Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is considered one of the world’s best countries for its diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife, and overall quality of life. It is consistently rated as one of the top ten countries to live in as per the United Nations Human Development Index.
It is not only a major tourist destination but also a favorite destination for immigrants from around the world, especially from the UK, South Africa, and Southeast Asian countries.
According to some reports, Australia’s total population is just over 25 million out of which, more than 7.5 million people are immigrants, which makes it close to 29.75% of its total population. No wonder then that it, along with Canada, is considered one of the most receptive countries to immigration among all the western nations.
Some of the reasons why people choose to immigrate to Australia are because of its: Aggressive immigration programs, numerous career opportunities (especially in cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth), excellent healthcare and education system, a multi-cultural society, plenty of entertainment options, and an overall low population of just over 25 million people.
Permanent migrants enter Australia generally via two distinct programs – the Migration program for skilled and family migrants or the Humanitarian program for refugees.
AUSTRALIA SKILLED IMMIGRATION
The most commonly used programs by Skilled Worker looking to immigrate to Australia are: Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) and the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190).
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
It is a points-based permanent residency visa for those applicants whose occupation is listed in the relevant Skilled Occupation List for the 189 subclass and who have not been nominated by an employer, family member, state government or territory.
Benefits of getting a permanent residency visa under subclass 189:
- Be able to live, work or study anywhere in Australia permanently
- Sponsor your eligible relatives
- Travel to and from Australia for 5 years
- Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.
- Your occupation must be listed in the relevant Skilled Occupation list for subclass 189;
- Have a positive and valid skill assessment report from the relevant body, obtained within 3 years from the date you receive an invitation to apply for visa;
- Have a valid English language test score with at least Competent English;
- Must be below the age of 45 years when you receive an invitation;
- Meet the Health and Character requirements.
Step by Step Process
- Nominate an occupation from the relevant Skilled Occupation list;
- Apply for Skill Assessment and obtain a positive report;
- Make your Expression of Interest (EOI) application and wait to receive an invite;
- Receive an invitation to apply and make your visa application;
- Final Outcome.
Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
It is a points-based permanent residency visa for those applicants whose occupation is listed in the relevant Skilled Occupation List for the 190 subclass as well as their occupation is in demand in specific states of Australia, and who have been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency. This visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia like an Australian citizen, without actually being one.
The minimum points required to qualify under Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is 65 points however, the applicant receives 5 additional points upon getting a successful state nomination.
The qualifying criteria and the benefits of getting a permanent residency under Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) are quite similar to that of the ones in the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) with an exception that the applicant must additionally meet the criteria of the state or territory government agency in order to be nominated, and that the applicant will be restricted to initially remain for 2 years in the State that nominated them under the Subclass 190.
All state and territory government agencies have their own criteria and requirements for deciding who they will nominate. Applicant can contact the state or territory agency directly or refer to their website to find out more about their nomination process and what they are looking for. Below is the list of the States of Australia:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Points Table for the Subclass 189, 190 and 489
Points criteria are assessed at the time of invitation.
You can also refer to the below link to access the points calculator for this visa subclass: Points Calculator
|at least 18 but less than 25 years||25|
|at least 25 but less than 33 years||30|
|at least 33 but less than 40 years||25|
|at least 40 but less than 45 years||15|
|Number of years||Points|
|Less than 3 years||0|
|At least 3 but less than 5 years||5|
|At least 5 but less than 8 years||10|
|At least 8 years||15|
|Number of years||Points|
|Less than 1 year||0|
|At least 1 but less than 3 years||5|
|At least 3 but less than 5 years||10|
|At least 5 but less than 8 years||15|
|At least 8 years||20|
|A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution, that is of a recognized standard.||20|
|At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution, that is of a recognized standard.||15|
|A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution.||10|
|Attained a qualification or award recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation||10|
|A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least 2 academic years study in a relevant field.||10|
|Meet the Australian study requirement||5|
|Completion of a Professional Year in Australia||5|
|Hold a recognized qualification in a credentialled community language||5|
|You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia||5|
|Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and skill assessment criteria||10|
|Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English||5|
|You are single or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident Nomination||10|
|You were invited to apply for a Subclass 190 (Skilled — Nominated) visa and the nominating State or Territory government agency has not withdrawn the nomination||5|
|You were invited to apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa because you were nominated and the nominating State or Territory government agency has not withdrawn that nomination
You are being sponsored for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa by a family member and the Minister has accepted that sponsorship
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