Skilled Visa & General Skilled Migration (GSM) to Australia

Skilled visa program is designed for highly skilled applicants who will support Australian economy. Permanent, point tested visa which can be independent or sponsored. Also available for New Zealand citizens.


About General Skilled Migration (GSM) and skilled visas.

Pacific Center will help and guide you with all stages of Skilled Visa application as: Expressions of Interest, Skill Assessment applications, State or Family sponsorship, points test applications (subclass 189 and 190 visa) and subclass 485 Skilled Graduate visas.

Key points:

  • For highly skilled applicants only
  • Point tested
  • Occupation from suitable list only

General Skilled Migration works the best to skilled applicants who are willing to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. In GSM you will see various vias types suitable for independent migrants who already have skills and qualifications desired by Australian federal or state government. There are also options for uniquely skilled people with world recognized qualifications they can share and further develop for Australian benefits.

Graduate visa is also in skilled visa category allowing people studding in Australia to stay and build career more.

One thing common for all skilled visa types if fact that it is limited for applicants who have already desired skills and qualifications. Spouse and dependent children can be also included in GSM program and in some situation, you may get points for your partner skills.

Best way to start preparation to apply for skilled visa is to do point test. You can do it here. It is also recommended to check your language skills as points are granted for specific score in English test.

Elements which are point tested:

  • Formal education
  • Years of experience in your occupation
  • Your age
  • Language skills proven in one of English tests
  • Overview
  • Specialist education qualification
  • Australian study requirement
  • Professional Year in Australia
  • Credentialled community language
  • Study in regional Australia
  • Your Partner skills

This visa is also applicable to those  who can get sponsorship of an Australian employer.

Skilled visa is designed to attract highly employable people for migration to Australia. It is the most common form of migration to Australia, and it is one of the core areas of our experience.

Each of skilled visa subclasses has its  requirements.

Some of popular occupations for skilled visa to Australia:

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Environmental Manager
  • Accountant (General)
  • Economist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • ICT Business Analyst
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Midwife
  • Pathologist
  • Shipwright
  • Chef
  • Tennis Coach
  • Footballer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

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What skilled visa you can apply for?


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How to apply for skilld visa to Australia?

Skills recognition.

To start the process your non-Australian qualifications have to be recognised by one of Australian organisation. Each occupation has its own recognising body, as listed below. Recognising organisation have theirs own, very specific requirements. At this stage English test may be required. It deepens on recognising body.


Expression of Interest (EOI) it is second step in Skilled visa process. Once your qualifications are recognised, we can lodge your interest to SkillSelect database.

What is SkillSelect

SkillSelcet its a database where all EOI are kept for period of 2 years. Employers, Government organisation and States has access to it and they can choose candidates based on number of points you collected, occupation or any other factor like unique skills or qualifications.


Once your EOI is accepted and you have been selected, you will receive invitation to apply for a visa. This is a moment when your all documents have to be prepared, your family can be attached to application and you will receive bridging visa is applying in Australia.

Skills recognizing bodies:


Consultation with a Pacific Center professional and experienced migration agent has a great potential to save your time and money. We are here to help. Please contact us if you have any questions.


State nominations for skilled visa.

Each state in Australia has its own approach to migration and skilled visa requirements. As much as some of guidelines come from federal government, state decide on actual level of requirements and creates own list of critical occupations.

List of occupations suitable for GSM program usually are updated every 3 months to ensure they build economic strength and respond to labour market shortages.

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) is the state nominating body for the Queensland Government and a business unit of Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). In partnership with the Department of Home Affairs, BSMQ nominates successful skilled and business applicants wanting to establish themselves in Queensland.

Benefits of seeking state nomination

Nomination by the State of Queensland will provide:

  • priority processing of your visa with the Department of Home Affairs
  • an additional 5 points for a Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) towards the Department of Home Affairs points test
  • an additional 10 points for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) towards the Department of Home Affairs points test
  • the same work rights as an Australian citizen. You’ll be an independent migrant not tied to a single employer.

Queensland offers a high standard of living and good working conditions including:

  • safe working conditions
  • high minimum wages
  • entitlements including public holidays and leave.


Only some occupations are eligible for Victorian visa nomination. With each occupation list you’ll find information about the unique requirements that apply to each job.

For Graduates ONLY:

Applicants who have a nominated occupation identified on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) or Graduate occupation list (GOL) may be eligible for Western Australian State nomination using one of the following visa subclasses:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); or
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).​

Tasmania’s skilled migration program is for people wanting to move to the state who have a skill that we need. Skilled migrants are attracted to Tasmania because of the state’s enviable lifestyle, career opportunities, affordable housing, and reputable schools and a globally recognised university.

The Tasmanian Government actively pursues skilled and business migrants in recognition of the significant contribution migrants make to Tasmania’s economy and cultural diversity.

State nomination gives successful applicants extra points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs’ 65 points threshold including:

  • extra five points for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) visa

Some occupations on this list require a specific language skill level.

For occupations marked with * on the list, where there is a mandatory licensing or registration requirement (marked with an asterisks and shaded rows in the table), the applicant will be required to demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS 6.0 score in each band or equivalent, whichever is higher.

For occupations marked with !!, you need to have high level communication skills.

Where there are no indicators, the required level of English is at least IELTS 6 in each band or equivalent in one of the other English testing systems accepted by the Department of Home Affairs

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for points tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency. NSW Treasury nominates eligible highly skilled workers to drive economic growth in NSW.

To effectively manage the ongoing high demand for NSW nomination, and to ensure that NSW nominees are aligned to the skills needs of the state’s economy, NSW uses a selection-based invitation process.

Candidates cannot directly apply for NSW nomination and should consider being invited to apply for NSW nomination as a limited possibility. Candidates are strongly encouraged to actively consider all migration pathways and visa options.

NSW skilled occupation list 

The ACT Critical Skills List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT nomination of the following programs:

• Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa.

The ACT Critical Skills List will be reviewed every four months and updated as required to ensure that the ACT Migration Program adapts and responds to the evolving critical skills needs of the ACT economy

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached.

List of ACT skilled occupations for January 2021


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I have graduated as engineer from Polish university. Then i moved with my family to Italy where i works as a contractor for a global company producing machinery. After many years there we have decided to move to Australia and company decided to help us with it but they couldn’t sponsor me, so Piotr advice GSM program. We have looked at that and decided to apply with pacific Center as it seems as a long and complicated process with all constant changes on the skilled lists and then with skills recognition. Just gathering documents in right format and with all required information was difficult enough and then state nomination and when we can apply for visa so we can move here. We are grateful that someone was tracking and checking all of it for us so we could just follow Piotr’s instructions.

Leszek from Poland (190 visa)

I was on holidays in Airlie Beach when I first met Peter and his team. I was interested in moving my family to Australia. I have the equivalent of a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from France and 14 years’ experience in the Automotive industry as a test engineer.

Peter guided us through all process which was quite complicated and tricky as you not only to have evidence every second of your professional life but also fit it in Australian standards. We would make heaps of mistakes without Peters support.

Thank you very much.

Pierre-Yves from France (189 visa)

My friends from Zimbabwe recommended Peter and Pacific Center. So, with my wife we have contacted Peter in 2016 for the first time. I was working for many government organizations in Mechanization and Irrigation Development sector. It took us few years, but we are in Australia now thanks to Peter. We are very thankful as it was very stressful and lot of work, but worth every minute of it, from our point of view today.

Rudo from Zimbabwe ( 189 visa)