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A brief overview of skilled visa Australia

Australia is a land of opportunity and prosperity. It is at the forefront of social and economic progress within its sector of the world. You can also climb aboard this great venture and reap your rewards all while developing Australia even further by stimulating economic growth. In order for this to happen, you must choose the Skilled Visa stream. The Skilled Visa stream is part of the Migration Program and it aims to attract foreign manpower in order to fill and reinforce gaps within the Australian workforce. And as such, the Skilled Visa program is meant to attract migrants who are willing and able to support, develop and maintain the Australian economy. Skilled migrant workers have been shown to participate in the workforce at a very high rate and they help sustain healthy economic growth for Australia which in turn allows for more job opportunities to spring up as well.

The Skilled Visa stream is also an important factor in developing regional areas via the skills and labour which cannot be provided from a local scope. Through this, the visa stream can also positively influence the promotion of the area while increasing the investment and expenditure in these regional areas.

Skilled independent visa Australia – subclass 189

The Skilled Independent Visa is aimed at workers and/or New Zealand citizens that possess the required skills needed, to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.

The visa stream can be further broken down into the Points Tested stream and the New Zealand stream.

Points Tested Stream

This stream allows individuals with the skills required to live and work in Australia permanently. For this visa, the eligibility requirements are that you have to be invited as a worker and that you have to be under 45 years old. There is no need of a sponsor or nominator.

This is a permanent visa.

It will cost from AUD 4,045

The processing time ranges from 6 to 12 months

New Zealand Stream

This stream is for New Zealand citizens who have contributed to Australia. This allows the holder to live and work in Australia permanently.

For this visa, you must already hold a Special Category Visa and have to have lived in Australia for the last 5 years.

The stay is permanent

The cost of this visa is AUD 4,045 paid in two installments

The processing time ranges from 15 to 25 months

Skilled regional (provisional ) visa Australia – 489

This visa is a temporary visa for skilled workers who are willing to live and work in regional Australia. The workers can also bring their families with them. It will also grant workers the opportunity to apply for the Permanent Skilled Regional Visa As well. This visa is further divided into 3 streams.

Invited Pathway

A temporary visa for those who want to come and work in Australia.

This visa has closed and is now unavailable until further notice.

This visa allows a 4 year period of stay and costs AUD 4,045.

Processing times are unavailable.

Extended Stay Pathway

This is a temporary visa for workers that hold 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa subclasses.

The stay is for 4 years. And costs AUD 360.

This pathway has no standard processing time.

Subsequent Entry pathway.

This visa is for the family members of a worker who holds a 475, 487, 495, or 496 visa subclass.

The allocated staying period runs out when the visa of the family member ends.

The cost of the visa is AUD 4,045. There is no standard processing time for this visa.

Skilled-recognised graduate visa – subclass 476

This visa is for graduates of engineering and allows the ability to live, work and study in Australia for a certain amount of time. The applicant should have completed a degree or have received a higher qualification granted by a specified Institution within a period of the past two years. Additionally the applicant   cannot exceed the age of 31. The applicant also cannot have previously held a subclass 476 or 485 visa.

The holder of the visa can stay up to   3 years in Australia and work or study. This visa costs AUD 4,045.

Processing time may vary.

Skilled nominated visa Australia – subclass 190

The Skill Nominated visa is allotted for workers who have been nominated to work in Australia as permanent residents. The holder can live in Australia and even sponsor other family members to come to Australia as well. In addition to to possessing the required skills, the worker has to be nominated and satisfy the points test as well.

The staying period is permanent and the visa will cost from AUD 4,045.

Processing time ranges from 6 months to 9 months.

Skilled regional visa Australia – subclass 887

The Skilled Regional visa is directed to individuals who have previously held a visa and have worked in Australia prior to the moment of submission.


To be eligible, the applicant must have fulfilled the criteria of their previous visa and should have lived at least 2 years and worked full time for at least 1 year in a specified regional area of Australia.

This visa grants the holder the permanent resident status of Australia. Holders of the visa can work or study in Australia while also being able to sponsor family members to apply for permanent residency as well.

The visa will cost from AUD 415.

Processing periods for the visa range from 12 to 18 months.

Skilled work regional (provisional) visa subclass 491

This visa is for skilled individuals who have been nominated by a Territory or State government of Australia to live and work in Australia.

To be eligible for this visa, the individual should either be nominated by a government agency or an eligible relative should sponsor the individual. The applicant must also have an occupation relevant to the skilled occupation list. They must also be invite to apply and should also satisfy the points test.

The visa stream splits into Main applicant and subsequent entry.

The Main applicant visa is a 5 year temporary visa and allows the holder travel in and out of Australia while working and costs 4,045 AUD. There is no standard processing time

The subsequent Entry stream is in regards to the family of the visa holder and they can stay in Australia as long as the main applicant’s visa is valid. This also costs AUD 4,045.No processing time are available.

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