NEW SOL / CSOL FOR 2015-2016:

The Skilled Migration visa is one of the best opportunities for applicants to live and work in Australia. The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List determines which occupations are eligible for Skilled Migration visas.

The updated SOL is based on expert advice from the independent body, Skills Australia. The SOL identifies specialised occupations of high value and includes managerial, professional, associate-professional and trade occupations. The list of occupations reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to a skilled migration program that delivers skills in need in Australia. The SOL will continue to deliver a skilled migration program tightly focused on high value skills that will assist in addressing Australia’s future skills needs. The migration program is continually reviewed to make sure it is responsive to economic conditions and skills needs. In keeping with this objective, the SOL will continue to be reviewed by Skills Australia on an annual basis, ensuring that it meets the needs of the Australian labour market.


Each application is assessed based on the points system set by the Immigration department for Skilled Migration visa. Points are awarded for Age, Qualification, Work experience and Language proficiency. There are different visa categories on which an applicant can be eligible to lodge his Immigration application to Australia under Skilled Migration visa.

a) Skilled Independent visa: Applicants with skills in demand in the Australian Labour market as per the Skilled Occupation List( SOL) can apply on a Skilled Independent visa. In this visa category applicants must pass a points test to qualify. Applicants who are unable to meet the Skilled – Independent requirements can also opt for other visa options for which they must be either sponsored by an eligible relative living in Australia or nominated by a participating state or territory government.

b) Skilled – Nominated visa: Applicants who are nominated by a participating state or territory government can apply for Skilled – Nominated visa. In this visa category also applicants must pass a points test. Each state or territory has a list of occupations that guides the types of skills they are looking for. Accordingly the state and territory government agencies can view your expression of interest in SkillSelect and decide whether to nominate you for a visa. The applicant should live in the nominating state or territory for a particular minimum time

c) Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa: Applicants nominated by a participating Australian state or territory government (OR) Sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia. The above visa class is subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made.


Australia announces new points test and criteria – Expression of Interest (EOI). The new pass mark has been set as 60 points as minimum pass mark and all applications will be assessed on the new points test. The new pass mark is applicable to all applications lodged after 1 July 2012.

Every application with the minimum 60 point pass mark may not be invited to lodge an application, whereas the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) computer system will select the best of the Expression Of Interest (EOI) application and invite them to apply for lodging an Immigration application.

The minimum pass mark for the new Skill Select visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 will be 60 points. Applicants will first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then be invited to make an application for these visas.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) advised the change to the pass mark was in the situation of the series of reforms to the skilled migration program undertaken by the Australian Government since 2008. These reforms have ensured the skilled migration program is a responsive and demand driven program and the cornerstone of this migration reform package will be the introduction of SkillSelect from 1 July 2012.


SkillSelect will work and benefit applicants whose applications will be lodged through an online service that will help skilled workers who are interested in migrating to Australia. Interested candidates need to provide their details which will be taken into consideration for a skilled visa through the new system of an Expression of Interest (EOI). Eligible migrants could be nominated for skilled visas through Australian employers or state and territory governments, or can be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a successful visa application


Durus Consulting Pvt LTD liaises with a company which is one of the oldest migration agencies in Australia and has 4 Registered Representatives / Agents plus support staff towards preparation of a successful application. The Principal is a Registered MARA agent and has many years of experience, including with the Australian Government.

The representatives / agents are all members of the Migration Institute of Australia and strive to achieve the highest possible standards of professional service.

Durus Consulting Pvt LTD’s mission is to enable prospective immigrants to take advantage of Australia's strong economy and urgent need for skilled and business migrants who can expect to enjoy a high standard of living, excellent educational facilities and real Quality of Life.

We specialise in the following visa categories:

  • Regional Skilled Migration
  • Onshore Student Skilled
  • Temporary Resident (Work) Visas - Employer Sponsored or Retirement Investor
  • Overseas Student Visas

If you are interested in migrating to Australia, please fill out the Assessment form which is found in our website and we will assess your eligibility and advise you how to proceed further.

We work with members who are members of Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) Representative and strive to achieve the highest possible standards of professional service

Our Full Service & Processing Includes

  • Complete Application Processing
  • Attestation of documents*
  • Forms, Documentation & Petition Filing
  • Updates & Follow up with the Embassy
  • Visa Interview Preparation - if required
  • Airport Pickup*
  • Accommodation Assistance*
  • Relocation Orientation
  • Job Search Assistance*