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General Skilled Migration

The Skilled Migration Program allows foreigners to migrate to Australia based on specialised qualifications or professional experience. General Skilled Migration is the most popular form of migration to Australia.

The Application Process

Even the most educated applicant can find the applicant for General Skilled Migration daunting. Here’s the simplified breakdown of the process, but if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Check Your Eligibility

Before you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI), make sure;

You hold a positive skill assessment You are eligible for The Skilled Migration Program.

Your eligibility is determined by taking the Points Test.

Submit an EOI

To apply for a Skilled Independent or Skilled Nominated visa, you are required to submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

Wait for the Invitation

Once you have submitted an EOI you can then be invited by the Australian government, Australian employers or state governments to apply for the skilled visa.

Apply for the Visa

After receiving an invitation to apply for the visa from the DIBP, you have 60 days to lodge a visa application. Without an invitation you are not eligible to apply.

Skilled Migration Visa Subclasses

There are three different streams of General Skilled Migration Visas. The Skilled Independent (Subclass 189), The Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) and the Skilled Regional (Subclass 491).

Skilled Independent

(Visa Subclass 189)

The Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 is by far the most common Skilled Migration Visa. It allows foreign nationals who are successfully granted a Skilled Independent Visa permanent residency in Australia.

There are many benefits to receiving permanent residency in Australia.

As the holder of residency, you are eligible to:

 

  • Remain in Australia indefinitely
  • Live, work and study in Australia
  • Receive public healthcare
  • Have your children attend a public school

To qualify for a Subclass 189 visa, you need to:

  • Lodge an EOI and be invited by DIBP to apply
  • Meet the pass mark, which is currently 65, in the skilled migration points test
  • Be between 18 and 45 years of age
  • Pass Skills Assessment in an occupation on the relevant Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List
  • Have competent English or higher (6 minimum in IELTS or holder of approved passports)
  • Meet health and character requirements

 

Visa Application Fee

$4,045 AUD

*Plus credit card payment fee if paying by credit card
**The price is correct as of the 10th of July 2019, and is subject to change. For further information on current visa fees refer to the Home Affairs Website

Note: Visa applicants can apply both in Australia and overseas. However in order to apply from within Australia, visa applicants must be on a substantive or appropriate bridging visa.

These costs may or may not be required:

 

  • Skills Assessment
  • English testing
  • Medical exams
  • Police checks
  • Translation of required documents
  • Postage

Skilled Nominated

(Visa Subclass 190)

The Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. This visa is an excellent option if you don’t have enough points for the Skilled Independent visa.

There are many benefits to receiving permanent residency in Australia.

As the holder of residency, you are eligible to:

 

  • Remain in Australia indefinitely
  • Live, work and study in Australia
  • Receive public healthcare
  • Have your children attend a public school

The skilled nominated (subclass 190) visa is a permanent visa that requires the applicant to receive nomination by a State or Territory Government. The visa holder is nominated to work in a profession listed on the State Occupation List. 

If there is a shortage of individuals skilled to work in that particular profession, the State or Territory governments may choose to nominate a visa holder to fill these roles. It could be useful to review the individual state or territory websites listed below to see which professions are required.

 

Visa Application Fee

$4,045 AUD

*Plus credit car payment fee if paying by credit card
**The price is correct as of the 10th of July 2019, and is subject to change. For further information on current visa fees refer to the Home Affairs Website

Note: Visa applicants can apply both in Australia and overseas. However in order to apply from within Australia, visa applicants must be on a substantive or appropriate bridging visa.

These costs may or may not be required:

  • State Nomination Fee
  • Skills Assessment
  • English testing
  • Medical exams
  • Police checks
  • Translation of required documents
  • Postage

Skilled Work Regional

(Subclass 491 Visa)

A temporary visa than can lead to permanent residency. This visa requires you to be nominated by a State or Regional area and requires you to commit to living and working in a regional area

Some of the main benefits of this visa include:

 

  • It can lead to PR after 3 years
  • It does not require an employer to sponsor your visa
  • The Applicant receives an extra 15 points for regional nomination on the expression of interest
  • The holder may be eligible for children to attend public schools

Criteria
In addition to totalling the required points, you still need to be nominated by:

  1. a designated regional area of an Australian state or territory, or
  2. an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area of Australia

On the Expression of Interest you will need to state if you intend to work in any state or regional area. The visa holder will apply to be nominated to work in a profession that is listed on the State or Regional Occupation List. If there is a shortage of individuals skilled to work in that particular profession, the State or regional area may choose to nominate a visa holder to fill these roles.

Please note each state and region has different requirements for nomination. Some States and Regions will require you to lodge a separate application after submitting an expression of interest. Other states and regions do not accept applications and will only contact you with an invitation to apply. If you do not receive an invitation to apply for state nomination, you cannot apply for the visa.

It could be useful to review the individual state or territory websites listed below to see which professions are required and the requirements for regional nomination.

Visa Application Fee

$4,045 AUD

*Plus credit car payment fee if paying by credit card
**The price is correct as of the 10 of October  2019, and is subject to change. For further information on current visa fees refer to the Home Affairs Website

Note: Visa applicants can apply both in Australia and overseas. However in order to apply from within Australia, visa applicants must be on a substantive or appropriate bridging visa.

These costs may or may not be required:

  • State Nomination Fee
  • Skills Assessment
  • English testing
  • Medical exams
  • Police checks
  • Translation of required documents
  • Postage

How Pathway to Aus helps

  • We assist clients throughout the entire process, including Skills Assessments, State Nomination, Expression of Interest and Application. We can even lodge the required skills assessment required for all general skilled migration visas. Different Skills Assessment Authorities have specific and complicated requirements that you must meet, and specific documentation that you need to provide. We ensure all documents provided meet the requirements for the skills assessment.
  • We ensure clients choose the correct occupation when applying.
  • We ensure clients correctly calculate the points and advice on the likelihood of receiving an invitation to apply for the visa. Correctly calculating your points is more complicated than most applicants expect. For example, you may only be able to calculate some periods of your work experience.   
  • We can assist clients in obtaining state nomination by providing all of the relevant documentation required by each State or Territory Government. We ensure that all applications are processed a quickly as possible, which is vitally important iii situations where time is of the essence. If possible, we aim to submit a decision ready application.
  • Our Registered Migration Agents recognise and rectify potential problems with applications before applications are submitted. 
  • We provide assistance translating any required documents such as degrees, qualification documents and letters of reference.
  • We assist with including family members on the application.
  • We assist with rectifying problems with previous visa applications and seeking waivers for previous conditions imposed.

What will do?

Pathway to Aus assists with the entire application process and provides:

  • Detailed and clear advice on how to meet eligibility requirements 
  • Assistance with supporting documents needed for the application
  • Assistance compiling and translating letters of reference
  • Help with the preparation and submission of the applicant on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) 
  • Liaison with the DIBP throughout every stage of processing
  • Regular updates on changing requirements to employers and employees throughout the visa term

 

Jose's interview to Pathway to Aus

Our Clients

Jose is a client of Pathway to Aus whom we assisted in the transition from the Student Visa to Graduate Work Visa to General Skilled Migration (Subclass 189). He now works in Australia as a Project Engineer.

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General Skilled Migration was last modified: January 30th, 2020 by Nick Yock

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