The General Skilled Migration programme aims to provide skills to the Australian economy in particular occupations where these skills may be lacking. It is aimed at people not sponsored by an employer, who are aged between 18 and 45, have recent skilled work experience and have strong English language ability. Applicants must select a particular occupation on the Australia's Skilled Occupation List and must be able to prove they have the skills relevant for that job.
There are a range of visas available under the General Skilled Migration programme but essentially it is a points system where applicants must attain the required number of points in order to qualify. Once granted permanent residency the applicant can access most of the public services that are on offer, including education and healthcare.
Applying for residency under this programme takes approximately one to two years to complete. The entire process and what is required is outlined in Booklet 6: General Skilled Migration.
General Skilled Migration applications can be made online.
All paper applications must be sent to the following address:
Under the Skilled Migration Programme, the Department of Immigration operates a points system where applicants must meet certain criteria. This is based on language ability, skills, experience, age and their occupation. Applicants must gain a certain number of points to obtain the pass mark.
Some people choose to use a migration agent to assist with their application, although it is not necessary to do so. If using a migration agent then it is recommended to use a registered agent. A list of registered agents is available from the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA).
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