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General Skilled Migration Visas

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program is for people who are not sponsored by an employer and have skills in particular occupations required in Australia.

Applicants must have an occupation listed on one of the following Australian Government occupation lists:

and satisfy a points test as part of the visa application requirements.

Overseas workers who have a visa awarded under the GSM program can work in Australia on a permanent basis, or in some circumstances, on a temporary basis until the requirements for permanent residency are met.

Visa options

The GSM program has different options for obtaining a skilled visa. A number of visa categories with individual requirements and obligations are included within each option. The options include:

  • Skilled Independent visas - for skilled workers who do not require sponsorship or nomination by a state/territory government, employer or family member
  • Skilled Nominated visas - (or sponsored visas) for skilled workers who are nominated by a state/territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member. 

Prospective migrants may be eligible for more than one visa category.

Find out more about Victorian state visa nomination

Find out more about requirements for these visas on our Skilled migration visas page. 

Points test

Most GSM visas are points tested. Prospective migrants must meet the minimum points test before they can apply for, or be invited to apply for, a visa.

The points test is the mechanism used by the Commonwealth Government to help select the skilled migrants who offer the most economic benefit to Australia.

SkillSelect

SkillSelect was introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 1 July 2012. Skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia on a skilled visa must now submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

SkillSelect ranks and invites intending migrants to lodge a visa application. Employers and state/territory governments are also able to review EOIs via SkillSelect and find candidates that they wish to sponsor or nominate.

Find out more about how employers can use the new SkillSelect system to connect with prospective employees on our SkillSelect page.

Find out more

  • View the Visa Options Comparison Charts on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website to compare the different visa programs for overseas skilled workers.
  • Use the Visa Finder on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website to find out which visas are most suited to a person’s specific circumstances.