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MIGRATION

General Skilled
Migration Visas

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program is for individual skilled workers who are interested in migrating to Australia based on their age, qualifications, English language abilities, skills and employment experience.

Currently, the GSM program includes the following visa categories:

  • Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa points-tested stream (“the 189 Visa”),
  • Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa (“the 190 Visa”),
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 491) Visa (“the 491 Visa”), and
  • Permanent Resident (Skilled Regional) (Subclass 191) Visa (“the 191 Visa”).

Of these four categories, the 189 and 190 Visas are points-test based permanent visas. The former is for applicants who rely solely on their own skills, qualifications and work experience, whilst the latter is for those who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory.  The 491 Visa is also a points-test based but a five-year provisional visa designed to encourage foreign skilled workers to work and live in a designated regional area.  The 191 Visa is the pathway to permanent residence for the 491 Visa holders who have lived, worked and studied in a designated regional area only for at least three years.  It is not available for new applications until November 2022

The points test contains the following qualification factors for points:

  • age qualifications,
  • English language qualifications,
  • educational qualifications,
  • employment experience qualifications,
  • specialist educational qualifications,
  • Australian study qualifications,
  • credentialed community language qualifications,
  • study in designated region area qualifications,
  • partner qualifications,
  • State/Territory nomination qualifications, and
  • designated regional area nomination or sponsorship qualifications.

To be eligible to apply for the 189 Visa, applicants must: 

  • be able to nominate an occupation that is in the current Skilled Occupation Lists specified for each of these visas and obtain a positive skills assessment outcome from the relevant skills assessing bodies,
  • score at least 65 (the current passmark) on the points test in order to be able to submit an Expression of Interest (“EOI”) with SkillSelect, and be invited by SkillSelect to apply for the visa,
  • have at least competent English language ability at the time of invitation,
  • be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation,
  • lodge visa application within 60 days from the date of invitation with genuine evidence of various qualifications claimed in the points test, 
  • meet health and character requirements, and
  • not have provided any false or misleading information to the relevant skills assessment body and the Department of Home Affairs.

For the 190 Visa, applicants must, in addition to the above 189 Visa eligibility requirements, be nominated by an Australian State or Territory.  Each State or Territory has its own requirements for the 190 Visa nomination.

For the 491 Visa, applicants must, again in additional to the above 189 Visa eligibility requirements, be either sponsored by an eligible Australian relative living in a designated regional area or nominated by a State or Territory.  Further, each State or Territory has their own requirements for the 491 Visa nomination.

If you are interested in apply for a 189, 190 or 491 Visa, we recommend you contact us to set up an initial consultation for a preliminary assessment of your eligibility.

 

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Ryan Curtis-Griffiths

Director

David Stratton

Managing Director

Helen Zheng

Special Counsel

Heather Dzviti

Senior Lawyer

Rebecca Henzel

Senior Lawyer

Melissa Vincenty

Senior Lawyer

Jacqui Azouz

Lawyer

Lili Sibic

Lawyer

Shalini Kodikara

Paralegal

Chloe Wang

Legal Assistant

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Mlam Camou (MlCam)
2023-08-31
I will recommend definitely this services to anyone who wants a clear and positive outcome for his immigration case. Professionalism and experience are also 2 very important points to consider when you decide Nevett ford to represent you. I am satisfy with their work to be honest.Thank you Nevett Ford Lawyers for your excellent work.
Lisa-Marie Hinton
Lisa-Marie Hinton
2023-08-31
My visa application was the most challenging time of my life. It was so much pressure, lots of tears and emotions. Ryan and the wonderful Team guided our family and secured my husband and children Citizenship and my PR. I think Ryan has a beautiful heart and is very kind. He listened to me when I was at my wits-end and could only cry on the phone. I would choose Ryan again. It has been a difficult journey but he never gave up on helping my family in the fight of staying together. Forever grateful. The Hintons xxx
Vivien Karabinas
Vivien Karabinas
2023-08-31
The expertise and service received by lawyer Sophie Stickland was efficient, caring and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her. Thank you.
Jervin Paul Dhas
Jervin Paul Dhas
2023-08-30
Had the pleasure of working with Lili for my PR application and I had a very good experience. She was very responsive and guided me and provided updates in every step and the entire process was smooth and quick. Highly recommend their services and one of the best. Thanks again Team
Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson
2023-08-29
During the period between 2020 - 2023 i was applying for a permanent partner visa and hired Ryan to assist me.I had spoke to 7 other immigration lawyers prior to Ryan, and the general feedback i would get back was negative (installing doubt into my mind about the likelihood of obtaining a visa in my circumstance). Ryan was the only lawyer who had a positive attitude and was optimistic about my situation and gave me a lot of free advice about what i could do even before i hired him, this was a major green flag to me so i made the decision to hire him.I couldn't of asked for a better lawyer, i would highly recommended his services to anyone. Good communication, fast responses, never hesitant to answer any queries, pleasant to speak to and most importantly a good lawyer that gets the job done.I recently obtained my PR after a 3 year process and I cannot thank Ryan (and the team) enough for their service.
Hieronim Wiatrowski
Hieronim Wiatrowski
2023-08-23
Lili Sibic was ery professional and helpful. Highly recommended ????
Jessica Liu
Jessica Liu
2023-08-21
Awesome and extremely professional and patient. Highly recommended!!!
Antonia
Antonia
2023-08-17
Experienced, organised and friendly, Ryan is always helpful and reassuring during the entire visa application process. The entire duration has made him more than just a lawyer but a friend.
Hiro Kamisugi
Hiro Kamisugi
2023-08-16
Nathan and Jean as team helped me for my first home purchase. Even though I knew nothing of this matter, they made my whole journey nice and comfortable. Everyone around myself tells me that purchasing home is a very stressful journey, but I was totally fine with their help. Don’t think I can ever ask anyone else for my next home in the future!

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