Australia skilled migration is a boon for the trained workers who want to start afresh in the overseas hotspot. The main purpose of the programme is to attract qualified manpower with the capability of joining the Australian work force immediately.
When it comes to the beautiful country Australia, skilled migration is a common concept. Since ages, Oz has welcomed skilled migrants. Even during the economic downfall, it was one of those rare countries which continuously welcomed skilled migrants at a considerable higher pace. Trained migrants who are looking for an opportunity to immigrate to Australia should consider General Skilled Migration (SkillSelect).
General Skilled Migration (SkillSelect)
Australia Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) introduced General Skilled Migration (SkillSelect) in 2012. It provides an easy and excellent opportunity to skilled workers to come and live in the nation indefinitely. It is basically a point based PR programme where prospective applicants may use their skills, experience, education, age and language ability to successfully meet the criteria for the Australian PR visa.
The SkillSelect broadly works in an electronic two stage process where prospective applicants first submit an online Expression of Interest (EoI). There after candidates may be invited to apply for Australian visa on the basis of their EoI.
What is SkillSelect?
It is an online service providing effective service in managing the various skill migration programmes. It further ensures that the country’s migration programme is broadly based on the specific economic demands of the nation. It helps the concerned officials in managing who all can apply for apply for skilled migration programmes, when they can do so, and how many applicants can actually be considered.
Aspirants will be selected on the basis of their points scored on a point test. However, it is mandatory for each candidate to be fluent in the Australian National Language, i.e, English and to obtain the skill assessment before you submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ along with a approval from SkillSelect to successfully obtain a desired visa.
Applicable from July 1, 2012 following sub class visa categories have been closed for fresh applicants:
- Skilled – Independent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 175)
- Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
- Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 475)
And from January 1, 2013, the following visa categories have also been closed for new applicants:
- Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) Visa (Subclass 886)
- Skilled – Independent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 885)
- Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 487)
Instead following new visa sub categories have been introduced:
- Australia’s Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189): It provides permanent residency (PR) and does not require to be sponsored by a relative already residing in Australia or state or territorial authority.
- Skilled – Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa: It requires a nomination from an state or territorial authority and grant PR visa to eligible applicants.
- Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa: It is a point based programme where candidates require sponsorship from state or territorial authority or sponsorship from a close relative already residing in Oz.