About Skilled Visas

Skilled Migration is the most popular form of migration to Australia and is designed to:

  • Attract highly employable people with specific skills
  • Fill occupations in Australia that are experiencing significant shortages
  • Available for locations in major cities and regional areas.

Skilled Visa Benefits

Skilled visas may allow you and your family to:

  • Live in Australia permanently, or temporarily
  • Work in Australia
  • Study in Australia
  • Sponsor eligible family relatives for Permanent Residence
  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s Government Medical Insurance Scheme
  • Access Social Security benefits (after a waiting period of 2 years)
  • Apply for Citizenship if eligible
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Skilled Visa Options

Skilled visas include six types called sub-classes with different requirements including:

  • Permanent Residency not requiring sponsorship
  • Permanent Residency based on sponsorship of a State or Eligible Relative
  • Provisional Residency leading to a permanent visa after a qualifying period
  • Temporary Residency up to 4 years to facilitate qualification for a permanent visa
Skilled Independent (subclass 189):
You and your family can live and work in Australia permanently.

Applicants do not require sponsorship;

Applicants must be points assessed with a pass mark of 60-65

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190):
You and your family can live and work in Australia permanently.

Applicants must be nominated by a State or Territory government

Applicants must be points assessed with a pass mark of 60-65

Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489):
You and your family can live and work in Australia Provisionally for 4 years.

Applicants must be nominated by a State or Territory government OR

Sponsored by an Eligible Relative usually resident in a Designated Area

Eligible to apply for Permanent Residence with a Skilled Regional (Permanent)

Skilled Regional (subclass 887):
You and your family to live and work in Australia permanently,

No sponsorship required if you hold a Provisional visa such as subclass 489.

Skilled Temporary Graduate (subclass 485):
You and your family to live, work, study in Australia for 18 months to 4 years

International students who have recently completed 2 years of study in Australia

Allows you to gain valuable work experience and facilitate Permanent Residence.

Skilled Recognised Graduate (subclass 476):
You and your family to live and work in Australia for 18 months

Must have graduated from specified overseas Educational Institutions

Graduation must be in a specified academic discipline.


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Choose The Right Visa

If your points self-assessment is incorrect and you chose an inappropriate visa subclass your application may be refused, and you may be banned for 3 years.

Choosing the right visa for you depends on:

  • Your points score
  • The score required for your occupation
  • Accuracy of your points assessment
  • Options available to gain additional points
  • Sponsorship options available to you
  • Other relevant factors that may improve eligibility
  • Your circumstances and objectives
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Eligibility Criteria

We can advise you regarding your eligibility for a Skilled Visa and help you decide which Visa is most suitable for you.

Eligibility for a Skilled Independent (189), Nominated (190), Regional (489) determined by:

  • Occupation listed on the
  • Skilled Occupation List (SOL) OR
  • State Skilled Occupation lists
  • Received a positive skills assessment for your occupation
  • Age under 50 years

Points evaluation of selected criteria including:

  • Age
  • Level of Tertiary education
  • Relevant work experience
  • English language skills
  • Nomination by a State or Eligible relative
  • Other criteria

Eligibility for a Skilled Regional (887), Graduate (485), Regional (476) determined by:

  • Previous visa held
  • When and where under study undertaken
  • Other relevant factors
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Eligible Occupations

There are over 1,800 occupations currently listed by the Commonwealth, States & Territories as eligible for either Independent or Sponsorship.

Skilled Occupation Sponsorship Bodies No of Eligible Occupations
Skilled Occupation List (SOL) National 156
State Nomination Occupation Lists:
New South Wales (NSW) 204
 Victoria (Vic)  91
 Queensland (Qld)  87
 South Australia (SA)  150
 Western Australia (WA)  186
 Tasmania (Tas)  153
 Australian Capital Territory (ACT)  630
Northern Territory (NT) 205
Total 1,862

Eligibility by State

You will need professional help to understand the occupations that qualify, and the criteria required to satisfy the visa conditions
The eligibility will differ by occupation and state and are subject to change, both in acceptable criteria and approved occupation.

Criteria that are most likely to vary from State to State include:

  • Years of work experience
  • IELTS score
  • Evidence of funds for support
  • Reasons for requesting State Nomination
  • Reasons for living in the State selected
  • Location of study
  • Genuine commitment to living in state
  • Current state in which you live if in Australia

Why Do You Need Us?

Occupations and access can change on short notice and we are best placed to protect you from disappointment that many applicants have experienced because they felt they would be able to apply without an agent.


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About the Points Test

The points test is designed to recognise visa applicants who have the skills and other attributes that will allow them to find skilled employment in Australia and settle quickly into the community.

Point’s threshold (currently 60), are the minimum of points that must be reached in order to be considered for a permanent visa grant under the GSM program.

Points are awarded for:

  • Age
  • English language ability
  • Length of time employed in your nominated occupation overseas
  • Educational qualifications obtained overseas
  • Educational qualifications obtained in Australia
  • Nomination by a State or Territory government
  • Other attributes
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Visa Refusal Rates

It is almost impossible for an untrained individual to understand Australia migration regulations, let alone keep up with the constant in migration law.

  • Over 4,000 visas have been refused under a new regulation, Criterion 4020, based on false or misleading information or bogus documents being submitted
  • 78 % of Skilled visa applications submitted by individuals without the assistance of Registered Migration Agent are incomplete, missing critical evidence and documents
  • Resulting in significant delays in processing and in many cases refusal of the visa.

Avoid a Refusal

  • Ultimately the onus is on the applicant and their agent to present a case that correctly addresses all the criteria required
  • The subclasses of the Skilled Visa have common requirements but also many requirements are significantly different for each visa
  • Not providing correct information may result in your visa being delayed or refused

How We Help You

The General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) is restricted to 28,859 places in 2014.

Consequently many occupations are highly competitive for a place, with the points score and time of application being the deciding factor.

Careers Migration’s Registered Migration Agents can assist you to;

  • Maximise your points score
  • Prepare and lodge your application as complete and as quickly as possible
  • Ensure processing delays are minimised by anticipating requests for additional information and documents
  • Ensure you don’t miss critical deadlines, as this can result in visa refusals
  • Make you aware of impending criteria changes, occupation deletions, and closure of state lists
  • NSW nomination Skilled Occupation List closed Dec 2013, opened again 1 July 2014 for 2 weeks and closed again 15/7/2014, many missed out because they did not use an agent who was aware of the potential for this to happen
  • Choose the correct visa pathway for your circumstances
  • Represent you will all relevant authorities
  • Support you in your job search once you reach Australia

All we need is your email address and we can start helping you. Australia has been revealed as the world’s happiest industrialized nation, taking the title for the fourth year running! The so called lucky country beat Norway, and Sweden to take the top spot in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s ( OECD).

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our simple 4 step process

Careers Migration Australia provides migration advice tailored to your needs and circumstances.
We follow a simple 4 step disciplined process ensuring we choose the right visa for you, support this with accurate documentation and strongly represent your position with the Immigration authorities, to give you best possible chance of success.
step 1:
register your Interest
step 2:
we find your
perfect visa
step 3:
we give you a cost estimate
step 4:
we prepare and submit application

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