows and Policies
    Australia operates a universal visa system under which all non-citizens entering Australia are required to have a valid visa in order to stay in the country legally. There are 2 main visa categories, permanent and temporary, which allow visa holders to remain in Australia either on a permanent or temporary basis respectively. The two visa categories often interact with each other and many immigrants are using temporary immigration as a stepping stone to permanent residency.
    Read more at: Migration Flows and Policies
      Australia Migration Flows and Policies Universal Visa System