The SkillsSelect Process

The SkillSelect process means that the following visas cannot be applied for directly:

Instead, you will require an invitation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in order to apply for these visas.

The SkillSelect process involves two stages:

  1. Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect system; and
  2. Being invited to apply for a visa.

Expression of Interest

An EOI is not a visa application. However, it does require you to meet all the basic requirements for the visa, including reaching the minimum points for the visa based on the applicable points test.

An EOI involves entering all the information required for a visa application into the SkillSelect system. There is no fee to create or submit an EOI in SkillSelect. Once your EOI is submitted, it will be valid for two years. You can access your EOI and update your information at any time.

Your EOI will be ranked according to your score on the applicable points test.  You can 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.

Invitation to apply for a visa

If you receive an invitation to apply for a visa, you must submit your application electronically within 60 days. This means that it is safest to have all the documentation for your visa application ready before you lodge your EOI. The date of being invited to apply for a visa is also often a critical date in showing that you meet the requirements for the visa. 

In your visa application, you must show that you have achieved the score specified in your EOI based on the applicable points test. If your score is less than that claimed in your EOI, your visa may be refused even if you are still able to pass the pass mark.

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.

Invitations to apply for a visa are issued automatically by the SkillSelect system to the highest ranking EOIs, subject to any occupation ceilings (see Here under ‘Occupation ceilings’). Invitations are issued regularly, such as every month (for information about invitation rounds, see Here under ‘Invitation rounds’).

This page provides a summary of the SkillSelect process visa as at September 2016. Australian immigration law is complex and law and procedures change on a frequent basis. We strongly recommend that you contact us to confirm the SkillSelect process and schedule a consultation with one of our solicitors and Registered Migration Agents regarding skilled or business migration visas.

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