Publish Date: Dec 01, 2012
For interested overseas applicants who wish to apply for a visa, the first step is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) application through the SkillSelect site, which can be done outside of Australia.
However, applicants must fulfil the following requirements in order to be eligible:
Any applicant wishing to apply for the visa must submit their online application upon receiving an invitation, and the application can be lodged outside of Australia.
Invitations are granted on the basis of the person’s EOI, and any applications should also conform to the information provided on the EOI, which must then be supported by relevant evidence.
A person who receives two invitations without submitting a visa application will have their EOI removed from the SkillSelect database.
Applications are lodged through SkillSelect with an initial application fee of $AU3060 which must be paid for by credit card. Any secondary charges will only apply to dependents 18 years of age or older included in the application, have less than functional English, and the fee must also must be paid before a visa is granted.
Finally, any person lodging an application must agree to the Australian Values Statement found in the Life in Australia book.
The Department requires anyone undergoing the application process for the visa to provide the relevant documents to demonstrate the claims made on the EOI are true. The documents required by the Department can be found in the Document Checklist, with the checklist providing further information in regards to the documentation needed and whether original or certified documents are required.
Understandably, many documents may not be in English and in such a case, a translation of the document must be provided by a person who is part of an accredited organisation, such as the National Accreditation Authority for Translations and Interpreters (NAATI) for example.
In the event that more information must be provided, the Department will inform the applicant and all documents provided in support of an application. Finally, all supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded as well.
The following family members can be included in the application:
It should be noted that any family members included within an application must also provide evidence to support claims of either a marriage or de facto relationship via the appropriate documentation as required by the Department.
The general entitlements attached with the visa allow the applicant and any family members to:
The visa allows a person to travel to and from Australia for five years beginning from the date that the visa was granted.