GSM and Business visa program closed for 2019/20 financial year; What you should do whilst you wait for GSM

Posted on July 20, 2020 by Benson Shi

Nomination quotas for States and Territories have not been allocated by the Australian Government yet, for the 2020-2021 program year.

On 1 July 2020 it was announced that the State and Territory nomination program will remain closed until the Australian Government allocates nomination quotas to each State and Territory for the 2020-2021 program.

It has been confirmed that the GSM program for of all States and Territories for the 2019-2020 program has temporarily closed until nomination quotas are allocated. State and Territory Governments cannot nominate applicants for subclass 190 and 491 visas.

The Immigration South Australia website states that allocations for nominations will occur in early August 2020, however the Department has not confirmed this.

Additionally, Business visa program are closed in all States and Territories. (Western Australia is yet to confirm this)

It is likely that the changes to the composition of Australia’s Migration Program will be announced in October in the Federal Budget for 2020-2021.

The General Skills Migration (GSM) program is Points tested; a range of factors are taken into consideration to attract high quality migrants.

States and Territories receive allocation quotas to nominate applicants on the:

  • Skilled Nominated (Permanent) Subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa

Please visit each State or Territory migration website for further and updated information.

What you should do while you wait for nominations to open?

 You should prepare and take your English test

 The GSM visa eligibility criteria requires Competent English. However, if you would like to earn points on your English language skills you should prepare and take a test.

You can earn 10 points for Proficient English and 20 points for Superior English.

See the specific requirements here.

You should prepare and apply for your skills assessment

A positive skills assessment must be obtained to support your visa application. It demonstrates that your skills are suitable for your nominated occupation.

Assessing authorities have different procedures and timeframes. It can take some time in gathering evidence and documentation, use this time!

Note that skills assessments have an expiry date, you should contact the assessing authority to arrange your skills assessment before you submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Create a timeline so you are aware of the deadlines and expiries.

Are you fluent in another language? –Credentialed Community Language (CCL) Test

 If you are fluent in another language than you should consider the CCL test. You can gain 5 points if you are successful in attaining this qualification.

Note. You must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Importance of having your documentation ready

Whilst everyone awaits the re-opening of the program this year, it is recommended that you complete the Skills assessment and English language test before you lodge an EOI.

It has been suggested that the period between submitting an EOI and receiving an invitation to submit a visa application is short. Your documentation should be organised and ready for use. All documents must be translated, this can take some time.

Before completing the steps, you should plan each step wisely, seek advice from an expert migration agent. It is important that the documents you attain at each step be useful in supporting your visa application.

Be aware of the eligibility criteria, the criteria can change.

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