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General Skilled Migration

Live and work in Australia

The General Skilled Migration Programme facilitates immigration to Australia with workers able to live and work in the country with a skilled visa.  The majority of Australia's skilled visas are points tested.

Take the skilled points test

There are a few basic requirements to consider before even taking the points test for Australia as applicants for Australian immigration must meet certain basic requirements:

  • Age - you must be under 45 when you apply;
  • English language - you should have sufficient ability in the English language to work in Australia upon arrival;
  • Qualifications - you must have post-secondary qualifications and your skills must be assessed by the relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation;
  • Nominated occupation - when you apply you nominate a skilled occupation which fits your skills and qualifications. Your nominated occupation must be found on the Skilled Occupations List;
  • Recent work experience - the period of work experience required will vary depending on the number of points you may be granted for your nominated occupation;
  • Australian qualification exemption - you do not need to meet the work experience requirement if you have completed an Australian qualification less than 6 months before lodging your visa application;
  • Skills assessment - before you apply, you must have your skills assessed by the Australian assessing authority designated to assess your nominated occupation;
  • Health assessment - you should be of reasonably good health and all applicants must have their health assessed by a panel doctor and undergo a medical examination; and
  • Character assessment - you should be of good character and this too will be assessed.

You should not continue to the points test if you feel you cannot meet the basic requirements listed above as you will not be eligible for Australian immigration under this category.

Complete the skilled visa assessment