Skilled Migration

There are currently several different temporary and permanent skilled migration visa options for people who are qualified, have work experience, and meet English language requirements.

Each category of visa has different criteria that employer sponsors and visa applicants need to meet. Our registered migration agents can ensure that applications meet the criteria.

Skilled Independent and Skilled State Nominated visas include:

The Employer Sponsored (186) visa. This requires the applicant to have an occupation on the Medium and Long- term Skilled occupations list and to be sponsored for permanent residence.

The Skilled Independent State Nominated (190) visa is for permanent residence. The occupation must be on a relevant Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and is points tested. Learn more about our Eligibility Assessment Test.

The Skilled Independent (189) is for permanent residence, the occupation must be on a SOL and is points tested. 

In November 2019 new Regional Visas were implemented to encourage skilled migrants to work and live in Regional Australia, which is currently most of Australia apart from Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane.

  • Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (494) visa  
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (491) visa

After 3 years the new Skilled Regional Permanent (191) visa for permanent residence will be implemented and those people who have held a Provisional Regional Visa will be eligible to apply for permanent residence. 

Migration Australia Experts are registered migration agents based in Cairns who can offer free Independent Points Test Assessments to assess eligibility for a permanent skilled migration visa through the skilled independent program for all of Australia. This includes the Skilled Independent (189) visa, Skilled Nominated (190) visa, and Skilled Regional (Provisional) (491  visa. Please contact us for your free Independent Points Test Assessment today.

Temporary Skilled Migration

Changes have been announced to current temporary skilled migration visas. These include abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) (457) Visa and replacing it with a new Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa. This Temporary Skilled Shortage (482) Visa commenced on 18 March 2018. 

This Temporary Skilled Shortage (482) Visa allows the holder to remain in Australia temporarily to work for their employer sponsored visa in Australia in their nominated occupation for up to four years, depending on the occupation of the applicant. 

For people who have more specialised occupations and will only stay temporarily in Australia, there are other Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa options.

For people wanting to both work and travel, there are options for Working Holiday and Work and Holiday visas that our migration agent in Cairns can discuss with you.

These come with certain conditions such as a limitation of six (6) months’ work with one employer.

There are opportunities to apply for a second Working Holiday visa or an employer sponsored visa in Australia.

It is important that you know which visa option is the best one for you.

Permanent Skilled Migration

On 19 April 2017, the Australian Government announced a range of changes to temporary and permanent Australian skilled migration visas. Some changes commenced immediately, and others have been introduced over time.

The employer sponsored Temporary Business (457) visa was abolished and the TSS (482) visa is now in place. This visa enables workers to be granted a visa for up to 4 years depending on the occupation. If the occupation is on the Short List a visa is granted for 2 years. If the occupation is on the Medium Long-term list, then the visa can be granted for up to 4 years with possible opportunities to move to Permanent residence status. 

All visas have their own eligibility requirements that must be met before your application can be lodged.

This also applies to the employer sponsored visas, with Australian businesses needing to meet certain requirements before they can lodge an employer sponsored visa application and having certain obligations once the visa has been granted.

Designated Area Migration Agreement or DAMA.

There are several DAMAs which have been approved Australia in Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Far North Queensland. The DAMAs are designed to assist employers fill skills shortages in businesses and industries specific to their region. Labour Agreements between businesses and organisations and DHA are put in place with some concessions for skills, salary and English language requirements.  

For more information on the DAMAs, talk to us.

It is important that you understand which visa option is the best for you in your individual circumstances, and a migration agent at our Cairns office can help you with this.

Other temporary work options

For people wanting to both work and travel, there are options for Working Holiday and Work and Holiday visas that our migration agent in Cairns can discuss with you. These come with certain conditions such as a limitation of six (6) months’ work with one employer.

There are opportunities to apply for a second Working Holiday visa and in some cases a third Working Holiday visa in Australia.

There are several short term temporary sponsored visas available for specialised workers, exchange workers, occupational training and religious workers. Contact us to learn more.

It is important that you know which visa option is the best one for you.

Cairns City Office

Suite 12, 25 Grafton Street, Cairns Queensland 4870 Australia

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Email Carol:  Info@MigrationAustraliaExperts.com.au

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