The various visas available via the Skilled Migration pathway are:
Applying for a General Skilled Migration visa has a number of steps depending on the subclass of visa.
Assessing your eligibility in regards to your qualifications, work experience, English level and other factors. General Skilled Migration (GSM) is based on a points test with points being awarded for:
Performing a Skills Assessment. A skills assessment is an independant assessment by the appropriate authority licensed to determine your qualifications and or employment history to assess if they are comparable to the Australain standards in your chosen occupation.
Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect. An Expression of Interest is an online system that determines your suitability for migration to Australia. An Expression of Interest (EOI) is not a visa application and no associated bridging visas are granted with the application.
Applying for State/Territory Nomination (if applicable). If you are applying for a State/Territory nominated visa, you must apply for a nomination from that Australian State/Territory. Each State/Territory has its own nomination requirements that must be met.
Applying for your skilled visa. If you have received an invitation via SkillSelect you are then able to apply for your visa. If you are in Australia at time of application, you may be eligible for a Bridging Visa to allow you to remain in Australia lawfully past the expiry of your current/previous visa and until the skilled visa application is finalised.
Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa Application
The Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa is a permanent visa that enables an applicant to secure permanent residency in Australia on their own individual merits.
Unlike the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa, there is no nomination required by a state or a family member.
It is a points-tested visa meaning that you must score a minimum of 65 points to be eligible to receive an invitation by the Department of Home Affairs. However, due to the competitive nature of this visa subclass, scoring 65 points will not guarantee you an invitation by the Department.
Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect
To be able to apply for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs and be invited through SkillSelect.
The Department will automatically invite the highest scoring applicants in their pool of candidates and you if you are invited, you will have 60 days to lodge your visa application.
What is the visa criteria for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa?
What is the process to apply for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa?
ONE STEP AIMS Migration is well placed to assist you with all stages of applying for Permanent Residency via the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa which include but are not limited to:
Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa
The Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa is a permanent visa which requires nomination by a State or Territory Government of Australia. It is an application that must be made via the Department’s SkillSelect system.
You must apply via SkillSelect
To apply for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa you are required to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect and be invited by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection to apply for the visa.
After you have received an invitation to apply for the skilled visa you must lodge your application within 60 days. Invitations issued by SkillSelect are only valid for 60 days until they expire and are no longer valid.
Meeting the Criteria for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa
You must lodge an Expression of Interest and be invited to apply for the visa from the Australian Government. You then must also be nominated by an Australian State or Territory Government as per the guidelines required in each state. You must achieve at least 60 points in the Skilled Migration Points test and be aged between 18 and 49.
A skills assessment is also required for this visa, and your occupation must be assessed by the relevant skill assessing authority as per the occupation list.
You must also have at least ‘Competent English’ or higher and meet health and character requirements.
How to receive a nomination from an Australian State or Territory Government?
Each state and territory in Australia has a list of occupations that are in demand as per the findings and recommendations of that Government. Some occupations require further requirements to be met such as a higher English language ability, certain amount of work experience, a job offer, or specialised skills.
If you are confident that you meet the requirements for the Nomination from an Australian state or territory you then can apply for a nomination from that State or Territory.
Can I apply outside Australia?
You can apply for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa in Australia or outside Australia however, if applying in Australia you must be the holder of a substantive visa.
Subclass 489 Regional Sponsored Visa
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
The subclass 489 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is a provisional visa that provides applicants with a two step pathway to Australian permanent residency.
The subclass 489 visa allows skilled applicants to live and work in specific areas in Australia for up to four years. The specific area’s in which the applicant must reside is dependent on whether the applicant has been nominated by an Australian state or territory or if the applicant was sponsored from an eligible family member living in that specific region.
State or Territory Nomination
For applicants that are nominated by a state or territory government, they must live in a low population area or regional area of Australia while the holder of a subclass 489 visa.
Sponsored by Eligible Family Members
Applicants that are sponsored by a family members must life in a designated area in Australia.
Am I eligible to apply for a subclass 489 visa?
Regardless of the pathway you choose or are eligible for, they are both pathways to permanent residency once the criteria of the subclass 887 permanent residency visa is met.
Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)
Applying for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) as the holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
If you have complied with all the conditions that were applicable to your subclass 489 visa, you may be eligible to apply for a subclass 887 permanent residence (PR) visa. Once you are granted a subclass 887 visa, you are then able to live and work anywhere in Australia as the holder of this visa.
Am I eligible for the Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) visa?
ONE STEP AIMS Migration can make your Skilled Regional Migration Scheme visa application(s) simple and stress-free. Our experts are available on call to assist you with the entire process.
If you have any questions about these requirements, or would like to speak to one of our experts for more information on Australian visas get in touch with ONE STEP AIMS Migration today.