The majority of migrants to Australia go through the Australian General Skilled Migration Programme (GSM).
If you are interested in Emigrating to Australia you can find an outline of a successful General Skilled Migration Programme process below. It is important to note that the GSM is a two-stage process. The first stage involves completing a skills assessment with the assessing body responsible for your occupation. Once you have successfully completed this stage, you can then move on to the visa application process.
This page is a high level overview of the emigration process. If you need assistance with any aspect of the process, please enquire for the Australian Skilled Migration Programme.
Having thorough, clear and correct documentation is key to successfully applying through the Australian GSM. Your documentation must not only prove who you are, but also demonstrate your work history and your skills.The documentation you will need to assemble depends on your occupation and your employment status. Each skills assessing body has a different set of requirements. You may need different documents if you are self-employed rather than an employee.
Some common documents that are needed are:
Your next step will be to lodge your skills assessment with the skills assessing body responsible for your profession. The processing time will vary depending on the assessing body and on how complex your application is.One of the most commonly-used assessing bodies is VETASSESS for skilled tradespeople. Applications through VETASSESS take around eight weeks to process, plus more time to complete a
Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you are ready to move onto the visa application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). (Note that state or family sponsorship will have a different procedure than independent skilled migrants.)Some of the documentation you will need at this point will have already been assembled for your Skills Assessment, so you may already have it on hand and ready to submit. Completing this stage requires thoroughness, clarity, and great care, especially if you are submitting documents for your family. Mistakes or inaccuracies in your application can cause delays, or even refusal.
This is sometimes the most difficult period for people who are emigrating to Australia, as there is little to do other than wait. You may receive periodic updates from DIBP, or your caseworker. The visa processing period can take more than 9 months, even for a perfect application. However, this time does not have to be wasted. Many visa applicants use this time to start researching removals companies, and laying the groundwork for their move to Australia.
This is the last step in the visa application process - and usually a very positive sign. Once DIBP has assessed and processed your application, they will ask for police clearance and medical checks for you and your family.
Police checks are usually provided by the police or security service in your country. In the UK, for example, they are provided by The Association of Chief Police Officers.
Medical checks must be done by a Panel Doctor. These are doctors who are registered with DIBP to offer migration medical checks. They are located in hundreds of cities around the world.
Congratulations! Once you receive your visa grant from DIBP, you're almost ready to emigrate to Australia.
You will receive a grant letter from DIBP requesting that you send in passports to have your visa label attached. Your visa grant letter will have also a validity date printed on it - one year from the date of your police and medical checks. As long as you enter Australia before this date your Skilled Visa will be activated and you will be an Australian permanent resident.