“Your preparation checklist for upcoming state nomination visa – stay ahead of the game”

Current uncertainties surrounding state nomination programs and occupation lists have created a challenging environment for those wanting to apply for general skilled migration. To ensure that you stay ahead of the game and are well-prepared, it’s crucial to adopt a proactive approach. In this article, we’ll guide you through effective strategies to prepare for a GSM visa application.

  1. Before you apply, you must submit an EOI (expression of interest) via SkillSelect to show your interest in applying for a visa. 
  2. The next step is to gather the supporting documents. 

Apply for your Skill Assessment

Whilst waiting for the state nomination programs to be announced, it’s essential to start the process for your skills assessment as this process alone can take up to 10-12 weeks. This will not only provide you with clarity on your eligibility but save you lots of time. 

Increase your English Proficiency

Irrespective of the changes which may be announced, English remains a constant requirement. Dedicate some time and effort to increase your IELTS or PTE score to increase your points.

Planning your Documentation

Prepare your documentation ahead of time. Organise your financial records, tax documents, and proof of employment so that you are not reaching out to past employers at the last minute for references. And make sure that you translate any documents that are not in English. 


While uncertainties surrounding state nomination programs and occupation lists can create apprehension, proactive preparation is your key to success. Focus on obtaining your skills assessment, improving your language proficiency, and organising your employment experience evidence. Stay ahead of the game and be prepared for when the programs are announced.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

20 Aug, 2023

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