These visas are points based visas. Points are based on your Age, English language ability, Skilled employment, Qualifications, Australian study requirement, other factors, Nomination/sponsorship (where required)
There a few steps in achieving these visas:
- Obtaining the required English language test score
- Skills assessments in your nominated occupation
- Applying for a Nomination by state or territory government (where necessary)
- Applying for an expression of interest with the DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection)
- Applying for the visa when invited by DIBP ((Department of Immigration and Border Protection)
a. Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189)
This is a Permanent residency visa.
This is for people who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia. Dependent family members can be included with the main applicant in most cases.
If you are under 50 years of age and have an occupation which is listed on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) (see http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/SOL) and have the relevant qualifications and work experience to match then it is most likely you will qualify for a General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa. Please note in some cases depending on the occupation you may qualify for this visa without formal qualifications if you have evidence of years of experience to match. You could also be sponsored by a relevant family member too to be eligible for this visa.
b. Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
This is a permanent residency visa.
If your occupation is not listed on the SOL but is listed on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) (see http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/CSOL) you must have the relevant qualifications and work experience to match and will need to be sponsored by a State or Territory Government. To be sponsored by a State or Territory Government, your occupation must also be listed on the relevant state occupation list and you need to meet their eligibility requirements.
c. Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
This is a temporary residency visa.
If your occupation is not listed on the SOL but is listed on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) (see http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/CSOL) you must have the relevant qualifications and work experience to match and will need to be sponsored by a State or Territory Government or eligible family members. If you are sponsored by the state government for this visa you must live in regional Australia of the state that sponsors you or in a designated area of the family member that sponsored you. You could be eligible for permanent residency after two years.
d. Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)
e. Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work stream
The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies.
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
- meet the two-year Australian study requirement
- meet the English language requirement
- have recently graduated with either an eligible qualification or with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the skilled occupation list (SOL).
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 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.