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General Skill Migration Australia

What is the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program?

General skilled migration visa allows skilled people to work and live in Australia. It is a points-based system and the most common form of migration to Australia. It is aimed at highly employable people in occupations with skill shortages willing to migrate to Australia to improve the workforce.

Is the GSM program right for you?

Australia faces a long-term skill shortage in the workforce. You may be suitable for the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program if you are considering a move to Australia and are skilled in one of the applications on the skilled occupation list.

Speak to one of our professional migrant agents today to assess whether a skilled migrant visa is your best pathway into Australia.

Types of General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas:

  1. Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The 189 Visa is available to applicants who are not sponsored by an Australian employer, family member or nominated by a state or territory.

  1. Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

The Skilled Nominated Visa is available to applicants who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

  1. Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 489)

The Skilled Regional Visa is available to applicants who can live and work in specified regional parts of Australia for up to four years. They can have either a state or family nomination.

Eligibility criteria: 

In addition to fulfilling general requirements (e.g. be of good health and character), the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program assesses applicants on a points-based system. Points are calculated based on:

  • Age
  • Skilled work experience
  • Education qualifications
  • English language ability

Other points may be added to your score if:

  • You have close relatives living in Australia
  • You have studied or worked in Australia previously
  • You are sponsored by a state that has a shortage in your skilled area

How can Smart Choice Education & Migration help you?

Applying for a skilled migrant visa can be a complicated process. You will be required to obtain a positive skill assessment in your occupation, lodge an “Expression of Interest” (EOI) and apply for state (or family) sponsorship if required. Smart Choice Education & Migration, professional immigration agent Melbourne, can advise you through all steps of this process to ensure you have everything necessary to be considered for a visa. You must file your visa application within 60 days upon invitation. We ensure that your visa is lodged accurately within this time frame.

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