Australia provides opportunities for skilled individuals living in other parts of the world to migrate to Australia. The Skilled Migration visas have various steps before you are granted a particular visa. It involves submitting an Expression of Interest. Obtaining a skills assessment by an approved Assessing Authority and then finally applying for an online application.
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 190)
Skilled Nominated visa is a permanent visa that enables skilled workers to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. The visa is based on points-test system and the applicant must be nominated by state or territory government in Australia. The Skilled Migrant program is conducted via SkillSelect, a database for migrants, employers and nominating state or territory governments. The 190 visa is a permanent visa that enables points-tested skilled workers…
Benefits for you and your family including:
- Live and work in Australia indefinitely with no restrictions, although you must live and work in the nominated state for an initial 2 years while holding this visa
- Different states and territories may have different requirements, you can work in the occupation and also study in Australia
- Enroll in Medicare – Aust state-run health care program
- Opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship when you become eligible
- You can also sponsor eligible relatives for PR
- You can travel in and out of Australia for 5 years unrestricted as this visa is granted for five years every time like the other permanent visas until you become a citizen of Australia.
How to successfully apply for this visa?
In order to successfully apply for this visa, you will need to complete the following steps:
Step 1: Nominate an occupation for yourself based on your qualifications and skills and that occupation must be on the Medium to Long-term Strategic Skills List. You must also ensure that the occupation you have chosen is also on the list of the state/s or territory you wish to be nominated by.
Step 2: Check that you meet the eligibility criteria:
- Under the age of 45
- Have a positive skills assessment
- Meet the minimum points test mark of 65 points or more
- Meet competent English Requirement (i.e. IELTS score of 6 (all bands) or PTE score of 50 in each of the four components of the test OR an equivalent score in any other official English tests such as Cambridge Advanced English, Occupational English Test and TOEFL)
- Meet health and character requirements
- Not have had a visa cancelled or refused since your last substantive visa you held if you are in Australia Check your score with Point Test Calculator
Step 3: Complete a Skills Assessment
Step 4: Submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect in order to be invited to apply for the visa. After receiving an invitation to apply, you can apply for the visa.
Step 5: Apply to the relevant State or Territory department and once successful, be selected through SkillSelect and get an invitation to apply for the visa depending on your ranking and overall score in the round of invitation.
Step 6: Gather your documents and apply for the visa.
It is important to know that you must file your visa application within 60 days from the day you are invited to apply, otherwise the invitation lapses. Thus, you must prepare your supporting documents for filing the visa at the earliest. If you have family members you can include your partner or your children.
There are some other requirements from different states
Advantages of Subclass 190 visa
- Benefits of Australian permanent residence for you and your family
- Work and live in Australia indefinitely with no restrictions except that you live and work in the nominated state or territory for initial 2 years
- Enrol in Medicare
- Apply for Australian citizenship when you become eligible
- Sponsor relatives for permanent residence or travel
- Travel in and out of Australia for 5 years until you become an Australian citizen
- 75% of applications is 10 months, with
- 90% of applications processed within 15 months.
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is a permanent visa that allows workers with skills to live and work permanently in Australia. It is a points-based system and does not require nomination by Australian state/territory governments or relatives in Australia.
There are 2 streams available under this visa:
- Points tested stream
- New Zealand stream – for NZ citizens
In brief, key requirements are:
- Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply
- Your occupation must be on a Medium to Long Term Skills List (MLTSSL)
- Have positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation
- Meet the points test pass mark of 65 points or more
- Have competent English (i.e. IELTS score of 6 or
PTE score of 50 in each of the four components of the test
– Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening OR an equivalent score in any other official English tests such
as Cambridge Advanced English, Occupational English Test and TOEFL)
- Meet health and character requirements
- Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous visa
application refused since your last substantive visa you
held, if you are in Australia
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 491)
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa allows you to temporarily live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan area of Australia for up to four years. It is based on a points-based system and requires you to be sponsored by either a relative living in a designated area or a State / Territory government…
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