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VETASSESS Australia will do online Skill Assessment for immigrants due to COVID-19

Posted on March 31, 2020
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Australia Skill Assessment

Australia’s General Skilled Migration program offers many visa subclasses through which they can qualify to work in the country.

Skill assessment is an integral part of the General Skilled Migration program which helps to choose immigrants with the right qualities to come to Australia. Without a skill assessment the applicant will not be able to apply for a permanent residency in the country.

Under the point-based immigration the immigrant must select an occupation which is listed in the Australia’s Occupational Demand List. This list will mention occupations that face a skill shortage in the country. Every occupation in the list has its own skill assessing authority. The ACS (Australian Computer Society) assesses occupations under IT and computers. Trade occupations are assessed by the TRA (Trade Recognition Australia) or the VETASSESS (Vocational Educational and Training Assessment Services).

If an applicant must move to the next stage of the visa application process, he must get a positive skill assessment.

To get their skill assessment done candidates must meet the required conditions outlined by the assessing authority which is evaluating their occupation. The candidate should have the related qualifications and experience to get a positive assessment.

Factors considered by the assessing authority:

  • Occupation in which you nominated yourself
  • Your qualifications
  • Your work experience
  • Relevance of your work to your occupation
  • Visa category under which you are applying

You must also submit results of your language assessment test such as IELTS or PTE. You must submit proof of your work experience.

So, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic have Skill Assessment operations been affected?

VETASSESS to continue its Skill assessment process:

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic VETASSESS which assesses the applications for trade occupations has decided to continue its operations to continue the processing of immigration applications for trade occupations for the country.

VETASSESS has announced that while it cancelled its offshore practical trade assessments, it will conduct technical assessments online.

These online assessments will be done through video conference. It will be conducted for non-licensed occupations or Pathway 2 licensed occupations. These online assessments will be conducted from April 1st.

Eligible applicants will be informed about the online assessment in the next few days.

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