Professional Skilled Migration

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.

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