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Introduction of Validity Period for Skills Assessments

From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment.

A skills assessment must be valid at the time of lodgement for the following visas:

  • Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa;
  • Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa; and
  • Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

A skills assessment must be valid at the time of invitation to apply through SkillSelect for the following visas:

  • Skilled—Independent (subclass 189) visa;
  • Skilled—Nominated (subclass 190) visa; and
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

These changes do not affect the Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa.

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