Alternative to State Sponsorship

Alternative to State Sponsorship

EOI is a system where you can only express your interest but invitation depends upon the other party: immigration or state. When the Expression of Interest (EOI) started, my first observation was: what if you express your interest but are never invited. You need to maintain a visa for a long time and sometime may have to go back to the student visa. When the state was accepting every other application and so applicants had no other plans, my fear was what if state sponsorship is tightened up. In fact, NSW State Sponsorship was not such an easy thing that it would be simply granted by being able to apply then the whole point based system or EOI would be a disgrace. State so far as July has proven my fear as unwarranted; now in November, I see the dark cloud on the horizon again.

State Sponsorship is not an alternative as easy as it was. It is not an assured, dependable solution. If anyone or everyone can apply for state sponsorship, be nominated and granted permanent residency (PR) based on that, what is the point of immigration changing the PR visa system via the introduction of EOI. Everyone coming to Australia want to stay on and should be able to obtain a PR visa, if the criteria are met, however, we cannot anymore depend on state nomination for this.

We have experienced by now how unpredictable and unreliable state sponsorship is. We don’t have any better hope now that there was two unmanaged intake due to the unknown, uncertain and persistence system issues and failure. We cannot live without planning for a matter as important as permanent residency in Australia. Now that there are few thousand more applicants added to the growing list for February intake and so on; the comfort of waiting for the limited state nomination and the chances of getting one have a slim hope in my assessment.

Finding alternative is important. It’s about making sure you plan to your residency rather than just rely on such an unpredictable thing like state nomination.  It’s like creating a portfolio with multiple investments rather than the risky investment-putting all eggs in one basket. PR is a constant war between your point score and the required pool score; an uphill battle between immigration changes and your circumstances. And so there must be a contingency plan. There must be a way out or a plan to move on. You will always be in a better position if you have an Ace card in your hand. What if it never re-opens? What if there are issues like in the past? What if there are too many applicant and too little allocation? What if there are other new issues? Anything of the above can happen. You must be prepared. You must be ready to divert your pathway. There will be causalities if things are not planned and you don’t want to be one by investing in things that can help. These things you should do and do now will prevent you from being a casualty. Yes, it may be expensive and may need a lot of resources – time money and effort, but it is worth it.  

You cannot put your life on this one thing (state) and just wait. We cannot be that positive in life in a matter as important and where there is such uncertainty. We must start to analyze all our alternative, find the solution, plan ahead and determine a course of action. If you keep a backup plan, you won’t be left in a limbo or chaos as many are now in, should we not be able to get nominated in the coming intakes. There are other alternatives to an individual which must be reviewed. Talk to a professional migration agent or your present migration agent for analyzing all the alternative that you may have and plan ahead to beat the future. After all your future is much more important than the mere time and money you invest in the present. Investing in PR has a long-term positive net return in its own right.

You are welcome to discuss your concern; we are here to assist you in bringing your dream come true. You must act now for your future. There is no time to waste now to act in future to regret the present decision. There is some alternative to NSW state sponsorship. Look for it.

Hem Raj Bhatta

Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1466471)

Residency Guide


Changing State Sponsorship

Changing State Sponsorship

State Sponsorship has changed and in fact, it is no more the state sponsorship as it is supposed to be. It is the same thing as the SkillSelect itself, in the sense that both are the selection based invitation process. Both have the same principle and procedure, the only difference is you can apply for State Sponsorship with a score of 55 points while SkillSelect needs 60 points score to be accepting you. As well as this, for you to be nominated by the state you should apply as you would for SkillSelect and that both have now become an invitation-based system.


So, what has changed and what is the impact upon individuals. By being a selection based invitation system, you just apply for state sponsorship as most of the others and wait for you to be invited for being a better-qualified applicant than others. This would be the same as in SkillSelect which would prefer to invite for application to the applicant with 65 over 60. In state sponsorship, it’s not the point score as all of the applicant will have the same score rather it is the quality of the applicant in terms of English, experience and when they have applied that is important for selecting of an applicant over others. It’s like a job application where your selection is based on your qualities compared to others.


Now, isn’t it the same in SkillSelect processing as well? So, what’s the point? For you, if you are the last two applicant and if there is only one spot left in the occupation ceiling and the body has to choose one of the two or more, they will look at point score which is based on English and experience predominantly and then they would look at the time applied and can go further into individual qualities. The only differences at this stage that separate between SkillSelect and the present state sponsorship, in my view, is that state doesn’t care about the age factor while SkillSelect may not care about the individual aspect of English or experience something that can score a point.

Then there is another aspect of the equation mostly ignored or forgotten –the occupational ceiling that may be applied to occupations by the department. What if you could get selected but there is a ceiling that would prevent you. Occupation ceiling is crucial as there is a huge volume of applicants in one occupation over others and people might not get a chance in both systems just because of this. The lower the ceiling is filled, the higher your chance of getting selected, which often we ignore.

The future o the state is more uncertain as the present system is meaningless and it’s not much different and supplementing to the SkillSelect process as it should be. And, the fact that the state has opened the entire occupation list now merely shows that they just want to look like a party to the visa rather than completely getting out of the equation. There is not much meaning to state sponsorship if there is not a specific skill that the state, in particular, may want from the general SOL list. Add to that, the state system is not much different to the SkillSelect rather than just that you can express the state nomination and be granted one at 55 while SkillSelect at 60 only points. It may just be undermining the 60 point score required and may be giving someone a preference over others and may have a risk of internal preference going on. The point score is a merit based system and should not just act as a lottery system where an individual at 55 score can get lucky over other, without strict and clear preferential system, and get an opportunity to apply for residency which one would not have been able to apply should they require a score of 60 in State nominated programs.

If the applicant is more than likely to stay in Sydney and the EIO score is 60, isn’t the state opening whole list of skills to be able to apply and the mere individual quality as a test at 55 just another way to retain, attract or confuse individual and keep pressing the power they may have. Or, is it merely their position and their ability to be a player and staying being a player in the immigration management of the GSM that they are playing about.

Perhaps it’s time to think beyond the box.