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    According to the update, applicants will be eligible to apply for visas under the general skilled migration category if they can get a skill assessment of their nominated occupation within 60 days from the date of receiving the invitation to apply for the visa.

    Who needs a skills assessment?

    Applicants for the following points-tested GSM visas must have a suitable skills assessment for their nominated occupation:

    • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
    • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
    • Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)
    • Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)

    To be invited to apply for a points-tested visa, applicants must have nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list for that visa subclass.

    Applicants are required to provide evidence that they have a suitable skills assessment for their nominated occupation at the time of submitting the application.

    Getting a skills assessment

    Applicants are required to contact the relevant assessing authority for their nominated occupation.

    “Check which skills assessing authority is the correct one for your nominated occupation and organise your skills assessment well before you apply for the visa,” the Department website states.

    The Department website states that the change of approach was made as a result of the decision of
    Thapa v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2021] FCCA 686

    In the case, Judge Humphreys adopted the interpretation that the wording “the time of invitation” shall be the period of validity of the invitation to apply for the visa, which is 60 calendar days from the date of an invitation letter issued through SkillSelect.

    Source: DHA

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