General Skilled Migration to Australia

General Skilled Migration to Australia
General Skilled Migration to Australia

General Skilled Migration to Australia is one of the most common ways to obtain a visa for Australia. It allows for applicants to obtain a work visa on the grounds of:

  • A job offer (sponsorship) from an Australian Employer.
  • A particular state or territory wishing to nominate an individual.
  • A family member being able to act as the immigrant’s sponsor.
  • An individual who may have studied in Australia and now wishes to work there.
  • The applicant having sufficient points to make an independent application (without nomination, sponsorship or relevant studies).

What are the General Skilled Migration to Australia classes?

There are six classes of skilled migration:

1. Independent Skilled (subclass 189)

This category of skilled migration does not require sponsorship (a job offer or state nomination). It is a point-based visa where a score of 60 is required to be able to enter an expression of interest. Successful applicants receive permanent residency.

2. Nominated Skilled (subclass 190)

Each state or territory runs its own nominated visa program, each one with its own  process and criteria. In essence this type of nomination visa requires you to have nomination by a State or Territory government. This means you must appear on the appropriate >skilled occupation list and meet the other criteria. If you do, then you may be able to apply for nomination. This does not necessarily mean you need to have a job offer. The skilled nomination class is a points-based visa and a score of 60 is required to enter an expression of interest. Successful applicants receive permanent residency.

3. Regional Provisional (subclass 489)

This visa is a 4-year provisional visa that can lead to permanent residency. Applicants will need to obtain sponsorship by an eligible relative (usually a resident in a designated area) or obtain nomination from a State or Territory government. The visa is points tested and a score of 60 is required to make an expression of interest.

4. Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)

This visa class allows students who have studied in Australia for two years to apply for temporary permission to work in Australia. There are two streams – the Graduate Work stream and the Post-Study Work stream. Graduate Work stream applicants obtain an 8-month visa, whilst successful Post-Study Work stream applicants can obtain between 2 and 4 years. The applications are not points based.

5. Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)

The recognised graduate visa is open to those students who have studied at eligible institutions outside of Australia. It permits successful applicants to work for 18 months and is not a points-based visa.

6. Skilled Regional (subclass 887)

This visa is class is the permanent residency stage of the regional scheme. It is not points based.

The basic requirements for applying for skilled migration to Australia

Application for General Skilled Migration to Australia must meet some general requirements:

  • Applicants must be able to nominate a profession that is on a skilled occupation list.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain a positive skills assessment in this nominated occupation.
  • The main applicants need to be between the ages of 18 and 50.
  • Most applicants need to have a formal English language test.
  • With some visas, completion of one or more suitable qualifications after at least two years of study in Australia.
  • In some cases, applicants will need to make an Expression of Interest application via SkillSelect and subsequently be invited to apply for a visa before they can lodge their General Skilled Migration Application.

Find out if you qualify for General Skilled Migration to Australia

The first step is a formal assessment which you can apply for here.  This is perhaps the most important step in the process and if done incorrectly, it could mean false hopes, wasted money and perhaps even the loss of the chance to emigrate to Australia.

Who can help you?

Only registered or exempt licensed immigration agents can assist you. You can also access Intergate Emigration’s registered migration agent’s details here on the official Migration Agents Registration Authority website.

Simply put, do not use the services of any agent who does not appear on the MARA website. For those using the services of agents outside of South Africa, you should pay particular attention to ones with a DIPB number. This looks very official and gives you a sense of security – but do not be fooled! Migration agents operating outside Australia do not have to be registered with the Office of the MARA. These unlicensed agents are only issued with an identification number for administrative purposes and it does not represent an endorsement of the agent by the Australian Government.

 Getting help

To find out more about the General Skilled  Migration and other Australian Immigration and visa options, you are welcome to call us on + 27 (0) 21 202 2800 or e-mail us here.

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