General Skilled Visa
Australia has a well-managed and effective general skilled migration program. Australia accepts more than 120,000 skilled migrants where general skilled migration contributes more than 50% of total intake.
It’s a point based system where points are awarded on applicant’s age, qualification, work experience, language abilities, relative or state nomination and other relevant factors. It’s a program designed for qualified professionals, who have skills required in Australia.
Skill Select System :
General skilled migration program is managed through ‘Skillselect System’. Aspiring migrants lodge an expression of interest first and must meet basic requirements to be able to lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ i.e. ‘EOI’. Successful applicants are then invited to lodge a visa application.
Threshold Point Score:
Applicant needs to score a threshold of 60 points to be eligible for the migration under general skilled stream.
There are three Visa categories in general skilled migration program.
- Subclass 189 Visa
- Subclass 190 Visa
- Subclass 489 Visa
There are common basic requirements for all three visa subclasses under general skilled migration. These are as follows :
Applicant must be under age of 50
Applicant must nominate an occupation from relevant skilled list. Please see the skilled lists following the link below:
Applicant must have competent English. There are few ways to satisfy this requirement. The most common is ‘International English Language Testing System’ i.e. I.E.L.T.S. exam where applicant needs to score 6 in each area of competency.
Applicant must obtain a suitable skill assessment in nominated occupation.
It is a permanent visa which allows holders to remain in Australia indefinitely. There are unlimited work rights under this visa and holder can apply for Australian citizenship after meeting residence and other relevant requirements. There is no relative or state sponsorship under this subclass. Applicant must choose an occupation from ‘Skilled Occupation List’ only for this occupation.
It is also a permanent visa as subclass 189. However, applicant is nominated by a state or territory under ‘State Migration Plan’. Applicant must be nominated by a participating state or territory before applicant can apply for visa. Applicant nominates an occupation from participating state’s occupation list under this visa subclass. A participating state’s or territory’s list may have more occupation than the ‘Skilled Occupation List’.
It is a temporary visa which is granted for four years. Applicant can apply for permanent residency after meeting residence and work requirements. A state and / or a relative can sponsor applicant for this visa. Applicant must choose an occupation from ‘Skilled Occupation List’ if applying under relative sponsored category. For state’s sponsorship, an occupation from state’s or territory’s occupation list must be chosen.
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Dumra Consulting is established by Pankaj Dumra. He has been a registered migration agent since 2009. He has assisted hundreds of clients since he started his migration practice under Australian visa programs.
He studied ‘Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice’ from ‘Australian National University’. Pankaj also possesses master’s level qualifications in the field of Business and Economics and bachelors in the field of commerce.
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