General Skilled Visas

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program enables skilled workers to migrate to Australia on their own or through state or territory nomination.

General Skilled Visa

General Skilled Visas

A few things to know about General Skilled Visas and their lodgement process.

What is Skill Select?

Skill Select is the Department of Home Affair’s online system used to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI). An EOI is not a visa application and there is no fee to create or submit an EOI in Skill Select. Once you have completed your EOI, it is stored in Skill Select and is valid for two years. You are able to update your EOI at any time during this two year period.

What is a Skills Assessment?

When applying for most general skilled visas your skills might need be assessed for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority. An assessing authority is an organisation that checks if you meet the standards they set. The standards may include university or trade qualifications, employment experience, English language ability and other criteria set by the relevant authority. A skills assessment is generally valid for three years or the date or the expiry date on the letter (whichever comes first).

What are the main requirements for most General Skilled Visas?

  • You must be older than 18 and less than 45 years of age when the invitation is issued
  • You must nominate an occupation that matches your skills and qualifications and is on the relevant Skilled Occupations List
  • You must have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
  • You must have at least competent English
  • You must score at least 65 on the points test
  • You must be nominated by a state or territory if you are applying for a state/territory visa
  • You meet the health and character requirements.
  • You must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect
  • You may receive an Invitation to apply for a visa through SkillSelect
  • You must submit your visa application within 60 days of receiving an invitation

What are the main General Skilled Visas?

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The Subclass 189 is for applicants who want to apply for permanent residency (PR) and can meet the points test and other eligibility criteria.

Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

The Subclass 190 is for applicants who want to apply for permanent residency (PR) who are nominated by a state or territory and meet other eligibility criteria.

Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491)

The Subclass 491 is a provisional visa for applicants who are nominated by a state or territory and meet other eligibility criteria.

Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program

This is a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled individuals who want to work and live permanently in Australia.

Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887)

The Subclass 887 is a permanent visa for applicants who have held a provisional visa such as the 489 visa for at least two years and meet other requirements.

Skilled Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

The Subclass 485 is for recent graduates from Australian institutions.

Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa (Subclass 476)

The Subclass 476 is for recent graduates, Engineering graduates from recognised Australian institutions.

How Better Life Migration can help you?

Better Life Migration can assist you with your general skilled visa from start to finish. This would include calculating your points score, preparing and lodging the skills assessment, state sponsorship, expression of interest and visa applications. We can also provide useful insights on how you can improve your points score and increase your chances of being invited to apply for the visa.

We offer a range of services to help you with your general skilled visa application.

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