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General Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration program is for skilled individuals or families looking to permanently migrate to Australia, to fill Australia’s skill shortages. Visas within the General Skilled Migration program are points tested and are either independent, State / Territory sponsored or family-sponsored permanent visas.

Work And Study In Australia Permanently And Sponsor Family

The 189 Visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian employer, family member or nominated by a state or territory. Applicants must obtain a minimum of 65 points on the point assessment to be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189). To apply for this visa, an applicant must submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect. Upon receiving an invitation to apply for this visa, you have 60 days to submit your application. Once the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa has been granted, the visa holder and accompanying family members are are able to live, work and study in Australia as permanent residents.

The 189 visa is a permanent visa with a point-based system for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian company.

The Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa allows skilled workers to permanently relocate to Australia.

189 Visa holders can:

  • apply while in or outside of Australia; 
  • work, study and live anywhere in Australia; 
  • sponsor qualifying relatives for permanent residence; and 
  • apply for Australian citizenship (If eligible)

Advantages of Acquiring a Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 Visa

The Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 provides a bunch of outstanding advantages to people who want to move to Australia permanently. While other visas may constrain new immigrants to relocate to the specific state or territory that sponsored them, the 189 Visa allows you to work, study and live wherever you want in Australia.

Another major benefit of obtaining a 189 visa is that you can sponsor family members to join you, get free schooling for your kids, and have home loans. On top of that, you can also apply for Australia’s universal health insurance scheme, Medicare and Centrelink social security. 

While many visas require you to already have an offer of employment, the Skilled Migration 189 Visa allows you to relocate to Australia solely based on the skills you have and your ability to fulfil the required points threshold.

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The 189 visa is a permanent visa with a point-based system for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian company, family member or nominated by a state or territory.

Applicants for a Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) must get at least 65 points on their point assessment. 

You must lodge an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect to apply for this visa. You must submit your application within 60 days of receiving an invitation to apply for the 189 visa. 

After obtaining the 189 Visa (Skilled Independent), you and your family members can work, study and live in Australia as permanent residents.

Things you need before applying for a 189 Visa:

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent Visa:

  • have a relevant occupation listed on the skilled occupation list 
  • successfully complete a skill assessment for the relevant occupation
  • have adequate English language skills
  • score at least 65 points
  • be invited by the authorised body to apply

189 Visa Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent Visa if you satisfy the following criteria: 

Occupation & Skills

You must have a relevant occupation listed on the skilled occupation list.

You must successfully complete a skill assessment for the relevant occupation via an authorised assessing authority and display your eligibility for skills and qualifications required to work in your chosen occupation.

Points Test & Invitation

You must lodge an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect to apply for this visa.

You must score at least 65 points to be eligible for an invitation. Though, it is also to be noted that invitations are, more often than not, issued to applicants with points higher than 65. 

Also, some occupations may require you to score more than 65 to be eligible to apply. 

You must meet the points score eligibility at the time you are invited to apply for the visa.

Calculate your points here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/tools/points-calculator

English

You must have competent English language skills to be eligible for a 189 visa. Though, it is also to be noted that applicants with proficient and superior English skills are awarded additional points.

Age

You must be under 45 years of age to receive an invitation. 

Health & Character

You must be fit as per the health & character requirements set out by the authorised body.

There’s a New Zealand Stream 189 Visa if you are a New Zealand Citizen. 

If you hold a 189 visa, you may be eligible to bring your family to live with you in Australia as well. Eligible members include:

  • Spouse or De Facto Partner
  • Visa holder’s dependent children/step-children
  • Spouse’s Dependent children

Spouse or De Facto Partner

You may be eligible to bring your spouse or de facto partner to live with you whether they’re of the same or opposite sex. You must prove:

  • Your relationship is genuine and running
  • Your spouse or de facto partner is 18 years old or higher at the time of application filing (exceptions apply) 
  • If you are in a de facto relationship, you are not related by family
  • You and your spouse or de facto partner share a mutual allegiance to a life together
  • You and your spouse or de facto partner live together, or do not live separately on a long-term basis.

Children

Your child or children must meet the following requirements to be eligible for inclusion to your 189 visa: 

  • Must be under the age of 18.

or 

  • Above the age of 18 but under the age of 23, and reliant on you or your spouse or de facto partner.

or

  • Over the age of 23, unable to work and support oneself because of physical or cognitive impairments, and reliant on you or your spouse (Note: The child must still fulfil Australia’s health requirements).

Or

  • A dependent child of a child who qualifies the above mentioned 1, 2 or 3 requirements.

English

Family members must demonstrate Proficient English if they are over the age of 18. They are not always required to take an English exam. So, they are eligible if they:

  • Hold a valid passport issued by the US, UK, New Zealand, Canada, or the Republic of Ireland. 
  • Have finished all levels of primary school and at least 3 years of high school at an academic institution in or outside of Australia, with all teaching in English.
  • Have finished at least 5 years of secondary schooling at an academic institution in or outside of Australia, with all teaching in English.
  • Have finished at least 1 year of full-time or comparable part-time education leading to a degree, higher degree, certificate, or associate diploma in an Australian institution, with all instructions in English.
  • Have graduated with a degree, higher degree, diploma, or trade certificate that generally requires 2 years of full-time education or training in an academic institution in or outside of Australia, with all teaching in English.

English Exemption

There’s an additional application fee that you can pay if any or all of your family members cannot fluently communicate in English.

Health & Character

All family members must fit the health and character requirements set out by the authorised body. Additionally, all members above the age of 16 must submit police clearances as well. 

Points-Tested Permanent Visa For Skilled Workers Who Are Nominated By An Australian State Or Territory Government

The Skilled Nominated Visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government. Applicants must obtain a minimum of 65 points on a points assessment to be eligible to apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) and must be nominated by a participating State or Territory government in Australia. To apply for this visa, you must submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect.

The 190 visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian employer

190 Visa Can:

  •  be in or outside Australia when making the application
  • work and study anywhere in Australia
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

The 190 visa is a permanent visa with a point-based system for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory.

190 Visa holders can:

  • Work, study and live anywhere in Australia
  • Live in Australia permanently
  • Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

When applying for 190 Visa, you must:

  • Have a relevant occupation on the occupation list
  • Have successfully completed a skill assessment for your occupation
  • Be at least competent in English language

190 State Sponsored Visa holders are eligible to:

  • Permanently stay in Australia
  • Study and work in Australia
  • Travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship (if eligible)
  • Apply for Australia’s universal health insurance scheme – Medicare
  • Sponsor qualifying family members for Australian permanent residence

 

Nomination

Prior to applying for the 190 State Sponsored Visa, you must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government and receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs.

 

Note: Eligibility criteria may differ depending upon which state or territory you’re applying for.

 

Bring your family

When you’re applying for the 190 visa, you may be eligible to include the following family members to your application: 

  • Spouse
  • Dependent child or children
  • Spouse’s dependent child or children

 

Stay Period

The 190 State Sponsored Visa allows you to stay in Australia permanently. However, you only have a grant to travel to and from Australia for 5 years. Once this grant expires, you can either apply for an Australian Citizenship or Resident Return Visa.

190 Visa Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for a 190 Skilled Nominated Visa if you satisfy the following criteria: 

State or Territory Nomination

Each Australian State or Territory Government has its own list of occupations qualified for nomination. Thus, you must meet the required skills and work experience for an eligible occupation to be nominated by the state or territory government. 

Occupation & Skills

You must have a relevant occupation listed on the skilled occupation list.

You must successfully complete a skill assessment for the relevant occupation via an authorised assessing authority and display your eligibility for skills and qualifications required to work in your chosen occupation.

Points Test & Invitation

You must lodge an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect to apply for this visa.

You must score at least 65 points to be eligible for an invitation. Though, it is also to be noted that invitations are, more often than not, issued to applicants with points higher than 65. 

Also, some occupations may require you to score more than 65 to be eligible to apply. 

You must meet the points score eligibility at the time you are invited to apply for the visa.

Calculate your points here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/tools/points-calculator

English

You must have competent English language skills to be eligible for a 190 visa. Though, it is also to be noted that applicants with proficient and superior English skills are awarded additional points.

Age

You must be under 45 years of age to receive an invitation. 

Health & Character

You must be fit as per the health & character requirements set out by the authorised body.

If you hold a 190 visa, you may be eligible to bring your family to live with you in Australia as well. Eligible members include:

  • Spouse or De Facto Partner
  • Visa holder’s dependent children/step-children

Spouse or De Facto Partner

You may be eligible to bring your spouse or de facto partner to live with you whether they’re of the same or opposite sex. You must prove:

  • Your relationship is genuine and running
  • Your spouse or de facto partner is 18 years old or higher at the time of application filing (exceptions apply) 
  • If you are in a de facto relationship, you are not related by family
  • You and your spouse or de facto partner share a mutual allegiance to a life together
  • You and your spouse or de facto partner live together, or do not live separately on a long-term basis.

Children

Your child or children must meet the following requirements to be eligible for inclusion to your 190 visa: 

  • Must be your child or stepchild from a present or previous relationship (in certain conditions).
  • Must not be married, engaged to be married, or have a de facto partner.
  • Must be under the age of 18.

or 

  • Above the age of 18 but under the age of 23, and reliant on you or your spouse or de facto partner.

or

  • Over the age of 23, unable to work and support oneself because of physical or cognitive impairments, and reliant on you or your spouse (Note: The child must still fulfil Australia’s health requirements).

Or

  • A dependent child of a child who qualifies the above mentioned 1, 2 or 3 requirements.

English

Family members must demonstrate Proficient English if they are over the age of 18. They are not always required to take an English exam. So, they are eligible if they:

  • Have finished all levels of primary school and at least 3 years of secondary schooling at an academic institution in or outside of Australia, with all teachings in English.

or

  • Have finished at least 5 years of secondary schooling at an academic institution in or outside of Australia, with all teachings in English.

Age

If you have children above 23 years old, you cannot include them in your applicant unless certain exceptional conditions.

Health & Character

All family members must fit the health and character requirements set out by the authorised body. Additionally, all members above the age of 16 must submit police clearances as well. 

Come To Australia And Live In A Regional Area For Up To Five Years

The Skilled Regional Visa is designed to encourage skilled workers to live and work is specified regional parts of Australia for up to five years. Applicants must be sponsored by an Australian relative who is living in a designated area, or by a State or Territory government.

The Subclass 191 Skilled Regional Visa allows 494 and 491 visa holders to convert their visa to Permanent Residency. New applicants will be able to apply for 191 Skilled Regional Visa starting from November 2022.

191 Visa holders can:

  • Work and live in Australia permanently; 
  • Sponsor qualifying relatives
  • Bring their family members

• Live, work and study only in regional areas.

The Subclass 191 Skilled Regional Visa allows 494 and 491 visa holders to convert their visa to Permanent Residency. New applicants will be able to apply for 191 Skilled Regional Visa starting from November 2022.

191 Visa holders can:

  • Work and live in Australia permanently; 
  • Sponsor qualifying relatives
  • Bring their family members
  • Live, work and study only in regional areas.

If you hold a Subclass 494 and 491 visa, the 191 Skilled Regional Visa allows you to turn your temporary visa into permanent residency. 

However, if you’re looking to apply for a permanent visa sooner, here are your options:

  • 189 Visa
  • 187 Visa
  • 189 Visa
  • 190 Visa

Note: New applicants will be able to apply for 191 Skilled Regional Visa starting from November 2022. We’ll be providing more information regarding this visa through our social media channels as well.

New applicants will be able to apply for 191 Skilled Regional Visa starting from November 2022. We’ll be providing more information regarding this visa through our social media channels as well.

You may be eligible to apply for a 191 skilled regional visa if you meet the following requirements:

You must have held a 491 or 494 visa prior to this application for at least 3 years

You must have complied with the requirements of your regional provisional visa

You must be in Australia at the time of filing your application.

You must have a taxable income above $53,900. This means if you have a taxable income lower than the above-mentioned threshold, you are not eligible to apply for this visa.

 

New applicants will be able to apply for 191 Skilled Regional Visa starting from November 2022. You will be able to sponsor qualifying family members to bring to Australia with this visa, however, the details are yet to arrive.

We’ll be providing more information regarding this visa through our social media channels as well.

Work And Study In Australia Permanently And Sponsor Family

The 491 Skilled Work Regional visa is a temporary visa that allows skilled workers to work and live in a regional area of Australia for up to 5 years.

491 Visa applicants must be nominated and invited to apply by an Australian state or territory government for this visa. Once you get an invitation, you must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).

491 Visa holders can:

  • Work, study and live in Australia for up to 5 years
  • Bring immediate family
  • Apply for Permanent Residency (if eligible)

Nomination or Sponsorship

An Australian State or Territory Government must nominate you to be eligible to apply for the 491 visa. You can also apply if you have been sponsored by an eligible relative.

491 Visa Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for a 491 Provisional Visa if you satisfy the following criteria: 

Occupation & Skills

You must have a relevant occupation listed on the skilled occupation list.

You must successfully complete a skill assessment for the relevant occupation via an authorised assessing authority and display your eligibility for skills and qualifications required to work in your chosen occupation.

Points Test & Invitation

You must lodge an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect to apply for this visa.

You must score at least 65 points to be eligible for an invitation. Though, it is also to be noted that invitations are, more often than not, issued to applicants with points higher than 65. 

Also, some occupations may require you to score more than 65 to be eligible to apply. 

You must meet the points score eligibility at the time you are invited to apply for the visa.

Calculate your points here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/tools/points-calculator

English

You must have competent English language skills to be eligible for a 189 visa. Though, it is also to be noted that applicants with proficient and superior English skills are awarded additional points.

Age

You must be under 45 years of age to receive an invitation to apply. 

Health & Character

You must be fit as per the health & character requirements set out by the authorised body.

If you hold a 491 visa, you may be eligible to bring your family to live with you in Australia as well. Eligible members include:

  • Spouse or De Facto Partner
  • Visa holder’s dependent children/step-children

Spouse or De Facto Partner

You may be eligible to bring your spouse or de facto partner to live with you whether they’re of the same or opposite sex. You must prove:

  • Your relationship is genuine and running
  • Your spouse or de facto partner is 18 years old or higher at the time of application filing (exceptions apply) 
  • If you are in a de facto relationship, you are not related by family
  • You and your spouse or de facto partner share a mutual allegiance to a life together
  • You and your spouse or de facto partner live together, or do not live separately on a long-term basis.

Children

Your child or children must meet the following requirements to be eligible for inclusion to your 491 visa: 

  • Must be your child or stepchild from a present or previous relationship (in certain conditions).
  • Must not be married, engaged to be married, or have a de facto partner.
  • Must be under the age of 18.

or 

  • Above the age of 18 but under the age of 23, and reliant on you or your spouse or de facto partner.

or

  • Over the age of 23, unable to work and support oneself because of physical or cognitive impairments, and reliant on you or your spouse (Note: The child must still fulfil Australia’s health requirements).

Or

  • A dependent child of a child who qualifies the above mentioned 1, 2 or 3 requirements.

Health & Character

All family members must fit the health and character requirements set out by the authorised body. Additionally, all members above the age of 16 must submit police clearances as well.