The Australian Government has announced a major reform to its skilled migration programme which significantly changes the way in which people can apply to migrate to Australia.
The new Skilled Migration Selection Model, or ‘Skill Select’ as it is known will be effective from 1 July 2012 and will remove an Australian skilled visa applicant’s ability and right to apply for an Australian skilled migration visa.
The Expression of Interest
Potential applicants must first lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ from which the Australian government, or Australian state governments, will select the applicants they deem to be the ‘best and brightest’, migrants to fill available places in the Australian migration programme.
Your expression of interest is valid for 2 years. If you are selected to apply for an Australian visa, you then must lodge your visa application within 2 months of the invitation.
This means that you must complete a skills assessment and sit and receive your International English Language Test Score (IELTS) before you lodge your expression of interest (EOI). If you do not complete these preliminary steps but receive and invitation to apply for an Australian skilled visa, you simply will not be ready to lodge a valid application in time.
The Invitation Based on the Highest Point Scores
Also reaching the pass mark of 65 points is not enough to guarantee an invite. The Australian government has said that they will invite the highest scoring applicants first, such as applicants with 90+ and 80+ points, and as available places in each occupation fill, invitations will cease.
Further, all information you provide in you EOI will be considered when you apply for your visa. This means errors, inaccuracies or false or misleading information provided in the Expression of Interest may lead to a refusal of your visa.
Therefore, the EOI stage of your Australian visa application is now going to be arguably the critical phase. Also, being assessed accurately on your Australian skilled points score is essential to avoid wasting time and money on skills assessments and IELTS
Occupations Reviewed Regularly
Occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will also be regularly reviewed to reflect mid to long term shortages in the Australian skilled labour market.
What does Mean for for Potential Applicants
Stewart Coulson Director and Immigration Solicitor at Turner Coulson Immigration Lawyers says -
Australian skilled migration law and processes are constantly changing. If your occupation is in high demand, it is likely to be on, or added to, the Australian skilled occupation list (SOL) and also have more places within the skilled migration programme allocated to it. The higher your score, the higher your chances of getting an invitation to apply for an Australian visa significantly increase.
It is therefore before you start your skills assessment application when professional advice is of the greatest importance to potential Australian skilled migrants.
The advice and assistance you receive must consider your skills and characteristics as well as other variables such as Australian immigration department policy and Australian labour market forces.
This means that strategic and accurate advice is required before an applicant starts the process or they may simply find themselves wasting time and money in preparing to apply without any chance of a positive outcome.
Also there may be other employer or state sponsored options that will give you Australian permanent residence in a matter of months only and you should consider these options as well as seeking independent migration.
The Australian government has indicated that the Australian migration programme must be flexible to deliver desirable mid to long term outcomes to the Australian economy and therefore, will continue to change.
If you want up-to -date and accurate advice and assistance in relation to migrating to Australia then contact Stewart or Ray at Turner Coulson Immigration Lawyers to discuss your best option on + 61 (0)2 9264 4654 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting + 61 (0)2 9264 4654 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org www.tcilawyers.com.au