Skilled Worker Visa

Skilled Worker Visa

SKILLSELECT  & Skilled Worker Visas

EOI and SkillSelect 

It is necessary to lodge the Subclass 189 & 190 application via the Department of Immigrations SkillSelect.   This is called submitting an expression of interest. Ie EOI.  

The EOI may wait in the SkillSelect system for two years. The EOI is only an “expression of interest” and you will not be granted a bridging visa when you submit the EOI. This means that  may need to depart Australia if your current visa expires or you will need to apply for another substantive visa whilst your EOI is waiting in the DIBP system.

Once you have been invited by DIBP you have 60 days to lodge an application and provide the necessary documents to demonstrate your skills and experience.  

If you hold a substantive visa and are in Australia when you lodge your application,  you would be able to stay  in  Australia as the holder of a Bridging visa whilst the Department of immigration process your visa application.   You should firstly check whether your occupation is on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) found at: 

You must also obtain a Skills Assessment and English Assessment (IELTS) before you lodge your EOI and have a score of at least 60 points (the pass mark) to be eligible to apply for a Skilled Migration visa (subclasses 189, 190 and 489).     

This link will take you to the DIBP Point Test page:


Subclass 189  - Skilled Independent Visa

This visa can be used if you prefer to apply for a visa without the sponsorship of either an Employer or the State Government.  

Summary of Requirements: 

  • You must meet the Pass Mark of 60 Points
  • Be 49 years of age or younger
  • Have a current Skills Assessment
  • Occupation must be on the Skilled Occupation List
  • Have at least Competent English
  • Meet the Character and Heath requirements

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa
To apply for the Skilled Nominated Visa your Occupation must be on the “State Government List” and also the  Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL).  Each State or Territory government may have different occupations on their Lists, which can also change depending on State specific labour needs.   This should therefore be checked BEFORE any applications are submitted.

Summary of Requirements:

  • You must lodge an EOI and be invited to apply by DIBP
  • Obtain State Government Nomination
  • You must meet the Pass Mark of 60 Points
  • Be 49 years of age and younger
  • Have a current Skills Assessment
  • Have at least Competent English
  • Meet the Character and Heath requirements

Subclass 190 visa comprises three stages:  
     1. Expression of Interest with DIBP
     2. Nominated by State Government
     3. Lodge Visa Application with DIBP

Skills Assessments
From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment.

A skills assessment must be valid at the time of invitation to apply through SkillSelect for both the:

  • Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa;
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa



Please contact us for assistance with these visas.

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