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Working Visa Programs – Melbourne-based, Australia-wide

Australia is a great country to live and work in, and there are numerous types of business visas, skilled visas, employer sponsored visas and working holiday visa options available. Our team of  lawyers at Erskine Rodanand Associatesin North Melbourne are experts in immigration law and can advise you not only in relation topreparing your application and sponsoring an employee, but also regardingexpanding your business to Australia.

Your Working Visa Options

If you are seeking work within Australia on a permanent or temporary basis, you may be able to apply for a skilled or work visa.

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

  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa: for skilled workers, in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), seeking permanent residency
  • Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa: for skilled workers, in an occupation on the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL),who are nominated by a state or territory, and are seeking permanent residency
  • Subclass 489 Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa: for skilled workers in an occupation on the relevant occupations list, who are nominated by a state or territory, or sponsored by an eligible relative, for stays of up to 4 years in a specified regional or designated area
  • Subclass 887 Regional (Residence) visa: for holders of certain provisional visas, including the subclass 489 Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa, to apply for permanent residency.
  • You will be assessed for a skilled visa based on points that are allocated for a number of factors, including your work experience, English ability level, and age. The minimum threshold is 60 points however, if you can attain more points, you have a better chance of receiving an invitation by the Department of Immigration.

If you have an employer in Australia who is willing and able to sponsor you to work within their business, you may be able to apply for a sponsored work visa, such as:

  • Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa: a temporary visa that enables employers who are unable to source a local skilled worker to sponsor one from outside Australia
  • Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa:for skilled workers (nominated by employers) to live and work in Australia permanently

If you’re hoping to work while you explore Australia, you may be eligible for a Working Holiday visa:

  • Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa for longer visits, supplemented by work, currently available to young people from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
  • Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa for longer visits, supplemented by work, currently available to young people from Argentina, Austria, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Isreal, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA and Vietnam.

You may also consider your eligibility for a Distinguished Talent Visa.

If your partner is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or is an eligible New Zealand Citizen, you may want to enquire about a Partner Visa.

Talk to Our North Melbourne Immigration Lawyers

Certain workvisas can be difficult to obtain depending on your specific circumstances.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’s website.

If you need expert guidance, contact our specialist immigration lawyersin North Melbourne on +613 9329 8744.

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