As I mentioned more than once, skilled migration has been and remains the most popular among incoming applications. Future migrants book consultations, order strategic planning sessions, and submit free assessment forms.
Australia’s migration policy has been focused on professionals for many years and allows inviting about 100,000 skilled migrants and their families for permanent residence, as well as temporary, but with the transition to permanent residence in the future.
I know that many of you will be happy to discover all features of the migration process even before contacting a migration agent or taking the first step towards working on a big dream.
I would like to continue exploring details you should pay attention to when planning a skilled migration. In order to guide you in an endless stream of information, I decided to answer all the main and most popular questions.
All materials are based on real events and my 12 years of experience in the migration industry supporting skilled professionals from all over the world who choose a better future for themselves and their families.
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Following previous information, I will dwell in more detail on visa options. There are three subclasses in the skilled stream.
Subclass 189 visa is the most desired and most “demanding” visa. This is an independent permanent residency visa, where the holders can live in any state / city, and work anywhere and for anyone. The visa includes all the perks of permanent residency status.
The competition for obtaining this visa is always very high, preference is given to specialists from the PMSOL list. You will not be awarded additional points other than your hard-earned points for this visa. In the new financial year, the number of places for this visa will increase significantly.
Subclass 190 visa is a permanent residency visa that also provides the visa holder all the perks of being an Australian resident. Candidates are selected/appointed/invited by representatives of the state governments, evaluating their scores, professions, and other additional items that are constantly changing and individual for each state. When applying for this visa, you will receive an additional 5 points.
You will need to lodge a separate Expression of Interest for each state. If the state selects you, you have the right to apply for a visa, and if you receive a visa, you must live in the state that “nominated” you for 2 years. In the new financial year, the number of places on this visa will increase significantly.
More information about sponsored visas
Subclass 491 visa – a temporary visa with a direct transition to permanent residence after 3 years (subject to all conditions). The scheme for selecting a candidate and submitting documents is similar to the 190 visa (EOI and individual requirements for each state separately). The visa is positioned as a regional visa, that is, the holder of this visa is obliged to live and work in regional Australia (and this is the whole of Australia except for Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne) for 3 years from the moment of moving. When you apply for this visa, you will receive an additional 10 points. In the new financial year, the number of places on this visa will increase.
I would like to remind you about our SPECIAL OFFER for state sponsorship candidates. We will lodge your nomination application to the state absolutely free of charge! You have to pay for migration service ONLY when the nomination is approved and you are ready to apply for a visa.
May I disappoint you, friends!? Because there are no such occupations!
There is your work experience, there is your education, your talents, and your personal desire to connect your future with a certain profession.
Please do not drag your profession into any list and do not make false employment certificates. Because during the assessment of your qualifications, unpleasant details may come to light, and your agent or appeal will no longer be able to help.
In Australia, there are several occupation lists for applicants for skilled visas: Priority (PMSOL), General (SOL), and Regional (ROL). In addition, each state has its own personal list of professions, these lists must be taken into account if you plan to apply for a visa with a state nomination (SC 190 and SC 491). These lists are publicly available on the website of the department and each state, respectively.
We also published a study by the National Skills Commission (NSC), which lists the professions that are in demand right now and in the near future. I promise the post will be very useful for you.
The Point test stream includes the entire group of skilled visas (SC 189/190/491).
The essence of the Point test is the ranking of Skilled Stream candidates depending on factors such as education and work experience, including Australian ones, level of qualifications, age, level of English and marital status, etc. Obviously, the more points candidate gets, the more “desirable” the candidate is for the states/territories and for Australia in general.
At the same time, not only young IT specialists and nurses have the opportunity to get a visa! There are several ways to increase the points, and, therefore, increase the chances for a successful migration.
If you’ve used Point test calculator before, you’ve probably noticed how many variables can affect the final result. Among them are factors that can no longer be “improved”, such as your age. However, there are several options that will increase your ranking among other candidates:
Please pay attention, that the state’s requirements are constantly changing. Stay tuned and stay up to date with migration news!
Immigration is a comprehensive process; total cost depends on many factors and your starting point. Here is the calculation for the standard pathway for our skilled clients (prices are in Australian dollars):
*The cost of the consultation is deducted from the cost of the contract if you sign a contract with us within 72 hours after the consultation
**You pay the visa fee only after receiving an invitation from the state (applicable for 190/491 visas)
Requirements for onshore/offshore applicants may be significantly different from state to state. Usually, offshore candidates have to prove more years of work experience and a higher level of English.
Please check the requirements for both groups of applicants in advance. Probably you can consider a student visa to get more points/find a job/improve your English and also apply for a state nomination in Australia.
The pathway to Australian citizenship consists of several stages, many of them are not defined by law and depend on you and your input data, for example, the speed of preparing documents, application processing time, the time to gain work experience or improve your level of English, as well as the waiting time for an invitation to an Australian Citizenship Test or Ceremony.
As you understand, everything is extremely individual.
However, based on my professional experience, I can guide you on the shortest pathway from just a migration idea to getting an Australian passport. At the moment it can take approximately 5-6 years.
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