Do you dream of working and migrating to Australia? Australia has a shortage of certain skills and jobs and so they welcome foreign nationals to migrate and work in their country. If you think you have the skills and expertise needed and you know the English language well, you will have the chance to apply for a visa as a skilled worker in Australia.
SkillSelect and Expression of Interest (EOI)
To begin the process, you may visit SkillSelect. This is an online service that allows Australia to manage its skilled migration program. It significantly shortens time to process visa application since Australia will be able to manage who can apply for skilled migration and when they can apply.
At SkillSelect, you can submit your Expression of Interest or EOI, which indicates that you are willing to be a skilled worker in Australia. Some of the information you need to provide in the EOI include the following:
- Basic personal data;
- Selected job (see list of eligible skilled occupations here)
- Work experience;
- English proficiency level;
- Details of skills assessment based on your chosen job; and
- Business and investment experience.
Submitting your EOI is not the application of visa yet. It is an essential step to make so you can be seen by Australian employers, states, or territory governments, who need skilled workers. They may then nominate you to apply for a visa as a skilled worker in Australia. The Australian government may also be the one to invite you to lodge your visa application.
Australia visas you can apply for
There are different types of visas you can apply for as a skilled worker in Australia. For each type of visa, there are also different eligibility requirements. It is important that you check on the requirements first before submitting your EOI to make sure you are qualified for the certain type of visa you wish to apply for.
You may also ask us for more information on the qualifications by filling up the FREE consultation form below.
Once your EOI has been successfully submitted, you may apply for the following visas.
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – This visa lets you live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. This is for skilled applicants who are points-tested and who are not sponsored by any of the following – SkillSelect-approved Australian employer, family member, or state or territory government.
- Skilled – Nominated visa (subclass 190) – This type of visa also lets you live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. This is for those points-tested skilled workers who have been nominated by a state or territory government
- Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – This visa allows skilled workers in Australia to live and work in certain regional areas for up to four years.
If you have been invited to apply for a visa by a SkillSelect-approved Australian employer, you can apply for any of the following visas.
- Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) – This visa allows skilled workers to travel to Australia to work in their chosen or nominated occupation for up to four years for their approved sponsor.
- Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) – This type of visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers that allows you to work in Australia under any of the following streams – Temporary residence transition stream, Direct entry stream, or Agreement stream.
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) – This type of permanent residence visa for skilled workers is for those who want to work in regional Australia under one of the three streams as indicated in the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (sublass 186).
Common visa prerequisites for skilled workers in Australia
While prerequisites vary per type of visa, the following conditions and requirements are commonly expected from applicants:
- Age should be younger than 50 years old;
- Nominated job or occupation stated in the EOI should be on the list of eligible skilled occupations;
- English skills must be at least competent level in the International English Language Testing System;
- Must have undergone skills assessment based on the chosen occupation; and
- When applicable, must have achieved the required score in the points test as specified in the letter of invitation.
To learn more about the requirements, as well as other information on applying for a visa as a skilled worker in Australia, please fill up the FREE consultation form below.