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SkillSelect and Expression of Interest

An Expression of Interest (EOI) is an application on Skillselect to let the Department of Home Affairs and Australia States/Territories know that you would like an invitation to apply for certain visas.

The following types of applications can only be lodged through SkillSelect:

  • Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent Visa

  • Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

  • Subclass 491- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

  • Business Skills Visa

The following types of applications can be applied via SkillSelect, however this is optional, and it is still possible to apply directly rather than through SkillSelect:

  • Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

  • Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa

  • Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (closed)

Submitting an Expression of Interest

To begin your visa application, you must first complete and submit an Expression of Interest. There is no charge when applying for an Expression of Interest.

As part of the expression of interest, you will need to supply the following information:


Country of passport


Country of residency

Relationship status

To lodge an EOI, it is important to have completed your skills assessment and have evidence of your English language ability.

Bridging Visa

Submitting an EOI does not entitle you to a bridging visa. If you are in Australia and your current visa is about to expire, you will need to apply for another visa to remain in Australia. If your visa expires and you do not meet the requirements for the grant of another visa, you will need to depart.

After you submit your Expression of Interest

Invitation rounds are run on a regular basis. The number of invitations and occupations in each round vary depending on how many applications are being processed by the Department of Home Affairs.

If you are invited to apply for a visa, you will need to make your visa application within 60 days. If you are unable to apply within this time, your invitation lapses. If you are invited once, there is no guarantee that you will be re-invited later, and in any case, you can only be issued with a maximum of 2 invitations before your application is removed from the EOI system.

Not everyone who submits an EOI, will receive an invitation to apply for a visa. The Department of Home Affairs publishes the lowest points score invited to apply for each visa after each invitation round. This will provide a good indication on the points required for receiving an invitation in future rounds.

Do you require further assistance

If you have further questions about the above, or have any other immigration related query, please get in touch with our experienced team. Contact us by email at or by phone at +614517572873.

This article does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult an immigration professional for up to date information.


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