From 12 March 2010, all applicants applying for either a Skilled—Regional Sponsored (subclass 487) visa, Skilled—Independent (subclass 885) visa or Skilled—Sponsored (subclass 886) visa will be able to use an existing suitable skills assessment to lodge a valid visa application.
This will allow applicants nominating a trade occupation for the above visa subclasses to provide a skills assessment pre-dating 1 January 2010 and is in line with the minister’s announcement on 8 February 2010.
This change should alleviate the concerns of international students and stakeholders regarding the amendments introduced on 1 January 2010. These amendments required onshore General Skilled Migration applicants who nominated a trade occupation to provide a skills assessment dated on or after 1 January 2010 to make a valid application.
This is no longer the case and the department will accept pre 1 January 2010 suitable skills assessments from 12 March 2010.
To confirm if your existing skills assessment is suitable for the purpose of applying for either a subclass 487, 885 or 886 visa, please contact the department on 1300 364 613.
If you are yet to obtain a skills assessment and wish to do so, you should contact the relevant assessing authority as soon as possible. It is important that you are assessed under the right skills assessment process for the visa and occupation you intend to apply for.
For details on the relevant assessing authority for your occupation and what it involves, please see: http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/
Note: It is important that you are assessed under the correct skills assessment process for the visa you intend to apply for. Some skills assessment processes can take a number of months to complete and you should determine well in advance which assessment you should undertake.