Skilled Migration Visas for Australia

Skilled Migration Visas

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When applying under Australia’s skilled migration program, the occupation you nominate must be present on Australia’s lists of skilled occupations. These lists outline all the occupations that are in demand in Australia.

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Skilled Migration Visas for Australia

Australian Skilled Visas

If the pull of the good weather, great job opportunities and lifestyle has got to you and you’re planning a move to Australia then read on about Australia Skilled Migrant Visas.

With Australia’s increasing demand for skilled occupations, those of you from the skilled workforce seeking job opportunities in Australia have got a great chance of living and working in Australia.

Australia’s occupation lists are updated on an annual basis, so before you apply for a skilled visa for Australia, it’s a good idea to see if your skills are in demand there. With many jobs in the construction, engineering, healthcare and medical professions currently featuring on the lists you may well find that the skilled migration path is your best option when it comes to applying for an Australian Skilled Migrant Visa.

There are a variety of skilled migration paths to consider when applying for a skilled visa for Australia. Australian skilled visa assessments are required as part of the skilled migration process. Australian Skilled Migrant Visas are divided into the following categories; Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) and the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Depending on your occupation and personal circumstances, a registered migration agent will be able to assess which skilled migration path is the best one for you. Applying for visas for Australia can be a lengthy and costly process, and to maximise your chances of gaining your Australian visa you should consider the services of a registered migration agent.

With Australia currently being the land of opportunity for the skilled labour force, it means that your dreams of the laid-back Aussie lifestyle are within your grasp should you fit all the relevant visa requirements for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Of course going down the skilled migration path doesn’t mean you can simply obtain a visa if you fancy trying your hand at one of the listed careers. You will have to actually prove that you have been working in the relevant industry for a number of years and hold relevant qualifications. You can find out exactly what relevant skills and experience are required for your preferred job in Australia by using the services of a registered migration agent for Australia who will make sure that you have all your paperwork in order – before making the move to Australia.

On this page you’ll find a description of each Australia Skilled Migrant Visa and a summary of what is required to be eligible. After you’ve had a chance to read through the skilled visas types please feel free to contact the team at Overseas Emigration or fill out our free online visa assessment form.

Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

The 189 Visa allows you to emigrate to Australia independently without relying on sponsorship from a state or employer.

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Skilled Sponsored Visa (subclass 190)

The 190 Visa allows you to emigrate to Australia through state or territory sponsorship.

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Skilled Nominated or Sponsored Visa (Provisional) (subclass 489)

A 489 Visa is a 4 year provisional visa offering a pathway for permanent residence in Australia.

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Skilled Visas For Australia – Helpful Information

Australia’s economy is strong and the country is actively encouraging immigration of workers from a wide variety of skill groups. The shortage of skilled labour means wages are high and that, coupled with the lower cost of living, means you could be living your dream sooner than you think.

Skilled workers emigrating to Australia are assessed on a points-based system with points awarded for qualifications, work experience, English fluency, and age. Pass marks exist for each category and before you apply, you must ensure that your points total meets the target for your desired visa.

The current points system for skilled visas is based on the short term and medium/long term skilled occupation lists, which lists all eligible occupations for migration and the points requirement for each occupation.

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    Australia FAQ


    How much money am I required to bring as landing money when I enter Australia for the first time?

    You are not required to have any specific amount. To have a reasonably comfortable “settling in” experience the more the better.

    We have loans and credit cards debts, will this affect our application for migration? What would happen if we leave these debts behind? Also will it affect our credit rating in Australia or cause any trouble getting a mortgage once we get there?

    Your credit rating is not checked for your migration application so it will not affect you getting your visa. However it may affect your credit rating in Australia as some banks carry this over and may affect getting a mortgage. If the debt is large there is every reason to suspect that they will track you down – paying off a £ debt on an $AUD income can be hard.

    Can you emigrate if you have previously been bankrupt?

    Generally yes. Some serial bankrupt people could be knocked back under “character”. If you are going as a business person there would be a major, if not insurmountable, problem.

    After the processing fee for the visa, what other costs would be there after receiving permanent residency through Skilled migration?

    Medical & police clearance & postage should do it assuming you don’t have any language charges or bonds to pay.


    My husband has had major surgery. Would this pose a problem on our medicals? Could it lead to visa refusal?

    All medical matters are subject to many variables. Assuming your husband needs no further treatment and it is not envisioned that he will cost the Australian Health Community any money then there is a reasonable chance he will not be refused a visa.

    If overweight will it affect the application to migrate to Australia?

    Height to weight ratio can fail you if your condition may cause you to need excessive medical treatment once in Australia.

    What are the criteria for detailing medical history, i.e. do I have to mention all past medical conditions even if they are no longer affecting me? What exactly do you need to mention, and what is classed as trivia?

    There are specific questions on the medical form – to be answered yes or no. There is also a catch all question “anything else we should know” – minor colds etc are trivial – declare everything else.

    I have heard that you will not be allowed to emigrate if you have a past history of a mental condition, not including depression. Is this true?

    No this is not true. All medical conditions, including psychiatric, are judged on their individual merits.

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