The basis of the General Skilled Migration Program is to allow individuals with in-demand skills in certain occupations, with their families, to permanently migrate to Australia, without needing to be sponsored by an employer. The General Skilled Migration Program is points tested and are either independent, state/territory sponsored or family sponsored permanent visas.
The Skilled Occupation List determines which occupations are eligible to apply for permanent residency through the General Skilled Migration program.
Applicants will need to meet minimum criteria to be allowed to apply as well as have an occupation that is in demand in Australia.
All states have announced a more positive skilled migration program which brings hope to many skilled migrants who are seeking Australian permanent residency.
There are several GSM subclasses. Some of these subclass lead to the grant of permanent residency, whilst others are temporary or provisional in nature
Migration Downunder are here to guide you through the maze with your Expression of Interest, Skills Assessment application and working through your eligibility for your points test applications.
The current pass mark to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) is 65 points however the more points you have, the stronger your application will be and the more likely it is for you to receive an invitation. Some occupations require a much higher pass mark and not all occupations are invited on each round. Please review ‘Latest invitation round GSM‘.
65 points are required to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).
The National Skills Commission is responsible for providing advice to Government on the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to skilled workforce needs across Australia. These lists underpin a range of points-tested and state-nominated visa programs.
To view the current lists please visit the Department of Home Affairs
The Subclass 189 visa is an independent skilled visa that doesn’t require any form of sponsorship. It is a permanent visa.
The Subclass 190 visa is state-nominated visa and applicants are invited to apply by a state or region. Just like the 189 visa, it is a permanent visa
The Subclass 491 is a provisional visa that leads to permanent residency on the basis that you are residing in a designated regional area of Australia for a minimum three years. It is a state or territory nominated visa. Regional areas include the entire country except Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
An EOI Submission is valid for two years. You are required to update the details contained with the EOI to reflect any relevant changes to your circumstances.
The submission of an EOI is not a visa application and does not entitle the applicant to be granted a bridging visa
You must be qualified and have employment experience in a skilled profession or trade that is currently on the skilled occupation list. You must be able to reach a minimum of 65 points to enable you to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) before getting invited.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to accept the invitation as your skills assessment must be valid at time of invitation and not time of application for the visa application.
While policy on Public Interest Criteria (PIC 4020) does not explicitly state that it covers information provided by an EOI, the Department takes the view that a visa application may be refused after an invitation has been issued if it relies on misleading or false information that has been provided in the EOI.
It is strongly recommended that applicants only provide information in their EOI that can be verified at time of invitation to apply for a visa.
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We are highly experienced across all areas of the General Skilled Migration program and we are able to advise and assist you on all aspects of the application including your skills assessment, nominating the appropriate occupation and advising on how to demonstrate your relevant work experience.
If you’d like to know more, you can book a consultation so that we can provide you with a written eligibility assessment before proceeding with an application.
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