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General Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration - commonly referred to as GSM - visa for Australia is a permanent residence (PR) permit. This Australian PR visa is issued by the Australian authorities and allows the receiver to permanently stay in Australia along with provision to work and study. This type of Australian permanent visa doesn’t come with a duration attached to it and allows the holders of this visa to apply for Australian citizenship after 4 years, if eligible.

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The general benefits accompanying the General Skilled Migration Visa types are as follow:

Stay in Australia permanently

Under the General Skilled Migration scheme, the applicant is granted permanent stay in Australia. This is different in case of a visit visa or a provisional visa. However, before conferring a PR visa to an applicant, there is usually a provisional visa awarded that enables the applicant to apply for an Australian PR Visa once they enter the country.

Work and study in Australia

Under the skilled migration visa regime, the holder of this visa can settle, work and study in Australia. This means that the Australia PR visa holders can enrol in higher education course and apply for the jobs that are available and suitable for them.

Enrol in Australia's public health care scheme, Medicare

Australia offers a comprehensive nation-wide medical insurance program called Medicare. Once enrolled in Medicare, an individual is entitled to medical treatment at low or no cost. The Australian Medicare program is now available for migrants on a general skilled migration visa. This means that the new migrants won’t have fears of high medical cost in case they fall sick.

Travel to and from Australia

After entering Australia on a General Skilled Migration visa, the migrants can travel in and out of Australia freely.

Apply for Australian citizenship

The PR granted under the GSM is also considered a pathway to Australian Citizenship. Most of the GSM PR holders apply for conferral of the Australian Citizenship. The citizenship entitles the migrants a naturalized Australian status and after becoming a citizen they are entitled to Australian passport, election voting etc.

The General Skilled Migration visa regime has specific criterion set for different visa subclasses. However, some of the general eligibility criteria is as under:

  • The points test pass mark = 65
  • Have an occupation on the STSOL or MLTSSL (and if on the STSOL have options for a state to sponsor you)
  • Have the right qualifications and work experience for the occupation you nominate. The tasks and duties performed should be relating to the occupation you nominate.
  • Meet the skills assessment criteria for the occupation you nominate
  • Meet the age, and English criteria (e.g. IELTS / PTE)
  • Meet health and character criteria.

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General Skilled Migration

Following are the visas that fall under the General Skilled Migration category

This visa stream is for those skilled professionals who aren’t sponsored by an employer or their family or even nominated by a territorial or state government. This visa allows the holder to live and work anywhere in Australia.

Some of the salient features of this visa are:

  1. You will be able to permanently stay, work and / or study in Australia
  2. You will be enjoying complete Medicare Entitlement
  3. You will be able to sponsor eligible relatives to Australia for PR
  4. Travel into and out of Australia for 5 years
  5. You will be eligible to apply for the Australian Citizenship

The eligibility criteria of the Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 is:

You must:

  1. Have a relevant occupation
  2. Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  3. Meet the points test pass mark of 65 points
  4. Be nominated by a state or territory government agency
  5. Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
  6. Have Competent English
  7. Be invited to apply

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This visa stream is meant for the professionals who get nominated by an Australian State or Territorial government. This visa allows the holder to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Some of the salient features of this visa are:

You will be

  1. Able to permanently stay, work and / or study in Australia
  2. Able to enrol for complete Medicare Entitlement
  3. Able to sponsor eligible relatives to Australia for PR
  4. Eligible to apply for the Australian Citizenship

The eligibility criteria of the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 is

You must:

  1. Have a relevant occupation
  2. Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  3. Meet the points test pass mark of 65 points
  4. Be nominated by a state or territory government agency
  5. Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
  6. Have Competent English
  7. Be invited to apply

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The subclass 491 visa regime was introduced starting 16th November 2019. This Skilled work regional provisional Subclass 491 visa enables the qualified and eligible migration aspirants and their families to settle and work in regional areas of Australia. The initial validity of this visa is for 5 years and the holders are eligible for a pathway to permanent residency via the Subclass 191 Visa starting September 2022. For this visa subclass, the sponsorship can come from the regional state or territorial government or eligible relative settled in regional Australia.

Some of the salient features of this visa are:

  1. Your visa will undergo a priority processing
  2. You will be able to enrol for complete Medicare Entitlement
  3. Enhanced points if you are a single
  4. Enhanced points if both you and your spouse are eligible for nomination
  5. You will be able to apply for permanent residency starting September 2022

The eligibility criteria of the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 is

You must:

  1. Have a relevant occupation
  2. Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  3. Meet the points test pass mark of 65 points
  4. Be nominated by a state or territory government agency
  5. Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
  6. Have Competent English
  7. Be invited to apply

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