Skilled Visas

190 Skilled Nominated Visa

This visa lets you stay in Australia permanently. To apply for this visa you need to hold a substantive visa or a Bridging A, B or C.

You can add family in your application at the time of lodgment or you can include them before the decision of your visa.

You can apply for this visa inside or outside of Australia but you must not be in immigration clearance.

This visa is a points-based visa.

 

Eligibility:

  • Have been invited to apply for this visa. You must meet the number of points to receive a successful invitation.

  • Have been nominated for this visa by the Australian state or territory after you have been invited.

  • You need to be under the age of 45

  • You need to complete a suitable skills assessment suitable to your occupation which must be on the occupation list. The skills assessment is included at the time of application.

  • Must have at least competent English (unless exempt)

 

189 Independent Visa

This visa is for those invited workers and New Zealand citizens who wish to live and work in Australia permanently.

Your eligibility depends on the stream.

Points Tested Stream 

This stream will allow workers who are invited to work and live anywhere in Australia permanently.

You must be able to meet the criteria below:

  • Have been invited to apply for this visa. You must meet the number of points to receive a successful invitation.

  • You need to be under the age of 45

  • You need to complete a suitable skills assessment suitable to your occupation which must be on the occupation list. The skills assessment is included at the time of application.

  • Must have at least competent English (unless exempt)

 

New Zealand Stream

Allows New Zealand Citizens who need to hold the 444 visa and have committed themselves to Australia for the last 5 years. They will be able to work and live permanently in Australia.

You must meet the following criteria:

  • You need to meet the income for each of the 4 years before applying for this visa. Your notice of Assessment from each Financial year will show this amount. Your income for the four years must not be below the threshold.

  • You must have lived in Australia for 5 years continuously before applying for this visa.

  • Your must meet health and character assessments

 

 

491 Skilled Work Regional Visa (Provisional)

This visa is for those skilled workers who intend to live and work in a regional area in Australia.

You can stay up to 5 years in Australia and then see your next visa eligibility.

To apply for permanent residency you will need to apply for the 191 Skilled Regional Visa which starts on 16 November 2022.

Eligibility:

  • Have been invited to apply for this visa.

  • You need to be under the age of 45

  • You need to complete a suitable skills assessment suitable to your occupation which must be on the occupation list. The skills assessment is included at the time of application.

  • Must have at least competent English (unless exempt). Family members who are applying with you must have functional English or pay the VAC 2 installment.