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News Expression of Interest (EOI) and other changes

MysticRiver

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Dear All,

There are some proposed changes in immigration process, some important changes are listed below

SkillSelect

SkillSelect will be introduced on 1 July 2012 and will change the way people seek to migrate to Australia. Rather than applying for a skilled migration visa, people will instead first record their details through an online EOI. This EOI will include basic personal information, and will also be the stage when the intending migrant will have their skills and attributes ranked against a points test, if they seek a points tested skilled migration visa. More information on SkillSelect is available on the department’s website.

See: http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect

Visa Subclass Changes

Currently, there are six different visas for points tested, non-employer sponsored skilled migration visa applications granted in and outside Australia. From 1 July 2012, the distinction between the locations of a visa applicant will be removed and these six subclasses will be replaced by three new points tested skilled migration visa subclasses.

New Subclasses
  • subclass 189 (skilled independent) (will replace subclasses 885 and 175)
  • subclass 190 (skilled nominated) (will replace subclasses 886 and 176)
  • subclass 489 (skilled regional) (will replace subclasses 487 and 475)
There is some changes in point system as well. For updated point system see this post

Also here is some information almost same as previous.

Skilled occupation requirement

Skilled occupation requirements remain central to the new skilled visas. Intending migrants wanting to submit an EOI through SkillSelect must nominate a skilled occupation from the relevant skilled occupation list in effect when they are invited to apply. They should have a suitable skills assessment for their occupation before they make an EOI. If invited to lodge an application they will need to present a suitable skills assessment in this occupation from their nominated occupation’s assessing authority. Further information on assessing authorities is available on the department’s website.

See: http://www.immi.gov.au/asri

Secondary Applicants

Applicants for a skilled migration visa can include other members of their family unit with their application. While the primary applicant must satisfy the primary criteria, including the threshold requirements and the points test, members of their family unit who are making a combined application need to satisfy the secondary applicant criteria. They must demonstrate a family relationship with the primary applicant and dependency if required, as well as satisfy health, character, custody, Australian values and functional English language requirements as applicable. Under the new points tested skilled migration visas, spouses, de facto partners and dependent children may be added after applications are lodged up until the time of visa decision.
 
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