The requirements for an Australia Skilled Visa are as follows;
You must be under 45 years of age when you apply.
English Language proficiency:
You should have sufficient ability in the English Language to work in Australia. To demonstrate your English language proficiency, you can sit for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET). Prior to lodging your application, you should obtain your English language test results.
If you are qualified and experienced in a certain profession, in order to qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must nominate your occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). All occupations used for immigration purposes are from the ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Skilled Classification of Occupations).
Before you apply, the Australian assessing authority that is designated to assess your nominated occupation will assess your skills. The assessment usually has certain qualification requirements.
A panel doctor will assess your health and you are required to undergo a medical examination to prove that you are physically fit.
You will be assessed to ensure that you have a good character. This will be done by checking into your past history to make sure that you do not have a substantial criminal record.
If you meet all of the above the criteria, you can successfully lodge an application for a skilled migrant visa to Australia.
However, there can be many pitfalls in this procedure;
Firstly, your profession must appear in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) as a skilled profession for immigration purposes as per the ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Skilled Classification of Occupations). If it doesn’t appear in the MLTSSL, you might not be considered for this type of visa.
Secondly, you should have an adequate score in the English Language Proficiency examinations such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET).
With effect from July 2018, the points score required for skilled migration of the following visa sub-classes has been increased from 60 to 65;
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
Skilled – Sponsored (subclass 190)
Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 489)
This has left many applicants ineligible for the 189 Skilled Independent Visa.
The 457 Employer Sponsored Visa was replaced by the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. This visa had a significantly condensed occupations list, tighter English Language requirements and overall more difficult criteria for the applicant to meet.
These are major pitfalls in the visa application process that a new applicant may encounter.