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I asked a couple of questions regarding SkillSelect in the Migration Blog.

I am posting it here for your information.

Busting the myths about SkillSelect | Migration Blog

What I have heard about SkillSelect is:

1- It will take longer (Indefinite period) to process your visa application.

2- If you have 65 points, it will be almost impossible for you to get selected in your occupation (Developer Programmer) because so many people will be applying for the same occupation with higher points.

Thanks
Miranda says:
May 15, 2012 at 7:52 am

Thank you for your questions.

1. If you are invited to apply, we expect to achieve more effective visa processing times, as the total number of invitations and applications will be controlled and matched to the migration program. Each year the government announces the number of places in the migration program as part of the Budget. In the 2012–13 Budget 129, 250 places have been allocated to the skilled migration program. This limits the number of skilled visas that can be granted in a given program year. Previously, when the department received more applications than migration program places this led to longer processing times. SkillSelect is designed to prevent this in the future by only issuing invitations to match the available places in the migration program.

2. SkillSelect will ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. The Australian Government will be able to manage who is able to apply for skilled migration and invite the best and brightest skilled migrants to meet this need. Essentially, this means that invitations for the independent and family sponsored visa programs will be issued to the highest ranking EOIs each month, subject to occupation ceilings. If the highest ranking EOI is for 65 points, then a 65 point scoring EOI may receive an invitation. You could be considered for state or territory nominated visas which does not require you to be the highest ranking EOI in order to be invited, invitations for this program based on the nomination of a state or territory government. You can also express interest in employer sponsorship and may be contacted by an employer to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.
 
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