How to complete a Skills Assessment for Australian visas 

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Completing a Skills Assessment can almost be as complicated and expensive as your visa application. There are a number of additional requirements you must meet in order to pass so it’s important you get it right the first time. Get rid of the stress and hassle by letting us guide you through the entire process. We will help every step of the way from gathering the correct documents to submitting your application.

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    Do you need to complete a Skills Assessment?

    Skills Assessments are sometimes required for Australian immigration to help prove you have the required skills, experience, qualifications and knowledge for the occupation you are applying to migrate through. However, Skills Assessments are not a mandatory requirement for all types of visas though.

    Skills Assessments are generally only required for the following visas:

    General Skilled Migration Visa – subclasses 189, 190, 491 and 489

    Employer Sponsored Visas – subclass 482 (TSS)*, 186 and 187 Direct Entry

    Temporary Graduate Visa – subclass 485

    *Not all occupations through the TSS Visa require a Skills Assessment. Skills Assessments are only required for certain occupations and then only for applicants holding specific passports. You can view the full list of TSS Visa occupations and nationalities requiring a Skills Assessment here.

    How you can complete a Skills Assessment

    Once you have determined if you are required to complete a Skills Assessment, you will need to find out which Australian skills assessing authority is authorised to assess your occupation.

    Each skills assessing authority will have specific criteria for you to meet in order to have a successful outcome. For most authorities you will initially be required to submit a number of specific documents to be assessed and then depending on the assessing authority may need to complete an additional interview, practical assessments or test.

    For most visas you will need to have completed the Skills Assessment before the time of visa lodgement. With General Skilled Visas it is advised to have completed the assessment before submitting your EOI. Skills Assessments can either be completed onshore in Australia or offshore, but again check the requirements and locations for assessments as outlined by each skills assessing authority.

    Don’t know where to start and want Visa Jobs help?

    For most people completing a Skills Assessment can be as complicated as lodging their visa application. If you don’t understand how to complete a Skills Assessment, or the requirements you need to meet, let Visa Jobs help you.

    How we will help

    Our experienced team will explain and guide you all the way through the process from start to finish. Our Visa Jobs team can help you:

    Identify which skills assessing authority you will need to apply to for your chosen visa and occupation

    Gather all of the correct documents required for the assessment

    Submit all of your documents and application forms on your behalf to the assessing authority

    Communicate and coordinate directly with the skills assessing authority on your behalf

    Applying and completing a Skills Assessment can be very time consuming and stressful. If you would rather complete the assessment without all the added hassle then let us help you. Contact us today and we can start the process by explaining exactly what you need to do, so we can arrange the rest.


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    If you need help completing your Skills Assessment, let us know. One of our experienced team members will explain what needs to be done and can start the process for you.

      Frequently asked questions (FAQ) – About Skills Assessments

      How can I find out if I need to complete a skills assessment?

      If you are not sure if you will be required to complete a skills assessment, contact us and we can let you know. If you tell us your occupation, nationality and the visa subclass you plan on applying for, we can let you know if a skills assessment is required. We can also let you know which RTO can assess you, and put you in contact with our affiliated Registered Migration Agents who can help you complete the process. Contact us today for more info.

      What are the costs to get Visa Jobs to help me with my skills assessment?

      It will not cost you any extra for our assistance. We will provide you with free information regarding the skills assessment, the costs to complete it, and what you will need to do. We will then put you in contact with a Registered Migration Agent who will guide you through the assessment as well as booking the assessment for you. The Registered Migration Agent will charge you for their professional services as well as for the cost of the assessment.

      When do I need to pay the fees for the skills assessment?

      Most RTO’s will charge their fee in stages. If you decide to let one of our affiliated Registered Migration Agents help you, they will also charge you in stages for the RTO fees and theirs. Contact us for a full breakdown of costs for your chosen occupation.

      How long will it take to complete a skills assessment?

      This will vary depending on which RTO is completing the assessment, what type of skills assessment you will require and what occupation you are being assessed for. Generally, once you have submitted all of the required documents it will take approximately 12-14 weeks.

      What amount of experience will be required for the skills assessment?

      Each RTO will have their own requirements depending on the occupation you wish to be assessed for. To see the requirements for your occupation visit the RTO’s website or contact us for more information.

      How long is a skills assessment valid for?

      In most cases your skills assessment will be valid for three years from the date the certificate is issued. Some assessing authorities may state a different validity on their certificates, if that is the case then the date stated will be the correct expiry date.

      I have completed a skills assessment but it was over three years ago, do I have to take another one?

      If your skills assessment has expired or is older than three years, then you will be required to complete another skills assessment.

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