Just thought I'd drop a line to all forum members looking at migrating to Australia to advise that Australian Immigration (DIAC) will be changing the process of applying for a skilled migration visa.
The Skilled Migrant Selection Register (SkillSelect) is a new program which will ensure the selection of the best and brightest skilled migrants from a pool of intending migrants.
SkillSelect is a major reform in the way Australia selects skilled migrants.
This will seriously impact anyone that is considering applying for permanent resdiency in Australia on a skilled migration visa.
The changes are expected to be implemented on 1 July 2012.
So how will it work ?
SkillSelect is based on an electronic two-stage process whereby intending migrants first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and they MAY subsequently be invited by the department to make a skilled migration visa application. Note however that THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF THIS.
Those interested in independent, family, state or territory sponsored and business skills migration will now be required to receive an invitation first from DIAC in order to lodge a visa application.
When lodging an EOI, you must meet the points criteria, have your skills assessed and any English language test already carried out so there will be a financial outlay without any guarantee of being invited to submit a visa application.
The higher the points you score, the better the chance of being selected.
This will ensure that the best applicants in each occupation are identified and selected first.
Bear in mind that occupation quotas will also apply in some cases. Once the ceiling for a particular occupation is reached, no more invitations will be issued until the following year when the quota is renewed again.
My advise - if you are looking at applying for permanent residency, you should consider getting your application lodged as soon as possible to prevent you being affected by the July 2012 changes. If you have any concerns, make sure to get the correct advise as early as possible so you can take appropriate action in time.