General Skilled Migration

The Skilled Migration Program allows foreigners who are qualified or experienced in a required profession to migrate to Australia permanently. You do not need an employer to sponsor your visa to apply for General Skilled Migration visas.

The Application Process

Here’s a simplified process for General Skilled Migration. In case of questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Check Your Eligibility

Before you submit Expression of Interest (EOI) make sure you hold a positive skill assessment and are eligible for The Skilled Migration Program by taking the Points Test.

Submit an EOI

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

Wait for 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 Visa

After receiving an invitation to apply for the visa from the DIBP, you will 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)

This 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.

Some of the main benefits of permanent residency include:

  • The holder may remain in Australia indefinitely
  • The holder is eligible to live, work and study in Australia
  • They are eligible to receive public healthcare
  • The holder is eligible for children to attend public schools

In order to qualify for a Subclass 189 visa, you would need to:

  • Lodge an EOI and be invited by DIBP to apply
  • Meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test – currently 65.
  • Be aged between 18 and 45 years
  • 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)

This visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. This may be a great option if you don’t have enough points for the skilled independent option.

Some of the main benefits of permanent residency include:

  • The holder may remain in Australia indefinitely
  • The holder is eligible to live, work and study in Australia
  • They are eligible to receive public healthcare
  • The holder is eligible for children to attend public schools

The skilled nominated (subclass 190) visa is a permanent visa which requires the applicant to receive nomination by a State or Territory Government. The visa holder will be nominated to work in a profession that is 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 from Skills Assessments, State Nomination, Expression of Interest and Applicant. We can lodge the required skills assessment. A skills assessment is required for all general skilled migration visas. Different Skills Assessment Authorities have specific and complicated requirements that must be met, and specific documentation that needs to be provided. We ensure all documents provide meet the
    requirements for the skills assessment.
  • We ensure clients choose the correct occupation when applying
  • Correctly calculating your points is more difficult than one might think. For example, you may only be able to calculate certain periods of your work experience, We ensure clients correctly calculate the points and advice on the likelihood of receiving an invitation to apply for the visa.
  • We can assist clients in obtaining state nomination by providing all of the relevant and requirement documentation required by each State or Territory Government.
  • Pathway to Aus ensures that all applications are processed as quickly as possible, which is
    vitally important in situations where time is of the essence. If possible, we aim to submit a
    decision ready application.
  • Our Registered Migration Agents recognise and rectifies potential problems with applications prior to applications being submitted.
  • We provide assistance translating and obtaining 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 we will do?

Pathway to Aus will assist with the application throughout the entirety of the process and provide:

  • Articulate advice on eligibility requirements and how to meet these requirements
  • Assistance obtaining the required supporting documents needed for the application
  • Assistance compiling and translating letters of reference.
  • Prepare and submit the application to the DIBP
  • Liaison with the DIBP throughout every stage of processing
  • Provide updates on changing requirements to employers and employees throughout the duration of the visa
Jose's interview to Pathway to Aus

Our Clients

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

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General Skilled Migration was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Nick Yock
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