Around about one week ago we announced that the 2016 – 2017 Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL) had been announced.
Since writing this article we’ve been picked up by a few online news organisations and as a result over 60,000 people have viewed the article!
Together with these visitors, we’ve also had a heap of questions, posted both in the comments to the original SOL post and within our forums. Its fair to say that the questions have a recurring theme. Questions along the lines of:
My Job is ‘x’ Do we have any chance for new start up in Australia?
Can you tell me please where can I find more details about applying for ‘x’
I have experience doing ‘x’ and my husband has experience doing ‘y’ Do we have chance to live and work in Australia?
A tiny clarification before we get into our article! :)
First things first, before we look to try and provide some clarity around these questions, I’d like to be clear that Getting Down Under (this website) is not linked to the Australian Immigration Department.
I launched this site in 2006 as a blog to chronicle my own move with my family from the UK to Australia. Over time the website has grown to be much more than that. We now include coverage of the latest Australian migration related news and articles to try and explain in simple terms how the every changing Australian migration process works.
This may likely be the reason why you ended up here and if this is the case I’d like to welcome you to our website and hope to make the ‘potential’ journey down under a much smoother one. I’d also like to encourage all of our visitors to become part of our community by clicking here.
So minor clarification aside, lets get onto the under lining question.
Your Job is on the Australian Skills Occupation List (SOL). Does this mean you have a chance to live and work in Australia?
The simple answer to this question is a resounding YES however it’s important to note that having an occupation listed on the SOL doesn’t automatically guarantee that you’ll be able to simply apply for a visa pay a small fee and be accepted into Australia with open arms.
Having your occupation listed on the SOL is one of a number of criteria you’ll need to pass to qualify for an Australian visa.
The approach taken by the Australian government is, in the main part, a logical one. The Skilled Occupations List, sometimes known as a Jobs In Demand List or Skills in Demand list is a tool used to list the skills where there is a demand which is greater than the supply of individuals with those skills already living in Australia. You’ll need to have a job on this list to qualify for an Australian skilled visa.
This doesn’t mean however that if you have one of these skills its a free for all! The Australian Immigration Department needs a way to manage the people with the right skills coming into Australia. A little like a tap that they can turn on and off as required.
They do this via a process called Skillselect
What is SkillSelect?
Form the Australian Immigration website available here
SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration programme. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration programme is based on Australia’s economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.
SkillSelect also helps address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.
So Skillselect is basically the name given to the process undertaken by the Australian immigration Department to manage the way Australian onboard people who are looking to use their skills to gain a place in Australia.
So whats next in the process. You need to lodge an expression of interest (EOI) to apply for an Australian Skilled Visa.
Lodging an Expression Of Interest (EOI)
An Expression Of Interest, often referred to as an EOI is the mechanism to formally lodge an interest in migrating to Australia.
An Expression of interest is lodged online via the SkillSelect website. Once you submit your completed EOI, you will receive a confirmation notification from SkillSelect. Your EOI will then remain in SkillSelect for a maximum of two years.
SkillSelect will calculate your points, assess your eligibility and will provide feedback when you submit for points tested and business innovation visas. You will be able to view a report to see where you were awarded points after you submit your EOI.
Points? What are the points used for?
Invitations are issued automatically by the SkillSelect system every month. Only a set amount of invitations will be issued each month with the volumes being governed by a number of criteria including both the visa type and occupation type.
When you register an EOI, your application will have a number of points allocated to it. The number of points your EOI is allocated will be governed by the role, experience, your age, country of origin and a number of additional criteria. The more points you have the more likely you will be invited to apply for an Australian Visa during each invitation round.
Candidates are then invited to apply for a visa, subject to occupation ceilings.
What are occupation ceilings?
An ‘occupation ceiling’ might be applied to invitations issued under certain types of Australian Visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be selected for skilled migration from a particular occupation group.
This ensures that the skilled migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that programme year.
Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking.
So where to from here?
So you’ve probably gathered by now that qualifying to move to Australia consists of a little more than just having the experience doing a job published on a Skilled Occupations List!
The Australian migration process is a complicated one however if your willing to put in a little work, I can guarantee from first hand experience that the effort really is worth it! :D
Our website is designed as a resource for potential migrants looking to make the move to Australia. Take a second to join our community by CLICKING HERE . Once registered, join us in our fourms where we’ll be happy to help.
Finally, the official resource for SkillSelect can be found via the following link: https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Empl/skillselect there is more information here then I could have ever have hoped to cover in this article so take the time to read the information carefully and as always, feel free to come back here if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help in our forums
If you have solid experience in a role listed in the Australian SOL, have a high competency in English and meet the age requirements of the visa (critical ages for all skilled visas are : 29, 34, 39, 44 and final cut off date is age 49 and 364 days) then then there is no reason why the application process shouldn’t be a straight forward one.
To your success!