Skill Migration

Australian Skilled Migration

From 1 July 2012, the distinction between the locations of a visa application has been removed and these six subclasses have been replaced by three new points tested skilled migration visa subclasses.

Intending migrants who are invited to apply for these visas, through SkillSelect may be either in or outside Australia when they apply for the visa, and at the time the visa is decided:

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 (replace subclass 885 and 175)
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 (replace subclass 886 and 176)
  • Skilled Regional Subclass 489 (replace subclass 487 and 475)

 

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution.It lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.

The visa has two streams:

  • Graduate Work stream
  • Post-Study Work stream

If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is decided.

 Eligibility

Supporting evidence must be provided at the time you lodge your application. Requirements for this visa include:

  • you must be younger than 50 years of age
  • you must hold an eligible visa
  • you must have included in your application evidence that you have met the English language requirement
  • you must meet the Australian study requirement in the last six months
  • you must meet health and character requirements.
  • you must have health insurance in Australia
  • you must meet the specific requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa. 

Length of stay

  • Graduate Work stream - 18 months
  • Post-Study Work stream - two to four years

 

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (Points-tested) stream

This stream is for Points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. For the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you need to submit an expression of interest.If you are a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream.

Eligibility

You must:

  • have a relevant occupation
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • meet the points test pass mark of 60 points
  • be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
  • have Competent English
  • be invited by us to apply.

Length of stay

  • Permanently

 

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

This visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Eligibility

You must:

  • have a relevant occupation
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • meet the points test pass mark of 60 points
  • be nominated by a state or territory government agency
  • be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
  • have Competent English
  • be invited by us to apply.

Length of stay

  • Permanently

 

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia for up to four years.

There are three pathways to the visa:

  • the Extended stay pathway
  • the Invited pathway
  • the Subsequent entry pathway

This visa might lead to the permanent Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

Eligibility

You must

  • hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa (Extended Stay pathway)
  • be nominated by a state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible relative (Invited pathway)
  • be invited to apply (Invited pathway)
  • have a relevant occupation
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • meet the points test pass mark of 60 points
  • be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
  • have Competent English.

Length of stay

  • Up to four years