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Skilled Independent Visa and State Sponsored Visa

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If you are highly skilled, under 45, and have a high level of English, you might consider lodging an Expression of Interest in applying for a skilled visa. Visa options include:

  • Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa – Points Tested Stream: for skilled workers, in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list seeking permanent residency.
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa: for skilled workers, in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list, who are nominated by a State or Territory, and are seeking permanent residency.
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa: for skilled workers nominated by a State or Territory, or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in regional Australia, to live and work in regional Australia for a period of five years.

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You will be assessed for the above skilled visas based on points that are allocated for a number of factors, including your work experience, English ability level, age, educational background and marital status. The minimum threshold is 65 points however, if you can attain more points, you have a better chance of receiving an invitation by the Department of Home Affairs.

Other temporary and permanent skilled visa options include:

  • Global Talent Independent program (a subset of the subclass 189 visa):offers a streamlined and priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries such as Agtech, Space and Advanced Manufacturing, FinTech, Energy and Mining Technology, MedTech, Cyber Security, Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and Information Communications Technology (ICT) to work and live permanently in Australia.

Access to the Global Talent Independent program is strictly by referral only, either by a Global Talent Officer on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs, or by an organisation/individual with a national reputation in the same field as the candidate.

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa (Extended Stay pathway and Subsequent Entrant pathway): for existing subclass 489 visa holders whose family members wish to joint them in Australia for the remaining validity period of their subclass 489 visa under the Subsequent Entrant pathway, or for Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 475, 487,495) and Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored (subclass 496) visa-holders who want to live and work in regional Australia under the Extended Stay pathway.

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The Invited pathway of the subclass 489 visa is closed to new applicants, who may instead consider applying for a Skilled Work Regional) (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa.

  • Skilled Regional (subclass 887) visa: for current (and in some instances former) holders of certain provisional visas, including subclasses 489, 495, 496, 475 and/or 487, to apply for permanent residency when they have lived and worked in the relevant regional or designated area for the requisite period of time.
  • Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) (subclass 191) visa: this visa is expected to come into operation in November 2022, and will provide holders of Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 494) visa-holders who have lived, worked and studied in regional Australia for at least three years with permanent residence, provided a minimum taxable income threshold has been met during those three years.

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There is also a visa option available for eligible New Zealand citizens to be granted a permanent Australian visa, which could potentially lead to eligibility for Australian citizenship:

  • Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa – New Zealand Stream: for eligible New Zealand citizens who have resided in Australia for at least the last five years who have earned a minimum taxable income in each of the four years before they apply.

Please note: Important changes frequently occur in the Skilled Migration program. Please contact us for information on the latest changes and to find out how they may affect you.

Applicants should be aware that there are several factors that, while potentially crucial to a successful application, are not widely known or published on the Department of Immigration website.

If you would like a specialist immigration lawyer to make an assessment of your eligibility for skilled migration and other alternatives,

To discuss your options with a specialist immigration lawyer call +613 9329 8744 right now.

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