Skills assessments are issued by skills assessing authorities that check your skills should meet the required standards to work in a relevant occupation. For each list of occupations skills assessing authority is different. If there is a need then you have to contact the assessing authority and get the skills assessment.
General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa
Applicants must have a suitable skills assessment for:
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) — Points-tested stream
- Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) — Invited Pathway
When the visa application is submitted you need to provide evidence that you have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation. By the time you are invited to apply, you will have the skills assessment. Validity period is calculated as follows:
- No validity period on a skills assessment – The assessment is valid for 3 years from the issue date.
- Validity period shown on a skills assessment is less than 3 years – The assessment is valid for the time stated on the assessment.
- Validity period shown on a skills assessment is more than 3 years – Validity of an assessment is for 3 years from the date of assessment.
For doctors, a suitable skills assessment is needed. Following certificates are issued by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency:
- Unconditional/Full/General medical registration
- Conditional specialist registration
Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
If you applied for Temporary Residence Transition stream of Labour Agreement then a skills assessment is not required, but if they think it is needed then it can be asked. If you apply under the direct entry system then skill assessment is needed. The results of the skills assessment must be obtained before the visa application date. If you submit it after expiry date then Skills Assessment for Migration is not valid. If there is no expiry date then they are valid for 3 years but after that, they are not valid.
Temporary Skill Shortage visa (TSS)
The following steps apply when submitting your visa application:
- Check that you need a compulsory skills assessment for the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482).
- Begin within three years, before you submit it.
- To avoid delays include the reference number of skill assessment.
- If you are eligible provide evidence of any exemption