Australia is an extremely popular destination for highly skilled young people wishing to start a new life in another country. The country’s economy is strong and Australia is actively encouraging the immigration of skilled migrants. Skilled migrants wishing to work in Australia will be assessed on a point based system with points awarded for work experience, qualifications and language proficiency. Other ways of obtaining immigration visas to Australia include the Australian Family Migration and Humanitarian Programs.

Skilled migration visas are one of the best opportunities for skilled workers to live and work in Australia. Under the Australian General Skilled Migration program, skilled migrant and skilled worker applicants can use their qualifications, work experience and language ability to satisfy Australian immigration requirements for a permanent Australia visa.

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program is for people who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in occupations that Australia needs to fill labor shortages. Applicants must be between 18 and 50 years of age and speak good English. They must also have recent skilled work experience or a recently earned and eligible Australian qualification as well as qualifications for an occupation listed on Australia’s Skilled Occupation list(SOL).

The different subclass visa options available under the General Skilled Migration program are organized into Onshore and Offshore categories — and below that — into sponsored and independent categories. Onshore visas are meant for individuals already in Australia on an eligible visa to apply under the GSM. Offshore visas are for people who will be granted a permanent immigration visa from abroad and is the most common scenario for people looking to immigrate to Australia as a skilled migrant.

Sponsored visas are for applicants who are sponsored by an Australian relative or an Australian state/territory government. Sponsored visas have some more requirements placed upon them and in some cases a bond must be paid.

Independent visa categories have the least amount of restrictions placed upon them and is considered the preferred category for those who have the right qualifications and do not have an employer to sponsor them


The Malaysian immigration program has opportunities for people with a variety of backgrounds, ages, qualifications and needs. Choose the route to Malaysia that best reflects your circumstances and goals:

There is a strong emphasis in the Malaysia immigration program on attracting people who can contribute to the economy. If you are under 50, speak at least competent level English, and have qualifications in one of the numerous priority professions and trades, you may be eligible under the Skilled Migration Program

Malaysian permanent residence can be gained if you are willing to live in a Particular Region of Malaysia

Provisions are made for people ready to invest in Malaysia or who have certain Business Skills

  • Malaysia also accepts migrants with relatives already in the country under the Family Stream Migration program, and welcomes refugees under the Humanitarian Program.

Age – you must be 50 years of age or under when you apply.

English language – you should have sufficient ability in the English language to work in Malaysia (at least at competent level).

Qualifications – you must have post-secondary qualifications and your skills must be assessed by the Relevant Assessing Authority as suitable for your nominated occupation.

Nominated occupation – when you apply you nominate a skilled occupation, which fits your skills and qualifications. Your nominated occupation must be found on the Skilled Occupation List(SOL).

Recent work experience – you must have been working for 12 out of the last 24 months in your nominated occupation.

Malaysian qualification exemption – you do not need to meet the work experience requirement if you have completed an Malaysian qualification less than 6 months before lodging your visa application.

Skills assessment – before you apply, you must have your skills assessed by the Malaysian assessing authority designated to assess your nominated occupation.

If you are unable to meet these basic requirements, then you should NOT continue with a General Skilled Migration application.