Professional Skilled Migration Visas to Australia

Professional Skilled Migration is based on the professional skills, qualifications and experience of the Applicant.

There are three migration paths in this category:

(1) The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189).
(2) The Skilled State Sponsored Visa (subclass 190).
(3) The Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 489).

Kangaroo Migration Services can help you decide the most appropriate visa for your individual needs.

(1) The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

The Skilled Independent visa is a permanent resident visa granted to applicants who receive a minimum of 65 points on their preliminary assessment- see the Points Test below.  The visa applicant must demonstrate that he/she has the qualification or skills of an occupation that appears on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List. There are currently 179 occupations on this list which is updated from time to time.

An applicant whose occupation is listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List does not require sponsorship from a state or territory.

(2) Skilled State Sponsored Visa (subclass 190)

The Skilled State Sponsored Visa is a visa that requires the sponsorship of a State government or a Territory government according to the State Migration Plan. Each of the states and territories in Australia has its own State Migration Plan which it publishes and varies from time to time. A government of one of the states or territories in Australia is required to sponsor the Applicant according to its State Migration Plan on the basis of the skills in demand in that region. This visa is awarded to applicants who receive a minimum of 55 points on their preliminary assessment and are able to demonstrate that they have the qualification or skills of an occupation that appears on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or on the Short term Skilled Occupation List. See the Points Test below.

This visa is a permanent resident visa based upon state sponsorship and is granted on the condition that the applicant commits to living in the state or territory in which sponsorship is offered for a minimum of 2 years.

Sponsorships can be offered by the following states and territories:

The Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
South Australia
The Northern Territory                                       
Western Australia
Tasmania

(3) Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 489)

The Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 489) is a temporary resident visa granted to applicants who do not achieve the 65 points minimum required to obtain either a Skilled Independent visa or a Skilled Nominated visa. Applicants who choose to immigrate with this visa need to be prepared to live in regional Australia in the state or territory in which sponsorship is offered for a minimum of 2 years, have 55 points and an occupation that is found on the Regional Occupation List.

After the two (2) year period, the Skilled Regional Sponsored visa holder can apply for a permanent resident visa provided that the visa holder has lived for 2 years in the regional area that sponsored him/her and has worked full-time for at least one year in a 'designated' or 'regional' area of Australia in any profession.

The regional sponsorship lists are published from time to time and change frequently. All of the following state governments have published regional sponsorship lists:

The Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
South Australia
The Northern Territory
Western Australia
Tasmania

The Points Test

If one applies for a visa under the Skilled-Independent Class visas, the Skilled-Sponsored visas or the Skilled-Regional Sponsored visas, then assessment is against a points test. 

Points are awarded for: 

a. Age 
b. Skill 
c. English language ability 
d. Specific work experience 
e. Australian work experience                                                                                          
f. Educational qualifications                                                                                                
g. Accredited Community Language 
h. Studying in Regional Australia 
i. Partner Skill Qualifications 
j. State/Territory Government Nomination/Sponsorship (visa subclass 190)
k. State/Territory Regional Government Nomination/Sponsorship or Sponsorship by an eligible relative (visa subclass 489)
l. Professional Year in Australia

a. Age 
Points are awarded for your age at the time your application is lodged, as follows: 
18-24 years inclusive =25 points.                                                                           
25-32 years inclusive= 30 points
33-39 years inclusive= 25 points
40-44 years inclusive= 15 points

upon reaching the age of 45, one is no longer able to file an immigration application to Australia based on a skilled occupation visa. 

b. Skill 
In order to file an application for immigration to Australia, your occupation must appear on the one of the following lists depending on what type of skilled migration visa you are applying for. 

- the Skilled-Independent Class visas (subclass 189) – your occupation must be on the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List. There are currently 179 occupations that are eligible for immigration on this list. 

- the Skilled State Sponsored visas (subclass 190) – your occupation must be on the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List or on the Short term Skilled Occupation List. There are currently 179 occupations on the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List and 242 occupations on the Short term Skilled Occupation List that are recognized as eligible for immigration.

- the Skilled-Regional Sponsored visas (subclass 489) - your occupation must be on the Regional Occupation List. There are currently 59 occupations that are eligible for immigration on this list. 

c. English language ability 
The Applicant needs to provide proof of his/her English language ability by submitting the test results of one of the following English language tests:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Occupational English Test (OET)

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English)

Some Australian skills assessing bodies don’t accept all of the above English language tests for the purposes of a skills assessment, so it is best to consult Kangaroo Migration Services before you take any English language test.

The number of points awarded depends on the results of the test- see the above table. All applicants must do one of the English language tests-there are no exceptions to this rule.
 

The results of one of the above English language tests must not be more than 3 years old at the time of lodging your visa application.

 

d. Specific Work experience 

If the Applicant has worked in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation at a skilled level then he/she may be able to claim the following points:

- At least 3 years but less than 5 years of work experience (in the past 10 years) = 5 points.
- At least 5 years but less than 8 years of work experience (in the past 10 years) = 10 points.
- At least 8 years but less than 10 years of work experience (in the past 10 years) = 15 points.

e. Australian Work experience
If the Applicant has worked in AUSTRALIA in his/her nominated occupation or a closely related occupation at a skilled level then he/she may be able to claim the following points:

- At least 1 year but less than 3 years of work experience (in the past 10 years) = 5 points.
- At least 3 years but less than 5 years of work experience (in the past 10 years) = 10 points.
- At least 5 years but less than 8 years of work experience (in the past 10 years) = 15 points.
- At least 8 years but less than 10 years of work experience (in the past 10 years) = 20 points.

It should be noted that there is a maximum of 20 points that can be claimed for any combination of work experience and Australian work experience.

f. Educational Qualifications 

g. Accredited Community Language
The Applicant is able to claim 5 points for an accredited community language that is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). 

h. Studying in Australia 
In the event that the Applicant has one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and has studied for at least two (2) year study requirement and throughout the period has lived in a part of Australia and undertaken his/her study at a campus where the postcode is listed as being in a regional or low population metropolitan growth area, then he/she can claim 5 points.

i. Partner Skill Qualification
One can claim 5 points if his/her spouse or interdependent partner is able to satisfy the basic requirements including age, English language ability qualifications, nominated occupation, recent specific work experience or the two year full-time study requirements and has received a positive skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for his/her nominated occupation and passed one of the English speaking language tests. 

j. State/Territory Government Nomination/Sponsorship (visa subclass190) 
The Applicant is able to claim 5 points if he/she has applied and received state sponsorship under the State Migration Plan by one of the state governments in Australia for a Skilled-Sponsored Visa (subclass 190).

k. State/Territory Regional Government Nomination/Sponsorship or Sponsorship by an eligible relative (visa subclass 489 visa)
An applicant who has been nominated for a regional government nomination by a state or territory government under a State Migration Plan for a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 489 visa) or has an eligible relative who resides in a regional area, can receive 10 points for a subclass 489 visa.

l. Professional Year in Australia
The Applicant can receive 5 points if he/she has completed a Professional year (12 months) in Australia in the four years before he/she submits the immigration application. The professional year must have been completed in the nominated skill occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

If the applicant is not able to meet the 65 points requirement, then he/she is not eligible for the Professional Skilled Migration program.

Stages in the Skilled Migration Process

Every applicant who wants to file an immigration application known as an Expression of Interest must obtain the following: 

(a) a positive skills assessment from the relevant skills assessing body in Australia for their occupation. 

In addition, some professions require the obtaining of a professional license. 

(b) Completion of an English language test- see The Points Test above for the accepted English language tests.

(c) For a State Sponsored Visa (subclass 190) receive a State nomination and for a Regional Sponsored Visa 9subclass 489) receive a regional nomination.

(d) File an Expression of Interest.

(e) Receive an Invitation to Apply.

(f) Accept the Invitation to Apply within 60 days of receiving it and pay the required government fee. In addition, the visa applicant, his/her spouse and their children are required to undertake health checks and the visa applicant and his/her spouse and dependents over the age of 16 are required to provide a police certificate for any country they have resided in for a period of 12 months or more during the ten years prior to the lodging of the visa application.

Other Skilled Migration Visa Options

There are various other visa options available in the General Skilled Immigration category for applicants located in Australia in the event that an Applicant receives employment sponsorship from an employer which can become a permanent resident visa.

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You may be eligible for a number of different visa categories and each has different requirements and obligations so that it is best to seek professional advice in order to select the visa most beneficial to you and suitable to your circumstances

Kangaroo Migration Services is a company that has for many years dealt with and continues to deal with immigration and the obtaining of all types of visas (short term and long term) to Australia.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss with our representative the options available to you and/or to complete our questionnaire and send it to us.



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