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SkillSelect

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1406 (Design date 07/12)


About this booklet
This booklet is designed so that you can understand the steps for submitting an Expression of
Interest(EOI) via SkillSelect. EOIs are required in order to receive an invitation to lodge a visa application
for the independent skilled, family sponsored skilled, state or territory sponsored and business innovation
and investment migration programs.
You can also submit an EOI for the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Regional Sponsored Migration
Scheme (RSMS) and the Temporary Business (Long Stay) 457 visa programs. By submitting an EOI
for the employer sponsored programs, you can be found and contacted by an employer to discuss
employment and sponsorship opportunities.
This booklet is intended as a guide only. You should visit the SkillSelect website at www.skillselect.gov.au
to obtain up-to-date information.
This booklet is one of a series of booklets about migration to Australia. The booklets are:
1 Partner Migration
2 Child Migration
3 Parent Migration
4 Other Family Migration
5 Employer Sponsored Migration
6 Points Based Skilled Migration
7 Business Skills Migration
8 Special Migration
9 Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) Visa
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For general information about migration to Australia, read information form 1126i Migrating to Australia,
or visit the website www.immi.gov.au
Using a migration agent
You do not need to use a migration agent to submit an EOI. However, if you choose to use an agent, the
department recommends that you use a registered migration agent.
It is important to note that you will only have one login to access your EOI account. You can only specify
one email address to be contacted by SkillSelect about any invitations or messages in relation to your
EOI account. All email notifications will be sent to the email address you nominate and it will be your
responsibility to ensure you can access your emails and update your account with any change of email
address.
Under Australian law, anyone who uses knowledge of migration procedures to offer immigration
assistance to a person wishing to obtain a visa to enter or remain in Australia must be registered or
exempt from registration.
All registered migration agents are bound by the Migration Agents Code of Conduct, which requires
agents to act professionally in their clients lawful best interests. A list of registered migration agents is
available from the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) website
www.mara.gov.au
You can contact the Office of the MARA at:
Website: www.mara.gov.au
E-mail: info@mara.gov.au
Mail: PO Box Q1551
QVBNSW1230
AUSTRALIA
In person: Level 8
22 Market Street
SYDNEY NSW
AUSTRALIA
Office hours are 9am 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Telephone: 1300 226 272 or +61 2 9078 3552
Fax: +61 2 9078 3591
The Office of the MARA investigates complaints against registered migration agents and may take
disciplinary action against them. If you have a concern about a registered migration agent, you should
contact the Office of the MARA. The Code of Conduct and complaint form are available from the Office of
the MARA website.
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Contents

Introduction 2

Terms you need to know 3

Part 1 Information for intending migrants 5


Expression of Interest (EOI) 5
Visa programs supported by SkillSelect 5
Submitting an EOI 6
EOIs submitted in SkillSelect 6
Invitation and selection process 7
If you are invited or selected 8
If you are not invited or selected 9
Bridging visas 9

Part 2 Information for employers 10


Search for skilled workers in SkillSelect 10
Contacting skilled workers in SkillSelect 10
Advantages of using SkillSelect 10

SkillSelect 1
Introduction

SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating
to Australia to record their details to be identified for a skilled visa through an expression of interest (EOI).
People could be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory
governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

Intending migrants
This booklet will help you understand the steps required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) using
SkillSelect. Please ensure you read this entire booklet as it will help you to understand what requirements
you need to meet to enable a complete submission of your EOI.
It is important to remember that the submission of an EOI is not an application for a visa.
If you are interested in the following visa programs, you will need to submit a complete EOI and receive an
invitation before you can apply for a visa.
Subclass 189 Skilled Independent (Permanent) (Class SI)
Subclass 190 Skilled Sponsored (Permanent) (Class SK)
Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (Class SP)
Subclass 132 Business Talent (Permanent) (Class EA)
Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Class EB).
You can also express interest in the following visa programs on your EOI to be selected by an employer.
Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (Class EN)
Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Class RN)
Subclass 457 Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Temporary) (Class UC).
The booklet will also provide more information on the SkillSelect process and what you need to know
before you submit an EOI.

Australian employers
This booklet has also been designed to assist Australian employers seeking to sponsor a skilled migrant.
It contains information on accessing SkillSelect to source skilled workers seeking employer sponsorship.

Where to access SkillSelect


To submit an EOI, or to log on as an Employer, you must access the SkillSelect website
www.skillselect.gov.au
A link will be available on the above website that will provide you access to the online EOI form, which you
will need to complete, and submit electronically.
All EOIs must be submitted online using SkillSelect. No other submission methods are available.

Further information
For further information, please visit the SkillSelect website www.skillselect.gov.au

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Terms you need to know

The following terms may assist you with submitting an EOI.

Department Department of Immigration and Citizenship

English test An English test which is required to assess your English ability for migration
purposes. The test score must be stated in your EOI and you must provide
documentation of the test in your visa application if you are invited to apply.

Expression of Interest (EOI) An online form which allows an intending migrant to express interest in
applying for a skilled visa. An intending migrant can only lodge a points tested
skilled or business innovation and investment visa application once they have
submitted a complete EOI and have subsequently received an invitation from
the Minister to apply for a visa. Intending migrants can also express interest
in the employer sponsored visa programs and be found and contacted by an
employer to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.

Intending migrant A person who submits an EOI in SkillSelect with the intention of migrating to
Australia.

Occupation ceiling The occupation ceiling is a limit on how many people could be invited to
apply for a skilled visa from a particular occupation group. Its purpose is to
prevent the skilled migration program being dominated by a small number of
occupations. Once the limit is reached for each program year, there would
be no further invitations to apply for migration from that particular occupation
group.

Pass mark This is the minimum number of points you must score to pass the points test
for certain visa types. You must indicate that you reach the pass mark before
you can be selected by SkillSelect for an invitation to apply for a visa with a
pass mark.

Permanent visa Permanent visa holders are able to enter, live and work in Australia indefinitely.
After a specified period they can apply for Australian Citizenship.

Points test For some visa categories, you must pass a points test. The pass mark
changes from time to time.

For current information on the skilled migration points test, refer to the
departments website at
www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/points-test

For current information on the business innovation and investment points test,
refer to the departments website at www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/

Provisional visa A provisional skilled migration visa allows the holder to enter, live and work
in Australia for a specific period. Provisional skilled migration visas provide a
pathway to permanent residence in Australia.

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Skills Assessment A Skills Assessment is an assessment of an intending migrants skills and
qualifications which is undertaken by a recognised assessing authority. A
skills assessment needs to be completed in order to submit a complete EOI
accurately reflecting the intending migrants nominated occupation. A full list of
recognised assessing authorities can be located on the departments website
www.immi.gov.au/asri/

Skilled Occupation List The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is a list of approved occupations that are
available for permanent and temporary skilled migration to Australia.

An occupation must be nominated by the intending migrant to facilitate a


complete EOI submission.

The departments website contains current information on the SOL at


www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/

SkillSelect SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers and business
people interested in migrating to Australia to record their EOI. Intending
migrants could be nominated or receive an invitation to apply for a skilled visa.

Sponsor For some visa categories you must be sponsored.

For family sponsorship, a relative aged 18 years or over who is an Australian


citizen or permanent resident or an Eligible New Zealand Citizen and is
prepared to sponsor your application and who undertakes to assist the
applicant, to the extent necessary, financially and in relation to accommodation
for a period of 2 years. An eligible relative must live in a designated area of
Australia.

For employer sponsorship, a sponsor is an Australian business or overseas


business that has been approved as a standard business sponsor.

Substantive visa A substantive visa means a visa other than:


A bridging visa; or
A criminal justice visa; or
An enforcement visa.

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Part 1 Information for intending migrants

SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating
to Australia to record their details to be identified for a skilled visa through an expression of interest (EOI).
People could be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory
governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.
If you want to migrate to Australia as a skilled migrant and you have the skills Australia needs, you may
need to submit an EOI in SkillSelect.

Expression of Interest (EOI)


An EOI is not a visa application, it is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa.
To submit a complete EOI you will need to provide a range of information online depending on the visa(s)
you wish to be considered for. This could include:
basic personal information
nominated occupation
work experience
study and education
level of English skills
details of a Skills Assessment, related to nominated occupation
business and investment experience.
For more details on what questions and information you will need to supply in your EOI, you should read
the relevant booklet for the visa(s) you are submitting an EOI for.

Visa programs supported by SkillSelect


You are required to complete an EOI and receive an invitation before you can apply for the following visa
programs:
Subclass 189 Skilled Independent (Permanent) (Class SI)
Subclass 190 Skilled Sponsored (Permanent) (Class SK)
Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (Class SP)
Subclass 132 Business Talent (Permanent) (Class EA)
Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Class EB).
You can also express interest in the following visa programs if you would like potential employers to view
your EOI:
Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Class EN)
Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Class RN)
Subclass 457 Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Class UC).
You can express interest in a one or more of the above visas in your EOI.

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Submitting an EOI
If you have researched your visa options and prepared the information required, you are ready to make an
EOI. All EOIs must be completed online using SkillSelect.
There will be no fee to make an EOI when SkillSelect is introduced.
For the points based skilled migration programs, such as the independent skilled program, you will be
ranked according to your score on the appropriate points test. You will be able to complete an EOI even if
you do not meet the pass mark, however, you will not be eligible to be invited to apply for a visa.
When you submit your EOI, you will be shown your points score but will not be able to view your ranking
position. This is because your ranking will change as people enter and leave SkillSelect.
For information about how to calculate the points test for skilled migration, visit the points test webpage
at www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/points-test
For information about how to calculate the points test for business skills, visit the points test webpage at
www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/
If you are submitting an EOI for a visa(s) that requires you to list a nominated occupation, you should visit
the skilled occupation lists webpage at www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol to establish if your occupation is a
skill in need in Australia.

Be aware: If you are invited to apply for a visa, the information you submit in the EOI will be used as
part of your application. If you provide false or misleading information on your EOI, your application may
be refused. If your visa is refused on this basis you will be subject to a 3 year ban which may prevent the
grant of a furthervisa.

Once you have completed your EOI, it is stored in SkillSelect and is valid for 2 years.
Incomplete EOIs will also be stored for 2 years, but will not be eligible to receive an invitation. EOIs that do
not comply with the terms and conditions of SkillSelect can be removed at any time. You will be asked to
read and agree to the terms and conditions when you register for a SkillSelect account.

EOIs submitted in SkillSelect


Once you submit your completed EOI, you will receive a confirmation notification from SkillSelect. Your
EOI will then remain in SkillSelect for a maximum of 2 years.
You can also access your EOI and update your information at any time. You may wish to do this if you
have gained new work experience, gained a higher qualification, improved your English language ability
and/or changed your family composition. If you provide updated information which changes your points
score or your ability to make a complete EOI, SkillSelect will update your ranking and ability to be
considered for an invitation automatically.

Be aware: It is your responsibility to access your EOI and update your details if your circumstances
change.

It is your responsibility to update your EOI. It will be too late to update your EOI if you receive an invitation
to lodge a visa application. Your invitation to lodge a visa is based only on the information presented in
your EOI.

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If you receive an invitation to apply, and your score under the points test is less than claimed in your EOI,
your visa may be refused even if you are able to pass the points test or meet other threshold criteria. If
you receive an invitation and your points have decreased or your personal information is not accurate, you
do not have to proceed to make an application. You should correct the information in your EOI and wait
to receive another invitation.
If you receive 2 invitations and you do not lodge a visa application in response to either of these
invitations, your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect. If you are unable to access your EOI for a length of
time, then you can choose to suspend your EOI. While this will not extend the validity of your EOI it will
stop you receiving invitations or contacts that you cannot act on, and will avoid your EOI being removed
while you are, for example, on holiday and have received 2 invitations during that time.
If you receive an invitation to lodge a visa application for a permanent or provisional visa and are
subsequently granted that visa, your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect.
If you are granted a temporary visa, such as the Subclass 457 Temporary Business (Long-Stay) visa, your
EOI will still remain in SkillSelect for future selection unless you withdraw your EOI.

Be aware: You must be able to support the claims you make in your EOI with documentation and
have this documentation ready to provide when making your application. An invitation to make a visa
application may be issued within a short timeframe after you submit your EOI. You will have 60 days
from the date of invitation to make a valid visa application.

Invitation and selection process


Depending on what type of visa(s) you are interested in, you may receive an invitation to lodge a visa
application, or an Australian employer may contact you to discuss employment and sponsorship
opportunities.

Independent and family sponsored visas


Invitations will be issued automatically by the SkillSelect system to the highest ranking EOIs, subject to
occupation ceilings. Invitations will be issued regularly, such as every month.

State and territory sponsored visas


State or territory governments will identify and select skilled workers that they wish to nominate. State
and territory governments may assess people before they nominate them. If you are nominated by a state
or territory government and you have indicated that your points score is above the current pass mark for
that visa, you will receive an invitation to apply from the SkillSelect system, subject to occupation ceilings.
When you complete an EOI that includes one of these visa types, you will be asked which state or
territory you wish to seek nomination from. You will be able to select one state or territory, or any state or
territory. If you select one state or territory only, then staff from that government body will be able to view
your EOI for this visa type. If you select any state or territory, staff from all state or territory governments
will be able to see your EOI for this visa type.

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Business Innovation and Investment visas


State or territory governments will identify and select skilled business people or investors they may wish
to nominate. State or territory governments may assess people to meet their needs before they nominate
them. If you are nominated by a state or territory government and you have indicated that your points
score is above the current pass mark, you will receive an invitation to apply from the SkillSelect system.
On a limited basis, sponsoring state or territory governments may award additional points towards the
points test where they have determined that your proposed business is of exceptional economic benefit
to that state or territory.
When you complete an EOI that includes one of these visa types, you will be asked which state or
territory you wish to seek nomination from. You will be able to select one state or territory, or any state or
territory. If you select one state or territory only, then staff from that government body will be able to view
your EOI for this visa type. If you select any state or territory, staff from all state or territory governments
will be able to see your EOI for this visa type.

Employer sponsored visa programs


Employers can search for skilled workers that they may wish to discuss job opportunities with. If you
are contacted by an employer in SkillSelect, you can choose to contact them to discuss employment
and visa opportunities. You do not need to receive an invitation from SkillSelect in order to apply for an
employer sponsored visa.
When you complete an EOI that includes one of these visa types, you will be asked which state or
territory you are interested in working and residing in. You will be able to select one or more state or
territories, or any state or territory. Employers will be able to view your EOI and will be able to narrow their
searches to specifically focus on skilled workers interested in their area. SkillSelect protects your personal
information such as your name, date of birth and other characteristics that could personally identify you.
This information will not be made available to employers.

Occupation ceilings
An occupation ceiling may be applied to invitations issued under the independent, family sponsored and
state or territory sponsored visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be selected
for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration program is not
dominated by a small number of occupations.
Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that
program year. Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if
they are lower ranking. For the state or territory migration programs, a state or territory will not be able
to nominate you if your nominated occupation has reached its occupation ceiling. You can view the
occupation ceilings that apply to SkillSelect at www.skillselect.gov.au.

If you are invited or selected


If you are invited to apply for a visa you will receive an invitation from SkillSelect. You will then have
60 days from the date of invitation to make a valid visa application online before the invitation expires.

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Applications received outside of this timeframe will not be valid and you will need to wait for a further
invitation before being eligible to make an application.
The online visa application system will use information from your EOI, therefore you do not need to
re-enter information already provided.

Be aware: If you do not make a valid visa application after receiving 2 invitations, your EOI will be
removed from SkillSelect.

You must provide evidence to support your claims with your visa application. Health and character
requirements will be assessed and requested during the visa application stage.
For assistance in lodging a visa application for:
Independent, Family sponsored or State and Territory Sponsored Migration, refer to booklet 6
Business Innovation and Investment Entry, refer to booklet 10
Employer Sponsored Migration, refer to booklet 5
Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) Visa, refer to booklet 9.

If you are not invited or selected


Many more people want to migrate to Australia than there are places available. This means not everyone
who completes an EOI will receive an invitation to apply for a visa.
Your EOI will stay in SkillSelect for a maximum of 2 years. At any time during the validity of your EOI, you
may update your details to reflect any additional qualifications or experience you may have obtained. This
may increase your likelihood of being invited or an employer contacting you.
You may receive notifications from SkillSelect during this time to notify you of visa program changes,
the expiration of your EOI, or other information that you may find useful. You will not be notified of the
progress of your EOI or be able to obtain any updates on the likelihood of receiving an invitation.
After each invitation round for the independent and family sponsored visas, the department will publish
on the SkillSelect website the lowest scoring points test mark that allowed an EOI to be invited for each
occupation group. This will give you an indication of your potential for receiving an invitation in future
rounds.
An EOI is not a visa application. You cannot access merits review by the Migration Review Tribunal(MRT).
If you want to express concerns to the department about the invitation process, you can provide
feedback at www.immi.gov.au/contacts/forms/services

Bridging visas
An EOI is not a visa application and you will not be granted a Bridging visa by submitting an EOI. Your
eligibility for a Bridging visa would only be considered once a valid visa application is lodged.
If you are in Australia and the visa you hold is about to expire before you are invited and able to apply
for a skilled visa, you will need to apply for another visa to remain in Australia. If you do not meet the
requirements for the grant of another visa, you will need to depart Australia before your visa expires.

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Part 2
X Information
Chapter heading
for employers

SkillSelect helps Australian employers find skilled workers who want to migrate to Australia, and who
claim to have the skills and experiences that make them eligible to be granted a skilled visa. It will allow
employers to quickly and easily identify and contact skilled workers to fill skill shortages.
People wanting to migrate as a skilled worker to Australia first have to submit an expression of interest
(EOI) with their skills and experience. On their EOI, intending migrants can indicate an interest in employer
sponsorship and the states and territories of Australia where they are willing to live and work. They will
also be able to indicate if they are willing to work outside capital cities, and in regional areas. Intending
migrants will also indicate if they are interested in temporary or permanent migration.

Search for skilled workers in SkillSelect


Employers can search SkillSelect using a range of criteria such as the skilled workers occupation,
qualifications or English language ability. Employers will be able to view details of skilled workers and then
make contact with them to discuss sponsorship and employment.
Employers will need an AUSKey to use SkillSelect, and SkillSelect is a free service.
Australian businesses can register for an AUSKey to securely and conveniently access a range of
government online services. To obtain an AUSKey or find out more, visit the AUSKey website at
www.auskey.abr.gov.au
If you are one of the more than 800,000 existing AUSKey users, you are ready to use SkillSelect. You can
access SkillSelect at www.skillselect.gov.au

Contacting skilled workers in SkillSelect


If you find a potential skilled worker, you can contact them within SkillSelect. You can submit a contact
request in SkillSelect to the skilled worker with your contact details and a free text message. The skilled
worker can then contact you to discuss employment opportunities.
Following discussions with the skilled worker, you may decide to sponsor and employ them. Information
about how to sponsor a skilled worker to migrate to Australia is available at
www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers
Employers who identify people through their own selection processes will still be able to sponsor them
without the skilled worker submitting an EOI in SkillSelect.

Advantages of using SkillSelect


Employers will benefit from using SkillSelect as it will enable them to quickly and easily identify potential
skilled workers with the essential skills and attributes needed. This will reduce overseas advertising and
recruitment costs to businesses, and assist in resolving skills shortages.
Another benefit of SkillSelect is the ability to address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows skilled
workers to indicate whether they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. Employers can search
SkillSelect and find skilled workers who have indicated a willingness to work in specific regional areas.

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