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Expression of Interest (EOI) Australia

An Expression of Interest (EOI) is a method of showing your interest in applying for a skilled visa to migrate to Australia. EOI is a very important part of applying for certain Australian work visas.

Expression of Interest (EOI) Australia

If you wish to work in Australia, you must familiarise yourself with the Expression of Interest for Australian immigration. One must never submit the Expression of Interest until he/she has completed an assessment. The assessment lets you know if you actually do qualify to live and work in Australia.

What is Expression of Interest?

It’s an online form in SkillSelect with a series of questions about your skills depending upon the visa subclass you select.

The following types of applications can be lodged through SkillSelect:

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa
  • Business Talent Subclass 132 Visa
  • Business Innovation & Investment subclass 188 Visa

SkillSelect is used to calculate the candidate’s ability to meet the points test for certain visas and can be made available to employers and state and territory government agencies if they would like to be considered for a sponsored skilled visa.


How to Submit EOI?

EOI for Australian immigration must be submitted online via a system called SkillSelect.

What’s Included in EOI?

The EOI form includes a series of questions that ask you about your skills. The answers given are used to calculate your ability to meet the points test for certain visas.

EOI can also be accessed by employers and state & territory government agencies where you have specified your interest in a sponsored skilled visa for a particular area.

The information submitted in EOI includes the following:

  • Personal information – Given names and surname, date of birth, countries of citizenship and/or residence, etc.
  • The nominated occupation.
  • Work experience and employment history.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Any information pertaining to a state or territory nomination, which shows whether you are prepared to live and work in regional Australia.

No Need to Submit Supporting Documents

All the information you provide in EOI form will be taken at face value. The applicant does not need to submit any supporting documents when making Expression of Interest for Australian immigration.

What After Submission of EOI?

You’ll be able to access your Expression of Interest after it has been submitted. You are free to take following actions:

  • Update information and details, if your circumstances have changed; and/or
  • Suspend the Expression of Interest

Key Eligibility Requirements

Possible Outcomes of Expression of Interest

If successful, the EOI has one of two outcomes:

  • You receive an invitation to apply for a visa.
  • You are contacted by an Australian employer to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.

The highest ranking EOIs under Independent and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visas automatically receive invitations to apply. Generally, the invitations are extended every month and are subject to occupation ceilings.

On the other hand, the state- and territory-sponsored visas will see the state or territory identify and select the skilled workers they wish to nominate. The state or territory may even contact the applicants before nominating them.

In case you get selected and you have submitted a points score that is greater than the required pass mark, you will receive an invitation to apply from the SkillSelect system.

If unsuccessful for the time being, do not lose heart.

Not all EOI applications get an invitation to apply. It’s because the number of people who want to migrate to Australia are higher than the number of available places.

In any case, if you do not get an invitation to apply for a visa, your EOI will stay in the SkillSelect for a maximum of two years, which means you may get an invitation anytime in future.

Steps to Take After Getting Invitation to Apply

  • The invitation to apply will come from SkillSelect. Upon receipt, you have 60 days to make your visa application.
  • At this point in time, you’ll need to the provide all the evidence to support the information given on your Expression of Interest.

Looking for Help With Expression of Interest?

We are the Registered Migration Agents and can help you with your Expression of Interest!

Per the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Under the Migration Act 1958, it is against the law for an individual in Australia, who is not a registered migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority, to provide immigration assistance.

In fact, using unregistered migration agents could leave you at risk of being given incorrect or misleading advice. Also, as you will not have the benefit of consumer protection, an unregistered agent might take your money without providing an adequate service or even any service at all.

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FAQs About EOI

The SkillSelect system provides free services for submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for any Australian visa. For detailed information on this, kindly get in touch with our expert migration agents.

The minimum points required for EOI submission in Australia is 65 points and does not guarantee visa invitation. Points above 65 will increase the chances of your visa grant.

The processing time for EOI in Australia will depend on the complexity of your case and other relevant reasons. For more details, you can get in touch with our expert migration agents.

Yes, you can submit EOI for both Subclass 189 and Subclass 190 visas. For in detail information for this, let our expert migration agents assist you.

An EOI is an expression of interest in visa application and not the actual application. However, if your EOI does not meet eligibility criteria or you did not score enough points, you may not receive an invitation.