General Skilled Migration program & Skills Select

The Australian Government announced a major reform on 1 July 2012 to its General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program and the way that Australia selects their skilled migrants for Skilled Visa. The new reform is known as Skills Select or commonly as Skilled Visa.

The purpose of the General Skilled Migration program is to attract highly employable people for migration to Australia. It is the most common form of migration to Australia, and it is one of the core areas of our expertise.

The system gives the Government the tools to prioritize prospective migrants in order of merit; selecting the ‘brightest and best’ migrants and/or candidates to fill labour market shortages. It also gives the Australian Government the tools to tweak the type of occupations most needed, curb the occupations where there are too many applications and manage the general mix of occupations accepted in each program year.

The General Skilled Migration program and Skills Select model is based on an initial application EOI – Expression of Interest. An EOI is not a visa application, but rather an application which gives you opportunity to apply fro Skilled visa. In an EOI, you must  selects the type of visa you wish to be considered for.

General Skilled Migration sub-classes

Skilled visa – Independent Permanent
Permanent visa option, the skilled independent does not require sponsorship by a relative or state/territory government
Skilled visa – Nominated Permanent
A permanent visa requiring nomination by an Australian State or Territory government
Skilled visa – Nominated or Sponsored (Temporary)
This is a 4-year provisional visa which allows holders to live only in certain areas of Australia. You would need to be sponsored by an Australian relative living in a designated area, or by a state or territory government.

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
The Graduate Temporary visa is a work visa which can be applied for by international students who have completed a qualification taking 2 years of study in Australia.
Recognized Graduate Subclass 476
An 18 month work visa for recent engineering graduates

Stages of your application:

1. Obtain Skills Assessment and complete English testing
2. Lodge Expression of Interest (EOI) online
3. Receive Invitation from Department of Immigration
4. Lodge Visa application within 60 days
These visas were not very popular for a few years, as they are designed for very well educated, young people with great work experience and a specific occupation (Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List) which was popular at the time. Now, as the database has been cleaned so well, it is becoming easier and faster for applicants to receive EOI.

It is an online process, that is crucial for your application because for each answer you receive points. The number of points gained will determine if you can get into the database and how high in the hierarchy you will be. However, if you score less than 60 points, your application is automatically refused.

If you have more points your application will be available for 3 years in the database, where it can be picked by state, immigration or a sponsor. The more points you have, the better chances you have.

Why should you choose Pacific Center – Immigration Experts?

There is a wide range of points-tested, family-sponsored and state-sponsored General Skilled Migration subclasses. Choosing the right occupation in which to apply for skills assessment is critical and can affect your points score and eligibility for state-sponsored options.

We have  handled applications for all skilled migration subclasses and most skills assessing authorities and we can assist you in navigating the options to reach a successful outcome.

If you looking to find out more about Skilled visa & General Skilled Migration program, let us know!