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The Importance of Meeting Skills Assessment Criteria for Points Based Visas

The Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa and the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa are both points based permanent resident visas. Interested persons need to submit an expression of interest through SkillSelect and be invited by the minister to apply for the requested visa. Potential applicants must demonstrate that they have met the required points at the time of invitation to apply for the visa. Immigration Solutions Lawyers can assist with any part of the 189 and 190 visa process.

At the time of invitation to apply for the 189 visa, the applicant must be able to show that the relevant assessing authority has reviewed the applicant’s skills and they have received a positive skills assessment, indicating the applicant’s skills are suitable for the nominated occupation.

Immigration Solutions recently assisted a client complete the skills assessment component of her 189 visa application. The applicant completed her skills assessment through VETASSESS for her occupation as an Actuary. To achieve a positive skills assessment for an Actuary, the applicant is required to have a Bachelor degree or higher in the relevant field and have at least one year of post-qualification employment in the relevant field. Although the applicants Bachelor degree in International Business was not deemed highly relevant, her Master’s degree in the field Actuarial Practices was highly relevant and was sufficient to meet the education component of the criteria. The applicant had exactly one year relevant experience and therefore just met the minimum requirements for the employment component.

It is important to note that the skills assessing body, VETASSESS in this case, have slightly differing requirements in relation to an applicant’s skill level, qualification and experience level than the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) criteria. In this instance, for a positive skills assessment outcome, the requirements of the skills assessing body would be the primary criteria.

Immigration solutions was able to assist the applicant in displaying her educational and employment history that was relevant to her occupation in order to receive a positive skills assessment outcome. Now the applicant has received a positive skills assessment she can now submit an expression of interest for a Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa.

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