For those high achieving international students in Australia there is the avenue of obtaining extra points through studying research degrees, Masters or PhD, in sought after areas of expertise.

For the GSM points visas, applicants are eligible for 10 points under Part 6D.7A of the regulations if they meet the requirements for the award of a specialist educational qualification.

This requires completion of either a masters degree by research (as opposed to a masters by coursework) or a Doctoral degree (PhD). Additionally, the qualification must have included study of at least 2 academic years in Australia and be awarded by an Australian educational institution. The fields of study that may attract these points would be in the following areas;

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Earth Sciences
Mathematical Sciences
Natural and Physical Sciences
Other Natural and Physical Sciences

Physics and Astronomy
Computer Science
Information Systems
Information Technology
Other Information Technology

Aerospace Engineering and Technology

Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
Engineering and Related Technologies
Geomatic Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Maritime Engineering and Technology
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology
Other Engineering and Related Technologies
Process and Resources Engineering

These are called the “narrow fields of study” by the policy and they should not be taken to be an exact match. For example, the narrow field of Biological
Sciences would include microbiology.

Confused if your course suits the allocation of these points or any of the points for GSM visas? We are here to help. Call +61 2 8054 2537, 0434 890 199 or book online today to speak to our migration specialists. Save time and money and book a Skype appointment if you like!

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