For some visas, one of the main requirements to meet before lodging a visa application is obtaining a positive skills assessment. A skills assessment is required for permanent independent visas (Skills Select) as well as some employer sponsored visas and the temporary graduate visa.
The requirements, costs and processes all vary depending on which occupation you have nominated. Different skill assessing bodies must be used for different occupations, the names of these bodies can be found on the right hand side of the Skilled Occupation lists.
The assessing body looks at your qualifications to check whether they meet the Australian standard. They also check your work experience related to your nominated occupation to assess whether you have the necessary skills to perform the job. Some assessing bodies require a minimum number of years of post-qualification relevant experience.
Permanent visas, and sometimes the 457 visa, require a full skill assessment. The 485 temporary graduate visa only requires you to have your qualifications assessed.
At minimum, for a full skills assessment, you would be required to submit your current CV (CV guide), qualification certificates and transcripts and work reference letters. Other applications are a lot more involved and may require more detailed descriptions of past work or projects. For some trade occupations, you may be required to undertake a practical assessment.
If you would like more information about your specific situation, please contact us via the free visa assessment tool and we will be able to answer your questions.
Please understand that the advice on this website is general in nature and subject to change without notice. We try to keep it as accurate as we can, however keeping up with changes in the Migration environment is sometimes very challenging.
This website does not replace personal advice about your specific situation. You can contact us via the free visa assessment tool and we can then advise you of the options available to you.