SkillSelect is beginning to issue
In July the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) launched a new online service to allow Australia visa applications to be processed in a new, more responsive way.
We have written extensively in the past about the introduction and implementation of SkillSelect but with the system still being steadily rolled out, there is still some uncertainty regarding how the system works.
How does SkillSelect work?
In short, SkillSelect allows a person considering moving to Australia to register their interest on the system using an Expression of Interest (EOI); this typically includes personal details and professional experience as well as details about a positive Skills Assessment.
Their EOI is then ranked alongside other EOIs in similar occupations. Employers and state and territory governments can then access the EOIs and invite people to apply for an Australian visa.
What determines a state or territory government's choice typically depends upon what labour needs are most in demand.
Each category of occupation is subject to a cap or limit, once that cap is reached, all EOIs are deferred to the following year; an applicant's EOI remains on the system for two years, during which time they can be edited, updated or removed.
How many invitations have been issued via SkillSelect so far?
In a Facebook live chat event, Kruno Kukoc, First Assistant Secretary of the Migration and Visa Policy Division, confirmed that since SkillSelect first went live in July of this year, over 3,500 people have been invited to apply for an Australia visa through the system, with plans to issue a further 1,000 invitations this month.
"The department is moving quickly to secure significant numbers of skilled migrants through SkillSelect," said Mr Kukoc.
Due to the nature of the system and its ranking processes, Mr Kukoc said the system can be competitive.
"For points tested visas, the invitation date to apply for a visa will depend on the potential skilled migrant's attributes, for example skills, age IELTS score and occupation compared to other candidates.
"A client who has submitted an EOI needs to be invited to apply for a visa. SkillSelect is a competitive process and there are no guarantees than an invitation will be issued."
Leonie Cotton, casework department manager at the Australian Visa Bureau, says it's pleasing to see such good progress being made with the new system.
"The number of invitations initially issued by the DIAC was relatively low while they tested the system, but now the system has been in place for a few months, it’s great to see the DIAC reacting quickly and issuing invitations to applicants with scores of 65 or more on a regular basis," said Ms Cotton
"The DIAC are also issuing invitations bi-monthly which is another indication of their commitment to moving quickly to issue invitations to apply."
- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.
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