Including Dependents On Your Visa Application
The Australian Government has introduced far reaching changes to the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) for the purpose of most visa applications. There are now significant limitations on the class of persons that can be considered part of MoFU and hence be included in a visa application.
Character Assessment of Australian Sponsors of Partner Visa Applications
From 18 November 2016, Australian citizen and permanent resident Sponsors of Partner Visa and Prospective Marriage Visa applications (“a partner visa”), are subject to character testing. In line with current Australian Government strategies to reduce family violence in the Australian community, the new provisions have been introduced to prevent Australians who have committed a relevant offence from being able to sponsor someone for a partner visa.

General Skilled Migration

Australia’s general skilled migration (“GSM”) stream targets people who are not sponsored or nominated by an employer and are:

Under the GSM Program, applicants and their partners and dependants obtain:

  • Permanent residency (visa subclasses 189, 190 and 887)
  • Provisional or temporary residency which may convert to permanent residency after a period of living and working in Australia (visa subclasses 476, 485 and 489).

We coordinate every aspect of a GSM application including:

  • Written advice about:
    • Requirements and stages
    • Rights and obligations during processing by the Immigration Department
  • Assistance and advice on employment reference letters
  • Seeking nomination by State or Territory governments
  • Advising on strategy to assist with nomination by State or Territory governments
  • Preparing detailed nomination applications to State or Territory governments
  • Preparing applications for sponsorship by Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • Preparing visa applications
  • Making detailed written legal submissions to the Immigration Department in support of difficult applications
  • Ongoing liaison with the Immigration Department during all stages of processing
  • Written advice on the rights attached to permanent residency, once granted
  • Written advice on steps to be taken to progress from a GSM Provisional Residency Visa to a GSM Permanent Residency Visa

We have assisted a diverse set of Managers, Professionals, Tradespeople and other skilled applicants under the GSM program. We have represented clients from all over the world. Examples of skilled people we have assisted include:

  • People unable to attend our office in Sydney, such as:
    • Skilled workers in all regions of Australia
    • Overseas-based skilled applicants
    • Skilled workers with commitments during the day
    • International students studying outside Sydney
  • People with no Australian qualifications or registration, such as:
    • Skilled workers with no formal qualifications but with numerous years work experience
    • International students with overseas qualifications and recent work experience
    • Temporary sponsored workers with qualifications and recent work experience
    • People skilled in professions requiring licensing or registration, including the medical, legal, teaching, trades and accounting professions
  • People who are unable to reach the pass mark independently and are seeking nomination by a State or Territory government
  • International students with overseas qualifications, who have applied for GSM while undertaking their Australian studies
  • International students in Australia with no work experience but who have recently completed a degree, diploma or trade qualification in Australia
  • People wishing to claim points for partner skills
  • People who may qualify for partner , employer sponsorship, business, family, protection, or other visas but who prefer to acquire their visa independently and on the basis of their own skills
  • People with complex and difficult cases, including people with "no further stay" conditions attached to their visas

GSM Visa Options and Points Factors

 Updated 6 June 2013.