How Do I Know That I’m Eligible For Australian Permanent Residency Through General Skilled Migration (GSM) Pathway?
One of the most popular ways for someone to obtain Australian Permanent Residency is to go through the General Skilled Migration (GSM) pathway.
General skilled migration (GSM) visa is an umbrella term used to define a range of skilled visa subclasses.
In general there are three popular Australian skilled permanent visas: Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), Skilled Independent (subclass 189), and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). These subclasses are similar as they are all points tested visas.
As an applicant, you are required to fulfill the eligibility including:
- You must have an occupation that is relevant to the skills needed;
- Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations, this includes:
– Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL),
– Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL),
– Regional Occupation List (ROL).
- Not all occupations are relevant to GSM visas, the visas relevant to your occupation can be seen in each list;
- You must determine which occupation is the most relevant to your employment history.
While this seems easy, you need to pay special attention to the qualification and/or whether registration is required as these conditions may be imposed:
- You must have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation;
- After determining occupation is the most relevant to your experience, you need to go through the next step which is skills assessment;
- Skills assessments are done by the assessing authority relevant to the occupations;
- Assessing authorities will assess the suitability of your qualification as well as work experience;
- Your work experience must have been in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation, and undergo skills assessment before it can be claimed.
Be mindful that provisional assessment outcomes cannot be used for general skilled visas. So you need to ensure you are applying for the correct assessment.
To Be Eligible For Permanent Residency, You Must Meet The Points Test Pass Mark Of 65 Points
You must be able to meet the points score on your invitation letter. As of July 2018, the score is 65 or more. The score on your invitation letter is based on the information you have provided in your EOI. The higher your points are, the better you would rank against other intending migrants. The highest ranked applicant by points score will be invited to apply for the relevant visa. You can claim points from your age, English proficiency, skilled employment in the last 10 years, qualifications, etc.
Here’s What You Need To Do If You Want To Get More Than 65 Points
- You must be under 45 years of age at time of invitation;
- You must have achieved a score of at least 7 in each of the four test components, speaking, reading, listening and writing in an IELTS test (or equivalent) that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application;
- You must be nominated by a state or territory government agency (Subclass 190 & 491 only).
For Subclass 190 & 491, You Must Be Invited By A State Or Territory Government Agency To Apply For The Visa
State or territory governments are responsible to create and update the list of occupations needed within their jurisdiction, not all occupations listed in the MLTSSL and STSOL are needed in every state or territory.
There may also be additional requirements you must fulfill before you are eligible for state sponsorship, and this can be in the form of financial evidence, employment offer letter, statement and essays, etc.
Once you are nominated by the government (state or territory government for subclass 190 or 491), you will receive an invitation to apply for the visa and be given a limited amount of time to lodge the visa application.
After your visa is granted you may be given a due date for the first entry to Australia.
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