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Skilled Visa
Skilled Visa

Skilled Migration is for applicants who have the necessary qualifications, attributes and experience to help address Australia’s skill shortages in particular occupations. 

The Skilled Visas are points-based visas and applicants are subject to a points test. People can apply independently, can be nominated by a State or Territory government, or can be sponsored by an eligible relative.

Points are awarded on a range of factors:

  • Age
  • Skilled employment – outside and/or inside Australia
  • English language ability
  • Qualifications
  • Prior Australian study
  • Other factors – community language qualifications; study in Regional Australia; partner skill qualifications; professional year in Australia

You will be ranked according to your score on the applicable points test, and invitations to apply for the visa are sent in order of the ranking. Some occupations may be subject to an ‘occupation ceiling’, which limits the number of invitations that can be issued.

SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA – SUBCLASS 189

This permanent visa is for people who are not nominated by an employer, a family member, or State or Territory government; whose occupation is on the relevant occupation list; who satisfy the points test with at least 60 points; and have a positive skills assessment for their occupation.

SKILLED NOMINATED VISA – SUBCLASS 190

This permanent visa is for people who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency; whose occupation is on the applicable State’s Skilled Occupation List; who satisfy the points test with at least 60 points; and have a positive skills assessment for their occupation. 

State Skilled Occupation lists:

Canberra – skilled and business migration

Regional migration site for the Australian Capital Territory. If you have an occupation in demand in Canberra and have relevant skills and experience you can apply for ACT nomination of your skilled migration visa.

New South Wales – skilled and business migration

Regional migration site for New South Wales (NSW).  Provides information on living and working in NSW and visa options for business and skilled migrants to NSW.

Northern Territory – skilled and business migration

Regional migration site for the Northern Territory. Provides a range of information on living and working in the Northern Territory. designed to assist intending migrants understand the processes and criteria for applying for nomination.

Queensland – Business and skilled migration

Regional migration site for Queensland. Provides information on Queensland Government nomination for business and investor, skilled and investor retirement visas.

South Australia – skilled and business migration

Regional migration site for South Australia. Provides general skilled and business nomination programs to encourage skilled and business migrants.

Tasmania – skilled and business migration

Regional migration site for Tasmania. Provides information on living and working in Tasmania as well as details of assistance offered to prospective business and skilled migrants.

Victoria – skilled and business migration

Regional migration site for Victoria. Provides comprehensive information for skilled and business migrants seeking to immigrate and live in Victoria.

Western Australia – skilled and business migration

Migration site for Western Australia. Includes working and living in Western Australia, visa entry options and business migration.

You can choose to be considered for nomination in just one State or Territory, or all of them. If a nomination is accepted, you may be required to live in the nominating State or Territory for a specified minimum time period.

HOW WE CAN HELP WITH YOUR SKILLED VISA APPLICATION

Being points-based the skilled visa programme is constantly changing to take different market conditions into account. Summit Migration can provide guidance on how to maximise your points and thereby increase your ranking and chances of being invited to apply for a visa. 

Our Immigration Lawyers can advise you on improving your prospects of success and meeting the relevant criteria. Please contact us today for further information and advice.

If you have received a visa refusal, then the solicitors at Summit Migration may be able to assist. Find out more about appeals for visa refusals here.  Alternatively, you may be eligible for Ministerial Intervention.

How Can We Help

Summit Migration provides free 15-minute, no-obligation phone consultation. Claim your free telephone consultation today. Call us on (07) 31777609 to speak to a Registered Migration Agent about your matter.

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