The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) of Australia had just released the new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2016-2017, rendered effective from July 1, 2016.
The list includes 183 occupations such as, Construction Project Manager, Child Care Manager, Medical Administrator, Accountant, Auditor, Economist, Engineer, Mechanic, Electrician, Teacher, Therapist, Veterinarian, to name a few. For the complete list of the SOL, please visit:
The SOL is used for Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189), Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (subclass 489) and Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 485).
The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.
- Be under 50 years old.
- Be sufficient in English.
- Nominate an occupation fitting your skills from the SOL
- Be assessed for your skills by an Australian authority.
- Meet the health and character requirements
- Score at least 60 on the Points Test.
|Age at the time of application||Points|
For English Proficiency
|International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) Classifications||Points|
|Superior English – a score of 8 or more in the (IELTS) in each of the four test components||20|
|Proficient English – a score of 7 or more in the IELTS in each of the four test components||10|
|Component English – a score of 6 or more in the IELTS in each of the four test components||0|
|Australian Employment in a closely-related occupation||Points|
|At least 8-10 years (of past 10 years)||20|
|At least 5 but less than 8 years (of past 10 years)||15|
|At least 3 but less 5 years (of past 10 years)||10|
|At least 1 but less than 3 years (of past 10 years)||5|
|Overseas Employment in a closely-related occupation||Points|
|At least 8-10 years (of past 10 years)||15|
|At least 5 but less than 8 years (of past 10 years)||10|
|At least 3 but less than 5 years (of past 10 years)||5|
Points for Educational Qualifications
|Doctorate from an Australian Institution or Doctorate of a recognized Standard||20|
|At least a Bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with honors or Masters from an Australian Institution or other degree of a recognized Standard||15|
|Diploma or trade qualification or other qualification completed in Australia, or qualification of recognized standard.||10|
Assessment with a relevant government body. Allows the DIBP to judge if your skill level fit your desired occupation.
Submission of your Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect, (an online application platform; see http://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Empl/skillselect) after receipt of a positive skills assessment.
After being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you can continue to the DIBP application. Submit your final, complete application to be approved by the DIBP, allowing granting of visa.
- Take general training in International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or Pearson Test of English (PTE).
- If desired occupation is in SOL, note the relevant assessing authority.
- Search for the assessing authority requirements online for skilled migration and application (i.e. ACS for IT Professionals)
- If assessment and language ability is competent and points total to 60, create Expression of Interest (EOI) and wait for invite from DIBP.
- Once invite is received, lodge visa (pay amount) and wait for outcome. Medical and Police clearance would be required after.
Watch out for another helpful release from OFWLife.ph which will focus on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).