Changes 1st July, 2018 – higher points required for GSM visas
Higher points required – GSM points test to increase by 5 points
As usual at this time of the year, there have been some changes announced to the GSM visa programme by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).
From 1 July 2018, applicants will need to score 65 points to eligible to be considered for a GSM visa. This is an increase of 5 points. The effected GSM visa subclasses are:
- Skilled-Independent (Permanent) Subclass 189;
- Skilled-Nominated (Permanent) (Subclass 190; and
- Skilled-Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 489
The increase is in response to the high demand for GSM visas. It also reflects the high scores that current applicants in the Skill Select Expression of Interest (EOI) pool are claiming.
For applicants who are invited to apply for a GSM visa prior to 1st July 2018, they won’t be effected by the increase in points. These invited individuals can continue to prepare and submit their application. As is stands currently, any invited applicants will need to ensure that they lodge their applications within the required 60 days.
If you could like to discuss how this will effect you please Contact Us.