Skilled Independent Visa

General Skilled Migration (GSM)


The General Skilled Migration Program (“GSM”) Points Tested Stream is for professionals and other skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia.

These occupations are listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Visa Options

There are a number of options for GSM applicants including:

  • skilled independent applicants
  • skilled applicants nominated by a State or Territory government

Skilled Independent - Subclass 189 Visa

Skilled Independent applicants have less requirements to satisfy than Skilled Nominated applicants nominated by a State or Territory government.

Subclass 189 is a permanent residence visa for applicants with skills in demand for the Australian labour market. Applicants are not sponsored and must pass a points test with a pass mark of 65.

Applicants applying for the Skilled Independent visa must nominate an occupation listed on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Expression of Interest

To be able to apply for the Subclass 189 Visa the applicant must first submit an expression of interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs and be invited by the Department to apply.

Further Information & Essential Reading

For further information on how Strategic Migration can assist you in developing a Strategic Plan, please read the following:

Professional Consultation

We recommend a professional consultation to discuss the abovementioned information and to review your eligibility.

A professional consultation will enable us to explain the process comprehensively, appropriate options and strategies, timelines and costs and your prospects of success.

Please refer to consultation page.


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Immigration News

For news of the Skilled Independent Visas and other news about Australian Migration, please refer to the Immigration News page.

Disclaimer: This website contains information relating to some of the abovementioned visa categories and has been sanctioned by a Registered Migration Agent. The information is for general guidance only and readers should obtain appropriate professional advice relevant to their personal circumstances before taking any action. Strategic Migration expressly disclaims any liability should the reader act without a professional engagement with Strategic Migration under which you have.