General Skilled Migration Visa

Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 189

Skilled – Independent visa allows highly skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, State or Territory of Australia, or family member to live and work permanently in Australia. If you wish to apply for this visa under the Points-tested stream, you must first obtain a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation, and then lodge an Expression of Interest. If this is successful, you will be invited to lodge a visa application.

General Requirements

  • Be invited by the minister to apply
  • Be under 45 years of age
  • Nominate an occupation that is included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian skills assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
  • Score at least 65 on the relevant points test
  • Have component English

Skilled Nominated Visa – Subclass 190

The Skilled – Nominated visa allows highly skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory to live and work permanently in Australia. If you wish to apply for this visa, you must first obtain a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation, and then lodge an Expression of Interest. If this is successful, and you are nominated by a State or Territory, you will be invited to lodge an application for this visa.

General Requirements

  • be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency
  • be under 45 years of age
  • nominate an eligible occupation that is included on the current Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) OR on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian skills assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
  • have competent English (as per previous slide)
  • score at least 65 on the relevant points test (which takes into account your age, English competency, qualifications and work experience, amongst other factors)

Skilled Regional Visa – Subclass 489

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa allows skilled workers live and work in specified regional areas of Australia for up to four years. If you wish to apply for this visa under the First Provisional stream (also known as the ‘Invited Pathway’), you must first obtain a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation, and then lodge an Expression of Interest. If this is successful, you will be invited to lodge a visa application.

General Requirements

  • Be invited by the minister to apply
  • Be under 45 years of age
  • Nominate an occupation that is included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian skills assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
  • Score at least 65 on the relevant points test
  • Have component English