Establishing your occupation for Skilled Migration

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What does nominating an occupation involve and why is it so important?

Think about the traditional board game “snakes and ladders”; imagine that every time you make a decision is like rolling the dice. If you have been making the right decisions, you will be able to continue and get to the top; however, if you make a bad decision at any stage, you may lose everything you have gained so far and even go back to the very beginning!

This analogy can be applied to the complex visa process that is Skilled Migration. Mistakes could potentially mean losing valuable time and money and, in some other cases, could also mean losing your only chance to migrate to Australia.

Nominating an occupation – your first step towards Skilled Migration

Nominating an occupation – your first step towards Skilled Migration

This is why I cannot stress enough the importance of choosing the right occupation for your personal circumstances from the beginning.

You may be thinking right now: Really? It does not seem that hard. I know what my occupation is; I have been doing it for years! You may be right; however, in many cases, it may seem pretty obvious what your occupation is at first (and in some limited cases it is obvious), but you need to know that sometimes it is actually quite the opposite!

There are many factors to take into account before making the right decision that you are very likely not aware of. How you view your occupation and how the Australian government classifies it can be very different and understanding this can make the difference between success and failure of your application.

Choosing an occupation is the first step towards getting a formal “skills assessment,” which is an essential part of skilled migration visas. You may want to know that in order to apply for a skills assessment, you must nominate only one occupation. This occupation must also be in the relevant government’s list (not all occupations are listed).

It is important to be aware that as you can choose only one occupation for each application, you will need to pay the full assessment fee each time you submit an application. Making the right decision can save you literally thousands of dollars and months of preparation time!

The next question you need to answer before you choose an occupation to nominate is: Have you had that exact same occupation for the entire period for which you want to claim points for skilled work experience?

The points test allows you only to claim points for overseas or Australian work experience in your nominated occupation as follows (you may need these points to be eligible for any skilled visa):

Overseas work experience Australian work experience
  • At least 3 years, but less than 5 years – 5 points
  • At least 5 years, but less than 8 years – 10 points`
  • At least 8 years and up to 10 years – 15 points
  • At least 1 year, but less than 3 years – 5 points
  • At least 3 years, but less than 5 years – 10 points
  • At least 5 years and up to 8 years – 15 points
  • At least 8 years and up to 10 years – 20 points

This can be sometimes quite confusing; among many factors you will need to consider, you should think about:

  • When did you complete your course?
  • When did you obtain your qualification?
  • What are the skills assessing authority requirements for your occupation?
  • Have you been doing the same job for the entire period you want to claim?
  • Do you need advice as well on your work experience from the skills assessing authority?
  • If you may choose between different occupations, which one will be the best for you?
  • Which one will give you more points?
  • Have you checked the Department of Immigration’s occupational ceilings?
  • Which occupation is being sponsored by an Australian State or Territory?
  • If you have a partner, which occupation can they choose if you are going for partner skills?

As you can see, choosing the right occupation to nominate involves a wide variety of factors to consider prior and during the process. Therefore, I would recommend you consider engaging the services of a Registered Migration Agent as this can save you precious time and lots of money.

Would you like to know if you qualify for a Skilled Visa?

You can start the process here by taking a free online assessment.

I look forward to helping you turn your Australian permanent residence dream into a reality. As a migrant to Australia myself (I am from Mexico and arrived in Australia on a skilled visa), I really understand just how important your visa application is to you.

National Visas’ registered migration agents are skilled, dedicated migration professionals – we’d love to help you achieve your dream!

Alfonso Varela
Migration Advisor
MARN: 1278626

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Alfonso Varela

Migration Advisor at National Visas
As a migrant to Australia myself, I really understand just how important your visa application is to you and your family.

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