Each year many international students move to Australia for higher studies. Many of them aspire to settle down in Australia after completing their studies. The most common way for students to settle in Australia is by applying for Permanent Residency through the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189).
General Skilled Migration (GSM) is run by the Department of Home Affairs and is solely dependent on the labor market needs of Australia. Studying in Australia alone does not guarantee a PR but there are ways to improve the chances of getting the same.
What are the requirements of GSM?
- You need to meet the Australia Study Requirement. This means that you should have completed a study course in Australia of at least 2 years duration. Online and distance education will not be considered. You may make up for the 2-year duration by studying multiple courses in Australia.
- You should be between the age of 18 and 45
- You need to have a minimum score of 6 on IELTS or an equivalent in PTE or TOEFL.
- You need to nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List of Australia. You also need to hold a positive Skill Assessment for your nominated occupation.
How to improve your chances for the GSM program?
- Stay in Australia: You should apply for the Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa after completing your course. There are two streams under the Subclass 485 Visa- the Graduate stream and the Post-Study Work Stream. The Graduate stream allows you to work in Australia for up to 18 months and the Post-Study Work Stream allows you to work for 2 to 4 years in Australia. You can gain valuable Australian work experience during this time and also improve your English language proficiency. Australian work experience earns you additional points on the GSM point’s grid, as quoted by the Australian.
- Get an advanced qualification: It is worth building on your knowledge and skill set by getting an advanced qualification. This means moving on from your diploma to a Bachelor’s degree or from your Masters to a doctoral degree. A diploma earns you 10 points on the GSM point’s grid whereas a Bachelors/ Masters get you 15. A doctoral degree earns 20 points on the GSM grid.
- Improve your English skills: Getting a Competent score on English which is a score of 6 on IELTS makes you eligible but does not get you any points for language proficiency. Proficient English, that is, a score of 7 on IELTS will get you 10 points. Superior English or an IELTS score of 8 will get you 20 points.
- Study in a regional area: Candidates who complete their Australia Study Requirement of 2 years from a regional area get an additional 5 points.
- Gain meaningful work experience: The more the numbers of years of experience you gain in your nominated occupation, the more you earn points. As little as a year of work experience in Australia can earn you an additional 5 points. You can also earn work experience points for your previous work experience in the nominated occupation overseas.
- Consider your age: Age can greatly affect your points. You get the maximum points for age if you are between the age group of 25 to 32, which is 30 points.
- Complete a PYP: A Professional Year Program is a professional development program that combines formal education and work experience. Candidates who complete a year-long PYP not only earn Australian work experience but also get an additional 5 points.PYP’s are currently available in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, and Accounting. The course must be taken in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation in order to be eligible for additional points.
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