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Australia is a country of diverse cultures and diverse career opportunities. The country provides career challenge and many opportunities to anyone willing to ‘have a go’, no matter you are a profession, cook or trade skilled worker.

For overseas workers who want to work in Australia, basically there are three avenues include General Skilled Migration, Employer Nomination Scheme and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.  For overseas students who study in Australia, can consider 485 Temporary Graduate Work visa.

General Skilled Migration

If you are an independent skilled worker and you do not have an immediate employment offer in Australia and you have at least three years of work experience in your skilled occupation to score you points, you may be eligible to apply for this visa, presuming you also meet other criterions include English and age requirements.

This is a Points Tested Skilled Migration. The applicant needs to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect system online; then, they are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa if they meet the eligibility requirement (at least 60 points); nominates an occupation from Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) dependent on visa type; obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation; not yet turned 45 years of age and at least reach the “competent English”.

189 – Skilled Independent visa – This is a permanent skilled visa for people who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.

There are two streams, Points-tested Stream and New Zealand Stream.

Points-tested Stream: You must have a relevant occupation; have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation; meet the points test pass mark of 60 points; be under 45 years of age at time of invitation; have Competent English and be invited to apply.

New Zealand Stream: This is not a points-tested visa therefore you don’t need to meet the points test pass mark of 60 points but you must hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa; have been usually resident in Australia continuously for five years; have started residency in Australia on or before 19 February 2016; have a taxable income at or above an income threshold for each of the four completed income years prior to lodging an application (unless claiming an exemption). To make it short, for claiming the exemption of meeting income threshold for any year include the reasons of receiving compensation from an injury, on an approved period of parental or carer’s leave or because the Family Court of Australia has assigned primary care of a child that prevented the applicant leaving Australia and/or receiving less income in the last four years due to these reasons.

Income threshold for the past six years

Financial year Income threshold for NZ Stream
2011/12 AUD$49,330
2012/13 AUD$51,400
2013/14 AUD$53,900
2014/15 AUD$53,900
2015/16 AUD$53,900
2016/17 AUD$53,900

190 – Skilled Nominated visa – This is a permanent skilled visa for people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency.

489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa – This is a temporary visa allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years.  People who are nominated by a state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area can consider this visa.

The person who has lived for at least two years and worked for at least one year in a regional area by the visa subclass 489 can move to applying for another permanent residence work visa.

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Employer sponsored or nominated work visas

If you have an employer who sponsors or nominates you a work, you may be eligible to apply for these types of visas. The employer could be either:

– An approved Australian employer or business

– A state or territory government agency

– A state or territory authority

457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa – This visa allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.

**On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.**

The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years**

You must be sponsored by an approved business. A business can sponsor someone for this visa if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.

Application Process – To make it short, this visa involves a three-step process. Firstly, an employer applies for a standard business sponsorship. Secondly, the employer nominates an employee and last, an application made by the employee. The nominated work must be the job specified in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

Besides, there are other criterions that the prospective 457 applicant and the business must be met.  For example, the applicant needs to meet the minimum level of English (vocational English), holds a licence and be able to register their licence, if request, to have a skill assessment.  For the business, they are required to do the labour market test before the application lodged and meet the training benchmark requirement each year for maintaining the sponsorship.

**On 18 April 2017, the Government announced the changes in Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa and Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme from 19 April 2017 in four phases, please check with us for details**

186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa – This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa programme. It allows application to be made under one of three streams:

Temporary Residence Transition stream

It is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

Direct Entry stream

It is for people who have at least three years of relevant work experience and have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream for a permanent position.

Agreement stream

It is for people who are being sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement. Your employer can advise you if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

Regional Sponsored Migration

This program helps businesses in regional, remote or low population growth areas, to recruit the skilled workers they need to manage and grow their operations. If your prospective employment is in the regional areas in Australia, applicant may be eligible to apply for regional sponsored migration schemes.

187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application made under one of the below nominated streams.

Temporary Residence Transition stream

It is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

Direct Entry stream

It is for people who have at least three years of relevant work experience and have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream for a permanent position.

Agreement stream

It is for people who are being sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement. Your employer can advise you if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

Pathways for staying in Australia by Work Visa

Some of the above work visas are permanent visa which allow you to stay permanently in Australia but some of them are only the temporary work visas. Nevertheless, these temporary work visas open avenues for you to remain in Australia permanently. Please contact us for a consultation to discuss the options for you to stay in Australia by any of the above work visa.