Australian Skilled Migration
Australian Skilled Migration encompasses the following visa subclasses:
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)*
- Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
- Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)
- Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)
*Note certain holders of subclasses 495, 496, 475 or 487 visas may be eligible to apply for a 489 visa with a shorter duration, without the need to be invited.
- obtain a positive skills assessment in a nominated occupation on the appropriate Skilled Occupations List;
- age: in general, the main applicants must be aged between 18 or over and less than 50;
- English language ability;
- in certain cases completion of one or more suitable qualifications after at least two years of study in Australia;
- in certain cases, applicants need to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) using SkillSelect and be invited to apply for a visa, before they can lodge their GSM application.
Skilled Occupations List (SOL)
The Skilled Occupations List applies to the following types of General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visa types:
- Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visas where sponsored by an Australian relative
Note: The professions of bricklayer, tiler and chef have been added to the Skilled Occupation List from July 2014, allowing foreign workers in these occupations to apply for a permanent visa without a sponsor.
Department processing times
For information relating to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Skilled Visa processing times can be found here.