Skilled Visas

Skilled Visas

Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 489

The 489 Visa allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years.

This visa provides the holder with Australian temporary residency with conditions. The holder can live, work and study in a specified region of Australia. The holder can travel freely to and from Australia while the visa is valid, and may have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa.

This visa is available to applicants who are skilled in an occupation on a state or territory occupation list. Each state or territory has its own individual list, depending on the skill shortages in that area.

An applicant for a 489 visa must be issued with a nomination by their chosen state or territory, or obtain family sponsorship.

Sponsorship by a Relative Living in a Designated Area

You can apply for a Subclass 489 visa if you are sponsored by a relative living in a Designated Area.

The relative must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen. The following relatives can sponsor for the Subclass 489 visa:

  • Parents
    • Brothers and Sisters
    • Uncles and Aunts
    • Nephews and Nieces
    • First Cousins
    • Grandparents

You must pass skills assessment in an occupation on the Independent or Family Sponsored Occupations List prior to receiving an EOI invitation.

If you are sponsored by a relative, you will need to live for 2 years and work full time for 12 months in a regional or low population growth area to qualify for permanent residence through the Skilled Regional Subclass 887 visa.

Nomination by a State or Territory Government

An applicant for a State Nominated 489 Visa must be issued with a nomination by their chosen state or territory. The requirements for this differ depending on the state or territory in question, as does the application process an applicant must follow. For example, some states require that you apply separately for state nomination through their website, whereas others simply want you to declare that you are seeking nomination in your EOI. Your registered migration agent will be able to advise on this in detail.

You must pass skills assessment in your chosen occupation prior to receiving an EOI invitation.

If you are nominated by a state or territory government, you will need to live for 2 years and work full time for 12 months in a regional or low population growth area to qualify for permanent residence through the Skilled Regional Subclass 887 visa.

Whichever eligibility pathway you choose, you must meet a minimum score on a point test.

Once you have confirmed that you meet the points test, the applicant will need to obtain a successful migration skills assessment outcome in their chosen occupation.

The steps required to achieve this will vary depending on the occupation. Your migration agent can assist you with this step as part of the overall visa process.

Applicants for this visa must be under 45 years of age and meet health, character and English language requirements.

An applicant can lodge an Expression of Interest through Skillselect and be invited to submit a visa application by the Department of Home Affairs.

Once you are invited to apply for your 489 visa, you must lodge your application within 60 days.

For this reason, it is very important that you have all required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible after receiving the invitation.

Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

The 189 Visa is a permanent visa that allows skilled workers to live in Australia.

This visa provides the holder with Australian permanent residency with no conditions. The holder can live and work wherever they like in Australia. Although the visa is granted based on the holder being skilled in a specific occupation, once granted, the visa doesn’t require you to seek or maintain employment in this occupation.

This visa is available to applicants who are skilled in an occupation on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

To apply for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, you must meet a minimum score on a point test.

Once you have confirmed you meet the points test, the applicant will need to obtain a successful migration skills assessment outcome in their chosen occupation. The steps required to achieve this will vary depending on the occupation. Your migration agent can assist you with this step as part of the overall visa process.

Applicants for this visa must be under 45 years of age and meet health, character and English language requirements.

Then, an applicant can lodge an Expression of Interest through Skillselect and be invited to submit a visa application by the Department of Immigration.

Once you are invited to apply, you must lodge your application within 60 days.

For this reason, it is very important that you have all required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible after receiving the invitation.

Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190

The 190 Visa is a permanent visa that allows skilled workers to live in Australia, based on a nomination by an Australian state or territory.

This visa provides the holder with Australian permanent residency with no conditions. The holder can live and work indefinitely in their chosen state. Although the visa is granted based on the holder being skilled in a specific occupation, once granted, the visa doesn’t require you to seek or maintain employment in this occupation.

This visa is available to applicants who are skilled in an occupation on a state or territory occupation list. Each state or territory has its own individual list, depending on the skill shortages in that area.

To apply for a Skilled Independent Subclass 190 visa, you must meet a minimum score on a point test.

Once you have confirmed you meet the points test, the applicant will need to obtain a successful migration skills assessment outcome in their chosen occupation.

The steps required to achieve this will vary depending on the occupation. Your migration agent can assist you with this step as part of the overall visa process. Applicants for this visa must be under 45 years of age and meet health, character and English language requirements.

Once the above steps have been followed, an applicant can lodge an Expression of Interest through Skillselect and be invited to submit a visa application by the Department of Home Affairs.

An applicant for a 190 visa must be issued with a nomination by their chosen state or territory. The requirements for this differ depending on the state or territory in question, as does the application process an applicant must follow. For example, some states require that you apply separately for state nomination through their website, whereas others simply want you to declare that you are seeking nomination in your EOI. Your registered migration agent will be able to advise on this in detail.

Once you are invited to apply for your 190 visa, you must lodge your application within 60 days.

For this reason, it is very important that you have all required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible after receiving the invitation.

Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485

The 485 Visa is a temporary visa for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution.

This visa allows the holder to live, work and study in Australia once you have completed your studies.

Applicants must be under 50 years of age, hold a student visa (or a Bridging Visa A or B following a student visa), have been awarded a qualification from a CRICOS registered course within the last 6 months, and meet additional requirements specific to their chosen stream. Family members may be included in an application for a subclass 485 visa if they are also in Australia.

There are two streams through which an applicant may obtain a 485 visa:

The Graduate Stream: For international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation MLTSSL. A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.

The Post-Study Work Stream: This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. International students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study, may be eligible. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification.

Applicants in this stream must obtain a positive skills assessment in their occupation.

Applicants for a 485 visa, as well as any migrating family members, must be in Australia at the time of lodgement of the application, and at the time of decision. Applicants must provide evidence that they have applied for the relevant police checks, as well as a skills assessment if applicable, within the 12 months prior to lodgement. Applicants must also demonstrate the requisite English language ability and hold sufficient health insurance at the time of application.

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