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Skilled Visa Application Process

Discover a streamlined path to work and live in Australia with our skilled visa application service. From initial eligibility verification and skill assessment to the final application submission, we will simplify and clarify every step of the process.

Skilled Visa Application Checklist

Confidently navigate the process with our comprehensive application checklist, which includes personal documents, professional qualifications, and employment references, ensuring no crucial step is missed on your journey to securing a skilled visa.

Skilled Visa Validation Period

Skilled visa durations differ among subclasses, offering a spectrum from temporary residence to pathways for indefinite stay. Our team will equip you with detailed information, assist in exploring visa options, and help you confidently plan your future.


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How The Australian General Skilled Visa Works

The Australian General Skilled Visa is a skilled migration program targeting individuals possessing crucial qualifications, work experience, and expertise who are in high-demand occupations within Australia. The application process entails several key steps, beginning with a skill assessment by the relevant authority. Candidates submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect, where meeting specific points criteria based on factors like age, language proficiency, and experience is pivotal. Successful applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) within a specific timeframe, following which the submission of the application is within 60 days.

Once the visa application is lodged with supporting documentation, the Department of Home Affairs conducts an assessment. Upon the grant of the Skilled employment Visa, the visa holder and accompanying family members will gain the pathway to permanent residency in Australia.

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Skilled Migration Visa Document Checklist

Navigating the Partner Visa application process involves gathering a range of crucial documents to ensure a smooth application submission. Here’s the essential checklist to guide you.

  • Form 80: Collects personal and background information about the visa applicant.
  • Form 1221: Gather additional information about the visa applicant, primarily related to character and personal history.
  • A copy of your valid passport, including all pages with stamps and visas.
  • Your Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if you are married)
  • Eligible Skilled Occupation Documents 
      – Academic transcripts and certificates
      – English language proficiency test results (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL).
      – Detailed resume/CV and certified copies of work references.
      – Any additional training or certifications relevant to your nominated occupation.
  • Certified copy of your positive skills assessment from the relevant authority.
  • Proof of EOI submission through SkillSelect
  • If applicable, documents related to state or territory nomination or sponsorship.
  • Additional documents specific to your circumstances, such as proof of professional memberships, certifications, or proof of relationship for accompanying family members.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself and any accompanying family members during your stay in Australia.
  • Undergo a medical examination conducted by a panel physician approved by the Australian government or Department of Home Affairs.
  • Police clearance certificates from all countries you have lived in for a certain period of time (usually 12 months or more) since turning 16 years old.
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Eligibility Criteria Australian Skilled Migration Visa

The eligibility criteria for an Australian Skilled Migration program varies depending on the specific visa subclass you are applying for, but generally, the following are common requirements:

  • You must be under 45 years of age at the time of application.
  • Your occupation must be on the relevant skilled occupation list for the visa subclass you are applying for.
  • You need to have your skills and qualifications assessed by the relevant assessing authority for your occupation.
  • You may be required to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language through tests like IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE Academic.
  • Skilled employment visas often use a points-based system where you need to score a minimum 65 points based on factors such as age, qualifications, work experience, English language proficiency, and more.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements. This involves undergoing medical examinations and providing police clearances.
  • You typically need to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) through the Skillselect system and be invited to apply for a visa.
  • Some visa subclasses may have additional criteria or specific requirements. For example, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) requires nomination by an Australian employer in a regional area.

General Skilled Migrant Visa

The GSM program, designed for skilled individuals seeking Australian permanent residency, enables workers to live, work, and access services in Australia through its various visa subclasses, such as:

Skilled Independent Visa
(Subclass 189)

The Subclass 189 Visa, a segment of Australia's Skilled Migration program, offers permanent stay to highly skilled migrants without the need for employer, government, or family sponsorship. Applicants are evaluated based on specific criteria like age, education, work experience, and language proficiency, selecting their occupation from the list of eligible skilled occupations. Successful candidates, along with their eligible family members, gain the right to live in Australia as permanent residents.

Skilled Nominated Visa
(Subclass 190)

Designed for qualified workers who have been nominated by an Australian state or territory government, Subclass Visa 190 allows individuals to reside and work in Australia as permanent residents. The applicants must first be nominated by a state or territory government based on their skills and the occupations in demand within that particular region. Once granted, this visa not only provides the benefits of indefinite residency but also allows individuals to contribute to the Australian economy.

Skilled Regional Permanent Residence Visa (Subclass 191)

Offering long-term residency, the Subclass 191 Visa is intended for individuals who have resided, worked, and studied in specified provincial areas in Australia under an eligible visa. Applicants must have held a regional provisional subclass 494 or 491 visa for a minimum of three years, met income requirements during that period, and adhered to visa conditions. This visa allows overseas skilled workers to live and work anywhere in Australia, along with sponsoring eligible relatives for residency.

Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa
(Subclass 491)

The Subclass 491 Visa is designed to fill skills shortages in regional Australia, requiring applicants to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member in a designated regional area. This visa mandates you to reside and work in these specific regions, typically outside major cities. Once approved, you will gain provisional residency for up to five years and are required to live and work in the specified provincial area during this period.

Skilled Regional Visa
(Subclass 887)

The Subclass 887 Visa is a permanent residence visa for qualified migrants who previously held a provisional visa (Subclass 489, 495, 496 or 487) and fulfilled specific residency and work criteria in a designated rural area of Australia. Individuals who have lived and worked in these specific regions for a minimum of two years are granted indefinite rights to live, work, and study in Australia, alongside access to social benefits, healthcare services and other privileges enjoyed by Australian citizens.

General Skilled Migration Visa Processing Time

The processing times for skilled professional visas, which include various subclasses such as nominated and independent options, typically range from 4 to 37 months on average. This timeframe offers a general idea of what to expect, but it is important to note that specific subclass choices, individual circumstances, and complexities in the application process can influence these processing durations. 

The Skilled Independent Visa 189 Subclass generally tends to have a faster processing time compared to the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) and the Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491) because it doesn’t require nomination by a state or employer, ensuring a seamless journey.  As registered migration agents well-versed in immigration laws, policies, and procedures, we are committed to guiding you through these estimated timeframes, all while staying updated on any potential revisions to the process, ensuring you receive the most accurate and timely information.


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Duration of Stay for the Skilled Workers Visa

The duration of stay for skilled workers in Australia varies depending on the specific Skilled Migration Visa subcategory. Generally, qualified workers who obtain permanent residency through visas like the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) or the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa can live in Australia indefinitely. They have the privilege of settling down in the country, working, and accessing social services for an unlimited duration. Additionally, Subclass 887 and Subclass 191 grant long-term residency to those meeting specific work and residence requisites. 

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa holders have a temporary stay period in Australia for up to five years, but this visa typically provides a pathway to Australian residency for those who meet specific regional work and residence requirements. Our team’s expertise will ensure you fully understand visa conditions, aiding your journey towards potential residency extension or transitioning to permanent residency in Australia.

Global Dreams? Get There with the General Skilled Visa

Are you ready to take your career and life to a global level? The General Skilled Visa is your key to new horizons. This versatile visa is your pathway to living and working in Australia, offering diverse opportunities from temporary residency to permanent citizenship. Guiding you through every step, we will ensure you meet the criteria and navigate the complexities effortlessly. With our tailored solutions, we will help you align your goals and ambitions, demystify the points test system, and maximise your chances of achieving the necessary points for a successful visa application.

Broaden your horizons and excel in your chosen career internationally. Start by exploring our General Skilled employment Visa services and take the first step towards a brighter future. Your dreams are within reach – contact us today and seize the opportunity.

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