Qualified and experienced workers may come to Australia directly without the requirement for an Australian business sponsor if they qualify for the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program.
The GSM visa program uses a skilled points test system. The skilled points test system is a method of calculation that is used to ensure visa applicant’s qualifications and experience are above a required level. The points test system is also used to rank visa applicants against each other. A visa application can be refused if incorrect calculations have been made and months of time waiting on processing can be lost. It is therefore important that the correct calculations are submitted.
The GSM visa
There are two lists of skilled occupations that are used by the Department of Home Affairs (The Department). There is the Short-Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and both lists are changed regularly. The GSM visa program utilises both lists. The Department publishes a combined list (to be used as a guide only) and can be found here: Combined ListHow points are calculated can be found here:  How points are calculatedYou must be able to achieve at least 65 points and the higher your score the more chance you have of a successful application.

The GSM visas are:

  • The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189);
  • The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190);
  • The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489);
  • The Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

The GSM visa process
The steps involved to obtain a GSM visa are:

  1. ​Obtain a skills assessment from the correct regulatory body;
  2. Obtain English language test results;
  3. Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI);
  4. Receive a State/Territory/Regional nomination (190, 489, 887 visas only)
  5. Lodge a Visa Application;
  6. Obtain a Visa.

Why use Opening Australia?
At Opening Australia, we guide our clients through the whole skilled points test visa process outlined above, from start to finish.
We ensure that our clients maximise the amount of points that they can correctly claim.
We inform our clients as to regular changes to the occupations lists and as to which States/Territories currently have openings for visa applicants and what those the States/Territories specific requirements are.

After a job in Australia?
Many people who want to immigrate to Australia would like to have the certainty of a job before they move. We help people who are eligible for a work visa* find a job in Australia free of charge.
If you are eligible for a work visa* to Australia, you may ask us to list your work profile on our Job In Australia page free of charge. Our Jobs In Australia page links skilled workers directly with businesses in Australia.

Many businesses in Australia cannot find the skilled employees that they need from within Australia and these businesses ask us if we can find skilled employees for them from overseas.
Businesses in Australia can either:

  • List occupations that they have vacancies for; or
  • Find skilled workers (you) from the Jobs In Australia page.

We do not charge any fee for the purposes of finding you employment. ​Any associated recruitment service fees will be paid for by the business in Australia.

Information Package
The information on this page is an outline of the GSM visa program. ​Our team which consists of Immigration Lawyers and migration agents have put together a comprehensive Work in Australia Package which goes into depth about work visas that may be an option for you.  If you are interested in learning much more about work visas, contact us today for your copy of our Work in Australia Package. 

*To determine your eligibility for a work visa to Australia, you must have first undergone a personalised visa assessment which will determine all of your potential visa options. Contact us if you would like to enquire about our personalised visa assessment service. 

Client testimonial 
"The team at Opening Australia were excellent throughout. They explained precisely what was required from me at the very start, ensuring my application had the highest chance of acceptance by guiding me through each stage, from reference requirements, to medical and insurance requirements. Their attention to detail was superb and I felt like they really cared about the acceptance of the Visa. I'm delighted to have had my application approved within 2 weeks, which is a testament to the professionalism of the team at Opening Australia"
- Derek