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Australian work visas

Establish yourself in Australia as a valued worker with a working visa

Australian Migration Lawyers can help you make a new life in Australia as a skilled worker. Australian work visas allow you to live and work in the country while you move towards citizenship. Our lawyers help you understand the visa requirements and will help you make a successful application.

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Australian work visas - what you need to know

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (482)

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (482) enables skilled workers to live and work in Australia to fill labour shortages where skilled workers are needed.

Eligibility requirements:

  • If you are in Australia when you apply, you must already be holding a substantive visa.
  • If you are outside of Australia, you must apply for this visa before entering Australia.
  • You must be nominated by and work for an Australian Government approved employer.
  • You must have been working in the relevant sector for a minimum of 2 years.
  • You must meet the health and character and language requirements.
  • You will also need health insurance for your period of stay in Australia.

The contracted position which you apply for must be genuine, meaning that you cannot pay to be nominated for this visa, and you must be applying for a role with genuine responsibilities and wages.

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (186)

The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (186) enables nominated employees, who are working in Australia to apply for Permanent Residency. Once you receive Permanent Residency you are able to live and work in Australia indefinitely.

There are three streams for this visa: Direct entry stream, Labour agreement stream, or Temporary Residence Transition stream. Each stream has its own requirements.

Eligibility requirements:

  • All streams require that applicants be nominated by an employer.
  • You must be under 45 years for this visa.
  • You must have competent English language skills.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • If applicable to your occupation, you must be licenced by, approved by, or be a member of the relevant professional body for your occupation.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (187)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (187) enables eligible employers to nominate employees in Regional Australia to live and work in Australia permanently.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must currently be on a relevant visa, such as:
  • Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (482)
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (457)
  • Bridging Visas A, B, or C
  • You must be nominated by your employer.
  • You must be between 18 and 45 years for this visa.
  • You must have competent English language skills.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • If applicable to your occupation, you must be licenced by, approved by, or be a member of the relevant professional body for your occupation.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (491)

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (491) enables skilled workers to live and work in Regional Australia. You may be sponsored by a family member or be nominated by a state or territory government.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be invited by the Australian government to apply for this visa.
  • Your skilled occupation must also be on the Skilled Occupation List.
  • Once invited to apply, you must be between 18 and 45 years for this visa.
  • You must also have competent English language skills.
  • You must score greater than 65 points in a skills test.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • If applicable to your occupation, you must be licenced by, approved by, or be a member of the relevant professional body for your occupation.
  • You can be inside or outside of Australia when you apply for this visa.

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (494)

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (494) enables eligible employers to sponsor employees to move to Australia, to live, work and study in Regional Australia for a period of up to 5 years.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be over 18 and under 45 for this visa.
  • You must be sponsored by an eligible employer or be employed under a relevant labour agreement.
  • You must also have competent English language skills.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • You must have at least 3 years’ experience in your relevant field of work.
  • You can be inside or outside of Australia when you apply for this visa.

Temporary Graduate Visa (485)

The Temporary Graduate Visa (485) enables recent graduates of university degrees to live and work in Australia for up to 4 or 5 years.

There are 3 separate streams for this visa. The following streams are available to applicants: Graduate Work stream, Post-Study Work stream, and Second Post-Study Work stream. Each stream has its own eligibility criteria.

Skilled Independent Visa (189)

The Skilled Independent Visa (189) allows invited persons to apply for a skilled worker visa without a nominating employer or sponsor. This visa lets you live, work and study in Australia.

There are 3 streams under this visa. The 3 streams are Points Tested stream, New Zealand stream, and Hong Kong stream. Each stream has its own eligibility criteria.

Skilled Nomination Visa (190)

The Skilled Nomination Visa (190) is aimed at skilled workers with occupations which the Australian workforce needs.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be invited by the Australian government to apply for this visa.
  • You must then be nominated by a relevant government department or agency who review profiles from the Expression of Interest stage.
  • Your skilled occupation must also be on the Skilled Occupation List.
  • You must be under 45 years old when you apply for this visa.
  • You must also have competent English language skills.
  • You must score greater than 65 points on a skills test.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • You can be inside or outside of Australia when you apply for this visa.

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (188)

The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (188) enables people with significant business skills, or entrepreneurial ideals to live, work and study in Australia for up to 5 years. Some streams may allow recipients to live in Australia for up to 8 years.

There are several streams under this visa, with each stream having its own criteria. These are:

  • Business Innovation stream
  • Investor stream
  • Significant Investor stream
  • Business Innovation Extension stream
  • Significant Investor Extension stream
  • Premium Investor stream
  • Entrepreneur stream

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa (888)

The Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa (888) enables holders of eligible provisional visas to apply for and gain Permanent Residency.

This visa has the following streams, each of which has its own investment criteria:

  • Business Innovation stream
  • Investor stream
  • Significant Investor stream
  • Premium Investor stream
  • Entrepreneur stream

Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (489)

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (489) enables eligible applicants to live and work in Regional Australia for a period of up to 4 years.

There are three pathways for this visa. The pathways are Invited pathway, Extended Stay pathway, and Subsequent Entrant pathway. Each pathway has its own eligibility criteria.

Skilled Regional (Permanent) Visa (887)

The Skilled Regional (Permanent) Visa (887) allows you to live in Australia permanently after living in a regional area of Australia for a minimum of 2 years.

At the time of applying for this visa, you must be holding one of the following visas:

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (489)
  • Skilled Independent Regional Visa (495)
  • Skilled Designated Area Sponsored Provisional Visa (496)
  • Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (475)
  • Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (487)
  • Bridging Visa A or B may also apply, if connected to one of the visas above.

The following also applies:

  • You must have also lived in Regional Australia, or a designated area, for at least two years prior to applying for this visa.
  • You must have worked full time (35 hours, or more) per week for the last 12 months before applying for this visa.
  • You must have functional English language skills.
  • You must continue to meet the health and character requirements.

Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa (476)

The Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa (476) enables eligible engineering graduates to live, work in Australia for up to 18 months.

Eligibility requirements:

  • To be eligible for this visa, you must have graduated with an accredited degree, or higher, within the last 2 years, in one of the following engineering disciplines:
  1. Civil Engineering  
  2. Structural Engineering  
  3. Chemical Engineering  
  4. Environmental Engineering  
  5. Electrical and Electronic Engineering  
  6. Mechanical, Production and Plant Engineering  
  7. Mining and Material Engineering  
  • You must be under 31 years old.
  • You must have not previously held this visa, or the Temporary Graduate Visa (485).
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • You must be proficient in English or hold a passport from the following countries: New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, or the United States.
  • You can be inside or outside of Australia when you apply for this visa.

Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa (191)

The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa 191 will enable eligible visa holders, to become Permanent Residents.

This visa will open for application on 16 November 2022. The visa will have 2 streams. There is the Regional Provisional stream, and Hong Kong stream. Each have separate key eligibility requirements, and have not been fully detailed by the Government yet.

The visa application process

Applying for a visa can be confusing. Throughout the visa application process, you will get expert advice on what visa you should apply for, and what eligibility requirements you need.

Our dedicated team are here to help

With decades of combined experience, our professional and caring team are on hand to guide you through each stage of your migration. We understand that this can be a challenging time for you and your family, and do everything we can to make the process smooth and stress-free. We offer accurate and transparent advice, tailored to you and your situation so you can make informed decisions. 

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When it comes to seeking visas, Australian Migration Lawyers give you the best chance at success. We help our clients by offering one on one visa consultations to plan your pathway. Our fixed price guarantee ensures that you know how much your visa will cost from the outset. As we work together towards your ultimate goal, we will make sure to give you regular updates.

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About Australian Migration Lawyers

Australian Migration Lawyers has years of experience in getting workers established in Australia. We understand what it takes to move to a new country, and we want to help you achieve your goals. We do so with dedication and compassion, ensuring that you always feel heard.

Australian Migration Lawyers are different. Here is how:

  • Insight into exactly what you need for a successful visa application
  • Quality control processes including comprehensive checklists 
  • Assistance for applicants living offshore, and in Australia

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Australian visas - know the facts

In Australia, visa requirements, laws and regulations continue to change regularly.

In 2022-23 permanent migration places will increase to 195,000 places.

This includes:

  • Skilled visas – 142,400 places. This category aims to grow the economy and fill identified skill shortages throughout Australia.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the proportion of visa applications submitted by migration professionals rose, given increased uncertainty with respect to migration. Demand for visas will increase significantly as international borders continue to reopen. This will add additional strain on the visa application system and may extend processing times.

Our experienced migration lawyers can work with you to identify the most suitable visa for you. Our professional team can work quickly and ensure that you have the best possible chance of obtaining a visa.

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How much does a work visa cost?

Work visa costs vary widely from visa to visa. If you would like to know more about how much you will have to pay for your visa, get in touch with our team. They will walk you through the available work visas, and help you understand how much yours will cost.

Can I appeal a failed work visa application?

Yes, we specialise in appealing work visa applications that have previously been denied.

What happens after I get my work visa?

You can start work right away. You may also want to start on the road to Australian citizenship. If this is something you’d like to discuss, let our lawyers know at your consultation.

What are the benefits of getting a work visa?

There are many benefits to getting an Australian work visa that will, of course, vary from visa to visa, or between different streams of a particular work visa. Here are some of the universal benefits granted by Australian work visas:

  • Working and living in Australia for the period of the visa
  • Opportunities to own and operate an Australian business
  • Participation in benefits like Medicare, superannuation, and language learning
  • Pathways to permanent residence as an Australian citizen
  • Sponsorships for other family members and their own visas

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