Work Visas

  1. There are two main categories of Australian work visas:

1. General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visas,     &

2. Employer Nominated/Sponsored Visas

Each of these visas types and the available subclasses are briefly described below:

1. General Skilled Migration Visas

These visas are points based and open to skilled workers under 50 years of age whose occupation can be found on the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP)’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa application can be made following a successful Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted via the SkillSelect system.   General Skilled Visas include both permanent residence and temporary residence visas. Your spouse/partner and immediate family members can be included in your visa application.

This type of work visa does not need an employer to sponsor you or nominate you for a position. You are free to work for who you wish and where you wish within the region specified by your visa. For example, a subclass 189 visa allows you to work anywhere in Australia, and a subclass 190 visa anywhere in the State or Territory the government has nominated you in.

The main General Skilled Migration Visa Subclasses are:

  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who: have an occupation on the SOL; have 60 points or greater on the Points Test; have been invited to apply for the visa via a successful EOI in the SkillSelect system; and, meet English language, character and health requirements.

Applicants can be either in or out of Australia when they apply.

  • Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who: have an occupation on the SOL; have 60 points or greater on the Points Test; have been nominated by an Australian State or Territory to work in a regional area; have been invited to apply for the visa via a successful EOI in the SkillSelect system; and, meet English language, character and health requirements.

Applicants can be either in or out of Australia when they apply.

  • Subclass 489 Regional Sponsored Visa

This visa is a temporary residence visa for skilled workers who: have an occupation on the SOL; have 60 points or greater on the Points Test; have been nominated by an Australian State or Territory to work in a regional area; have been invited to apply for the visa via a successful EOI in the SkillSelect system; and, meet English language, character and health requirements. The visa can give you work rights for up to four years.

Applicants can be either in or out of Australia when they apply.

  • Subclass 887 Skilled Regional (Residence) Visa

This subclass is a permanent residence visa for those holding certain provisional visas, including a subclass 489 Regional Sponsored Visa, and have worked for at least one year, and lived for at least two years, in regional Australia.

2. Employer Nominated/Sponsored Visas

These visas are non-points based work visas open to skilled workers generally under 50 years of age whose occupation can be found on the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP)’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL), depending on the visa subclass. Overseas workers usually need to have their work skills assessed before applying for these visas. You also need to have an employer or family member to sponsor you, or have an employer to nominate you for a position.

You do not needed to be invited by DIBP via SkillSelect to apply for these visa subclasses. That said, those wishing to apply for a visa may use SkillSelect to flag potential employers that you are looking for sponsorship or willing to be nominated for a position.

Employer Sponsored/Nominated visas include permanent residence and temporary residence visas. Your spouse/partner and immediate family members can be included in your visa application.

  • Subclass 186 Employer Nominated Visa

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who: have an employer nominating them for a position; have demonstrated skills in an occupation on the CSOL; and, meet English language, character and health requirements.

This subclass has three streams:

  1. Direct Entry (DE) Stream: For skilled workers applying directly from overseas for a nominated position with an employer.
  2. Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream: For subclass 457 holders transitioning to a permanent work visa with their employer in a nominated position.
  3. Labour Agreement (Agreement) Stream:  For skilled workers who have an employer willing to nominate them for a position under a labour agreement (a formal accepted agreement about the position, salary and conditions).
  • Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who: have an occupation on the SOL; have been nominated by an Australian State or Territory, or eligible relative, to work in a regional area for a number of years; and, meet English language, character and health requirements.

Regional Australia does not include: Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne or the Gold Coast.

This visa, like the subclass 186 visa, has three streams:

  1. Direct Entry (DE) Stream: For skilled workers applying directly from overseas for a nominated position with an employer.
  2. Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream: For subclass 457 holders transitioning to a permanent work visa with their employer in a nominated position.
  3. Labour Agreement (Agreement) Stream:  For skilled workers who have an employer willing to nominate them for a position under a labour agreement.

Applicants can be either in or out of Australia when they apply.

  • Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa

This visa is a temporary visa for skilled workers typically sponsored by an employer in a nominated position for up to four years. For this visa you must: have an occupation on the SOL; have an employer willing to sponsor you for a nominated position; and, meet English language, character and health requirements. A self-sponsorship option is also available.

Applicants can be either in or out of Australia when they apply.

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