Skilled Migration to Australia: An Overview

Skilled Migration to Australia allows skilled foreign professionals to migrate to Australia with their family. 

Engineers, computer and IT professionals, university lecturers, auditors, accountants, marketing professionals, nurses, doctors, human resource managers, social welfare organization officers, and more than 100 other types of professionals can move to Australia with Australian permanent residency

If you are a business owner, you may learn about Australia’s business migration programs.

Visa subclasses within the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program are points-tested and are either independent, state/territory sponsored, or even family-sponsored visas. 

To apply for Australia’s skilled migration, you must be eligible in one of the following Australian visa subclasses:

  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
  • Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491)

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The Australian skilled independent visa (subclass 189) allows skilled professionals to live and work in Australia as permanent residents (PR).

Visa subclass 189 could be the fastest way to settle in Australia because there is no issue with Australian state sponsorship. All you need to do is get a positive skills assessment outcome, submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), and get invited to apply for a visa.

Benefits of Visa Subclass 189

  • Live and work anywhere in Australia;
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for Australia visa from Bangladesh
  • Apply for an Australian Passport and enjoy visa-free Canada, USA, UK, and more;
  • Avail Medicare facilities;
  • Free education for kids.

Requirements for visa subclass 189

In order to qualify for a subclass 189 visa, you would need to:

  • Submit an EOI and be invited to apply;
  • Meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test (currently 65);
  • Be aged between 18 and 44 inclusive;
  • Pass the skills assessment in an appropriate occupation on the occupations list (MLTSSL);
  • Score 6 or higher in the IELTS test in each of the four test components or an equivalent score in PTE/TOEFL,
  • Meet health and character requirements.

Note: For visa 189, your occupation must be in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Skilled migration to Australia
Skilled Migration to Australia (Visa Subclass 189, 190, 491)

Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

The Skilled Nominated 190 Visa is a points-based visa for skilled professionals who are invited by a specific Australian State or Territory Government. Visa 190 is similar to Canada’s provincial nominee program.

Benefits of visa subclass 190

  • Live and work in Australia as a permanent resident (PR)
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Avail Australi’s Medicare facilities
  • Free education for kids
  • Get extra points from state sponsorship

Requirements for visa subclass 190

In order to qualify for a subclass 190 visa, you would need to:

  • Submit an EOI and be invited to apply
  • Be nominated by an Australian State or Territory Government
  • Pass the skilled migration points test – currently 65.
  • Be aged between 18 and 44 inclusive
  • Pass skills assessment in an occupation on the State/Territory Nominated Occupations List
  • Score 6 or higher in the IELTS test in each of the four test components or an equivalent score in PTE/TOEFL
  • Meet health and character requirements

List of Australian States and Territories for Nomination

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Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)

The visa subclass 491 will allow you to live and work in Australia. You will first get a five-year provisional visa. You can apply for permanent residency (PR) once you fulfill PR requirements in Australia. 

The subclass 491 visa replaces the 489 Visa in November 2019.

Benefits of skilled visa subclass 491 

  • Live, work, and study in Australia for up to five years
  • Include immediate family
  • Study in Australia
  • Apply for Permanent Residency

Requirements for visa subclass 491

In order to qualify for skilled migration to Australia, subclass 491, you would need to:

  • Be aged between 18 and 44 inclusive
  • Have competent English or higher, and their dependent adult family members have at least Functional English (4.5 in IELTS or equivalent in other tests)
  • Get a positive skill assessment for skilled migration to Australia in an occupation on the relevant Skilled occupation list
    • For family-sponsored applicants, the occupation (ANZSCO) is required to be on the Medium-Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL)
    • For state/territory nominated applicants, the occupation (ANZSCO) is required to be on the MLTSSL, the short-term skilled occupation list (STSOL), the regional occupation list (ROL), and a state/territory occupations list.
  • Pass the skilled migration to Australia’s points test – currently 65.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), and be invited to apply
  • Be nominated by a state or territory government, or receive sponsorship from an eligible family member living in Australia
  • Meet health and character requirements

How to apply for skilled migration to Australia

  • Step 1: Pass the skilled migration point test 
  • Step 2: Get your skills assessment done
  • Step 3: Submit EOI
  • Step 4: Get your nomination
  • Step 5: Apply for a visa through ImmiAccount
  • Step 6: Wait for your visa grant notification!

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is ANZSCO?

The full form of ANZSCO is Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. Before you proceed for Australian visa apply, you must select appropriate ANZSCO which matches with you.

What is the IELTS score requirement for Australia 189/190/491 Visa?

The minimum IELTS score requirement is 6 in each band which is the competent level of IELTS. If you score more like 7 in each band, your point will increase.

How much does it cost to migrate to Australia?

The visa application fee is currently AUD4,115. But this is not the total fee. You need to pay for Skills Assessment Fee and state application fee.

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