AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION VISA AND ITS SUBCLASSES

Like all countries the visa options available for Australian PR are more than one. For an engineer who is looking to settle in Australia permanently and get himself a job there, the Skilled Migration Visa is the best. The various subclasses under this carry points to help the applicant pass in the Engineers Australia Migration Skills Assessment. Here we have included 3 subclasses which we think are the most suitable for engineers looking to apply. With the help of these visas, the applicant will be able to live anywhere and study or work in Australia, sponsor relatives for permanent residence and can also become an Australian citizen if other requirements are met. However, one needs to be less than 45 years to apply. There are 2 kinds of visa- sponsored and independent.

 

Subclass 189: Skilled Independent visa does not require any sponsor so one can only apply after he gets the invitation from the Australian department of migration. However, to be eligible for this, the occupation the applicant is applying for through the Engineers Australia Migration Skills Assessment, should be included in the Skilled Occupation List. 90% of the applications take 7 months to process.

 

Subclass 190: Skilled Nominated visa requires the nomination of a State or Territory government Agency. For this subclass, the applicant’s occupation should be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List. A skilled assessment like the Engineers Australia Migration Skills Assessment must be conducted and certain points will be awarded to the applicant. A minimum of 65 points is required for the visa to be given. Normally, it takes 11 months for the applications to get processed.

 

Subclass 186: The Employer Nomination Scheme visa allows skilled workers whose occupation is up on any one of the skilled occupations lists to live and work anywhere in Australia permanently. However, they would need the nomination of their Australian employer to avail this visa. The applicant has to demonstrate he has at least 3 years of relevant work experience in his skills assessment test and also has to agree to continue working for his nominating employer for a minimum of 2 years. 90% of applications for this visa take 24 months to clear.

 

However, apart from these there are other subclasses available.

 

Subclass 187: The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa allows skilled workers whose occupation is up on any one of the skilled occupations lists to live and work in regional Australia permanently. However, they would need the nomination of their Australian employer to avail this visa. There are two variations of this subclass. The Temporary Residence Transition stream requires the applicant to hold a 457, TSS or related bridging visa A, B or C and to have a full-time work experience with the nominating employer for at least 3 years. Its processing time is 21 months. The Direct Entry stream can be applied for if the requirements for the other variation aren’t made. The processing time for this is 24 months.

 

Subclass 887: The Skilled Regional visa is for people who already hold a visa and have lived in a specific area of regional Australia for at least 2 years and have at least 1 year of work experience. The applicant must also hold a subclass 489, 495, 496, 475 or 487 or a Bridging visa A or B after applying for a subclass 489, 495 or 487 visa.

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