Australia Resident Visa (For Skilled Workers)


Australia Resident Visa

Australia's general skilled migration program is for skilled workers wishing to migrate to Australia and live, work, study and permanently settle in Australia. The following visas are available for skilled workers wishing to apply for Australia permanent resident visa (Australia PR):

Skilled Independent (Points Tested Stream) Visa

This is a permanent resident visa and you can live, work and settle anywhere in Australia. You do not need to be nominated by state or territory government or sponsored by a relative. To qualify you must be aged between 18 and 44 years, must nominate an occupation on relevant skilled occupation list, have positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation, score at least 65 points, submit Expression of Interest (EOI) under SkillSelect, meet health, character and English language requirements and be invited to apply for resident visa. EOIs are pooled and highest scoring EOIs are selected from the pool every month and selection points vary according to the number of annual places available. Selection of EOIs in high demand occupations are pro-rated to ensure selections throughout the year.

Check the latest SkillSelect EOI Selection Result.

Skilled Independent (New Zealand Stream) Visa

This is a special visa granting permanent residence to New Zealand citizens who have been residing in Australia for at least 5 years on or before 19 February 2016. 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.

Skilled Nominated Visa

This also is a permanent resident visa and to qualify you must be aged between 18 and 44 years, must nominate an occupation on relevant skilled occupation list, have positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation, score at least 65 points, submit Expression of Interest (EOI) under SkillSelect, be nominated by an Australian state or territory government, meet health, character and English language requirements and be invited to apply for resident visa. Selection points do not vary and EOI is automatically selected from the pool once state nomination is approved and Invitation To Apply (ITA) for visa is issued. States have their own occupation list (within the Federal List) and prescribed selection criteria (such as higher English score, job offer, etc). While this is a permanent resident visa you need to live in the nominating state or territory for at least 2 years.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

This is a new visa effective from 16 November 2019 and replaces Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489 visa). This is a five year provisional visa providing pathway to secure permanent residence in Australia. To qualify, you need to nominate an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list, have positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation, score at least 65 points, submit Expression of Interest (EOI) under SkillSelect, be nominated by a regional state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a 'Designated Area', meet health, character and English language requirements and be invited to apply for resident visa. Selection points do not vary and EOI is automatically selected from the pool once nomination/sponsorship is approved and Invitation To Apply (ITA) for visa is issued.

Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa

This visa will be effective from 16 November 2022 and provides permanent residence to holders of Skilled Work (Provisional) visa. To qualify, provisional visa holders must have lived in the designated area for at least three years, have total income at or above the specified income threshold for at least three years and complied with the conditions of their provisional visa.

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