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Posted On : 23 April 2024     |     By : Kangaroo Edu

Navigating Australian Working Visa Requirements: A Comprehensive Guide

Besides students, family members and tourists, Australia is also one of the best destinations for growing your career and professional expertise. Home to 7 of the Fortune Global 500, the country is brimming with opportunities for entrepreneurs and skilled professionals.
However, the Australian working visa application process isn’t the easiest to wrap your head around. From all the different types of Australian working visas to figuring out whether you’re eligible, it can take hours or sometimes even days of research. But don’t worry. We’re here to help you out. 
This blog goes through all working visa types available in Australia, their eligibility criteria and the documents you will have to gather if you decide to apply for one of them. So without further ado, let’s get right into them.

All Types of Australian Working Visas


Let’s explore all the types of Australian Working Visas and their eligibility criteria:
Types of Australian Working Visas
  1. Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)


The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is a type of visa designed for highly skilled individuals who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. This visa holding individuals can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Certain family members can also be included in their application.
Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
NAVIGATING AUSTRALIAN WORKING VISA REQUIREMENTS___
  • Age: You must be under 45 years of age when you apply.
  • Points Test: You must score at least 65 on the Points Test. 
  • Skills Assessment: You must have a suitable skills assessment for an occupation on the skilled occupation list.
  • Health & Character: You must meet health and character requirements.
  • No Debts: You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

  1. Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)


The Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) is a type of visa designed for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory. This visa holding individuals can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Certain family members can also be included in the application.
Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
NAVIGATING AUSTRALIAN WORKING VISA REQUIREMENTS___
  • Nomination: You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.
  • Points Test: You must score at least 65 on the Points Test. 
  • Skills Assessment: You must have a suitable skills assessment for an occupation on the skilled occupation list.
  • Health & Character: You must meet health and character requirements.
  • No Debts: You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

  1. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)


The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) is a type of visa designed for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative residing in a designated regional area. This visa allows the holder to live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia for 5 years.
NAVIGATING AUSTRALIAN WORKING VISA REQUIREMENTS___
Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
  • Regional Residence: You must live, work and study only in a designated regional area in Australia.
  • Points Test: You must score at least 65 on the Points Test. 
  • Nomination or Sponsorship: You must be either sponsored by an eligible relative currently living in a designated regional area in Australia or nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.
  • Skills Assessment: You must have a suitable skills assessment for an occupation on the skilled occupation list.
  • Health & Character: You must meet health and character requirements.
  • No Debts: You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

  1. Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa (Subclass 191)


The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa (Subclass 191) is a type of visa designed for skilled workers who have lived, worked, and studied in designated regional areas of Australia while holding a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) or Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).
Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
  • Previous Visa: You must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years.
  • Compliance with Visa Conditions: You must have complied with the conditions on your subclass 491 or 494 visa.
  • Regional Residence and Work: You must have lived, worked, and studied only in a designated regional area of Australia.
  • Minimum Taxable Income: You must have met the minimum taxable income requirement.
  • Health & Character: You must meet health and character requirements.
  • No Debts: You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

  1. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187)


The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187) is a type of visa that allows skilled workers nominated by an Australian employer for a job in regional Australia to come to the country. This visa holding individuals can live and work permanently in Australia.
Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
  • Occupation: You must have an occupation that is included in the list of eligible skilled occupations.
  • Work Experience: You should have a minimum of 3 years of experience in your job.
  • Employer Nomination: You must be nominated by an Australian employer for a job in regional Australia.
  • Age: You must be under 45 years of age when you apply, unless an exemption applies.
  • Skills Assessment: You must have a positive skills assessment.
  • English Language: You must have competent English.
  • Health & Character: You must meet health and character requirements.
  • No Debts: You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

  1. Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417 & 462)


The Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417 & 462) is a type of visa that allows young people to travel and work in Australia for up to a year. This visa is designed to encourage cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.
Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
  • Age Limit: You must be under 30 (or 35, depending on your nationality).
  • Passport: You must have a valid passport.
  • Location: You must be outside Australia when you apply for your first visa and when the visa is issued.
  • Education Requirement: You must meet the education requirement, which varies by country.
  • Language Proficiency: You must have at least Functional English.

  1. Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186)


The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186) is a type of visa that allows skilled workers who are nominated by an employer in Australia to live and work in the country permanently. This visa is designed to help Australian businesses and companies address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers from overseas when they cannot find suitable Australian citizens or permanent residents to fill those jobs.
Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
  • Sponsorship: You must be nominated by an approved sponsor.
  • Skills and Qualifications: You must have relevant skills, qualifications, and work experience.
  • Skills Assessment: You must have a positive skills assessment.
  • Job Offer: You must have a job offer from an Australian employer.
  • Experience: You must have three years of relevant experience or skills (depending on the job you’ve been offered).
  1. Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) is a type of visa that allows skilled workers to be employed by an approved sponsor in Australia. This visa is designed to address labour shortages in Australia by bringing in skilled workers from overseas. Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
  • Job Nomination: You must be nominated for a job position by an eligible employer.
  • Employment: You are employed in your nominated profession and worked for your nominator.
  • Work Experience: You worked in your nominated occupation for at least 2 years before applying for a 482 visa.
  • Sponsorship: You must be nominated by an approved sponsor.
  • Skills and Qualifications: You must have relevant skills, qualifications, and work experience.
  • Skills Assessment: You must have a positive skills assessment.
  1. Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494)

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) is a type of visa that allows skilled workers to be employed by an approved sponsor in a designated regional area of Australia. This visa is designed to address labour shortages in regional Australia by bringing in skilled workers from overseas. Here are the eligibility criteria for this visa:
  • Regional Sponsorship: You must be nominated by an approved Australian employer in a designated regional area.
  • Skills and Qualifications: You must have the skills and qualifications needed for the job offered by the employer.
  • Age Limit: You must be under 45 years of age, unless an exemption applies.
  • Sponsorship: You must be nominated by an approved sponsor.
  • Relevant Skills and Experience: You must have relevant skills, qualifications, and work experience.
  • Skills Assessment: You must have a positive skills assessment.

Please note that each visa type has its own eligibility criteria and application process and is subject to change. Get in touch with one of our immigration consultants for up-to-date information regarding your specific case.

Documents Required to Apply for a Working Visa in Australia

Here are the documents you may need to apply for a working visa in Australia:
Documents Required to Apply for Australian Working Visa
  1. Valid Passport: You will need a valid passport that has at least six months of validity left.
  2. Visa Application Form: You will need to fill out the appropriate visa application form.
  3. Skills Assessment: You may need to provide a skills assessment that shows you have the skills and qualifications needed for the job.
  4. Employment References: You may need to provide references from previous employers.
  5. Educational Certificates: You may need to provide certificates or other proof of your educational qualifications.
  6. English Language Test Results: If English is not your first language, you may need to provide results from an English language test.
  7. Health Examination Results: You may need to undergo a health examination and provide the results.
  8. Resume: You may need to provide a current resume or CV.
  9. Work Contract: If you have a job offer in Australia, you may need to provide a copy of your work contract.
  10. Work Itinerary: If you are doing freelance work, you may need to provide a work itinerary.
  11. Copy of Work Licence: If your job requires a licence, you may need to provide a copy of your work licence.
  12. Sponsorship Letter: If your work is being sponsored by an Australian employer, you may need to provide a sponsorship letter.

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