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Most International Students come to  Australia for their studies but the lifestyle and quality of living that Australia possesses attract them the most. General skilled migration (GSM) run by the department of immigration and border protection is given by the labor market need of Australia. This is the common method that helps students apply for permanent residency through a skilled independent visa. 

  • Your age should be between 18 to 49
  • Minimum IELTS score 6 (or equivalent in another specified test of English language ability)
  • You must meet the Australian study requirement and must fulfill a minimum of 2 years of study. 
  • Nominate an occupation on Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
  • Applicants which are nominated by Australian territories of state government must hold a profession from CSOL (Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List).
  • You need to hold a positive Skill Assessment for your specific field of work.

Below are some tips to improve your chances to get approved in their GSM program.

1) Get a higher qualification:-

One must complete a higher qualification such as a master’s or a doctoral degree and develop their knowledge and skills in their respective field. According to the GSM System students who are pursuing diplomas will be able to fetch 10 points and with a doctoral degree one can gain up to fifteen to twenty points.

2) Stay in Australia after completion of degree:-

After the successful completion of your degree, one must apply for Visa Subclass 485. Under a temporary graduate visa, there are two stream post-study workstreams that allow you to work for a period of 2 to 4 years in Australia and another is the graduate workstream which allows you to work for 18 months. This will give you a chance to score more in point tests and as well as improve your English and have valuable work experience.

3) Develop your English language skill:-

To increase your chance to get PR and to gain more points one must polish their English language skills. If you get a proficient score of 7 to 8 in IELTS you can increase your score up to 10 to 20 points.

4) Consider your age:- 

Your age can affect your score; those who are between the age of 25 to 32 can gain up to 30 points but those who are between 45 to 49 are eligible for none.

5) Get valuable work experience:-

Have relevant experience in the occupation that is listed in the SOL will award you more points. A temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) will create an opportunity to earn some more employment experience. In Australia, 1 year of work experience can make you gain 5 additional points.

*FACT - Those who have completed their Australian Study Requirement of two years in a regional area are eligible for an additional five points.


FINALLY, you’ve figured out that study in Australia is one of the world's best options...kind of finalized which one of world safest cities you are going to live...listed one of the world-leading Australia's universities and college...mapped the pocket friendly, approachable and safe accommodation as well. If it all looks tricky I am sure our expert can help to make it a cakewalk for you. Nevertheless, I will come out with another blog to talk about them in detail as we are focusing on visas today...


If you’re really looking for an option to study in Australia you need a student visa. Now for student visas, some say "complicated"  but I will say a "very simple set of requirements" need to be adhered to if you want a stamp of approval.


Let's look at the top reason and grey areas to look for. So, time to get familiar with the simple areas which need to be focused for increasing the chance of success in visa applications.


Don't look anywhere...


A checklist provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Checklist should be good enough..I assume :(


  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport identity page and each page that has a visa label and immigration stamps for any countries
  • National Identity Card
  • All pages of the Household Registration Book
  • A Curriculum Vitae certified by local authorities
  • Valid electronic Certificate of Enrolment (CoE) for courses being undertaken
  • A statement to satisfy the decision-maker that you have a genuine intention to stay in Australia.
  • Evidence (scanned and uploaded original documents in the color of qualifications and associated transcripts of any courses completed and/or attempted and/or currently studying.
  • Evidence of any scholarship(s) awarded for your studies in Australia.
  • Valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the proposed duration of the student visa.
  • If under 18: Parent consent letters, signed and witnessed. Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare Arrangements (CAAW), linked with your CoE.
  • A signed financial undertaking from the individual(s) providing the funds, outlining the relationship between you and the financial sponsor(s), including either: Evidence of funds & genuine access to funds OR evidence of annual income.
  • English language test certificate that was taken less than 2 years before the date of lodgement of the application

My Final Thoughts...

On a serious note, studying overseas may not be easy GO, If you haven't done your homework properly, I suggest spending a lot of time in planning, do jump in haste. There are excellent options and very bad ones too.


Coming back to the Visa application, it’s a big deal. Make sure you tick off every requirement, attach every document & certification, and get every clearance needed to get your application approved. Over and above, communication is the epitome of everything...respond to every DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS request that follows post  submission of your student visa application and stay on top of the process until to get the positive response