The Australian government eased requirements for submitting skills assessments for the General Skilled Migration visa.

Key Points:

  • Australian authorities will now accept skills assessments obtained within 60 days of receiving an invitation for a GSM visa.
  • Previously, Australian authorities required applicants to have their skills assessments completed before submitting an Expression of Interest for a GSM visa; as a result, many applicants were not able to complete their applications before receiving an invitation, resulting in a denial.

Additional Information: Applicants are reminded that skills assessments must be completed by a recognized authority relevant to their intended occupation. More information regarding skills assessments is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Australian government eased the skills assessments requirements to increase flexibility during the applications process. The new policy allows applicants to complete their skills assessment after receiving an invitation, giving them additional time to complete their GSM visa application.

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