Skilled visa processing has never been faster in Australia with the introduction of the new streamlined SkillSelect system resulting in 2,717 visas being granted in five months, officials have confirmed.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said that the system, introduced last July, where applicants submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then those identified as having the skills that are most in need in Australia receive an invitation to apply is proving popular. ‘Thanks to SkillSelect, skilled visa processing has never been faster, which is great news if you’re interested in working in Australia,’ a spokesman said.
‘If you receive an invitation through SkillSelect to apply for a skilled visa, you have all the details for your visa application ready in a complete EOI,’ added the spokesman.
People who have had their visa granted through SkillSelect have contacted the department to share their positive experience. ‘I really appreciate the way my visa got processed so quickly. As promised the new streamlined visa processing using SkillSelect is very efficient,’ said Kapil, who submitted his EOI in October 2012 and was invited to apply for a skilled visa in November 2012.