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June 18, 2021

Top 4 mistakes you should avoid for your Skill Assessment

Australia is one of the most popular choices for the ones who want to move permanently to another country as it promises a better quality of life and supports innumerable visa benefits. Australia offers plenty of options to apply for a visa to this magnificent Country. One needs to choose the appropriate option based on their eligibility, suitability, and requirements. For most of the visa categories, skill assessment is indispensable. An Individual may need to have her/his skills assessed to be eligible to apply for any of the below visas:

189 Visa (Skilled Independent)

 190 Visa (Skilled Nominated)

 491 Visa (Skilled Regional – Provisional)

 186 Visa (Employer Nomination Scheme)

 187 Visa (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme)

 482 Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage)

 494 Visa (Employer-Sponsored – Provisional)

Skills assessment is a process to test one’s qualifications and work experience by the relevant assessing authority. The applicants need to provide adequate evidence to support the fact that they have the skills required to perform the specific tasks that they are applying for. 

The applicant must choose an occupation that is named in Australia’s Occupational Demand List. Every single occupation which is listed in Australia’s Occupational Demand List has its own designated skill assessing authority. The assessing authority sets out the required conditions; candidates must meet these conditions to get their skill assessment done. To secure a positive assessment, the applicant must have both the related qualifications and experience. 

Skill Assessment is of immense importance to the General Skilled Migration program. Thus, securing a positive skill assessment report acts as the crucial first step in getting a Permanent Resident visa to the Country. As the role of a positive skill assessment report is compelling, one makes several mistakes. Below is the list of the four most common mistakes a candidate should never make while applying for their skills assessment test. Don’t miss this article if you also need to apply for your skill assessment in Australia.                  

1. Not understanding the requirements before the application 

Before applying for the skill assessment test, the candidate must ascertain if their occupation is listed in Australia’s Occupational Demand List. Every State and Territory has its own lists of occupations, featuring the professions that deem to be in most demand in their particular region. Job requirements and responsibilities vary for different occupations.

The candidate needs to qualify all the criteria as required by the specific occupation he has selected. Your assessment can be negative if you do not satisfy all the relevant requirements for that occupation. Each skill assessment test primarily checks the eligibility of the candidate for a particular occupation. Candidate must thoroughly check their application before submitting it and ensure that they have detailed knowledge of all the required information. 

Certain occupations sound similar to each other, but their description or specific requirements might vary significantly. Thus before applying a skill assessment test, the candidate must check the job description and specific conditions attached to a particular occupation. 

Each profession has a different Skills Assessment Authority, and each authority has additional requirements, fees, and processing times. A thorough understanding of the nature of the skill and its requirements is essential. The candidates must consider the criteria for each profession that they are most likely to qualify. 

2. Incomplete or inconsistent documentation in the application

For a positive Skills Assessment, all the required documents must be complete in all respect. The applicant needs to make sure that their occupation is directly related to their work experience. If there is the slightest mismatch in the documents, then it can lead to a negative assessment. The documents submitted must support the experience claims and qualifications. The assessing authority might ask for additional details, so the candidate should have all the relevant documents that symbolize their experience claims and qualifications. The documents will be closely scrutinized for any discrepancies.

Information with regards to qualifications and work experience must be consistent with each other. A skill assessment test checks both candidate’s credentials as well as their relevant work exposure. The documents provided must substantiate their eligibility both in terms of their proficiency and expertise. Many people leave documentation for the last minute and then somehow find themselves in a bad situation because there is no more time left to arrange for all the test requirements.

3. Presuming their Skills Assessment will be approved.

Every single skill Assessment authority has a different set of requirements; many people have a terrible surprise when they get a refusal. Many people tend to have a notion that just because their occupation is listed on the Department of Home Affairs lists, they can easily apply for a skill assessment test and effortlessly secure a positive result. Not only every occupation is different from each other and has different skill assessment authority, but also has a different case officer designated for assessing the test. 

The rules for assessment vary from officer to officer and occupation to occupation. Moreover, the candidate has no role in selecting the case officer for their skill assessment.

The procedure for assessment of sills of the candidates is highly dependent on the working tendency of the assessing officer. Hence, having full knowledge of the assessment authority and their set of procedures is equally important. Different case officers work differently in different situations. For example, some case assessors might choose to call the employer and the candidate personally so as to verify the content of the documents, while the other assessing officers might just approve or reject the assessment file without actually going through a detailed verification of its content. However, rejection of skill assessment does not and should not put an end to your visa to the dream Country. You can always ask for a review of the results. Here at E-Help, we have helped several applicants sail through the tedious visa application process and secure a successful skill assessment test.

One of our clients who could not secure a passed skill assessment test even after appearing 4 times for it lost his morale. E-Help assisted him in boosting his morale and fighting back. A review, sometimes, allows you to understand effectively the points raised and scrutinize all the important information or documents. After duly analyzing his case, our experts helped him in filing a review application on the case and the outcome was positive. E-Help provides you with the required guidance and assistance to make a foolproof application that is unlikely to be rejected and thus secures your visa.

This is the positive skill assessment outcome of one of our clients despite three unsuccessful attempts before.

4. Doing it Alone!

The entire procedure of understanding the requirements, checking if you really qualify, organizing, collecting all the required documents, and submitting accurate evidence involves many crucial details that might impact your test’s final result.

A skill assessment test is a complicated task. Professional advice helps the candidate in assuring the smooth flow of the events that support the assessment test. So choose to work with an experienced Registered Migration Agents to assist you when applying for a skill assessment test. Someone, who has already worked on vast numbers of applications, knows all subtleties of the legislation, what applies and what doesn’t apply to you, and the best strategy for you to pass the skill assessment test. 

We would overwhelmingly love to play an active role in your skill assessment journey and have worked in so many applications, so we would be delighted if you choose us to assist you!

E-Help offers a wide variety of visa and immigration services for both professionals and students. If you are also looking to work, study, invest, visit or migrate to other nations, talk to us.

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