An expression of interest (EOI) is a method of showing your interest in applying for a skilled visa to migrate to Australia. It is an online form in SkillSelect which asks a series of questions about your skills depending upon the visa subclass you select.
The following types of applications can be lodged through SkillSelect:
SkillSelect is used to calculate your ability to meet the points test for certain visas and can be made available to employers and state and territory government agencies if you would like to be considered for a sponsored skilled visa.
For independent and family-sponsored applicants, the Department of Immigration regularly reviews the EOI which has been lodged. They issue the best candidates with an invitation to make an application for skilled points tested migration. This currently occurs every two weeks. Quotas are set for each occupational group (this is referred to as an “occupational ceiling”). The people with the best points score will be issued with an invitation. People with higher points due to work experience, better English scores and higher qualifications will have the best chance of getting an invitation.
Once you receive an invitation, you will need to make your visa application within 60 days.
In a smaller number of occupations, substantial relevant work experience may be acceptable.
Each assessing authority will be able to advise you what the qualification requirements are for the occupations they assess.