25 May 2011
New Australian visa rule for skilled migrants announced
A radical new item of Australian visa legislation has been announced, with independent skilled migrants set to have to ask permission before lodging their application as of July, 2012.
From July 2012, any skilled migrants applying for an Australian visa will have to lodge an online expression of interest and wait to receive an invitation before they can make a formal application.
The release on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website has the following information about the new system (titled the Skilled Migrant Selection Model):
"The Australian Government has decided on a major reform in the way Australia selects skilled migrants, the Skilled Migrant Selection Model (the Model). The Model will build upon and draw together the suite of reforms to the skilled migration program over the past three years. In doing so it will deliver the skills Australia needs by matching the best and brightest migrants to the available places in the migration program.
The Model will be an electronic system based upon a two-stage process. Prospective applicants first submit claims for skilled migration through an online EOI and subsequently may be invited to make a visa application. This is a significant change from the current situation, as applicants for independent or state/territory sponsored migration will be required to receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application.
Once invited, the Model will ensure a match between the number of applicants and the number of available program places. This will result in streamlined processing times."
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian visa application with the Australia High Commission.