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Mistakes to avoid when lodging an Expression of Interest for Skilled Visas

Expression of Interest (EOI) is one of the first steps in the long process of skilled visas. It is completed in the Immigration’s Skillselect system and it works to rank candidates according to their points score obtained and date of effect.

Below are 4 tips for you not to waste your invitation or risk having your visa refused!

1. Do not lodge an EOI without having already gathered all documents

The EOI process does not require you to attach evidence, however, when you receive the invitation, you have 60 days to apply. In addition, if you are looking to nominate a state or territory it is common for you to have 14 days to submit your application with the necessary documents for the state or territory.

Gathering documents and translations can often take longer than that.

2. Don't overstate your points

If at the time of applying for a visa you are unable to demonstrate you have the points stated in your EOI, your visa may be refused. Even if it was unintentional! This is to preserve the integrity of the skilled visa program and prevent candidates from purposely inflating their scores to receive an invitation.

3. Do not select more than one state / territory for the 190 and 491 visas

States want to nominate people who are committed to settling there.

4. Don't let your English test and Skills Assessment expire

English tests and skills assessments must have been completed within 3 years of the date of the invitation to apply for the visa. English test or skills assessment dated after the invitation will not be accepted and your visa may be refused!

Many Assessing Authorities offer a “renewal” service for skills assessment through a simpler and cheaper process than a complete assessment.

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