General Skilled Migration Visas
The General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program is for skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer and have skills in particular occupations required in Australia.
GSM applicants must satisfy a points test as part of the visa application requirements. Sponsorship by an eligible family member, or nomination by a state/territory government is also possible under the GSM program.
Skilled Independent (189) Permanent Residency Visa
This is a permanent visa intended for foreign nationals who have skills that are in demand in Australia’s labour market. You do not need a sponsor but you must pass a points test. 65 points is required to qualify, as well as meeting other standard requirements such as being under 45 years of age.
Points are awarded in categories such as English language ability, qualifications, work experience (either overseas, in Australia or both), and partner skills.
Prospective applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), through the online Skill Select system. Once an EOI is submitted these details can be viewed by Australian employers, State and Territory governments and the Australian government. An invitation can be extended to applicants from any of those sources.
Invitations are issued based on occupational category. Applicants with the highest points within each category will be offered the first invitations.
Skilled Sponsored (190) Permanent Residency Visas
This is a permanent visa for skilled workers who are sponsored by an appropriate State or Territory government.
Skilled Regional Sponsored (494) Temporary Visa
This is a 5 year temporary visa for skilled workers who are nominated by a State of Territory government or who are sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated regional area of Australia. This is a temporary work visa for workers who have the necessary skills and qualifications but who do not achieve the necessary points in their occupational category to be offered a 189 or 190 Skilled visa. Applicants receive 10 bonus points for having a sponsor.
To be nominated by a State or Territory government you must satisfy specific criteria set by the particular government. These criteria may include having an occupation on the Skills shortage list in that State or Territory or where you have specialised skills in an occupational area of need.
Graduate Temporary (485) Temporary Visa
This visa allows international students to live and work in Australia temporarily after they have finished their studies in Australia. This visa can be granted for up to 4 years, depending on the type of qualification.
There are two streams to this visa.
The Graduate work stream is for international students who graduate with skills and qualifications related to specified occupations in demand in the Australian labour market. Language tests apply, and you must have studied for at least two years within Australia.
The Post Study Work Stream is for international students who graduate with an eligible qualification. This stream is only available to students who applied for and were granted their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to 4 years, depending on qualifications. There is no list of occupations for this visa stream and no requirement to apply for a Skills Assessment. However a language test applies.
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