“Introduction of Validity Period for Skills Assessments

Following amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994, 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, 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; and
  • 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; and
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.”


Business Innovation, Occupation and Employer Sponsor Policy Section
Department of Immigration and Border Protection



Source: MIA


  • “All visa applications made on or after 1 July 2014 will be subject to the new regulatory requirements concerning the validity of skills assessments. Applicants who have been invited to apply are encouraged to apply on or before 30 June 2014.
  • Validity criteria will not affect partner skill points. The relevant subclause being amended is 189.212, which will require that the primary applicant has a valid skills assessment at the time of invitation. With regard to 189.214, the points score specified in the letter of invitation must be at least the same or greater at the time of application.
  • Where the new instrument specifies a change in skills assessing authority ie VETASSESS to ANMAC. VETASSESS assessments will continue to be valid for three years from their issue date.”

Source: MIA

  1. SHH

    Hi Eugene
    In Victoria state nomination 190 subclass application, i have provided “yes” for the question “If you have a spouse, will they be immigrating with you?”.

    Now i have changed the decision that i would like to plan to go alone. Will it affect my application / visa processing.

    Please provide your feedback on this.


    HW long the anmac skill assessment validity

  3. William Daly

    How can I renew the skills assessment which has expired

  4. Neha

    just want to ask how long skilled assessment is valid for if i want to put 190 canberra matrix visa

  5. Ablaye

    How long is a skill assessment valid for?
    I got my skill assessment on 18 June 2019!
    How long is the validation before appy for any type of visa?

  6. Nikhil

    Hi I did my skill assessment for chef with a certificate in commercial oilers level 4 on November 2017 and according to the details it will expire in November 20202 so how do I renew the same and wat will be the cost

    • Francis Masacayan

      Hi ,my skill assessment already expired,if im going to renew can i use it to apply my permanent residency.

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