Australia is one of the few first world countries that has a well established and often revered immigration program.  The rapidly growing Australian economy, post Covid-19 will have an urgent and long term demand for a skilled workforce and this demand can only be satisfied through skilled migration.

There are several different ways to relocate to Australia:

  • skilled migration (including educational);
  • business migration;
  • family migration and some others.

General Skilled Migration (GSM) is the most common way of obtaining temporary or permanent residency status for those who have skills currently in demand in Australia. The applicants need to satisfy certain requirements such as qualification,
work experience, English language ability, age, character etc.
Immigration visas can be independent or sponsored (including regional nominated).

Independent (subclass 189) visa holders become Australian permanent residents since their first entry to the country. There are no restrictions as to work and place of residency, they also have access to Medicare health insurance program and Family Tax Benefit. After 2 year waiting period all kinds of social assistance becomes available to them. After having lived in
Australia for 4 years, the migrant can apply for Australian citizenship.

Independent visas are only available to applicants whose qualifications are included in Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). The Short Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL) contains occupations are suitable for sponsored immigration.

There are 3 main kinds of sponsorship:

  • employer sponsorship (working visa subclass 482);
  • state government nomination (permanent visa subclass 190);
  • regional sponsorship (state government/eligible relative, subclass 491).

Subclass 190 visa is very similar to the independent visa. The only difference is the holder has an obligation to live and work in the sponsor state/territory for 2 years.

Regional sponsored provisional visa subclass 491 does not automatically provide permanent residency status, but can lead to it if its holder has been employed full time during at least 3 years out of 5 years on this visa in Australia.

Those who wish to apply for a GSM visa should take the following steps:

  1. To sit an IELTS test with a result of minimum 6 in each module
    (listening, reading, writing, speaking). A higher band (7777 or 8888)
    brings additional points in the visa point test.
  2. To obtain skills assessment from the appropriate assessing authority
    (such as VETASSESS, Australian Computer Society, Engineers Australia
  3. To lodge an Expression of Interest to SkillSelect system and apply for
    state sponsorship (if applicable).
  4. After having received an invitation from DIBP, apply for a visa.

The Right planning is essential for  the successful completion of an immigration process.

Sydney Visa migration agency is happy to help you assess your situation,
estimate your chances, and provide any other services on your way to
immigration to Australia. All you need to do is fill out our form and provide
maximum information

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