Skilled worker visas

Skilled Worker Visas

The possible skilled emigration visas available under SkillSelect include Skilled Independent Visa 189, State Nominated Visa subclass 190 and the Regional Sponsored Visa subclass 489. 

As skilled visas became more elusive, with a reduction in the maximum age limit to 45-years along with other measures, more of our clients are turning to business and investment-related visas.

Be prepared to win your case

You must demonstrate that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Age – UNDER 45-years
  • English language ability
  • Previous Australian and Overseas skilled work experience
  • International Qualifications
  • Australian study requirements and awards
  • Credentialed community language qualifications
  • Regional Australian Study
  • Spouse skill qualifications
  • Professional year in Australia
  • Meet the health and character requirements.

Skilled Independent Visa subclass 189

Skilled Independent visas for permanent residence visas do not require sponsorship. The 189 Visa allows you to work and live anywhere in Australia in an occupation on the MLTSSL.

Assuming you meet the points requirement to lodge an acceptable EOI and meet the other eligibility criteria, you will be able to live in Australia indefinitely.

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

You will have 60 calendar days to apply for your 189 visas after being invited to apply. Once received, the Department of Immigration will then commence processing your application. While the average global processing time is 75% in 8 months, times may vary as an assessment of eligibility occurs on a case-by-case basis.

Understandably, there are some circumstances where the processing time of your visa applications may be outside of your control. These include; the time for external agencies (namely health and police services) and the Government to conduct checks and provide supporting information.

While the above circumstances are unavoidable, some factors ensure faster processing time. These include:

  • Lodging a complete application, attached with all of the necessary supporting documents.
  • Promptly responding to any additional information that the Department requests.

Entitlements of the 189 Skilled Visa

The Skilled Independent visa will grant you permanent residence in Australia. It will allow you and your eligible family members:

  • The right to stay in Australia indefinitely.
  • Work and study rights in Australia.
  • Free Medicare
  • Route to Australian citizenship
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.
  • Travel to and from Australia for up to five years.

Fees & Costs

The cost of this visa is priced from $3,670. Please note this is only the flat rate. You may need to pay additional fees to cover requirements such as; health assessments, police certificates and biometrics.

Additional family members pay additional Govt. fees.

190 Visas

A 190 visa is an alternative for applicants who cannot pass the points Test. It is the same as the Skilled Independent Visa: You undergo the SkillsSelect application process and are granted permanent residency on arrival. However, unlike the 189 visas, you must be nominated by an Australian State or Territory Government agency and have an occupation on the STSOL.

Quotas

Each state receives a quota from the Federal Govt. each year, and places are often oversubscribed. States only will select those they believe shall provide the most significant benefit to their region or territory.

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489?

The Skilled Regional visa is a temporary visa that provides three pathways for skilled workers who want to work and live in regional Australia.

This visa is an alternative for skilled workers who have the necessary qualifications or skills but cannot pass the points tests as required to obtain a skilled independent visa or Nominated visa (Subclass 189 and 190). A 489 visa provides three pathways for applicants to gain residence in Australia for up to four years through state sponsorship.

Like all Skilled visas, this visa is points test-based. However, the unique three-way pathway allows applicants to apply. Either receive an invitation from the Department, hold a previous Skilled Regional visa, or have a family member with a particular class visa.

The applicant will be restricted to the areas in which they can reside and work, which will depend upon whether it is a State/Territory Government or family sponsorship. If nominated by the State/Territory, applicants must work and live in a regional or a metropolitan area assigned by the State/Territory that has low-population growth. If sponsored by a family member, applicants may work and live in the  Designated Areas of any State or Territory.

Eligibility for the 489 visas

Applicants for this visa must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) online and be invited to apply for the visa.

There are three pathways to qualify for the 489 visas. The specific pathway the applicant can elect will depend upon their circumstances at the time of the application:

  • Extended Stay pathway – applicants currently hold subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visas.
  • Invited pathway – applicants, have been nominated by a State or Territory government agency or by an eligible relative and were invited by the Department to apply.
  • Subsequent entry pathway – applicants who are a family member of someone who already holds a 475, 487, 489, 495 or 496 visa.

To qualify for any of the three pathways under a 489 visa, you must demonstrate that you meet specific health and character requirements.

Depending on which pathway you qualify for, you will need to demonstrate that you meet additional eligibility requirements.

Regarding the Extended Stay pathway, applicants must hold the provisional visas mentioned above and have complied with all the necessary visa conditions for a minimum of two years. It is also a requirement for the applicant to have held only one of these visas.

Applicants applying for a Nominated Skilled Visa through the invited pathway  must satisfy the following additional eligibility criteria:

  • Nominated by an Australian State or Territory (if applicable).
  • Sponsored by an eligible relative (if applicable).
  • On the relevant skilled occupation list.
  • Under 45-years
  • Competent English
  • Obtained a suitable skills assessment for your nominated occupation, based on the factors in the points test below:
    • Age
    • English language ability
    • Previous Australian and Overseas skilled work experience
    • International Qualifications
    • Australian study requirements and awards
    • Credentialed community language qualifications
    • Regional Australian Study
    • Spouse skill qualifications
    • Professional year in Australia
    • Achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation.
    • Meet certain health and character requirements.

If an eligible relative is sponsoring you for this visa, please note that your sponsor will need to be:

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • Living in a designated area of Australia;
  • An Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen; and
  • You or your partner’s relative

If applying under the subsequent entry pathway, you will also need a family member to be a holder of one of the visa options listed above. Although there is no English language skill requirement for this pathway, it should be noted that entrants over the age of 18 would be subjected to an additional fee if they do not have Functional English ability. If this is the case, they will be required to undergo a Functional English test during the processing of their visa application or no more than 12 months before applying for the visa.

489 Visa Checklist

Invited Pathway

You will have 60 calendar days to apply for your 489 visas after being invited to apply. Once received, the Department of Immigration will then commence processing your application. The average global processing time is 75% of applications in 8 months.

Extended and Subsequent Entry Pathways

The average global processing time is 75% of applications processed in 6 months.

Please note that the above global processing times for all three pathways are subject to change as an assessment of eligibility occurs on a case-by-case basis and vary on the applicant’s circumstances.

It is understandable that some circumstances will impact your visa application’s processing time, which may be out of your control. These include; the time for external agencies, namely health and police services and the Government, to conduct checks and provide supporting information.

While the above circumstances are unavoidable, some factors ensure faster processing time. These include:

  • Lodging a complete application, attached with all of the necessary supporting documents.
  • Prompt responses to additional information requests.

Fees & Costs

The cost of this visa depends upon which pathway you proceed with. Please refer to the price list below for details:

  • Invited pathway – from $3,670;
  • Extended pathway – from $325;
  • Subsequent entrants – from $325 if your family member was an extended pathway application, or $3670 if your family member was an invited pathway applicant.

Please note that additional costs apply for health assessments, police certificates and biometrics.