General Skilled Migration

The skill stream of Australia's migration program targets people who are highly skilled, are under 45 years of age, and who will quickly make a contribution to the Australian economy. These are two main categories:

1. offshore general skilled -for applicants generally outside Australia; and

2. onshore general skilled -for overseas students currently studying in Australia.

There is a range of visa options under the General Skilled Migration programme. This includes information for people who applied for a provisional skilled visa before 1 September 2007.

 

1.       Onshore:


Skilled – Independent (Residence) visa (subclass 885) -

A permanent visa for eligible overseas students who have obtained an Australian qualification in Australia as a result of at least two (2) years study and for holders of certain temporary visas with skills in demand in Australia. Applicants are not sponsored and must pass a points test.

Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) visa (subclass 886) -

A permanent visa for eligible overseas students who have obtained an Australian qualification in Australia as a result of at least two (2) years study and for holders of certain temporary visas with skills in demand in Australia. For applicants not able to meet the Skilled – Independent pass mark, who have either a relative in Australia to sponsor them or a nomination from a State or Territory government. Applicants must pass a points test lower than that for the Skilled – Independent visa

Skilled – Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887) -

A permanent visa for eligible provisional visa holders who have lived for at least two (2) years and worked for at least one (1) year in a Specified Regional Area in Australia.

Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 487) -

A three (3) year provisional visa for eligible overseas students and holders of certain temporary visas who can meet the lower pass mark for this visa. Applicants must be either sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia or nominated by a participating state/territory government. After living for two (2) years and working for at least one (1) year in a Specified Regional Area, applicants can apply for a permanent visa.

Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485) -
An 18 month temporary visa for overseas students who have obtained an Australian qualification in Australia as a result of at least two (2) years study. Allows applicants who are unable to pass the points test to remain in Australia for 18 months to gain the skills and experience needed to apply for a permanent or provisional General Skilled Migration visa. No points test applies.

 

2.       Offshore:


Skilled – Independent (Migrant) visa (subclass 175) -

A permanent visa for people with skills in demand in the Australian labour market. Applicants are not sponsored and must pass a points test.

Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) visa (subclass 176) -
A permanent visa for people unable to meet the Skilled – Independent pass mark. Applicants must be either sponsored by an eligible relative living in Australia or nominated by a participating State or Territory government. Applicants must pass a points test lower than that for the Skilled – Independent visa.

Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 475) -

A three (3) year provisional visa for people who can meet the lower pass mark for this visa. Applicants must be either sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia or nominated by a participating state/territory government. After living for two (2) years and working for at least one (1) year in a Specified Regional Area, applicants can apply for a permanent visa.

Skilled – Recognised Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 476) -

An 18 month temporary visa for graduates of recognised overseas educational institutions who have skills in demand in Australia. There is no points test for this visa.

 

For New Zealand citizens:

Please note that New Zealand citizens should apply for an offshore General Skilled Migration visa, regardless of whether they are in or outside Australia. They may apply for the following subclasses:

·       Skilled – Independent (Migrant) visa (subclass 175)

·       Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) visa (subclass 176)

·       Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 475)

·       Skilled – Recognised Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 476)

New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa (subclass 444) holders and any accompanying secondary applicants will be eligible to apply for and be granted an offshore General Skilled Migration visa while they are in Australia.

 

POINTS TEST

 

To be successfully granted a PR visa, the applicants are required to pass Skilled Migration Points test. Changes to the General Skilled Migration programme (GSM) were introduced on 1 September 2007.  People who have made an application for a skilled visa on or before 31 August 2007 will not be affected by the changes. Changes include:

·        increasing the English language threshold for GSM visa applicants

·        rewarding GSM visa applicants who have very good English language proficiency

·        greater emphasis on skilled work experience

·        introduction of a new temporary work visa for graduates

·        simplifying the GSM visa structure.

 

The current pass and pool marks for the new visas subclasses are:

Skilled – Independent (subclass 175)

120 points

100 points

Skilled – Sponsored (subclass 176)

100 points

80 points

Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 475)

100 points

None

Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 487)

100 points

None

Skilled – Independent (subclass 885)

120 points

None

Skilled – Sponsored (subclass 886)

100 points

None

 

The points test is considered on the basis of the following requirements:

   ·         Age

   ·         English language

   ·         Qualifications

   ·         Nominated occupation – Australian qualification exemption

   ·         Recent work experience

 

In the Skill Matching or Skilled-Designated Area Sponsored categories, you may be eligible with less work experience.

 

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