General Skilled Migration Programme (GSM)
The General Skilled Migration Programme was implemented to overcome skill shortages within the Australian workforce.
If you are a skilled professional, trades person or student graduating from an Australian university, you may be eligible to apply for a skilled migration visa.
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Regional Migration Australia handles submissions for all GSM subclasses:
Skilled Independent (Subclass 189)
The skilled independent visa is a permanent visa and does not require sponsorship by a relative or state/territory government. Visa holder can live and work anywhere in Australia.
Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190)
The Skilled Nominated visa is a permanent visa requiring nomination by an Australian State or Territory government. Visa holder must live in the sponsoring region for at least two years.
Skilled Regional (Subclass 887)
The Skilled Regional visa is the permanent stage of the Skilled Regional Provisional visa. To qualify for a Skilled Regional visa, you must live in the required region of Australia for 2 years and work full time there for 12 months.
Graduate Temporary (Subclass 485)
For International students who have completed at least two years of study in Australia, and who meet the Australian Study Requirement.
Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (Subclass 191)
This visa is for people who have lived, worked and studied in designated regional area Australia on a previous, eligible visa.
GSM DHA Points Test Summary
(Test results must not be older than
3 years before the day on which the visa application was made)
|Score at least 6 in each band IELTS or B in each of the 4 bands OET||0||0||0|
|Evidence of citizenship of Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, UK & USA|
|Proficient English: 7 in each band IELTS or B in OET||10||10||10|
|Superior English: 8 in each band IELTS or A in OET||20||20||20|
|Skilled employment||Overseas: Skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation|
|Skilled employment for 3 but less than 5 yrs in past 10 yrs||5||5||5|
|Skilled employment for 5 but less than 8 yrs in past 10 yrs||10||10||10|
|Skilled employment for 8 yrs and up to 10 yrs in past 10 yrs||15||15||15|
|Australia: Skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation|
|Skilled employment for 1 but less than 3 yrs in past 10 yrs||5||5||5|
|Skilled employment for 3 but less than 5 yrs in past 10 yrs||10||10||10|
|Skilled employment for 5 yrs and up to 8 yrs in past 10 yrs||15||15||15|
|Skilled employment for 8 yrs and up to 10 yrs in past 10 yrs||20||20||20|
|Qualifications||Doctorate from an Australian education institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard||20||20||20|
|Bachelor degree / Masters from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard||15||15||15|
|Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia||10||10||10|
|An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation||10||10||10|
|Australian Study||One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement||5||5||5|
|Other factors||Credentialled community language qualifications (NAATI)||5||5||5|
|Regional Study – Study in regional Australia or low population metropolitan area (excluding distance education)||5||5||5|
|Partner Status, Skills and Qualifications:|
|Spouse or de facto partner meets threshold criteria for skills, age and language requirements for the same visa subclass as the main applicant||10||10||10|
|Spouse or de facto partner has Competent English only||5||5||5|
|Spouse or de factor partner is an Australian permanent resident or an Australia citizen||10||10||10|
|Professional Year in Australia for at least 12 months in the 4 yrs before the day you were invited to apply||5||5||5|
|Nomination/Sponsorship||Nomination by State or Territory Government (Subclass 190 only)||-||5||-|
|Nomination by a State or Territory Government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified / designated area (Subclass 491 only)||-||-||15|