This video was sent to me by an SMG reader. It does a great job of explaining how to assess your occupation for Australian immigration and the benefit of SkillSelect. It is very important that you assess your occupation correctly when getting your Australian visa.
Below I have summaries what 123 Migration cover in the video above.
This is an overview, not advice. For visa advice please consult a registered migration agent such as True Blue Migration, a partner of Sydney Moving Guide.
Australian Independent Skilled Visas Overview
In an overview of Australian Independent Skilled Visas, we need to talk about three main things:
- Occupations. What occupation do you have? What tasks are performed in that occupation?
- SkillSelect. This is very important to make sure that you can get nominated for a Visa.
- The Assessment process.
Please note, all of these are required for an Independent Skilled Visa for Australia.
Let’s begin with occupations. There are specific occupations that can apply to an Independent Skilled Visa. These occupations are on the SOL list which means Skilled Occupation List.
Skilled occupations are occupations that are in demand in Australia.
The second thing you need to be aware of is the ANZSCO. This is the standard classification of occupations within Australia or in New Zealand.
It provides definitions of the occupation and a code that is associated with that occupation. It also highlights the tasks performed by people in these occupations. It also provides the education required to meet and satisfy the classification of these occupations.
In the SOL list you will notice these ANZSCO codes, as well as the name of the occupation and a reference to the assessment body or association for that occupation.
What if your occupation is not on the Skilled Occupations List?
Don’t be discouraged if your occupation is not on the SOL list because there are other Independent Skilled Visas available to you. These are on the CSOL list, which is the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List.
The main difference between the CSOL list and the SOL list is that these occupations are in demand but not in high demand. You’ll find that the occupations on the CSOL list are only in-demand in certain regions. Meaning within a particular state or within a particular regional area within Australia.
Each of these regions have specific requirements that you have to apply to for that regional area before you are able to apply for an Independent Skilled Visa.
If your occupation is on the CSOL list, you can still apply for an Independent Visa but you need to have a look at the regional areas and the assessment processes first. It adds another set of requirements on top of the Independent Skilled Visa process.
What is SkillSelect?
Let’s talk about SkillSelect. SkillSelect is an online process and it’s really a self-assessment process, whereby skilled workers become candidates for visas.
Imagine a pool of candidates, those that have more skills and have more of the attributes that Australia wants, are more likely to be selected from that pool of candidates. If you do get selected out of SkillSelect, then you will get an invitation to apply for a visa.
Remember, this is based on your occupation and also the points testing. Points are really about your attributes and will they be a benefit to Australia. You need 60 points to be able to get into the SkillSelect pool to be a candidate. Points are based on things like your age or your work experience.
Note: Only after you’ve become qualified does the work experience, education and also your English test count.
You will definitely need to take an English test to do this process. You can gain more points doing other things. Check out the SkillSelect website for more info.
The more points you have, the more chance you have of being invited to apply for a visa. Please note that with SkillSelect, you will not get a visa but you’re only invited to apply for one.
How does this process start?
First of all, you need an assessment in your occupation.
On the SOL list, you’ll see a link to the assessment body for that occupation. The assessment body compares your overseas qualifications to Australian qualifications. That’s the job of these assessment bodies.
It is a lot easier if you’re able to get your qualification in Australia. Overseas students that study in Australia, may not need to go through this assessment process if they have gotten their qualification in Australia. But the majority of times it is necessary.
The assessment process is generally very detailed. You can expect to answer questions in regards to your experience or your education.
They will want to, not only understand your certificates, but they also understand the units in your courses and detailed subjects. You will also need to provide translations of all of these courses if needed. It is a big job and requires a lot of work.
You’ll find that IELTS and English testing is also a requirement.
It is recommended that you investigate the assessment process further for your particular occupation before you begin.
Overview of what you need for an Independent Skilled Visa for Australia and the requirements.
Firstly, we need to have a look at the SOL list and see if your occupation is on that list. Make sure that your occupation has those tasks associated with it.
The next thing you need to do is have a look at the assessment process and the requirements, which can all be found on the web.
You’ll find that there is also state and regional assessment processes where you can get extra points when applying for an Independent Visa in a state or region. That creates another application and there can be more requirements to that.
Then lastly, you have to have a look at SkillSelect. That in itself is another application with more requirements and done on the web.
It can be a very complicated process.
Start the process with SkillSelect
It’s recommended that you start with SkillSelect and see how many points you can get and then work your way to the assessment application. Those are the two main things.
Once you’ve actually gone into SkillSelect and, if you get selected, you will get an invitation to apply for a visa. Then you can make your visa application.
The thing with all of this, really depends on the invitation and when you receive that. It’s difficult to determine the timing on visas. That’s why it’s easier to progress them offshore.
In summary, there are many factors that you need to be aware of. There’s the assessment process and SkillSelect.
The main thing they all do favor is high English capability. Make sure before you even start this process, you get an English test score. For example, IELTS or TOEFL.
These visas give you access to work in Australia and a freedom to work with whomever you choose. Because there is an invitation process, it makes it very difficult to determine the timing of a visa and when you’re actually going to get it. It’s best not to rely on this a specific visa until you’re able to get an invitation.
That’s why 66% of these visas are done offshore so people can apply while they’re still working in their home country and wait for an answer.