SkillSelect refers to the system through which Australia selects skilled migrants to fill the shortage in Australia labour market. It gives the Australian government the tools to respond to the demand of labour as required to meet the economic need. It can be best described as an online platform allows future skilled migrants to express their interests to migrate to Australia and then the Australian government chooses the most suitable candidates based on their merits.


SkillSelect is almost like “National Job Matching Agency” where the government determines the number of migrants needed in each occupation in a particular period in addition to the minimum skills and qualifications required to fill those occupations. The intending migrants who meet the minimum requirements submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and then the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) invites successful candidates to apply for skilled migrant visas. Granting skilled migrant visa does not include a job offer, it is the migrant's responsibility to look for employment opportunity after they arrive to Australia. 


The following visas must be applied for using SkillSelect:


If you are sponsored by an approved Australian employer, you can also apply for the following three visas using Skillselct:


  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa 

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa,

  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa.


There are four fundamental steps that migrants must go through when they apply through SkillSelect program:


  1. Submitting Expression of Interest (EOI).

  2. Receiving invitation to apply for a visa

  3. Lodging a visa application

  4. Receiving visa decision, visa grant or refusal. 

The Expression of Interest is the commencement of the migration process for intending migrants under the general skilled migration (GSM) program, for prospective migrants under the Business Innovation and Investment program, and for some people applying under the employer sponsored program.


An Expression of Interest (EOI) is not an application for a visa. It is merely an expression that an intending migrant wishes to be considered for a skilled migrant visa.


When you lodge an EoI you will be required to provide information about your:


  • Personal details 

  • Education 

  • Qualification 

  • Skills

  • Occupation 

  • Employment experience 

  • English language proficiency 

  • Business and Investement expreience ( business visa applicants only)


Minimum requirements to submit your EOI:


For applicants under general skilled migration (GSM) program, you must: 



There are no general minimum requirements for Business Visa Program, each business visa has it own distinct requirements. Please visit the Business Visa page for further information. 


Once you meet the above requirements you can submit your EOI with the DIBP. Your EOI remains in the SkillSelect system for 2 years within which you may receive an invitation to apply for a visa. 


The SkillSelect system will rank cadidates by date order according to the person’s Points. In the event that candidates have equal points, they will be ranked by the time and date of EOI lodgement.


Candidates can update their EOIs to refelct the change in thier circumstances at any time prior to receiving an invitation eg, new work experience, higher qualification, improved English, changed family composition. If the EOI is updated the candidate’s ranking will be affected, as will the SkillSelect date priority. 




In processing Expression of Interest (EOI) in the DIBP SkillSelect database, intending GSM migrants will effectively be competing against one another by having their skills and attributes ranked against an objective points test. Intending migrants with the highest score will then be invited to apply for a visa. 


Points are awarded to


  • Age;

  • English Language Ability;

  • Skilled Employment;

  • Educational Qualifications;

  • Australian Study;

  • Credentialled Community Language Qualifications;

  • Study in Regional Australia

  • Partner Skill Qualifications;

  • Professional Year in Australia;

  • Nomination by State or Territory Government (visa subclass 190 only); and

  • Nomination by State or Territory Government or Sponsorship by an Eligible Family Member (visa subclass 489 only).


Candidates must score the minimum points thershold in order to receive invitation to apply for migration. The current minimum points required are 60 points. As invitations for migration are accorded to candidates with the highest points, there is no guarantee that meeting the required minimum points will see candidates receiving an invitation. It is, therefore, the higher your score the more likely you will receive invitation to apply for a visa. 




You must provide evidence of competent English in order to submit your Expression of Interest on SkillSelct. Passport holder of New Zealand , Ireland, Canada, USA and UK are exempt form providing evidence of English language proficiency as they are considered to have met this threshold.


Competent level of English is evidenced by:


  •  IELTS: 6+ in each component; or

  •  PTE Academic: 50+ in each component; or

  •  Cambridge (CAE): 169+ in each component; or

  •  TOEFL iBT: 12 in Listening, 13 Reading, 21 Writing, 18 Speaking 




All intending migrants who want to apply to a permanent visa through SkillSelct must nominate an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation lists. You must also provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.


There are different assessing authorities, each one specialises in assessing the skills and qualification of one occupation of group of occupations. Depending on your nominated occupation you must apply for assessment to the relevant assessing authority, e.g., Engineering Australian is the assessing authority for engineering related occupations, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for medical practitioners,  Vetsassess for trade qualifications, etc.


Generally, assessing authorities help you with :


  • Assessing whether you qualification is comparable (equivalent) to similar Australian qualification.

  • Assessing whether your work experience is suitable to the nominated occupation.


Obtaining positive assessment of your skills and qualifications is critical to your eligibility to receive invitation to apply for a visa. Each assessment authority has its own requirements and / or pathways that must be met in order to issue positive assessment outcome. The requirements may vary depending the qualification, the educational institution from which you obtained your qualification, you work experience, etc. In many cases, assessing authorities may require candidates to undertake tests or further formal studies in order to issue a full positive assessment for points tested skilled visas.

The DIBP issues invitations to candidates periodically, currently on a monthly basis. The DIBP determines  the number of invitations to be issued per occupation group in each round as to ensure that the maximum predetermined number of invitations is not exceeded by the end of the program year. It is expected that the top-ranking EOIs down to the number required for a round will be issued, and so this process will be repeated at regular intervals.


Invitations to apply for a visa are issued based on the information you provide in your EOI. It is highly recommended NOT to make any changes to the information you provided in your EOI after receiving an invitation without obtaining proper advice.

Invitees will have 60 days to make their visa applications before the invitation will expire. If the invitation expires, the Candidate will remain in SkillSelect database for a total period of 2 years. During this time, acandidate can receive a second and final invitation.


At this stage, you need to formally apply for a visa and prove all the claims you made in your EOI. This includes:


  • Completing the relevant application form(s),

  • Providing the required supporting documents,

  • Paying the relevant visa application charges.


After you logged your visa application, DIBP will consider your application against the relevant visa criteria. In doing so, DIBP undertakes checks, as required, to confirm that the information and documents you have provided are truthful and accurate. To avoid any delay in the process, it is in your best interest to provide all required information including supporting documents at the time you lodge your application. The DIBP may contact you requesting further information during the visa processing.  You are expected to provide the requested information within specified timeframe.


Visa processing time varies. The DIBP publishes indicative processing time ranging between 3 months to 18 months, depending on a number of factors e.g., visa type, country of nationality, country of residence, etc…


This where the DIBP inform you about the outcomes of your visa application, to grant you a visa or to refuse the grant of a visa.


Visa Grant:

When DIBP makes a favourable decision to grant you a visa you must enter Australia no later than the date specified on the visa. In case you are granted a permanent visa,  your visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely, a permanent visa is your pathway to the Australian citizenship. The visa, however, is valid for five years only, this means you cannot enter Australia when it expires unless you obtain another visa.


Visa Refusal:

Sometimes visa applications are refused. In this case, the DIBP will write to the visa applicants advancing them why the application is refused and their review rights when applicable.


Visa can be refused for a variety of reasons, this may include but limited to:


  • Not being able to provide sufficient supping documents within the timeframe specified by the department. 

  • Providing fraudulent documents. 

  • Not being able to meet the character requirements (candidates with criminal history)

  • Not being able to meet the health requirement.

  • Claiming points score in their Expressions of Interest, on which the invitation was made, higher than what they actually receive when their visa applications are assessed.

  • Changes in the DIBP relevant policies that affect certain visa applications or the entire skilled migrant program.


  • Assessing your eligibility

  • Managing your skills assessment (if you require us to assist you with a skills assessment application)

  • Lodging your Expression of Interest application with Skills Select

  • Lodging a visa application if you receive an Expression of Interest

  • Managing your bridging visa requirements, if applicable

  • Providing advice and update regarding Australian migration law


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  1. Find out if your occupation is listed on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) or the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL), the later one is only for Sate or Territory Government sponsored candidates.

  2. Assess your eligibility to score 60 points on the points test.

  3. Take the English test unless you are an exempt candidate and you can score the minimum required 60 points without evidence of English proficiency.

  4. Have your qualification and skills assessed 

  5. Submit your EOI

  6. Wait for your invitation to apply for a visa  

  7. Apply for a visa once you receive invitation 

1. Submit Expression of Interest (EOI):
2. Receiving Invitation to apply for a visa: 
3. Lodging Visa Application:
4. Receiving Visa Decision, Visa Grant or Refusal:
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