Is your occupation in high demand in Australia?
The Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business researches the type of skills shortages that exist in the Australian labour market. This research is then used to inform the skilled migration program for the next financial year.
During the 2017-18 financial year 190,000 visas were allocated for Skilled, Family and Special Eligibility visa. This has remained unchanged for the 2018-19 financial year.
In the 2018-19 year there will be:
Skilled Visa applicants fill 128,550 or 68.9% of all available places in the following categories:
The majority of places are allocated to Employer sponsored visas.
If you don’t have an eligible employer you may be eligible for the Skilled Independent visa. The advantage of the Skilled independent category is that you don’t need to be sponsored. You can also choose where you want to live and work.
How do you assess your eligibility for the Skilled independent visa- Step by Step?
In order to be eligible for a Skilled independent visa you must be under 45 years.
Your occupation must be identified as high demand. Only a limited number of places are available to some high demand occupations based on the occupation ceilings set by the department.
Once you identify that your occupation is in high demand, look at the ANZSCO Standard of Classification of Occupations to see what Australian qualifications and tasks you must meet to qualify for that occupation.
You then need to have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian authority.
You must have competent English as a bare minimum but the greater your English language ability the more points you score (see below).
You must also score a minimum of 65 points on the Points test. The higher your score the better your chances. Recently only people with scores of 70 have been receiving invitations.
It depends on a number of factors such as how many others have applied in your occupation and how your points score compares to theirs. The greater the competition, the higher your score will need to be.
For example, Accountants, Auditors and Company Secretaries needed at least 80 points to receive an invitation to apply in the latest invitation round released on 11 September 2018.
As of 11 September 2018, only 45 Management Consultants out of the allocated 3,894 places had been filled for the 2018-19 year.
You then submit an Expression of Interest to the department. Based on the number of places still available and the standard of the other applicants in your occupation, you may be invited to apply for a Skilled independent visa.
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