Expression of Interest (EOI)

You may then be nominated before being invited to apply.

    Your EOI must specify:
  • which stream you intend to apply under
  • which state or territory you wish to seek nomination from, or if you are seeking nomination from the Australian government (where possible).

When you have submitted your EOI, a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government could view it and decide whether to nominate you to apply for a visa. Government nominators have their own criteria for deciding who to nominate. In some cases, the authority might contact you before you are nominated to discuss business and investment possibilities. In others, the authority will wait for you to contact it.

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 EOI. If your first invitation expires, you do not have to submit a new EOI. Your EOI will be automatically reverted to 'submitted' status in SkillSelect. Government nominators can access and review your EOI and nominate you again if they wish. You will receive a second invitation upon being nominated again. If you receive a second invitation to apply for a visa and you do not lodge an application, your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect. If you still want to apply for the visa, you will need to submit a new EOI.

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