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Neo Phoenix Pty Ltd
Lawyers & Registered Migration Agents

We are experienced Solicitors and Registered Migration Agents with a proven track record. We offer personalised service with a reasonable fee structure.

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Basic Requirements for General Skilled Migration (GSM)

Every visa application must meet the actual legal requirements for that particular visa subclass in order to be successful. These requirements are found in the Migration Act 1958, Migration Regulations 1994, as well as in the Procedure Advice Manual (PAMS) policy guidelines which Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Case Officers use to assess applications. We can provide you with the migration expertise to submit the best possible visa application.

What are the specific Basic Requirements which you must satisfy if you are to be eligible for General Skilled Migration (GSM) to Australia?

These Basic Requirements generally relate to an applicant’s:

· Age,

· English language ability,

· Skilled occupation,

· Qualifications and

· Recent work experience.

Points are also awarded for other factors including study in Australia, study in Australia, having a skilled partner, community language fluency, specialist education, family or state sponsorship.

The Skilled Visa program is for people who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia. Applicants must be over 18 and under 45 years of age, with good English language ability, and recent skilled work experience unless they recently completed an eligible Australian qualification.

Applicants must also have skills and qualifications for an occupation listed on the relevant Occupations List.

Provided the Basic Requirements of the visa are satisfied, eligibility for General Skilled Migration is further decided by the Skilled Visa Points Test.

Points are awarded for a range of personal and professional attributes and it is necessary to achieve the Pass Mark. Within the Skilled Visa Program, points-tested visas are controlled by adjustments to the Pass Mark which occurs from time to time and by occupation ceilings which relate to how many invitations are issued for a particular occupation group. Recent adjustments have been to increase pass marks for certain occupations, thus making it harder for applicant’s to meet the requirements.

The current Pass Marks for the relevant visa subclasses are:


Pass Mark

Pool Mark

Skilled Independent Subclass 189



Skilled Sponsored Subclass 190



Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489



Applicants for the:

Skilled - Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)
Skilled - Graduate visa (subclass 485)
Skilled - Regional visa (subclass 887)

are not be points tested.

Applicants who hold a:

Skilled - Independent Regional visa (subclass 495)
Skilled - Designated Area-sponsored visa (subclass 496)
Skilled - Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475 or 487)

who are applying for a Regional - Skilled visa (subclass 887) or for a 12 month extension of their provisional visa are also not points tested.

In the event that a client cannot pass the points test, you may like to consider other skill based alternative visa subclasses some of which are not points tested.

Success Stories

Over the years we have helped many people from all over the world realise their dream of a new life in Australia.

Please see the Testimonial Section of the website and see for yourself.

Due to industry regulations, in order to be able to provide you with migration advice and assistance you must first become a client. If you are serious about General Skilled Migration it is worthwhile having a professional assessment by a Registered Migration Agent.

Please contact us so that a Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent can analyse your profile, determine your eligibility and if eligible advise you further on how to secure an Australian General Skilled Migration visa.

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Related Client Testimonials:

We found Andre and the team at My Australian Visa very professional through the entire process of our application for Permanent Residency. As this is a new visa for New Zealand Citizens, there was a lot of information required and uncertainties in respect to the length of time before we were granted ...

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa - NZ Stream

Dear Andre, Thank you for sharing this great news, we are thrilled! Thank you for helping us with the process and making it seamless. Your support and advice throughout the process was invaluable. Thank you again. Have a great day. Regards, Kaush

Converting 489 Visa to 887 Visa

In the past 2 years I have been assisted from Andre and his team to make possible the almost impossible - get my permanent residency through the Skilled Nominated 190 Visa! This was not an easy task,but thanks to My Australian Visa's professional advises, I have been able to find the right path and ...

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

Thi and I would love to say thank you to you and My Australian Visa team for looking after our case. We are very excited after our 457 visas are granted. I had been searching for consultation in many different migration lawyers and agents. However, after the very first appointment with My Australian ...

Subclass 457 Visa granted post July 1st 2017

Andre Congiu has assisted us with our 457 visa application which has been granted at the first time. He is a really professional lawyer who does explain in detail everything and really wants to make sure you are choosing the best visa based on your circumstances and goals. I am very happy to refer ...

Terence - Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa

I was referred to MYAUSTRALIANVISA by a friend who has been using their services for many years. From the very first meeting with Andre, I found him to be extremely professional, knowledgeable, detailed and friendly. He assisted me with two visas, temporary graduate and permanent residency visas, ...

Bhavini - Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa AND Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

We made an application to obtain the visa 457, MyAustralianvisa was really professional, always keep in touch with us, advise us at any time, we always get the information’s that we needed, and the application was quick (16 days only) We thank you for your great job. It was a pleasure to deal with ...

Dorian - Subclass 457 Visa - Onshore Application

We are so excited to be beginning our new family life in Australia. Over the last eighteen months Andre and the team have worked hard to help us secure our 189 Visa and we could not be happier. We received a very efficient service and valuable advice which we greatly appreciated. We are now able to ...

Alison - Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa - Applicant Offshore - Skills Assessed, EOI, Visa Application

Dear Andre, Teresa & Team at, Andre was recommended to us by a previous client of his who was very complimentary of the service he had received. We organised to meet with Andre and straight after our first meeting we felt absolutely confident that we would be well taken care of ...

Vincent - Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

I got introduced to Andre by one of my friends and I went to see him regarding my 457 visa along with my employer who needed to apply for SBS. Andre explained the process of applying for such a visa clearly and throughout the process he was very helpful and informative, I definitely recommend the ...

Max - Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 Visa