Australia Skilled Migration

Australia Skilled Migration

General Skilled Migration (GSM) to Australia is a popular option for skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Australia. It is designed to attract highly skilled workers from around the world who can contribute to Australia’s economy and society.

The General Skilled Migration program is managed by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs and it aims to select people who have the skills and experience that are in demand in the Australian labor market.

According to the data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of general skilled migrants who arrived in Australia has varied over the past few years. In the 2022-23 migration program year, 80,000 places were allocated for the skilled stream, which includes the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.

Eligibility for General Skilled Migration

 

To be eligible for General Skilled Migration, applicants must meet the following criteria

 

  • Be under the age of 45
  • Prove their English language proficiency
  • Have skills and qualifications that are in demand.
  • Have received a Positive Skills Assessment
  • Applicants must have relevant work experience in their nominated occupation
  • Score at least 65 Points on the Australia Points System
  • Meet health and character requirements

 

Types of General Skilled Migration Visas

 

The General Skilled Migration visas available are:

 

  • Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189): This visa is for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory government or a family member. To apply for this visa applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect and then receive an invitation to apply.

 

  • Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190): This visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government. To apply for this visa applicants must first be nominated by a state or territory government and then submit an EOI through SkillSelect. If the applicant is invited to apply they must then apply for the visa within 60 days.

 

  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491): This visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member who lives in a designated regional area. To apply for this visa applicants must first be nominated or sponsored and then submit an EOI through SkillSelect. If the applicant is invited to apply they must then apply for the visa within 60 days.

 

Skilled Migration Visa Application Process

 

The visa application process for Skilled Migration is a multi-step process:

 

  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Receiving an invitation to apply
  • Apply for the visa
  • Visa decision

 

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Skilled Migration Requirements

 

Age

 

Applicants must be under the age of 45 years old. Age is an important factor in the point-based system used to determine eligibility for GSM visas. Points are awarded based on the age of the applicant, with the maximum points awarded to those aged between 25 and 32 years old.

 

English Language Proficiency

 

Applicants must demonstrate a level of English language proficiency that meets the minimum requirements specified by the Department of Home Affairs. The minimum level of proficiency required is determined by the visa subclass applied for. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most common English language test accepted for GSM visas.

 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) offers two types of assessments: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The IELTS Academic is designed for people who want to study or work in a professional environment, such as universities or other higher education institutions. It is usually required for academic purposes such as entry into university courses or for professions that require a high level of English language proficiency.

 

The IELTS General Training test is designed for people who want to immigrate to Australia but not have to have an outstanding command of the English language.

 

For Australia’s General Skilled Migration program applicants are required to take the IELTS General Training test. The minimum score required for the visa is 6.0 in each of the four test components: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

 

Skills Assessment

 

Applicants must undergo a skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and qualifications to work in their nominated occupation in Australia. Each occupation has a specific assessing authority that is responsible for assessing skills and qualifications.

 

Nominated Occupation

 

Applicants must have a nominated occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list. The skilled occupation list is a list of occupations that are in demand in Australia and are eligible for GSM visas.

 

Work Experience

 

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in their nominated occupation. The work experience must be relevant to the nominated occupation and must be completed within the past 10 years.

 

Health and Character

 

Applicants must meet the health and character requirements set out by the Department of Home Affairs. This includes undergoing a health examination and obtaining police clearance certificates.

 

Points Test

 

Applicants must score a minimum of 65 points on the GSM points test to be eligible for a visa. Points are awarded based on factors such as age, English language proficiency, work experience, qualifications and other factors. The minimum score required is 65 although many recent invitations to apply have required a much higher points score that have gone up to even 85 points.

 

State or Territory Nomination (for Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 visas only)

 

Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government if they are applying for a Subclass 190 or Subclass 491 visa. Each state and territory has its own criteria for nomination, and applicants must meet the specific criteria for the state or territory they are applying to.

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