Changes to Skills assessment validity

Maximum Validity of Skills Assessments to be 3 Years

From 1 July, Skills Assessments will be valid for a maximum of 3 years for the following visa types:

If the skills assessment specifies that expires sooner than 3 years, the shorter validity period would apply.

From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, or a shorter validity period if specified on the assessment.

·         For points-tested visas, applications made before 1 July 2014 will not be affected by this change.

·         For Employer Sponsored or subclass 485  visas, applications made before 1 July 2014 will not be affected by this change.

·         Subclass 457 applications will not be affected by this change.