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Skill Assessment

Skill Assessment

Getting a positive skill assessment is a mandatory part of skilled migration under the general skilled migration and employer sponsor visa programs in Australia. Skill assessment refers to assessing an applicant’s qualification and/or employment against the suitability of a nominated occupation.

If you are planning to migrate to Australia, you may need to undergo a skill assessment to determine your qualifications and suitability for your intended occupation.

The requirements for a skills assessment vary depending on your occupation and the visa category you are applying for. Generally, you will need to provide evidence of your education, work experience, and any relevant certifications or licenses.

Here are some steps you can take to prepare for a skills assessment:

  • Determine the requirements for your occupation: Check the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) to see if your occupation is eligible for migration to Australia. Then, look up the specific requirements for your occupation on the relevant assessing authority’s website.
  • Gather your documents: Collect all your relevant documents, including your education certificates, transcripts, work experience letters, and any professional certifications or licenses.
  • Submit your application: Once you have your documents, submit your application to the relevant assessing authority. You may need to pay a fee to have your skills assessed.
  • Wait for the assessment outcome: The assessing authority will review your application and determine whether you meet the skills and qualification requirements for your occupation. This can take several weeks or even months, depending on the complexity of your case.
  • Use the assessment outcome for your visa application: If your skills assessment is successful, you can use the assessment outcome to support your visa application. The assessment outcome will typically be valid for a certain period, so make sure to check the expiry date.

Overall, the skills assessment process can be complex and time-consuming, but it is an important step in migrating to Australia. Make sure to do your research and follow the guidelines carefully to maximize your chances of success.

Below is the list of some of the visas which require an applicant to provide a positive skills assessment:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)
  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
  • Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)
  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
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