General Skilled Migration
This booklet contains information on the Offshore General Skilled Migration (Migrant), (Provisional) and (Temporary) visa categories. For information on the Onshore General Skilled Migration visa categories see www.immi.gov.au/migration/skilled/
1119 (Design date 04/11)
About this booklet
This booklet is designed so that you can understand thesteps for applying for General Skilled Migration to Australia, and complete the application form with minimal, if any, help. This booklet is intended as a guide only. You should visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (the department) website www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/ to obtain up-to-date information. This booklet is one of a series of booklets about migration toAustralia. The other booklets are: 1 Partner Migration 2 Child Migration 3 Parent Migration 4 Other Family Migration 5 Employer Sponsored Migration 7 Business Skills Entry 8 Special Migration For general information about migration to Australia, read information form 1126i Migrating to Australia, or visit the department’s website www.immi.gov.au
Using a migration agent
You do not need to usea migration agent to lodge a visa application. However, if you choose to use an agent, the department recommends that you use a registered migration agent. Under Australian law, anyone who uses knowledge of migration procedures to offer immigration assistance to a person wishing to obtain a visa to enter or remain in Australia must be registered or exempt from registration (see pages 42–43). Allregistered migration agents are bound by the Migration Agents Code of Conduct, which requires agents to act professionally in their clients’ lawful best interests. A list of registered migration agents is available from the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) website www.mara.gov.au You can contact the Office of the MARA at: Website: E-mail: Mail:www.mara.gov.au firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box Q1551 QVB NSW 1230 AUSTRALIA Level 8 22 Market Street SYDNEY NSW AUSTRALIA Office hours are 9am – 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) Telephone: 1300 226 272 or +61 2 9078 3552 Fax: +61 2 9078 3591
The Office of the MARA investigates complaints against registered migration agents and may take disciplinary action against them. If you have aconcern about a registered migration agent, you should contact the Office of the MARA. The Code of Conduct and complaint form are available from the Office of the MARA website.
1119 (Design date 04/11) © COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, 2011 Department of Immigration and Citizenship www.immi.gov.au
Introduction Where to apply Terms you need to know 1 2 3
Part 1 •Basic requirements
Age English language Qualifications Nominated occupation Recent work experience Skills assessment
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Part 2 • Categories
General Skilled Migration visa categories (Offshore) Permanent visas Skilled – Independent visas Skilled – Sponsored visas Provisional visas Skilled – Regional Sponsored visas Temporary visas Skilled – Recognised Graduate visas SkillMatching Database Lodging an application Costs and charges
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This booklet contains information on the Offshore General Skilled Migration visa categories. Information on the Onshore General Skilled Migration visa categories is not included in this booklet. See www.immi.gov.au/skilled/ The department offers an online visa application service forGeneral Skilled Migration visa applicants. See www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/
Part 3 • Points test and self-assessment
About the points test Self-assessment form Points for … Skill Age English language ability Specific employment Australian employment Australian qualifications Designated language Studying and living in Regional Australia Partner skills...
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