Is the skilled visa process in Australia faster than ever?

by Ray Clancy on February 13, 2013

in Australia Immigration

Is the skilled visa process in Australia faster than ever?

Skilled visa processing has never been faster in Australia with the introduction of the new streamlined SkillSelect system resulting in 2,717 visas being granted in five months, officials have confirmed.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said that the system, introduced last July, where applicants submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then those identified as having the skills that are most in need in Australia receive an invitation to apply is proving popular. ‘Thanks to SkillSelect, skilled visa processing has never been faster, which is great news if you’re interested in working in Australia,’ a spokesman said.

‘If you receive an invitation through SkillSelect to apply for a skilled visa, you have all the details for your visa application ready in a complete EOI,’ added the spokesman.

People who have had their visa granted through SkillSelect have contacted the department to share their positive experience. ‘I really appreciate the way my visa got processed so quickly. As promised the new streamlined visa processing using SkillSelect is very efficient,’ said Kapil, who submitted his EOI in October 2012 and was invited to apply for a skilled visa in November 2012.

Quote from : “After we have lodged the expression of interest, how long it will take to get a response from DIAC? And what is the success rate on skill select?”

‘Another great thing to point out is that the website has all the required information for a candidate to process their application. I have done the visa processing all by myself and found all the relevant details from the official website,’ he added. State and territory governments are using SkillSelect to search for overseas skilled workers. To date, they have nominated 3,700 points tested skilled EOIs and 218 business innovation and investment EOIs through SkillSelect.

‘If you have a skill Australia needs and meet the visa requirements, log into SkillSelect today and tell us about yourself and what you can bring to Australia’s workplace. You may be invited to lodge a skilled visa application sooner than you expect,’ said the DIAC spokesman.

‘SkillSelect is an online system so you can start your EOI at any time. If you’d like to find out more about SkillSelect you can visit the SkillSelect website. The department welcomes all feedback, compliments and complaints. If you’ve been granted a visa through SkillSelect you can let us know about your experience,’ he added.

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Neeta March 1, 2013 at 3:45 am

Hii.. I have successfully cleared my Skills Assessment results. I have also lodged for my EOI for visa subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme). I don't know what to do next so that I can get invitations from relevant employers and I get an job offer. Also, can I apply for a visa application now, or do I do it only after I get a job offer.
Please advice.


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