General Skilled Migration


General Skilled Migration

Apply for Skilled Independent visa (Points-tested), Skilled Independent visa (New Zealand Stream - Permanent Residence visa for New Zealand Citizens), Skilled Nominated visa or Skilled Regional visa under Skilled Migration policy and settle in Australia with permanent residence (PR). Skilled Migration is a two-step points based Australian permanent residence visa program for professionals and skilled workers wishing to migrate and live, work and settle in Australia with permanent residence (PR).

NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS: Effective from 1 July 2017, New Zealand citizens meeting the eligibility criteria can apply for permanent residence under the newly introduced Skilled Independent (New Zealand) stream.

Submit Visa Enquiry if you wish to migrate to Australia and apply for Australian PR under Skilled Migration policy.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS

You must meet the following requirements if you wish to apply for Skilled Independent (Points-tested) visa or Skilled Nominated visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.

  1. be aged under 45 years;
  2. nominate an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list;
  3. obtain positive skills assessment for the nominated occupation;
  4. score at least 60 points;
  5. have at least competent English;
  6. meet health and character requirements;
  7. be nominated by state or territory government agency (for Skilled Nominated visa);
  8. be nominated by regional agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area (for Skilled Regional visa).
  9. submit Expression of Interest (EOI) under SkillSelect system;
  10. if your EOI is selected you will receive Invitation To Apply (ITA);
  11. apply for visa within 60 days from receiving ITA

Note: There are separate eligibility criteria for New Zealand citizens for Skilled Independent visa (New Zealand Citizen) Stream as stated hereinbelow.

SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA (SC 189) (POINTS TESTED STREAM)

This is a permanent residence visa and you can live, work and settle anywhere in Australia. You do not need to be nominated by state or territory or sponsored by a relative.

SKILLED NOMINATED VISA (SC 190)

This is also a permanent residence visa but you need to be nominated by an Australian State or Territory and live in the nominating state or territory for at least 2 years.

SKILLED REGIONAL (PROVISIONAL) VISA (SC 489)

This is a provisional visa providing pathway to secure permanent residence in Australia. To qualify, you must be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a 'Designated Area' or nominated by a participating State or Territory government in 'Regional and Low Population Growth Metropolitan Area". This visa is valid for 4 years but you can apply for Australian PR after you have lived for 2 years and worked full-time for at least 1 year in a designated area or in regional Australia or in a low population growth metropolitan area.

PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS

Skilled Independent (New Zealand) stream is a special visa effective from 1 July 2017 providing pathway to New Zealand citizens who are usually resident in Australia for at least 5 years on or before 19 February 2016, to apply for permanent residence in Australia. This visa is not points tested and there is no maximum age limit or minimum English language requirements or Skills Assessment required. To qualify, New Zealand citizens must meet the following requirements at the time of application:

  1. hold Special Category visa;
  2. have taxable income at or above income threshold in each of the 5 years prior to application (currently AUD$53,900);
  3. meet health and character requirements;

SUBMIT YOUR ENQUIRY

We provide comprehensive immigration service and will assess your visa options, arrange your skills assessment, arrange your State, Territory or Regional nomination, apply for your visa and liaise with your case officer throughout the service period until receipt of visa decision. Find out if you qualify for skilled migration to Australia and apply for Skilled Independent visa (Points-tested) Stream, Skilled Independent visa (New Zealand) Stream, Skilled Nominated visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa. Submit Visa Enquiry now.



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