Skilled Migration Visa

General Skilled Visa – Skilled Australian Work Visas are for professionals with skills in demand in Australia. Australia has a shortage of skills in many occupations, find out more about your Work Visa options.

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There are two types of permanent skilled visa subclasses:

General Skill Migration – (GSM)

Suits people with qualifications in demand in Australia and there is no requirement for a sponsoring employer. In order to qualify for this subclass, candidates must:

  • be between 18-49 years of age at the time of application
  • have functional English (usually an IELTS score of 6 or higher)
  • have skills or qualifications that appear in the SOL
  • obtain a skills assessment by a relevant authority
  • meet the minimum points test score

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.

It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency.

It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – (RSMS)

This is a subclass for skilled individuals that are prepared to work in regional Australia. Candidates must:

  • be under the age of 50 years
  • meet the English language criteria
  • be nominated by an employer to work in Regional Australia

Temporary Work Skilled Visa (457)

A 3 stage process for individuals sponsored by an employer/business. This three stage process  can lead to permanent residency.

Stage 1
The employer/business applies to become eligible sponsors.

Stage 2
Once the employer/business becomes an approved sponsor, then it is in a position to nominate an applicant to sponsor.

Stage 3
Once the prospective applicant is nominated by the employer/business and all criteria have been met, the applicant lodge a valid application.


Keystone Visa and Migration Service has personal experience with Impact Executive Appointments.  John Colebatch’s experience includes consulting and recruiting to multinational, international, regional, interstate and local companies. Through his business Impact Executive Appointments, John has assisted with appointments in all states of mainland Australia.  We suggest you visit the web site to see if your experience matches the type of executive recruitment John Colebatch focuses on.  He also has some valuable candidate advice for those seeking to work on Australia.

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