General Skilled Migration
Top 3 advantages of applying through General skilled migration
- You don’t need an employer to sponsor you
- Direct PR Options through the 189 visa and the 190 visa
- Access to Public Healthcare for Australian PR holders
Why wait? Find out if GSM pathway is right for you!
What is General Skilled Migration (GSM)
The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program is designed for overseas skilled workers that can help fill in the gap in the Australian economy.
If you are a skilled worker who has their nominated occupation on the relevant skills occupation list, then you should consider General Skilled Migration.
But what does this all mean? We have broken down the GSM process, so you can better understand how the GSM process works from start to finish.
How to Apply for General Skilled Migration (GSM)
GSM is a point-based system, you need a minimum of 65 points to apply for the relevant GSM visa subclass.
In almost all cases, 65 points are not enough as the demand for GSM visa invitation is high and the number of invitations cannot meet the demand. This makes GSM a competitive pathway to Australian PR.
Generally, for visa subclass 189 you will need 85+ points.
You can claim points on certain factors, some these include:
Age – You must be under the age of 45 when applying for GSM visa pathways. You can earn points up 44 years of age. If you are over 45 GSM is not the right pathway for you, your options include employer-sponsored or regional employer-sponsored pathways, business stream/investors, etc.
English – Minimum competent English IELTS 6 each or equivalent.
Qualifications – Your qualifications play a very important role for skilled migration.
Work experience – Your work experience must be relevant to your qualifications. Work is defined as a min of 20 hrs per week (paid work) in your nominated or closely related occupation. For most applicants, minimum 3 years of work experience is required in your nominated occupation or closely related occupation. You can claim points for work experience if you have 3, 5 or 8 years post grad work experience.
Marital status – You will receive 10 points if you are single
Spouse/Partner points – For English and skills assessment. Your spouse/partner must have an occupation on the same occupations list as your occupation to get the skills points.
The Independent visa subclass 189 is a point-based visa that grants direct permanent residency in Australia. This is one of the most competitive skilled visas and for most nominated occupations require 90+ points. Also, the demand for this high and the allocation quotas fall short of meeting demand.
Main requirements for subclass 189 include:
1. Your nominated occupation must be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
2. Have a suitable skills assessment for your nominated occupation
3. You have +65 points to apply for EOI through Skillselect
4. Be under 45 years of age when you receive an invitation to apply
5. Competent English
6. Meet other requirements e.g. character, health requirements