Just like Canada, the Australian government also issues an Invitation to Apply for eligible candidate to apply for permanent residency in Australia. Invitations are only issued through SkillSelect which expresses interest in eligible candidate’s profile.

Which Visas Require an Invitation to Apply in Australia?

The Independent and Family Sponsored Visas

You will be required an Invitation to Apply for types of Visa if:

  • You pass the points test system
  • The occupation ceiling limit in which your occupation falls has not been reached
  • You are one of those candidates ranking higher in the Expression of Interest SkillSelect

Invitations are issued one every month and the news for the same is published on the Australian Department of immigration website.

State and Territory Nominated Visa

You may receive an Invitation to Apply for this type of visa if:

  • A state or territory government nominates you
  • The occupation ceiling limit in which your occupation falls has not been reached
  • You have passed the points test system

Once you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days of time in your hands to make necessary actions and apply for the visa. During this time, you cannot change any information you have entered in your expression of interest. If you do not lodge an application after you receive two invitations, your application will be deleted. You will then need to create a new expression of interest if you still wish to apply for a visa.

What Do You Do After Your Receive an Invitation to Apply?

After receiving an invitation, you will have 60 days to lodge your online visa application. If you do not lodge the application within this time, you will need to wait for another invitation. If you receive two invitation for the same EOI and do not lodge an application, your EOI will automatically be deleted. If you still wish to apply for a visa, you must submit a fresh EOI.

You can either be in or outside of Australia when lodging the application for the visa.

You must ensure that you meet the document checklist requirements that support your visa application. It is advised that you begin collecting these documents early on before submitting the expression of interest.

What if You Do Not Receive an Invitation?

If you do not receive an invitation to apply within two years of submitting your expression of interest, you will be sent an email reminding your about your EOI expiration date. After your EOI has been expired, you will need to submit a new EOI.

In case you turn 50 before receiving an Invitation to Apply, you will not receive an invitation.

What Documents Should You Attest With Your Application after Receiving an Invitation to Apply?

Here is the list of documents that you will need before submitting your Visa application online:

  • If you are migrating with your family, you will need to present passport of all applicants
  • Educational documents of all applicants must also be presented
  • You will need to show your English proficiency score card of either IELTS or PTE
  • Your assessment body’s report
  • PCC from your country
  • Bank statements
  • Tax returns proof
  • Your CV
  • Birth certificate – if you have kids
  • Marriage certificate – if you are married
  • Affidavit for your spouse – if they have changed their surname
  • Some forms


How can you update the Expression of Interest?

You can update your Expression of Interest details online through SkillSelect. You must do this before you receive an Invitation to Apply. Once you have received an invitation, you cannot make any changes to your Expression of Interest for next 60 days. In this case, you will need to wait for your invitation to expire before making changes to your details.

You will receive a second invitation if your eligible and failing to lodge a visa application during this application will result in deletion of your EOI.

How Many Expression of Interest Can You Submit?

There is no such limitations for submitting an Expression of Interest. You can submit as many Expression of Interest as you wish to. But, you will need to wait for your previous Express of Interest to expire before creating a new one.

What is Points Test?

You will need to pass the points test to apply for a visa in Australia for working purposes. The points test help Australia to select able and skilled candidates who have necessary skills and attributes that the country needs. The number of points you need to secure depends upon your visa type. You can secure points for a number of factors, primary factors being:

  • Age
  • Skills
  • English competency level
  • Occupation
  • Australian work experience and Australian qualification

Who Can Help You With the Visa?

Registered immigration agents can help you with the visa. They will file the visa on your behalf. Since they are into this field from a long time and filing number of visas, there may not be any mistakes while filing the visa. We at Visas Abroad hold ten years of hefty experience in filing visas for our clients and the number has crossed over 1000 recently. We file permanent residence and skilled worker visa for countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

If you are looking to apply for this type of visa and require assistance in doing so, you are cordially invited and we are more than happy to help you.