From 1 July 2014 all Skills Assessments will have a default expiry date of 3 years. This applies to the following visas…
- 189 Skilled Independent
- 190 Skilled Nominated
- 489 Skilled Regional Provisional
- 186 Employer nomination Scheme
- 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
- 485 Graduate Work Stream
As a side note it is important to remember that for 189 / 190 / 489 the Skills assessment must be valid at date of invitation to apply for the visa whereas for the 186 / 187 / 485 they must be valid at date of lodging the visa.
Also note that some Skills assessing authorities already specify shorter validity periods. These shorter periods are not changed by this new amendment to the Migration Regulations.
S my first question is…WHY DO THIS?
One ‘reason’ I’m hearing and reading is to align the validity period with that of English tests like IELTS.
Surely that cannot be the reason because if it is it makes less than no sense.
I can understand why some occupations have skills assessments with a specified validity. These are occupations in which the nature of the job or the technology used in the occupation changes very quickly and therefore a person can be out of date quite easily. This premise does not however apply to most occupations. Changes occur in most occupations with changes in laws, regulations, technology etc… but to suggest that all occupations have a 3 year shelf life is just plain crazy.
We are not asking Australians who work in all the occupations on DIBP’s Skilled Occupations List (SOL) & Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL) to have their qualifications reassessed every 3 years.
If you’re a Skills Assessing Authority this is a great idea – repeat business – but does this new regulation (bought to us by a government whose promise was to cut red tape) really improve the process in any way? Answer: Of course not. Will a Medical Administrator, an Actuary, a Surveyor or perhaps a Stonemason have somehow lost their ability to do these jobs after 3 years?
What of the person who has been working in their occupation for the last 3 years on say a 457 visa and who has had their skills assessed, and now decides to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent visa now that they meet the points test. Why do they need a new skills assessment? They are better qualified and more experienced than before. What does this achieve apart from adding a new layer of red tape and lining the pockets of the skills assessing authority?
Not sure who decided this was a smart move or what they assumed it would achieve. This is a perfect example of dreaming up another pointless layer of bureaucracy and cost just for the sake of it. Generally once a person has achieved a qualification it lasts for their working life.
Why do we now have one rule for visa applicants and another for all the rest of us?
Perhaps someone can explain this to me. Please feel free.