The General Skilled Migration programme is for skilled individuals or families who want to permanently relocate to Australia in order to fill skill shortages in the country. The General Skilled Migration programme offers permanent visas that are either independent, supported by a state or territory, or sponsored by a family.
The Skilled Occupation List identifies which occupations are qualified for permanent residency under the General Skilled Migration programme.
189 VISA (Skilled Independent Visa) – Work and study in Australia permanently and sponsor family
The 189 Visa is a permanent visa for Skilled workers who are not sponsored by any Australian employer, family member, or state or territory. The Skilled Independent visa is a points-based test visa, and applicants must receive a minimum of 65 points on the point evaluation to be qualified to apply (Subclass 189).
An applicant must send an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect to apply for this visa. You have 60 days to submit your application after obtaining the invitation to apply for this visa.
The visa holder and accompanying family members will live, work, and study in Australia as permanent residents once the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa has been issued.
190 VISA (Skilled Nominated Visa) – Points based permanent visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government
The Skilled Nominated Visa is a permanent visa for skilled workers nominated by a state or territory government in Australia. To be qualified to apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190), applicants must receive a minimum of 65 points on a points assessment and must be nominated by a participating State or Territory government in Australia. You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect to apply for this visa.
491 VISA (Skilled Work Regional) – Come and Live in Regional area of Australia for upto 5 years
The Skilled Regional Visa is a five-year visa intended to allow skilled workers to live and work in specific regional areas of Australia. Applicants must be sponsored by an Australian relative who lives in a specified location, or by the government of a State or Territory.
Australian visas can be complicated, particularly if you have several options. To learn more about your visa choices, contact our registered migration agent.