This visa is for people who are well qualified with work experience in their field. It aims to meet Australia's skills shortages and gives successful applicants permanent residence. This visa is appropriate for those who hold a university qualification or trade qualifications.
•To apply for this visa you must be qualified and under 45 years of age when you apply for this visa. Your nominated occupation, which fits your skills and qualifications, must be on the list of approved occupations for migration to Australia, which is adjusted by the Government from time to time (Skilled Occupations List).
•Before you apply for a visa you have to obtain a positive skills assessment by the relevant Australian skills assessing body.
•You also have to show recent work experience for a period of time in your field, or in another field that is on the skilled occupation list. In addition you have to meet certain English level standards and also meet the health, character and public interest requirements.
•To be granted this visa you must pass the Points Test. Points are allocated for qualifications, age, English language ability, work experience, your spouse's skills. Extra points are given to those applicants who have family in Australia, who have Australian qualifications or those with skills in demand.
•From 01 July 2012, the Australian Government introduced an online service called SkillSelect. Intended applicants need to record their details through an Expression of Interest (EOI). Applicants can then be nominated by Australia employers of state and territory governments through the SkillSelect model. An invitation is required before an application for a visa can be submitted.
GENERAL SKILLED VISA