The recognition of extensive work experience in a nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation has been around a long time in the GSM program.
Relevant Australian and overseas skilled employment in the 10-year period immediately before the date the applicant was invited to apply for this visa can be considered for the purpose of awarding points.
These periods of employment do not have to be continuous, as it is the aggregated period of relevant employment experience that will be considered.
For example, if prior to applying for their points-tested visa, an applicant whose nominated skilled occupation is Electrical Engineer, works for 2 years as an Engineer, then undertakes postgraduate studies for 2 years, then works as an IT consultant for 2 years, then works as an Engineer for a further 3 years. This applicant would be eligible for points based on their 5 years employment experience as an Electrical Engineer (as long as the applicant’s relevant employment took place in the 10 years immediately before the time when the applicant was invited to apply for the visa).
It is possible to gain points both for Australian and overseas skilled employment experience. For example, if prior to applying for their points-tested visa, an applicant whose nominated occupation is assessed as a registered nurse works overseas for 5 years as a registered nurse then works in Australia on a temporary employment visa for 3 years as a registered nurse, the applicant would be eligible for points based on their 5 years of overseas employment as well as their 3 years of Australian employment experience.
However, it is not possible for applicants to combine shorter periods of skilled employment gained while working in and outside Australia in order to meet one of the Australian or overseas skilled employment experience factors. For example, an applicant cannot claim 3 years’ Australian employment by adding together 6 months of overseas employment experience and 30 months of Australian employment experience.
Employment undertaken whilst the applicant is physically present in Australia will be assessed against the requirements for Australian employment and cannot be claimed as working for an overseas employer. Work undertaken in an area without a postcode, for a company that is registered in Australia, can be counted towards Australian work experience for the purpose of the points test. For example, a person undertaking work on a resources installation or sea installation attached to the Australian sea bed in Australian waters, is taken to have worked in Australia.
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