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« DIAC address 'SkillSelect myths' »

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have addressed some of the rumours and myths circulating about the new SkillSelect system in a post on the Migration Blog.

The advice is intended to clarify how the new SkillSelect system will work and prevent people from making applications based on any of the assumptions below.

SkillSelect only affects points tested visas (previously known as General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas).

A common myth is that SkillSelect will only affect the independent skilled migration program - this is not true.

Whether or not you need to use SkillSelect depends on your visa preference/s. This means it is important you understand how SkillSelect will affect you and your visa options.

It will be compulsory to submit a complete expression of interest (EOI) and receive an invitation before you can lodge a visa application for the following visa programs:

  • Subclass 189: Skilled – Independent (Permanent) (Class SI)
  • Subclass 190: Skilled – Nominated (Permanent) (Class SN)
  • Subclass 489: Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (Class SP)
  • Business Skills visa program.

It is optional (although highly recommended) to submit an EOI to be found and contacted by an employer for the following visas programs:

  • 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 only submit an EOI for one visa at a time.

When you submit an EOI you can specify which visas you are interested in. This means you do not submit multiple EOIs because you can nominate as few or as many skilled visas as you want in one.

SkillSelect is a free online service so there is every reason to submit an EOI for more visa categories. By expressing interest in more than one skilled visa you increase your chances of being found by a state or territory government or an employer who needs your skills.

It will still be expensive and time consuming for employers to find skilled workers.

The DIAC are certain that SkillSelect will make finding overseas skilled workers easy for employers and help ease skill shortages through managed migration.

A key function of SkillSelect is to assist in easing skills shortages through providing Australian employers with access to a pool of intending skilled migrants who are seeking employer sponsorship on either a temporary or permanent basis.

Employers will be able to easily search across a number of key selection criteria such as experience, qualifications, language skills and willingness to work and live outside major metropolitan centres.

Once suitable skilled workers are identified, employers are able to send a message in SkillSelect to the skilled worker notifying them of their interest in discussing employment and sponsorship opportunities. When sponsorship arrangements have been established, the skilled worker’s EOI details are seamlessly transferred from SkillSelect to final assessment and processing systems, saving time for everyone.

I can intentionally embellish my claims on my EOI to increase my points score and likelihood of getting an invitation.

You should never embellish claims made in any application for a visa. You should consider an EOI as a preliminary visa applications.

This means that if you are invited to apply for a visa, the information in your EOI will be used as part of your visa application. You will then need to confirm your claims and submit evidence with your application.

If you provide false or misleading information on your EOI and receive an invitation based on this information, your application may be refused. If your visa application is refused you will lose your visa application charge and may also be subject to a bar which prevents the grant of a further visa.

The introduction of SkillSelect will mean less skilled visas will be granted.

The DIAC are keen to reassure that this is not true. The number of skilled visas available each year is decided by the government and this is independent of the SkillSelect system.

In the 2012–13 Budget an additional 3400 places  will be allocated to the skilled migration program—this is a total of 129 250 places.

SkillSelect will not increase or reduce the overall number of visas granted. It will only determine who is able to lodge a visa application for the independent, family sponsored, state/territory nominated and business skills visas. The target number of skilled visas granted will be the same as the number set by government in the Budget.

You can find the latest information and advice about the new skilled migration system on the SkillSelect section of the DIAC website.

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Thanks for sharing this nice post. Skillselect migration program supports the Australian Government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship expects to significantly reduce the time taken to process a visa application.

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May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Robert

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