Skill Select and New Points Test from July 2012 for professionals and trades men.
Skill select will all start with an Expression of Interest. An Expression of Interest (EOI) does not constitute a migration application. This method of skilled migration is based on a scarce number of places and employers sponsoring overseas skilled applicants.
The skills select will work in this model. You will need to put your information into a database selecting which type of migration you would like to apply for. You will need to have a positive skill assessment and pay an application fee.
Basic steps in the EOI process:
- EOI————–>Register——————->Rank————————>Invitation—————-> Application——————>Assessment
Applicants who lodge an expression of interest (EOI) will essentially compete with each other for the places available. The pass mark is 65 points which is a threshold mark, not a pass mark. The higher the points, the better the chance of achieving an invitation. The system will be based on ‘Apply anywhere’ and ‘Visa granted anywhere’. This means that DIAC is doing away with the onshore and offshore at time of application requirement. Once lodged, the person stays on the register which also serves as a database for employers and governments to find someone.
The visa subclass is changing. The old subclass 175 , 176, 475 , 885 , 886, 487 are going to get abolished from July 2012 and December 2012. New subclass of visas are coming to into place. Subclass 187,189,190 and 489 are coming in the place of the above mentioned visas. They are removing the option of onshore and offshore visa criteria for the General skilled and the Employer nomination skilled visas. For Employer nominated visas the subclass of visa is subclass 186.
People on 485 visas or skilled visas can apply for EOI. There will still be points for family in the provisional visas.
Under the new provisions, subclass 475 visa holders are also made eligible to lodge Employee nominated and general skilled migration applications. They have to satisfy the 2 years work requirement to satisfy this application.
- Employer Nomination Scheme ( Subclass 186)
- Regional sponsored migration Scheme(subclass 187)
- Skilled-nominated (Subcalss 190)
- Skilled nominated or sponsored provisional (Subclass 489)
- Skilled independent (subclass 189)
The pass mark will be 60 points. The points will be allocated for the skills select based on the bellow criteria.
- Age points
- 18-24 = 25 points
- 25-32 = 30 points
- 33-39 = 25 points
- 40-44 = 15 points
- 45-49 = NIL
There will be an occupations list but no occupation is given ‘points. The occupation list is subject to change. So people need to check the Skilled occupation list before filing for the EOI.
- Competent IELTS 6 = 0 points
- Proficient IELTS 7 = 10 points
- Superior IELTS 8 = 20 points
- NB Competent English will be required for all General Skilled Migration visas including regional
- Skills assessment:
Assessment from the relevant assessment authorities has to be obtained before lodging the skill select options.
- Skilled Employment:
- 1 year in past 10 in Australia = 5 points
- 3 of past 10 years Overseas = 5 points
- 3 of past 10 years in Australia = 10 points
- 5 of the past 10 years Overseas = 10 points
- 5 of the past 10 years in Australia = 15 points
- 8 of the past 10 years Overseas = 15 points
- 8 of the past 10 years in Australia = 20 points
- Doctorate = 20 points
- Bachelors (including honours and masters) = 15 points
- Diploma = 10 points
- Trades = 10 points
- Australian study:
- Australian Study(2 years study) = 5 points
- Regional Study = 5 points
- Community language
- Community Language (NAATI Level 2) = 5 points
- Designated Area relative Sponsorship = 10 points
- State /Territory Nomination = 5 points
- Partner skills
Partner Skills (need to satisfy all the criteria as The main applicant satisfies)= 5 points
- Professional year
This is available for only few skills who come under Accounts , Engineering, and computer professionals.
- Professional Year = 5 points
- NB Designated Area Sponsorship by family is the only one to give review rights.