SKILLED VISAS

A. General Skilled Migration 

 

General Skilled Migration is a Points Based Migration Programme. Before you can apply, you need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect and meet the requirements for the visa subclass you wish to express an interest in. SkillSelect is the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s online system for assisting with the skilled migration process.

 

Once you have submitted your EOI, you will need to wait to be invited to apply for a skilled migration visa. The invitation to apply for a skilled migration visa will be valid for 60 days. Each visa has different eligibility requirements that you must also meet.

 

B. Skilled-Independent (Permanent) Visa

 

This visa is for applicants with relevant work skills who want to work and live in Australia. You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

 

To be eligible to apply for this visa you need to be invited. In order to be invited you must score at least 60 points against points test factors.

 

If invited, at the time of invitation to apply for this visa, you must have:

 

  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list.

  • obtained a skills assessment for that occupation.

  • not yet turned 50 years of age.

  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test.

  • competent English.

 

You will also need to meet certain health and character requirements.

 

 

C. Skilled-Nominated (Permanent) Visa

 

This visa is for points-test skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency to work and live in Australia.

 

You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted. To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit EOI via SkillSelect and be invited to apply. In order to be invited you must meet the requirements for this visa and score at least 60 points against points test factors.

 

If invited, at the time of invitation to apply for this visa, you must have:

 

  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list

  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation

  • not yet turned 50 years of age

  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

  • competent English

  • a nomination by an Australian state or territory government agency.

 

You will also need to meet certain health and character requirements.

 

 

D. Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

This visa is for skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in specified regional areas in Australia for four years.

To be able to apply for this visa, you must first submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect and you must be:

 

  • be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, or

  • be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a Designated area of Australia.

  • have nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list

  • have undergone a skills assessment for that occupation,

  • not yet turned 50 years of age

  • have achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

  • have competent English.

  • meet certain health and character requirements.

 

Your application must achieve at least the score specified in your invitation to apply when assessed against the points test.

 

There is also a pathway for applicants who have already held a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 for at least two years and have complied with all visa conditions. You must have never held more than one of these visas.

 

Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services has dedicated and experienced Registered Migration Agents who can assist you with your General Skilled Migration visa application. Please contact our office to discuss your options.

 

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