Skilled Migration

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

Factor
Age 18–24 years 25 25 25
25–32 years 30 30 30
33–39 years 25 25 25
40–44 years 15 15 15
45–49 years 0 0 0
English
(Test results must not be older than
3 years before the day on which the visa application was made)
Competent English:
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

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