The SkillSelect System

Not everyone can apply for a General Skilled Migration (subclass 189, 190 or 489) visa. GSM visas are only available to those who receive an invitation from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) after submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) via DIBP’s SkillSelect online system.

How to get an invitation?

This can only be done by submitting an EOI on SkillsSelect.

An EOI asks: questions about yourself, your nominated occupation, skills assessment, work experience, language skills etc.. and calculates your Skilled Migration Points Test score based on this information.

DIBP then ranks your EOI under your nominated occupation based on your point score. Invitations to apply for GSM visas for your nominated occupation will be periodically allocated to those with the highest points ranking. DIBP invites reflect a demand for skilled workers in your nominated occupation where the ceiling for that occupation has not been reached.

Visa applicants will be assessed on the information presented in their application. Your application information must however match or exceeds the claims made in your EOI. To be invited, your score must be 60 or above and at least match that claimed in your EOI. For example, a person who ‘claims’ 70 points on their EOI, but only achieves 65 points in their visa application will not have their visa granted despite passing the minimum point score of 60.

Please Note: DIBP do not check your claims when you submit an EOI. It is however very important that the claims in your EOI are correct, as they will be checked if you are invited to apply, and then apply for, a GSM visa. Bogus, incorrect or misleading information in your visa application, or information that is not consistent with your EOI claims, can lead to a visa refusal and possible bans on future entry to Australia.

What is SkillSelect?

Skillselect is a DIBP online system whose primary function is to enable skilled workers to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be considered for an invitation to apply for a GSM (subclass 189, 190 or 489) visa. This is the only way GMS visas can be obtained.

The SkillSelect system can also be used to show Australian employers you are available to be considered for Employer Sponsored or Employer Nominated visas such as subclass 457, 186 & 187 visas. This is not SkillSelect’s primary role but it is a way skilled workers can obtain sponsorship or nomination offers.

What are the suggested MAIN steps in obtaining a GMS visa?

  • Ensure your nominated occupation is on the Skills Occupation List (SOL).
  • Determine if you reach the minimum GSM test score, presently 60 points. If not, you need to do things such as an IELTS English Test to increase your score. If you do not think you can make 60 points on the GSM test, you need to consider sponsored or employer nomination options, as GSM visas are closed to you.
  • Get your skills assessed by the relevant Australian assessment authority.
  • Ensure your English language skills are at an appropriate level or you hold a passport from a country where language skills testing is not required e.g. England, Ireland, US, NZ, Canada. If not, undertake an acceptable English test, such as an IELTS test.
  • Submit an EOI via SkillSelect and wait for an invitation. If your situation changes such that you can get a higher points score (e.g. you do another IELTS test and get a better score than your original result; your spouse/partner does a favorable skills assessment; or, a government authority indicates they will sponsor you for a subclass 190 visa) then change your EOI before being invited.
  • When invited submit a valid visa application.

If you have a question(s) about EOI’s or the SkillSelect system please email Au Visas (, or submit an enquiry on the Enquiry Form on our Contact Us page.

If you looking at GSM as a visa option and wish to book a consultation email us or submit a Consultation Request on our Contact Us page.