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General Skilled Migration (GSM)

Skilled Migration program

The Australian General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) is implemented though a partnership between the Australian government and the industry and it’s designed for professionals who have skills in a particular occupation required in Australia.

The applications through the General Skilled Migration program can be independent, or with sponsorship by a relative or nomination by an Australian state or territory government.

Visa Subclasses include:


The system requires people who want to migrate to Australia under the Skill Stream of Australia's migration program to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect. Intending migrants can also use SkillSelect to express interest in finding an employer who will sponsor them. The expression of interest (EOI) includes information on the applicant’s personal details, English language skills, occupation and skills assessment, work or business and investment experience. An Expression of interest is not a visa application and applicants cannot lodge a visa applicaton without receiving an invitation. Employers and state/territory governments are also able to review EOIs via SkillSelect and find candidates that they wish to sponsor or nominate.

Eligibility to Apply

You can only apply for a visa if you have been invited to do so by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) following your Expression of Interest. You are to lodge your application no later than 60 days after you receive your invitation, or the invitation will lapse, and there is no guarantee that you will be issued an invitation in the future.

Age and IELTS (or equivalent) English Requirement

General Skilled visa applicants may be required to sit an English test called IELTS or its equivalent and you must be under the age of 50 when you apply.

Nominated occupation

When you lodge your application you nominate an occupation which fits your qualifications.

The nominated occupation must be listed on Australia's (SOL)Skilled Occupation List. You must provide details of a Skills Assessment Body relating to your nominated occupation in your EOI.

Skills Assessment

Skills assessment is required are the requirements of the skill assessment bodies are subject to change at any time. The standards against which the skills of a person are assessed by a relevant assessing authority for a skilled occupation must be the standards set by the relevant assessing authority for the skilled occupation. Before you receive an invitation, you must have had your skills assessed as suitable for your occupation by an assessing authority. The criteria for skills assessment varies according to the occupation you have nominated. In most cases, the skills assessment will be based on the applicant’s qualifications and work experience, but in some cases English language proficiency and formal examinations are also required.

Licensing and/or Professional Associations

In many occupations you must be registered with or obtain a license from a local authority in the state or territory where you want to practise your occupation. Contact the local authority in your relevant state or territory to enquire about the licensing or registration requirements. It may benefit to become a member of a relevant industry association for your occupation which could help with your employment and visa application prospects.
Before lodging an application for skills assessment it is recommended that you
contact us first.

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