It is the most common forms of migration to Australia, and it is one of the core areas of AMVPS expertise.

These are visa options available to applicants who do not need to rely on an employer to sponsor the applicant as in the case of employment visas. 


In this kind, the applicant must attain a minimum score of sixty-five (65) points under the current points test system.


A similarity between General Skilled Migration and Employment Visas is that the occupation to be nominated by the applicant must be on the current List of Occupations prescribed by the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP).

Businessman holding documents for general skill migration

Points Test

The GSM visas use a points assessment test to select visa applicants with characteristics needed in the Australian labour market. Under Migration Regulations 1994 schedule 6D, there are several criteria that the visa applicant can acquire points such as:


(1) age at the time of application, 

(2) English language proficiency, 

(3) overseas employment experience, 

(4) Australian employment experience, 

(5) professional year, 

(6) educational qualification, 

(7) specialist educational qualifications, 

(8) Australian study, 

(9) credentialed community language

(10) study in regional Australia

(11) partner skill and 

(12) sponsorship or nomination


The current pass mark is 65 points.

Currently, there are following visa options in skilled migration category:

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