What are Australia’s Visa Options for Skilled Workers?

What are Australia’s Visa Options for Skilled Workers?

Planning to immigrate to Australia but don’t know where to start? Australia is a dream immigration destination for skilled workers globally. It’s an exciting place to live and work, offering promising career opportunities and a lifestyle that you love. The government of Australia provides several immigration pathways in the form of Australia 189 visa to skilled foreign workers planning to relocate to Down Under permanently. Depending on your situation and profile, you can have access to visas that lead to permanent residency along with work, healthcare, and education rights.

Here are the most popular immigration pathways for skilled migrants:

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) – Subclass 189 is a golden ticket to Australia for skilled foreign workers seeking to immigrate to Australia. Eligible applicants have the right to live, work and study anywhere in Australia.

Applicants only need to live in Australia for two years out of five and renew the visa for five years. Alternatively, they can also spend four years in Australia and be eligible to apply for citizenship in the country.

To qualify for the Subclass 189 visa, you must:

  • Be under 45 years of age
  • Be invited to apply for the visa
  • Score at least 65 points in SkillSelect
  • Provide evidence of competent English language skills
  • Your nominated occupation must be on the skilled occupation list
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Meet health and character requirements


Cost: from AUD4, 115. Processing time: Up to 12 months.

Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) – It’s a points-tested visa for skilled workers who have obtained a nomination from an Australian State or Territory government.

The subclass 190 visa is initially offered for five years, allowing the holder to apply for permanent residency after three years out of five. The subclass 190 visa holders are allowed to live and work in regional Australia.

To qualify for Australia 190 visa, you must:

  • Be under 45 years of age
  • Obtain at least 65 points
  • Be nominated by a participating State or Territory government in Australia
  • Submit an expression of interest
  • Be invited to apply for the visa via SkillSelect

Cost: from AUD4, 115. Processing time: Up to 12 months

Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored Provisional (Subclass 489) Visa- the 491 visa offers Australia immigration route to eligible applicants who wish to live and work in regional Australia or low population area. The visa is valid for four years, and a visa holder must live and work in a specified regional area. Eligible family members can also be included in the application.

To qualify for subclass 489 visa, you must:

  • Be nominated by a state or territory government or be sponsored by an eligible relative.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect.
  • Have a skills assessment with the relevant assessing body.
  • Be under 45 years of age
  • Able to score at least 65 points on the points test.

Cost: from AUD4, 115. Processing time: 19-24 months

The top 10 countries providing the most permanent migrants to Australia for 2019–20:

  1. India
  2. People’s Republic of China
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Philippines
  5. Vietnam
  6. Nepal
  7. New Zealand
  8. Pakistan
  9. South Africa
  10. United States of America

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