An EOI is an expression of interest, to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to initially express interest in making an application and your eligibility for specific skilled migration visas (see below). It should summarise your skills and credentials including an assessment of English language ability which if you don’t already have this can be done via https://ielts.com.au. As well as a completed a skills assessment. EOIs with a nomination by a state/territory and EOIs with higher points (passing score 65) rank higher in the pool of applicants. Your EOI is valid for 24 months, invitations are dependent on individual state/territory needs for workers which may mean your wait time to receive an invitation to lodge an application is anywhere within that period.
Applicants must first submit an expression of interest; the applicant can only start to make and lodge an application once they receive an invitation to apply (ITA).
When looking to applying for:
Invitations are sent out each round however, there is no set number of invitations to apply. It is entirely dependent on workforce demand.
Ie. ITA round statistics 26th July 2021
|EOI||NUMBER OF ITA|
|Skilled independent work visa (subclass 189)||250|
|Skilled work regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)||500|
Then here is where you get to showcase your abilities.
i.e. Qualification name
I.e., Position title
You will be asked after each employment you list
Is this position relevant to your chosen occupation? (You will need to nominate an occupation)
are you claiming points for this employment?
for details on points related to occupation you can view these via.
If you are successful in receiving an invitation to apply you then have 60 days to make your application. If for some reason that is not possible you lose your invitation and are not necessarily guaranteed a second one. It is better to be prepared so that if at any point in the 24 months your EOI is in the pool you do receive an ITA, you don’t lose the opportunity to apply. For more information or to begin preparing book a free initial consultation with us here.
An EOI isn’t a bridging visa or visa application. Following lodgement of your visa, you can then apply for a bridging visa to enter Australia. If you are already in Australia and the visa you currently hold is expiring before you have received an ITA to be able to apply for a skilled worker visa, you must apply for another visa to remain in Australia. If you do not qualify for another visa, you must depart Australia before your visa expires and wait offshore to hear from SkillSelect.
If you did not receive an invitation to apply, it’s okay not everyone does. However, after each invitation round the Department releases what the lowest EOI scoring points test points were and this can work as an indicator for you as to what you need for the future.
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