Thousands of people around the world dream of an opportunity to work and live in Australia. However, obtaining a skilled visa can be a very complicated process that a lot of people take for granted. Although there are many areas of the skilled visa application that are complicated there is one in particular that must be taken very seriously: nominating the right occupation.
The truth is from an Australian immigration perspective, you are not an engineer, bricklayer, nurse, teacher, or chef Etc. until the relevant skills assessing authority says so. Without a positive skills assessment, you cannot lodge a valid skilled migration application. Many applicants are blasé about nominating the right skill because it comes across as a simple process of picking an occupation and submitting an application.
To illustrate some of the complexities of nominating the right skill you may want to consider the following:
- Is the work you’re doing right now relevant, and has your work experience been consistent? Nominating a skill will largely depend not only on what you are actually doing now but what you have done in the past ten years, the qualifications you hold and whether they are equivalent to Australian standards.
- Do you know what level qualifications you would need to be able to nominate the occupation you have in mind? Some occupations require a degree, some require a diploma and others require a trade qualification. How do you know which applies to you?
- There are 37 different skills assessing authorities. Do you know which one assesses your occupation? Further to that, how well do you know their particular requirements?
- Do you know how to qualify your work experience and how to add it to your application? In some cases all work experience can be claimed, and in others only certain work experience will be deemed acceptable to use.