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General Skilled Migration Australia

On this page you will learn how we can help you with:

Highly Skilled Workers & Distinguished Talent Visas

Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa

(Subclass 189, 190, 124 & 858)

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Applying for permanent resident as a previous international student was a daunting experience with the ever-changing immigration laws. Thanks to

Mr Anthony Robinson, he took the time to explain my options and helped me prepare all the necessary documents to successful achieve permanent residency. Since then my parents, cousin and my wife had 100% success rate to migrate to Australia. I consider Mr Anthony Robinson to be an expert in his field and he does a fantastic job. Our family highly recommend him, thank you again Anthony. Regards Thierry

Thierry Chan
Student Visa – 485 visa – Skilled Visa Matters

AR Law Services delivers professional and exceptional service when it comes to any aspect of the legal system. I was referred to AR Law services and had Anthony looking after my immigration papers, while the immigration laws were ever changing – ‘not that this has changed in any way as we speak’.  I would highly recommend their services to anyone who requires genuine insight and expect results, since I have many friends whom I have referred personally and the outcome has never been unfavourable. I believe that being at the top of the game is what differs AR Law Services from other lawyers. The timeliness and completeness of the methods adopted greatly assisted myself when I was still at university; trust me removing the hassle of having to scramble around to ensure that nothing is missed is potentially the biggest challenge when it comes to the department.  In saying all of this, it would be thanks to their guidance and advice that I have reached to where I’m at today. Please do yourself a favour and hit them up if you have any questions – they are the best in the business! Period.

Sandy Marday
Skilled Visa

Skilled Migration Program Australia

The General Skilled Migration program is for skilled individuals or families looking to permanently migrate to Australia to fill Australia’s skill shortages. General Skilled Migration Visas are “points tested” and are either independent, State / Territory sponsored or family-sponsored permanent visas.

The Skilled Occupation List determines which occupations are eligible to apply for permanent residency through the General Skilled Migration program (see below for more on the Skill Select Platform)

189 Visa – Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa

The 189 visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian employer.

The Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa allows skilled people to migrate to Australia permanently.

189 Visa holders can:
• be in or outside Australia when making the application
• work and study anywhere in Australia
• sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

190 Visa  –  Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190 Visa)

The 190 visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

The Skilled Nominated 190 Visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

190 Visa allows the recipient to:
• stay in Australia permanently
• work and study in Australia
• travel to and from Australia for 5 years

Applicants must have:
• an occupation on the relevant occupation list 
• a successful skilled assessment for the relevant occupation
• qualifying English

Applying for a 190 Visa
Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) applicants must qualify against the designated points on a points assessment and must be nominated by a participating State or Territory government in Australia.

To apply for this visa, you must submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect. (see below)

If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply for the visa.

Inclusion of family members:
190 visa applicants may be able to include the below family members to their application:

• partner
• dependent child
• partner’s dependent child

Distinguished Talent visa  –  subclass 124 & 858

Distinguished talent visas are the route to Australian Migration for the exceptionally talented. The applicants will be internationally recognized in their profession, in academia, entertainment, the arts, sport or the sciences. In some circumstances a combination of these. It is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field

This visa allows you to

  • the Distinguished Talent Visas is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and your family to 
    study and in Australia 
  • live indefinitely in Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years (after that time you will be required to obtain a resident return visas)
  • apply for citizenship
  • enroll in the Australian governments medical  fund, Medicare
  • work in Australia 
  • study in Australia


  • apply for Australian citizenship
  • sponsor eligible relatives for residency in Australia
  • You will be require a nomination in order to apply. The person (or organisation) nominating you must have a reputation in
    Australia in the same field you be one of the following:
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen; or
    an Australian organisation (government, academia or private business)


The Distinguished Talent visa (subclass124 & 858) lets you live permanently in Australia if you have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession
  • a sport
  • the arts
  • academia and research.

This is a visa that can be suitable a wide range of people from the sport, entertainment and creative industries.  In the past applicants have included musicians, designers, dancers, sports coaches and administrators, jockeys, artists, philanthropists, doctors, authors, scientists, IT stars, chefs, film makers, actors, and many many more.

The new Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa Australia

The new Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa provides a direct permanent residence for ‘highly skilled professionals in high growth sectors’.

The GTI targets the following ‘high growth’ areas:

  • Agricultural Technology (AgTech)
  • Financial Technology (FinTech
  • Medical Technology (MedTech)
  • Cyber Security
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Quantum Information/Advance Digital/Data Science and ICT

GTI requirements:

  • Applicants must have the ‘ability to attract’ a salary at or above the Fair Work High Income Salary Threshold which is currently around $148,700 and
  • be ‘endorsed’ by a nominator who has a national reputation in the same field as the potential applicant (FORM 1000)
  • health assessment
  • character assessment

The Australian Government is actively encouraging people who have:

  • completed a Doctoral degree (PhD) in the last 3 years, or are submitting their thesis in the next 6 months; or
  • completed a Bachelor Honours degree or Masters degree in the last 3 years, and have an overall grade-point average of 80 (or above) out of 100

To consider applying for a Distinguished Talent visa. These graduates/students would also be eligible to receive the highest visa processing priority under Direction 85 if their studies were in one of the seven priority sectors and they can demonstrate a current or future annual salary equivalent to or higher than the FWHIT.

The rationale for the direction is to give priority to applicants viewed as ‘highly desirable’ because of their skills and knowledge in sectors identified by the Australian Government as a priority for future industry growth, and with emerging opportunities for Australia’s economy. These sectors have been highlighted as priorities through the Industry Growth Centre initiative and through targeted consultation with key industry stakeholders including Austrade; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business; and academia.

Masters degree or Bachelor Honours degree graduates must have an overall grade-point average of 80 (or above) out of 100 if they are relying on these academic qualifications as the sole basis for demonstrating a record of exceptional and outstanding achievement. This requirement does not apply to PhD students.

Achievements by a PhD student/graduate, Masters degree or Bachelor Honours degree graduate will be considered internationally recognised if:

  • their research is of international interest and significance; or
  • their research would be relevant to an international audience; or
  • they have presented their research at international forums; or
  • their research could be used to inform academia, governments, and industry abroad; or
  • their research is relevant to Australian academia, governments, and industry in respect to advancing Australia’s international competitiveness; or
  • their research highlights the potential for innovation and productivity increases for Australian organizations and industries operating in an international or globalized context; and
  • they have achieved a grade-point average of 80 (or above) out of 100 if they are a Masters degree or Bachelor Honours degree graduate.

SKILLSELECT:  EOI (expression of interest)

SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be identified for a skilled visa through an expression of interest (EOI). People could be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

If you want to migrate to Australia as a skilled migrant and you have the skills Australia needs, you may need to submit an EOI in SkillSelect.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

An EOI is not a visa application, it is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa.

To submit a complete EOI you will need to provide a range of information online depending on the visa(s) you wish to be considered for.

Visa programs supported by SkillSelect

You are required to complete an EOI and receive an invitation before you can apply for the following visa programs:

Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent (Permanent) (Class SI)

Subclass 190 Skilled – Sponsored (Permanent) (Class SK)

New 491 & 494 – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (Class SP)

Subclass 132 Business Talent (Permanent) (Class EA)

Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Class EB).

You can also express interest in the following visa programs if you would like potential employers to view your EOI:


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Be advised the Information on this website does not constitute legal advice nor personal/corporate migration advice and should not be treated as such. It is information of a general nature and should not be relied on. For an assessment of your personal circumstances and formal legal/visa advice please speak to our accredited Immigration Lawyer.