GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION

Under provisions of Australian GSM visa program skilled professionals, workers, or migrants might use their expertise, qualification, and experience to migrate and settle in Australia, below visas are permanent:

Australian Skilled Visa: Skilled – Independent Visa (subclass 189)

The Australian Skilled – Independent Visa (subclass 189) is an Australian skilled visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Certain family members can be included in the application.

You must score at least 65 points (the pass mark) on the Points Test to be eligible for this visa.

Applying for the Skilled – Independent Visa (subclass 189)

To be able to lodge a valid application for this visa you need to first obtain a positive skills assessment, before then submitting an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.

To apply for this visa you must:

  • be invited to apply;
  • be younger than 45 years of age when you are invited to apply;
  • nominate an occupation that matches your skills and qualifications and is on the relevant Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL);
  • have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation;
  • have at least competent English;
  • score at least 65 on the Points Test; AND
  • meet the health and character requirements.


Australian Skilled Visa Process

The Skilled – Independent Visa (subclass 189) is based on a 3 stage application process.

  • Stage 1

The first stage of the application process involves completing a skills assessment with the relevant Government body. Your skills assessment enables the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to judge if you have the required level of skill in your chosen occupation to practice in Australia.

  • Stage 2

Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.

  • Stage 3

Once you have been issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA), you can continue to the DOHA stage of the application, where you can submit your final, complete application to be approved by DOHA so your visa can be granted.

Australian Skilled Visa Conditions

A successful applicant is given a 5 year multiple entry visa to live and work in Australia. You only need to live in Australia for 2 of the 5 years to have the visa reissued for a further 5 years. Alternatively, you can spend 4 consecutive years in Australia and be eligible for citizenship.

If you choose not to gain citizenship, however, you must apply for a Resident Return Visa before the original one expires in order to travel to and from Australia. To qualify for this you must demonstrate that you have spent 2 years lawfully living in Australia or that you have significant personal, cultural or business ties to Australia.

Complete an Online Assessment to determine if you can qualify for an Australian Skilled – Independent Visa (subclass 189) as a highly skilled migrant.

 

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) 

Who is the Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 for?

The Temporary Graduate Visa enables international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational Institution to live, work and study in Australia temporarily after the completion of their studies.

By allowing applicants to apply through one of two streams, the visa becomes a good way for international students to not only extend their stay in Australia but also to increase their likelihood of gaining a permanent or provisional skilled visa.

Which stream should I apply under?

As a primary applicant, only one Temporary Graduate visas can be held at any given time. Applicants may fall within one of two streams – the Graduate Work stream of the Post-Study Work stream.  While both of these form avenues for applicants to work and study in Australia upon completion of their studies, there are slight differences between the two streams.

The Graduate Work Stream

The graduate work stream is for international students who hold an eligible qualification and have graduated with skills and qualifications required for an occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations.

Post-Study Work Stream

In comparison, the Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have graduated with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study and is only available to students who applied for, and were subsequently granted, their first Australian student visa on or after 5 November 2011.

Who is Eligible for a 485 Visa?

To apply for either stream of the 485 visa, you must meet the following common criteria:

  • Be under the age of 50 years old at the date your application is made;
  • Hold a subclass 572, 573 or 574 student visa or a bridging visa A or B;
  • Hold a UK, Irish, USA, New Zealand or Canadian passport and having achieved at least a competent English level;
  • Have met the Australian Study requirements in the last six months;
  • Meet health and character requirements;
  • Have Australian health insurance such as Medicare; and
  • Meet the additional criteria of the stream in which you are applying for.

To satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Work Stream, you must meet all of the common criteria listed above, plus have studied in Australia in a relevant occupation that is listed on the skilled occupation list, and have applied for a skills assessment at the time of your application.

Applicants who are applying under the Post Study Work Stream will need to have studied at a Bachelor Degree level or higher in Australia and have applied for their first student visa after 5 November 2011, in addition to the common criteria listed above.

485 Visa Documents Checklist

How Long Does it Take?

Once received, the Department of Immigration will then commence processing your application. The average global processing time for 485 applicants under the Graduate Work Pathway is 75% of applications in 4 months, and for applicants applying under the Post-Study Work Pathway 75% of applications in 79 days.

It is understandable that there are circumstances that impact the processing time of your visa applications which are out of your control. These include the time for external agencies, namely health and police services, and the Government to conduct checks and provide supporting information.

While the above circumstances are unavoidable, there are some factors which will ensure you a faster processing time. These include:

  • Lodging a complete application, attached with all of the necessary supporting documents.
  • Being prompt in responding to any additional information the Department requests9
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Fees & Costs

The cost of this visa is from $1,500. Please note this is only the flat rate and you may be asked to pay additional costs to cover requirements such as health assessments, police certificates and biometrics.

If you wish to add additional family members to your application, an extra fee will be imposed upon your visa application.

Please note that members of your family who are added after your visa has been granted will be subjected to pay for an additional full visa application.

What Steps Should I Take to apply for a 485 Visa?

Unlike other Migration law firms, Results Migration makes the process of applying for visas straightforward. Our team of expert lawyers will work with you every step of the way and has devised a step-by-step process to ensure your application is processed as fast as possible.

1. Come in for a free consultation where our team of expert lawyers will assess and advise you on the Australian visa option that best suits your needs.

2. At this stage we will gather and prepare all of the documentation as well as perform any addition checks that are required to lodge a visa application. Please ensure that you notify us if you have a ‘No further stay’ condition attached to your current visa so we can arrange for this condition to be waived.

If you are applying under the Graduate Work Stream, we will organise a skills assessment within your nominated occupation. This must be performed by the relevant Australian Assessing Authority for your nominated eligible skilled occupation.

3. After having all of the information we need, we will then begin to prepare and then loge your application in a timely manner.

In the meantime, if you are an onshore applicant you will be granted a bridging visa until your current visa expires.

4. Finally we will notify you of the outcome. If granted, you will receive the rights listed below

Entitlements of the Temporary Graduate Visa

Through holding a Temporary Graduate Visa, you will receive various benefits relating to working, living and studying in Australia. In essence, both streams allow you and your family to travel, work, study and stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies.

The duration of your stay will depend on your circumstances. Graduate Work holders will have a valid visa for 18 months from the date of grant of their application.

In comparison, the period in which one can stay while under the Post-Study Stream will depend upon the level of qualification they have completed in Australia:

  • 2 years – Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree with Honours, Masters by Coursework Degree of Masters (extended) Degree
  • 3 years – Masters by Research Degree
  • 4 years – Doctoral Degree

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Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) 

Who is the Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 for?

The Temporary Graduate Visa enables international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational Institution to live, work and study in Australia temporarily after the completion of their studies.

By allowing applicants to apply through one of two streams, the visa becomes a good way for international students to not only extend their stay in Australia but also to increase their likelihood of gaining a permanent or provisional skilled visa.

Which stream should I apply under?

As a primary applicant, only one Temporary Graduate visas can be held at any given time. Applicants may fall within one of two streams – the Graduate Work stream of the Post-Study Work stream.  While both of these form avenues for applicants to work and study in Australia upon completion of their studies, there are slight differences between the two streams.

The Graduate Work Stream

The graduate work stream is for international students who hold an eligible qualification and have graduated with skills and qualifications required for an occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations.

Post-Study Work Stream

In comparison, the Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have graduated with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study and is only available to students who applied for, and were subsequently granted, their first Australian student visa on or after 5 November 2011.

Am I Eligible for a 485 Visa?

To apply for either stream of the 485 visa, you must meet the following common criteria:

  • Be under the age of 50 years old at the date your application is made;
  • Hold a subclass 572, 573 or 574 student visa or a bridging visa A or B;
  • Hold a UK, Irish, USA, New Zealand or Canadian passport and having achieved at least a competent English level;
  • Have met the Australian Study requirements in the last six months;
  • Meet health and character requirements;
  • Have Australian health insurance such as Medicare; and
  • Meet the additional criteria of the stream in which you are applying for.

To satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Work Stream, you must meet all of the common criteria listed above, plus have studied in Australia in a relevant occupation that is listed on the skilled occupation list, and have applied for a skills assessment at the time of your application.

Applicants who are applying under the Post Study Work Stream will need to have studied at a Bachelor Degree level or higher in Australia and have applied for their first student visa after 5 November 2011, in addition to the common criteria listed above.

 

How Long Does it Take?

Once received, the Department of Immigration will then commence processing your application. The average global processing time for 485 applicants under the Graduate Work Pathway is 75% of applications in 4 months, and for applicants applying under the Post-Study Work Pathway 75% of applications in 79 days.

It is understandable that there are circumstances that impact the processing time of your visa applications which are out of your control. These include the time for external agencies, namely health and police services, and the Government to conduct checks and provide supporting information.

While the above circumstances are unavoidable, there are some factors which will ensure you a faster processing time. These include:

  • Lodging a complete application, attached with all of the necessary supporting documents.
  • Being prompt in responding to any additional information the Department requests9
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Fees & Costs

The cost of this visa is from $1,500. Please note this is only the flat rate and you may be asked to pay additional costs to cover requirements such as health assessments, police certificates and biometrics.

If you wish to add additional family members to your application, an extra fee will be imposed upon your visa application.

Please note that members of your family who are added after your visa has been granted will be subjected to pay for an additional full visa application.

What Steps Should I Take to apply for a 485 Visa?

Unlike other Migration law firms, Results Migration makes the process of applying for visas straightforward. Our team of expert lawyers will work with you every step of the way and has devised a step-by-step process to ensure your application is processed as fast as possible.

1. Come in for a free consultation where our team of expert lawyers will assess and advise you on the Australian visa option that best suits your needs.

2. At this stage we will gather and prepare all of the documentation as well as perform any addition checks that are required to lodge a visa application. Please ensure that you notify us if you have a ‘No further stay’ condition attached to your current visa so we can arrange for this condition to be waived.

If you are applying under the Graduate Work Stream, we will organise a skills assessment within your nominated occupation. This must be performed by the relevant Australian Assessing Authority for your nominated eligible skilled occupation.

3. After having all of the information we need, we will then begin to prepare and then loge your application in a timely manner.

In the meantime, if you are an onshore applicant you will be granted a bridging visa until your current visa expires.

4. Finally we will notify you of the outcome. If granted, you will receive the rights listed bel

Entitlements of the Temporary Graduate Visa

Through holding a Temporary Graduate Visa, you will receive various benefits relating to working, living and studying in Australia. In essence, both streams allow you and your family to travel, work, study and stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies.

The duration of your stay will depend on your circumstances. Graduate Work holders will have a valid visa for 18 months from the date of grant of their application.

In comparison, the period in which one can stay while under the Post-Study Stream will depend upon the level of qualification they have completed in Australia:

  • 2 years – Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree with Honours, Masters by Coursework Degree of Masters (extended) Degree
  • 3 years – Masters by Research Degree
  • 4 years – Doctoral Degree

Fees and charges

The cost of this visa is from $1,500. Please note this is only the flat rate and you may be asked to pay additional costs to cover requirements such as health assessments, police certificates and biometrics.

If you wish to add additional family members to your application, an extra fee will be imposed upon your visa application.

Please note that members of your family who are added after your visa has been granted will be subjected to pay for an additional full visa application.

What Steps Should I Take to apply for a 485 Visa?

Unlike other Migration law firms, Results Migration makes the process of applying for visas straightforward. Our team of expert lawyers will work with you every step of the way and has devised a step-by-step process to ensure your application is processed as fast as possible.

1. Come in for a free consultation where our team of expert lawyers will assess and advise you on the Australian visa option that best suits your needs.

2. At this stage we will gather and prepare all of the documentation as well as perform any addition checks that are required to lodge a visa application. Please ensure that you notify us if you have a ‘No further stay’ condition attached to your current visa so we can arrange for this condition to be waived.

If you are applying under the Graduate Work Stream, we will organise a skills assessment within your nominated occupation. This must be performed by the relevant Australian Assessing Authority for your nominated eligible skilled occupation.

3. After having all of the information we need, we will then begin to prepare and then loge your application in a timely manner.

In the meantime, if you are an onshore applicant you will be granted a bridging visa until your current visa expires.

4. Finally we will notify you of the outcome. If granted, you will receive the rights listed below

Entitlements of the Temporary Graduate Visa

Through holding a Temporary Graduate Visa, you will receive various benefits relating to working, living and studying in Australia. In essence, both streams allow you and your family to travel, work, study and stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies.

The duration of your stay will depend on your circumstances. Graduate Work holders will have a valid visa for 18 months from the date of grant of their application.

In comparison, the period in which one can stay while under the Post-Study Stream will depend upon the level of qualification they have completed in Australia:

  • 2 years – Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree with Honours, Masters by Coursework Degree of Masters (extended) Degree
  • 3 years – Masters by Research Degree
  • 4 years – Doctoral Degree

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Australian State Sponsored Visa: Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)

 The Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is an Australian state sponsored visa for skilled people wishing to live and work in a regional or low population growth area in Australia.

You must score at least 65 points (the pass mark) on the Points Test to be eligible for this visa.

Applying for the Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)

To be able to lodge a valid application for this visa you need to obtain a positive skills assessment, before then submitting an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.

If you secure sponsorship from an eligible relative and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an Invitation To Apply.

To apply for this visa you must:

Visa Sponsorship by a State or Territory Government

The success of a visa application will be based on a combination of skills, work experience and nomination by a State/Territory government.

Once the Provisional visa has been granted, the holder must retain that visa for at least two years to be eligible to apply for a permanent Regional visa.

The following States/Territories participate in the Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) visa sponsorship scheme:

Australian State Sponsored Visa Application Process

The Skilled – Nominated Visa (Provisional) (subclass 489) is based on a three stage application process:

  • Stage 1

    The first stage of the application process involves completing a skills assessment with the relevant Government body. Your skills assessment enables the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to judge if you have the required level of skill in your chosen occupation to practice in Australia.
  • Stage 2

    Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia. You will then also need to apply for state sponsorship with an Australian state / territory. This will require that you meet the sponsorship requirements and have work experience in a position listed on one of their State Migration Plans.
  • Stage 3

    Once you have been issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA), you can continue to the DOHA stage of the application, where you can submit your final, complete application to be approved by DOHA so your visa can be granted. 

Moving from a provisional visa to a permanent visa

Through a two stage visa process, Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa holders must live and work in or a low population growth metropolitan area

  • Having lived in regional Australia for at least two years; and
  • Having been employed (including self employed) for at least 12 months in regional Australia;

may apply for the following permanent residence visas:

 

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