Skills Assessment and Permanent Residency Pathways

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for people looking to relocate permanently. The country offers a higher standard of living and numerous privileges, including free public health and education, compared to other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

However, Australia has faced a growing hard skills shortage in several industries over the past few years. The combination of closed borders and a lack of skilled applicants has meant that Australian businesses have difficulty finding qualified staff.

How does the Government plan to tackle the shortage?

In response to this issue, the current Australian Government have introduced new measures to increase “skilled migration” to Australia and currently plans to welcome 195,000 new migrants to Australia for the 2022-23 financial year.

How can you take advantage of this?

General Skilled Migration visas, like Subclass 189, 190 and 491, are available to skilled individuals, depending on one’s qualifications, suitability, and needs. To maintain the integrity of this Skilled Migration program, the Government supports some key bodies in each domain to verify and assess if the individual has the necessary skills as per Australian Education Standards. Assessing your skills with one of these bodies is one of the foundation steps towards achieving an Australian Permanent Residency.

How do I qualify for a skilled visa?

The first step in applying for a skilled visa is to have your skills evaluated by approved Australian skills assessing authority for your nominated occupation.

Skill assessment will evaluate your educational qualification and work experience to the requirements of the relevant nominated occupation you have chosen. Each of these assessing authorities has its evaluation procedures and processing times.

For instance, if you hold a “Bachelor of IT” degree, and have four years of work experience as a Business Analyst, The Australian Computer Society (“ACS” – The relevant skills assessment body for IT occupations) will:

  • evaluate your qualifications
  • work experience

To determine whether you are skilled to be considered a “Business Analyst”.

What’s the takeaway here?

Each skills assessment authority has unique criteria, which can be complex and competitive. Your educational background, employment history, English proficiency, and other factors are evaluated to determine whether you are “skilled” enough to receive permanent residency in Australia. Remember to research and do more research to choose your occupation for a positive skills assessment outcome.

We understand that skills assessment can be complex. If you are unsure of what occupation you fall into and what skills assessment to pursue, we recommend that you seek professional advice.

Feel free to contact us for assistance at:

Phone:0431 857 017

Email: [email protected]

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