GSM Skilled Visa

General Skilled Migration GSM Skilled Visa

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General Skilled Migration GSM Skilled Visa

What is Skilled Visa?

The General skilled migration GSM visa enables skilled applicants to live and work in Australia permanently.  This visa is designed to meet the skills shortage in Australia. Skill select program requires applicants to lodge an EOI and be invited to apply for this visa. This visa is available for both onshore and offshore applicants. This program works on a points basis with threshold points required for the different visa categories.


Who can get a Skilled Migration Visa?

SkillSelect – is an online service that enables skilled workers, business people and investors interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a relevant visa through an Expression of Interest.

Eligibility requirements:

  • under the age of 45
  • meet threshold points score. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific job experience, spouse skills and other categories.
  • have an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • apply for an Expression of Interest EOI
  • be invited to apply for this visa
  • have relevant work experience post qualification
  • have an appropriate skill assessment
  • meet English language requirement, exempt from the English requirement if you are a passport holder of the following countries: United Kingdom, United States, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland
  • meet health and character requirement
  • meet additional criteria of the stream in which you are applying for

This visa requires you to first obtain a successful skills assessment in your nominated occupation from the appropriate occupation list prior to making application for EOI.

What are the Streams under GSM visas?

Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa – for applicants who nominate an occupation on the medium-term list, you do not need sponsorship to apply for this visa. You can live in any part of Australia once the visa is granted.


Skilled – Nominated (Subclass 190) visa – for applicants who nominate an occupation on the short-term list and have obtained a nomination from a state government. Once the work visa is granted you must live and work in the nominating state.


Skilled – Work Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 491) visa

What is 491 Visa ? The Skilled Regional visa (Provisional) subclass 491 is for applicants who nominate an occupation on the medium-term list and have obtained a sponsorship from an eligible family member in a regional area; or applicants who nominate an occupation on the skilled occupation lists (including the short-term, medium-term and regional lists) and have obtained a nomination from a state/territory government. Once the visa is granted, you must live and work in the nominating state (regional area). You may apply for permanent residency (permanent resident visa) after holding this visa for 3 years, subject to meeting the residence and work requirements.

How long to process 491 subclass Visa? The processing time is between 6 -9 Months


New Zealand Stream – enables eligible New Zealand citizens with a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa to live and work in Australia permanently. Must have lived in Australia for at least the last 5 years, have started living on or before 19 Feb 2016


How long to process Skilled Visa?

The processing time is between 6-12 Months




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Our experience and personalised visa and migration agent services allows us to complete your application with precision and speed. We are methodical in our ways of working to ensure nothing gets missed, documentation is requested upfront and applications can be lodged quickly.


We pride ourselves on our high success rate. As much as you choose us to represent you, we also are selective in regards to who we will provide visa services for. You can rest assured that we will not take on your case or take your money, unless we believe we can achieve a successful outcome for you.


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Hepzi Dorairaj

“I applied for 189 visa through AIA. I’m very glad I chose AIA as they made my visa process very smooth and absolutely with no stress during skill assessment and EOI. They are very approachable and kind to provide any clarification anytime I reach out to them. They always do it right the first time. I definitely recommend AIA.”


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