Australia Skilled Migration Guide

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Skilled Migration for Australia

Overview: What is skilled migration for Australia?

Australia skilled migration is a program that allows specific experience skilled or trade workers (depending on the demand for your occupation) to move to Australia temporarily or permanently. This is to fill up the gap in the positions in Australia when there is a lack of Australians with the occupation. There are various Australia Work Visa available and the applicant must meet the requirements of the skilled visa and pass the points test to qualify.

General Requirements of Australia Skilled Visas

You must meet the following criteria to qualify for a skilled visa:
  • Age: You must be below the age of 45 at the point of application (unless exempted;
  • English Language: You should pass a level of competent English where you are required to take certain language test unless you are the citizen of certain countries;
  • Meet the skills requirement: Your occupation must be found on the skilled occupational list
  • Skilled Assessment: You must obtain skilled assessment from relevant body unless exempted
  • Meet the points test of 65 points and above
  • Meet the health and character requirements.
Not all skilled visas need to meet the above general requirements. Read further to learn more than different types of Australia skilled work visa and their individual requirements.

Types of Australia Skilled Visa

1.Australia Skilled Independent Visa

This visa is suitable professionals with unique the skills and qualifications to migration to Australia. No state or employer nomination needed but your occupation must be from the list of eligible occupation listed. See below for the criteria:

  • Obtain relevant skills assessment from the relevant body
  • Score at least 65 points for your points test
  • Your occupation must be from the list of eligible occupation
  • You must pass the health and character requirement

2. Australia Skilled Nominated Visa

This is a skilled visa that requires state nomination before you can apply for the visa. Your occupation must also be in the eligible occupation list. See below for a list of criteria:

  • Nomination from the state is required
  • Obtain relevant skills assessment from the relevant body
  • Score at least 65 points for your points test
  • Your occupation must be from the list of eligible occupation
  • You must pass the health and character requirement

3. Temporary Skill Shortage

Your occupation must be on the skilled occupation or MLTSSL

  • You must be nominated by an approved company sponsor;
  • Only allowed to work for the nominating sponsor;
  • Possess the relevant experience, qualification and employment background to perform the job
  • Show proof at least of 2 years of working experience in the nominated occupation
  • Obtain relevant skills assessment from the relevant body unless exempted
  • You must pass the health and character requirement
  • Obtained coverage by health care insurance

4. Australia Temporary Graduate Visa

This visa is suitable recent international graduates that have the skills and qualifications relevant to certain occupations that Australia needs. See below for the requirements:

  • Below 50 year-old;
  • You are currently holding on to a student visa;
  • Meet the Australia study requirement
  • Possess the relevant skills and qualification that Australia is in need of

5. Australia Temporary Work Visa

This visa is suitable for candidate that is required to perform highly specialised work in Australia where the skill and knowledge cannot be found in Australia.

  • Visa is granted for up to 6 months and cannot be extended
  • Work activity should be of temporary nature
  • Proof of the applicant has the specialised experience and skills
  • Professionals on the film industry can apply for this visa as long as he/she is not involved in the Australian entertainment industry

6. Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

This visa is suitable for those professional who work in an occupation from the eligible list of skilled occupations. Employer nomination is required for this scheme. See below for the requirements:

  • You have an occupation relevant to the list of eligible occupations;
  • At least 3years of relevant work experience
  • May require licensing, registration or membership for your profession for certain state
  • Nominated by an Australian company whose business is actively trading;
  • Obtain positive skilled assessment unless exempted
  • You must pass the health and character requirement
There are also various other Australian Skilled Visas suitable for other group of professionals that are not discuss in this section. Even if your profile may not be able to fit the above stated criteria, One Visa is able to review your background and find a visa suitable for you.

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FAQs

There are different ways to assess your eligibility. The most important thing is to ensure that you are in the list of eligible occupation and you pass the points test. If you are not sure, please seek professional advice to plan your skilled migration pathway as not all occupations are qualified.
Typically, 7 – 9 months but may be longer during peak season at the immigration.
From 18 months to 5 years. Except for the short term work visa which is for 3 – 6 months.