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Skills Assessment Overview
The Department of Home Affairs (the ‘DOHA’) requires visa applicants to supply skills assessments in support of a range of Skilled visa applications and Expressions of Interest (EOI). In some cases, overseas workers are also required to supply skills assessments in support of employer-sponsored work visa applications.
Skills Assessment Requirements
If you intend to apply for a ‘Skilled’ visa, you must obtain a skills assessment to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills that match those required for an occupation listed on current visa Occupation Lists. This requirement relates to the following visas:
- Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent visa (Points Stream)
- Subclass 190 Skilled – Nominated visa
- Subclass 491 Skilled – Work Regional (Provisional) visa
- Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional) visa
In some cases, you may need to obtain a skills assessment for other employer-nominated visas. This is a requirement for subclass 186 ENS (Direct Entry stream) and certain subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa applicants.
For each skilled occupation listed on relevant occupation lists, the DOHA has specified an assessing authority that may carry out skills assessments for that occupation. Only a skills assessment conducted by the relevant assessing authority will be accepted by the DOHA in support of an EOI or visa application.
The assessing authority will review your qualifications and work experience to determine whether or not you possess the necessary skills to undertake your chosen occupation in Australia. Although the requirements for each occupation (and each assessing authority) differ, as a minimum, you will generally be required to provide evidence of your:
- identity (e.g. passport)
- qualifications (e.g. award certificates and academic transcripts)
- work experience (e.g. written work references, tax records, employment contracts)
- overseas or Australian registration or licensing, if applicable (e.g. registration/licensing document)
In addition, you must pay the fee charged by the authority for the skills assessment, and provide any other documents or information required.
NOTE: The exact requirements for a skills assessment application will vary depending upon your chosen skilled occupation and the relevant assessing authority. We will supply a comprehensive list of requirements once the occupation and assessing authority have been determined.
Step 1: Consultation & Assessment
The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents. During the consultation, we will assess your situation and your background to determine your eligibility to obtain a skills assessment and a skilled visa to enter or remain in Australia.
We offer convenient video consultations from any device.
We will send you a fixed fee quote following the consultation which breaks down the applicable fees for each step of a skilled visa journey.
We offer split fee payments to assist you financially during the preparation stages of your visa journey.
Step 2: Eligibility Assessment
Once your skilled occupation has been selected from the relevant visa occupation list, and the skills assessing authority for that occupation has been identified from that list, we will conduct a comprehensive review and pre‑assessment of your eligibility for a positive skills assessment. This requires us to review your personal information and documents so that we can determine whether or not the skills assessment that you wish to lodge is likely to be successful.
We will conduct an initial assessment of your eligibility for a skilled visa. This involves reviewing your qualifications, work experience, English language and other circumstances, to establish whether or not you are likely to meet the relevant requirements.
As part of this initial eligibility assessment, we will consider which occupation(s) you are likely to be able to fall under.
We will then provide you with informed and comprehensive advice about your ability to meet the minimum standards that the DOHA requires migrants to fulfil in order to be granted a direct permanent skilled visa.
Note: Our initial assessment of your eligibility does not guarantee that you will (or will not) in fact obtain a positive skills assessment.
Step 3: Skills Assessment Application
Should our pre-assessment conclude that your skills assessment application is likely to be successful, and should you wish us to prepare this application on your behalf, we will provide you with a full list of the information and documents that you need to supply in support of your application.
Once you have provided the necessary details and documents, along with the required assessment fee, we will lodge your application with the skills assessing authority. We will also follow up the application with the assessing authority as required, and respond to requests for information and documents, if needed.
PLEASE NOTE: We estimate that it may take several weeks to prepare and lodge your application, with the time taken largely dependent on how promptly you provide us with the necessary supporting information and documents.
The time that it takes the skills assessing authority to process your application is dependent upon its processing time service standards, and may also vary due to a number of other factors, including the complexity of your case, perceived risk factors and processing priorities. Please contact us for current information regarding likely processing timeframes for this type of application.
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