An EOI is not the same as a visa application. It is an indication that you would like to apply for a skilled visa. There is no fee to submit an EOI. By using SkillSelect you could be found and nominated for a skilled visa by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or you could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

SkillSelect will shorten the time taken to process visa applications and improve the employment prospects of skilled migrants. Make an EOI at SkillSelect.

Skilled occupation list (SOL): you nominate an occupation from the SOL if you are applying for an independent or family sponsored points tested visa.

Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL): you nominate an occupation from the CSOL if you are nominated by a state or territory government for a points tested visa, or applying for a direct entry stream Employer Nomination Scheme visa, or a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).
See more information about Australia’s skilled occupation lists.