Skilled Visas

These visas are predominately for skilled individuals looking to fill Australia’s skill shortages.  Some are points-based, some require an Australian employer to sponsor the skilled individual, and there are also some designed for NZ citizens looking to obtain Australian permanent residency.    

The following visas are points-based requiring a minimum of 65 points to be deemed eligible to apply.  Points are awarded based on a number of categories, which we can evaluate by performing a preliminary points assessment.

The Skilled Independent subclass 189 visa is a permanent resident visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.

The Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190 is a permanent resident visa for points-tested skilled workers who have received State or Territory government nomination and want to work and live in Australia.

The Skilled Work Regional Visa subclass 491 is a provisional visa for intending migrants who are interested in either State or Territory government regional nomination or have a family member in regional Australia who can sponsor them.

The following visas require a skilled applicant to be sponsored by an Australian employer:

The Temporary Skill Shortage TSS Visa subclass 482 is a temporary employer-sponsored visa, hence an eligible sponsor is required.  The purpose of this visa is to allow Australian employers to nominate highly skilled professionals to fill skill shortages.

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa subclass 186 is a permanent employer-sponsored visa. The purpose of this visa is to allow Australian employers to nominate highly skilled professionals for permanent visas.

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional subclass 494 visa is a provisional employer-sponsored visa. The purpose of this visa is to allow businesses which are actively and lawfully operating in regional Australia to nominate highly skilled professionals for provisional visas.

The Temporary Activity Visa subclass 408 allows for entry of visa holders to Australia for the purpose of working on a short-term basis in specific areas or participating in activities such as social, cultural and research activities or international events.

If you believe that you do not possess the required minimum of 65 points, you may be eligible to apply for the temporary skilled visas. 

There is also a temporary Skilled Graduate Visa subclass 485 for the purpose of living, studying or working in Australia on a temporary basis.  This visa is suitable for applicants who have held a student visa for at least 2 years, amongst meeting other requirements.

If you are a resident from New Zealand living and working in Australia for the last 5 years, you may be eligible for a skilled permanent visa.  This visa permits you to live, work, study and enrol in Medicare while in Australia.

We can assist you through the skilled visa application process.  There are many steps involved and proper care should be taken to handle each stage of the visa process which we can do for you.

If you think you are eligible to apply for a skilled visa or are not sure which visa option is best for you, please contact us on (contact page) to speak to one of our friendly Migration lawyers.