General Skilled Migration

189 Independent

This permanent visa category is assessed against the applicant’s skills.

It is aimed at overseas students who have finished their studies in the last six months and as the name suggests it is independent of sponsorship or other criteria and relies on the applicant’s skill base alone.

Who is eligible for an Independent Skilled Visa (189)?

The visa is for skilled workers who are currently in or outside Australia who satisfy the point test. Applications are by invitation only and an intended applicant must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation.

 Other Requirements for an Independent Skilled Visa

You must be under the age of 50 years at the time of making application and have competent English language Skills. You must have skills or qualifications comparable to Australian Qualification in a skilled occupation on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL).

This visa is assessed on a points system and 60 points are required to qualify as well as meeting the standard conditions.

Points are awarded in the following categories:

  • Age
  • English Language
  • Australian and Overseas Work Experience
  • Australian Study
  • Qualifications
  • Community Language
  • Regional Australian Study
  • Spouse Skills
  • Professional Year

Benefits of the Independent Skilled Visa

This visa provides immediate permanent residency to the applicant and his or her immediate family who accompany them on their application.

 

190 Sponsored

This visa allows skilled workers who do not meet the point test for  the skilled – independent visa to apply for permanent residency through state and territory nomination.

This permanent visa category is assessed against the applicant’s skills and requires the nomination from a state or territory.

 Visa Sponsor Requirements

Your sponsor must be a State or Territory government. The visa is assessed on a points basis with 60 points required to qualify in addition to meeting the standard conditions.

Points are awarded in the following categories:

  • Age
  • English Language
  • Australian and Overseas Work Experience
  • Australian Study
  • Qualifications
  • Community Language
  • Regional Australian Study
  • Spouse Skills
  • State Sponsorship Points
  • Professional Year

Who is eligible for a Skilled-Nominated Visa – 190?

The visa is for skilled workers who are currently in or outside Australia who staisfy the point test. Applications are by invitation only and an intended applicant must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation. The applicant will also require an approved nomination from the state or territory government.

 Other Requirements for a Skilled-Nominated Visa

You must be under the age of 50 years at the time of making application and have good English Skills. You must have skills or qualifications comparable to an Australian Qualification in a skilled occupation on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL).

 Benefits of the Skilled-Nominated Visa

This visa provides immediate permanent residency to the applicant and his or her immediate family. There is no waiting period associated with this visa.

489 Reg. Sponsored (Provisional)

This is a four year provisional visa which gives the applicant temporary residency.

This visa is designed to encourage migrants to live and work in regional areas of Australia where there are large skills shortages and significant numbers of job vacancies.

 Requirements for a Regional Sponsored Skilled Visa

The visa requires sponsorship from an eligible relative living in a designated region of Australia or from a State or Territory Government.

This visa is points tested with 60 points required to be eligible as well as satisfying the standard conditions.

Points are awarded in the following categories:

  • Age
  • English Language
  • Australian and Overseas Work Experience
  • Australian Study
  • Qualifications
  • Community Language
  • Regional Australian Study
  • Spouse Skills
  • State or Family Sponsorship
  • Professional Year

Benefits of the Regional Sponsored Skilled Visa

This visa gives the applicant and his or her immediate family temporary residency and permanent residency once the conditions are satisfied.

Once the applicant has lived for two years and worked full-time for one year in a specified regional area of Australia permanent residency is available.

Note: Holders of visa subclasses 495, 496, 475 and 489 who have met all the conditions of that visa may be eligible to apply for a subclass 489 visa, allowing a further stay for an additional year.