What is an invitation?

An invitation is permission from the Department that allows migrants to apply for a visa under the skilled migration program for Australia.  Invitations are only issued through SkillSelect, which is Australia’s online expression of interest system.

Independent and family sponsored visas

You will require an invitation to apply for this visa if:

  • you have one of the highest ranking expressions of interest in SkillSelect
  • the occupation ceiling limit for your particular skilled occupation has not been reached
  • you have passed the points test.

Invitations for these visas are issued on a monthly basis and invitation rounds are published on our website.

State and territory nominated visas

You might receive an invitation to apply for this visa if:

  • you have been nominated by a state or territory government
  • the occupation ceiling limit for your particular skilled occupation has not been reached
  • you also have to pass the points test.

If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply online for the visa. During that time, you cannot change the information in your expression of interest. If you receive two invitations to apply for a visa and you do not lodge an application, your expression of interest will be removed from SkillSelect. If you still want to apply for a visa, you will need to submit a new Expression of Interest.

Although you do not need to provide supporting documents with an expression of interest, your visa application is likely to need extensive supporting documentation, as listed in the document checklist of the visa you are applying for. Start compiling your documents early in the process, so you can respond within the 60 days if you do receive an invitation.

Employer sponsored visas

You will not receive an invitation to apply for a visa sponsored by your employer.

You can discuss your employment and visa options directly with your employer.

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