Skilled Migrant Visas 

 1. Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189):

This is  a permanent visa allowes you and your family members to live and work in Australian indefinitely. This visa for people seeking to apply for permanent skilled visa independently; without being sponsored by an employer or a family member or nominated by state or territory government. 

 

This visa is a points-Tested visa that can only be applied for after submitting an Expression of Interest and receiving an Invitation to apply for a visa through SkillSelect.

 

Visa Requirements: 

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • nominated an occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation 

  • not yet turned 50 years of age

  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

  • at least competent English.

 

Your rights under this visa:

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely

  • work and study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

You can also access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods).

2. Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190):

This is  a permanent visa allows you and your family members to live and work in Australian indefinitely. This visa for people seeking to apply for a permanent skilled visa after being nominated by state or territory government.

 

This visa is a points-Tested visa that can only be applied for after submitting an Expression of Interest and receiving an Invitation to apply for a visa through SkillSelect.

 

Visa Requirements: 

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you were invited. When we sent you your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • nominated an occupation that is on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)

  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation 

  • not yet turned 50 years of age

  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

  • at least competent English

  • been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

 

Your rights under this visa:

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely

  • work and study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

You can also access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods).

3. Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489):

This is  a provisional visa allows you and your family members to live and work in Australian temporarily, 4-year visa. It is for intending migrants who are either nominated by state or territory government in regional Australia or have a family member residing in regional Australia and willing to sposor them. This visa can be a pathway for a permanent Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 887) when the visa holder lives for at least 2 years in specified area in regional Australia and work in that area for a minimum of 1 year. 

 

This visa is a points-Tested visa that can only be applied for after submtting an Expression of Interest and receiving an Invitation to apply for a visa through SkillSelect.

 

Visa Requirements: 

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • been nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area

  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupations list. SOL for family sponsred applicants and CSOL for State or Territory nominated applicatns

  • a suitable skills assessment for that occupation

  • not yet turned 50 years of age

  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

  • at least competent English

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you and your family to:

  • stay in Australia for up to four years

  • live, work and study in a specified regional area of Australia

  • travel in and out of Australia while the visa is valid.

This visa provides a pathway to permanent residence through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).

4. Skilled Regional (Permanent) visa (subclass 887):

This is  a permanent visa allowes you and your family members to live and work in Australian indefinitly. This visa is the second stage visa process for applicants who had previously been on Skilled Provisional visa, and are now seeking permanent residence They must have lived for at least two years in regional Australia and worked full time for a total of 12 months in the specified regional area. 

 

Visa Requirements: 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are in Australia 

  • hold a

    • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

    • Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 495)

    • Skilled Designated Area Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 496)

    • Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475 or 487)
      or

    • Bridging visa A or Bridging visa B after applying for a subclass 495, 487 or 489 visa

  • have lived in a specified regional area of Australia​ for at least two years

  • have worked full time in a specified regional area for at least one year 

  • meet health and character requirements

 

Your rights under this visa:

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely

  • work and study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

5. Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485):

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.

 

Fresh graduates usually apply for this visa while they are waiting to receive invitation to apply for any Points-Tested visa after submitting expression of interest with SkillSelect, they are not eligible for SkillSelect and wish to stay in Australia either to complete their professional year in Australia or earn more points or just to extend their stay in Australia. 

  

This visa has two streams:

 

Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.

 

Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree ( Bachelor, Master and Doctorate) from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. 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. 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. Graduates who have completed a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s by coursework degree or Master’s extended degree will be eligible for a two-year post-study work visa. Graduates who have completed a Master’s by research degree or a Doctorate will be eligible for a three or four-year post-study work visa respectively

 

If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is decided. Family members who apply for this visa after the main applicant has been granted the visa may be in or outside Australia when they apply.

 

Visa Requirements: 

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you:

  • are younger than 50 years of age

  • are in Australia

  • hold an eligible visa; Student visas subclass 572, 573 or 574. If you held any of these visas in the last 6 month you may be still eligible to apply.

  • meet the two-year Australian study requirement by completing the course(s) of study within 6 months immediately prior the date of the application.

  • meet the English language requirement; at least competent English 

  • have recently (within 6 months before making visa application) graduated with either an eligible qualification or with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the skilled occupation list (SOL) and your skills have been assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated skilled occupation ('suitable skills assessment'). [Graduate Work Stream only]

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you and your family to stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. While in Australia, you can: 

  • travel

  • work 

  • study

  • complete your professional year.

It is important to note that it is your responsibility to seek your own employment. The Australian government is not responsible for arranging employment.

6. Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476):

This is  a temporary visa allows recent engineering graduates of eligible universities to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in occupations. 

You may be inside or outside Australia when you apply for this visa, however, you must be outside of Australia when the visa is decided unless you are a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444). A New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444) can be in or outside Australia when the visa is decided.

 

Visa Requirements: 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are younger than 31 years of age

  • have completed an engineering degree at a recognised institution in the past two years.

  • you have not held a Skilled — Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) before (unless you were a dependent family member)

  • you can demonstrate your English language ability.

 

Your engineering qualifications:

In the two years before you apply, you must have completed one of the following qualifications in engineering:

  • bachelors degree

  • masters degree

  • doctoral degree

  • postgraduate diploma.

Your qualification must contain a major sequence of study or specialisation in engineering, such as:

  • civil engineering

  • structural engineering

  • chemical engineering

  • environmental engineering

  • electrical and electronics engineering

  • mechanical, production and plant engineering

  • mining and material engineering.

 

Recognised Institutions:

Any institution offering an Engineering qualification accredited under the Washington Accord is a recognised institution. The Washington Accord is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes.

 

Alternatively, your engineering qualification must be from one of the following institutions:

 

Country                                  Institutions 

Argentina                                      Catholic University of Argentina

 

Brazil                                             Federal University of Minas Gerais

 

Chile                                              Universidad Catolica del Norte Catholic University of Chile—Antofagasta

University of Chile

University of Concepcion

Finland                                          HUT, Helsinki 

 

Germany                                       RWTH, Aachen 

                                                       Technical University of Berlin 

Technical University of Clausthal 

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

University of Hannover

 

Hungary                                       University of Miskolc 

 

India                                              Anna University—Chennai

Baranas Hindu University—Varanasi

Indian Institute of Science—Bangalore

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Indian School of Mines—Dhanbad

 

Iran                                                Amir Kabir University of Technology

           University of Tehran

 

People's Republic of China        Beijing Normal University

Beijing Petroleum University

Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Beijing University of Technology (formerly Beijing Polytechnic University)

China University of Mining andTechnology—Beijing

Guangzhou University

Shanghai University of Engineering Science

Shanghai Jiaotong University

Tongji University

Tsinghua University

University of Science and Technology—Beijing 

 

Philippines                                   University of the Philippines

 

Poland                                          Wroclaw University of Technology 

 

Slovakia                                        TU Kosice 

 

Sweden                                         Lulea University of Technology

 

Tanzania                                        University of Dar es Salaam

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you and your family stay in Australia for up to 18 months. While in Australia, you can: 

  • travel

  • work

  • enrol in further professional studies 

  • study to improve your English skills.

 
 
 
 
 
 

7. Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 124) & (subclass 858):

 

This visa is for people with a distinguished talent. It lets you live permanently in Australia. Visa subclass 124 is for applicants who are outside Australia at the time they lodge their visa application. If you are aleady in Australia and want to lodge your visa application while you are in Australia then visa subclass 858 is for you.

 

Visa Requirements:

You could get this visa if you:

  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts, or academia and research

  • are still prominent in the area

  • would be an asset to the Australian community

  • have no difficulty getting employment, or in becoming established independently in your field in Australia 

  • are nominated by an eligible person or organisation

  • meet health and character requirements.

 

If you are younger than 18 or you are 55 years of age or older when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

 

International achievement:

You need to demonstrate extraordinary and remarkable abilities, be superior to others in your field and have a record of sustained achievement that is unlikely to diminish in the future. Your achievements need to be acclaimed as exceptional in any country where the relevant field is practised. The field would also need to have recognition and acceptance in Australia as well as international standing. You must demonstrate current prominence in your field. 

 

Asset to the Australian community:

You need to show that you would be of benefit to the Australian community, economically, socially or culturally, or by raising Australia's sporting, artistic or academic standing internationally. This means your settlement would contribute to the nation as a whole - not just a local community. 

 

Nomination:

You must be nominated by an eligible person or organisation with a national reputation in your field. They must also be highly regarded throughout Australia. A reputation confined to one state or region would not be considered national.

 

An eligible person or organisation can include:

  • an Australian peak body or organisation,

  • an Australian citizen,

  • an Australian permanent resident, or

  • an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

English language ability:

You should have at least functional English. 

Applicants and dependants (18 years and older) who cannot provide evidence of having at least functional English must pay a second instalment of the visa application charge.

 

If you are in Australia you might not be eligible for visa subclass 858 straightaway if you are the holder of one of the following visa types at time of application:

  • Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 600)

  • Maritime Crew Visa (Subclass 988)

  • Superyacht Crew visa (subclass 488)

  • Temporary Work visa (Subclass 400)

  • Tourist visa (Subclass 676)

  • eVisitor (Subclass 651)

  • Visitor visa (Subclass 600)

  • Special purpose visa

  • Business (Short Stay) visa (Subclass 456).

 

In this case, you may need to go through another temporary qualifying visa e.g, 457 visa in order to apply for this visa

 

Your rights under this visa:

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely

  • work and study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

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