From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, that assessment will only be valid for a period of three 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
*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
*Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

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


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