Skilled and Nominated Migration Visas

There are a variety of migration visas for skilled trades persons & professionals alike. Visa applicants can apply for a visa independently or be nominated. For those who are just getting started, we recommend you complete a Free Assessment to assess whether you meet the basic threshold requirements to be granted an Australian visa.

Suitably qualified tradespeople and/or professionals (either formally or with extensive work experience) are required to be points tested before applying for a skilled visa. We will take you through the process of what’s involved after we have assessed your basic eligibility and identify the most appropriate Australian Skilled Visa for your requirements.

Australian Skilled Independent and Skilled Nominated and/or Regional Visas (State or Territory) are some of the most sought after Australian Skilled Visas for prospective immigrants to Australia. These visas are among the most popular because they provide a generous amount of flexibility in terms of allowing permanent immigrants to choose where to work and live.

It is now no longer possible to apply directly for certain types of visas. Instead, applicants will first need to lodge an ‘Expression of Interest (EOI)’. Only then will the best candidates receive an invitation to lodge their visa application. However, we can make sure you meet many of the requirements before even completing an expression of interest giving you the best chance of a successful outcome as well as a very efficient processing time.

Every few months, the Department of Immigration will review the EOIs which have been lodged and the Australian Skilled Occupation List, and issue the best candidates with an invitation to make an application for skilled points tested migration.

This significant change means that it is now more important than ever that you engage an Australian Registered Migration Agent to ensure the most pertinent aspects of your skills and experience are refined, enhanced and amplified, especially if you are thinking of applying for an Australian skilled independent visa in the UK.

General Skilled Migration Process

To begin the process of securing a Skilled Migration Visa, complete a Free Assessment today and we will assess your eligibility and options. We also provide Australian Migration Visa Services in the UK via our agent Lesley (see the UK & Europe tab on our home page).

And, by choosing ASC Migration to lodge your Visa application, you can save thousands of dollars compared to other migration agents.
See our Fees and Costs page for more information.

Skilled and Nominated Visas – Further Eligibility Information

Australian Skilled Independent Visa

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory government in Australia, or a family member in Australia.

A visa holder in this category can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Certain family members can also be included in the application.

Prospective applicants can apply for this type of visa by invitation only. The invitation will be issued subject to a specified time-frame in which the application can be lodged. This significant change means that it is now more important than ever that you engage the services of an Australian Registered Migration Agent.

You must be under 45 years of age if you are invited to apply and you must establish a specific level of English language ability.

The threshold English language requirement is Competent English in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result showing a minimum score of 6 in each of the four components of the IELTS test or, an Occupational English Test (OET) attaining a score of at least B in each of the four components of an OET. However, some occupations require a higher level of English.

An applicant will meet the English language threshold if they hold a valid passport from, and are a citizen of, one of the following countries;

• the United Kingdom;

• the United States of America;

• Canada;

• the Republic of Ireland; or

• New Zealand.

Once a prospective applicant has submitted their intention, it will be ranked on the basis of the claims they make about their skills and attributes. Specific evidence to support those claims therefore must be provided to support an application.

The current pass-mark to be eligible to apply for a skilled independent visa is currently set at 60 points. An invitation to apply for a skilled independent visa is issued to prospective applicants who achieve the highest rankings.

Consequently, engaging ASC Migration who for many years have been successfully processing visa applications for prospective Australian immigrants will ensure your skills and experience are enhanced. Your application will then receive purposeful attention which is of paramount importance to the success of your application.

Before you can apply for a skilled independent visa you must have had your skills assessed as suitable for your occupation by a specific assessing authority for your nominated occupation. ASC Migration are experts at processing this pre-migration requirement.

You also need to know if the occupation you have nominated requires you to be registered, licensed, or be a member of a professional or industry organisation in the state or territory where you settle you may also require additional training or membership of a particular industry association.

To more fully understand the factors that will affect your eligibility and to determine if you meet the basic requirements for a Skilled Independent Visa complete a Free Assessment today.

Australian Skilled Nominated Visa

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who may need additional points and are nominated by any state or territory in Australia. Each state or territory in Australia nominates prospective immigrants based on their requirements updated from time to time.

A visa holder in this category can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia and must apply to be sponsored by the relevant state or territory in Australia. Certain family members can also be included in the application.

Prospective applicants can apply for this type of visa by invitation only. The invitation will be issued subject to a specified time-frame in which the application can be lodged. This significant change means that it is now more important than ever that you engage the services of an Australian Registered Migration Agent.

You must be under 45 years of age if you are invited to apply and you must establish a specific level of English language ability.

The threshold English language requirement is Competent English, which is an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result showing a minimum score of 6 in each of the four components of the IELTS test or, an Occupational English Test (OET) attaining a score of at least B in each of the four components of an OET. However, some occupations require a higher level of English.

An applicant will meet the English language threshold if they hold a valid passport from, and are a citizen of, one of the following countries;

• the United Kingdom;

• the United States of America;

• Canada;

• the Republic of Ireland; or

• New Zealand.

Once a prospective applicant has submitted their intention, it will be ranked on the basis of the claims they make about their skills and attributes. Specific evidence to support those claims therefore must be provided to support an application.

The current pass-mark to be eligible to apply for a visa in this category is currently set at 60 points. An invitation to apply for this visa is issued to prospective applicants who achieve the highest rankings.

Consequently, engaging ASC Migration who for many years have been successfully processing visa applications for prospective Australian immigrants will ensure your skills and experience are enhanced. Your application will then receive purposeful attention which is of paramount importance to the success of your application.

Before you can apply for a skilled independent visa you must have had your skills assessed as suitable for your occupation by a specific assessing authority for your nominated occupation. ASC Migration are experts at processing this pre-migration requirement.

You also need to know if the occupation you have nominated requires you to be registered, licensed, or be a member of a professional or industry organisation in the state or territory where you settle you may also require additional training or membership of a particular industry association.

To find out if this is the right visa pathway for you, start by completing a Free Assessment today.

Australian Skilled Regional Visa

The Australia Government has introduced new regional visas for potential immigrants and in this category all of Australia except Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are now classed as ‘Regional Australia’.

The current subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa has been replaced with the subclass 494 skilled employer-sponsored visa.

And as Perth in WA and the Gold Coast in Queensland have been added to the ‘Regional’ pathway scheme this move is a significant development for Skilled Workers, International Students, and Employers alike.

More than 700 occupations will be eligible for this subclass and the visa may provide a pathway to permanent residency.

The Government also announced the introduction of the subclass 491 visa, which replaces the 489 visa. This is a points-based five-year visa which also has a pathway to permanent residency.

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area in Australia.

Prospective applicants can apply for this type of visa by invitation only. The invitation will be issued subject to a specified time-frame in which the application can be lodged. This significant change means that it is now more important than ever that you engage the services of an Australian Registered Migration Agent.

The threshold English language requirement will also be lower (finalised regulations have not yet been released), but this will greatly benefit non-English speaking immigrants.

An applicant, however, will meet the English language threshold requirements if they hold a valid passport from, and are a citizen of, one of the following countries;

  • the United Kingdom;
  • the United States of America;
  • Canada;
  • the Republic of Ireland; or
  • New Zealand.

Once a prospective applicant has submitted their intention, it will be ranked on the basis of the claims they make about their skills and attributes. Specific evidence to support those claims therefore must be provided to support an application.

The current pass-mark to be eligible to apply for a skilled independent visa is 65, however, significant incentives to apply for Skilled Migration to regional Australia have been introduced and don’t forget Perth in WA and the Gold Coast is now classed as regional.

An example of these incentives are;

o  15 additional points for nomination by a State or Territory government agency or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia, to live and work in regional Australia;

o  10 additional points for a skilled spouse or de facto partner;

o  10 additional points for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics qualifications;

o  5 additional points for a spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’; and

o  10 additional points for applicants without a spouse or de facto partner.

Please note that all these incentives may not apply to you, so to fully understand the factors that will affect your eligibility and to determine if you meet the basic requirements for a Skilled or Regional Visa complete a Free Assessment today.

An invitation to apply for a skilled independent visa is issued to prospective applicants who achieve the highest rankings. Consequently, engaging ASC Migration, who for many years have been successfully processing visa applications for prospective Australian immigrants, will ensure your skills and experience are enhanced. Your application will then receive purposeful attention which is of paramount importance to the success of your application.

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