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Do you have skills and experience in high demand in Australia? You may be eligible for temporary or permanent visas.

Read our general information and document checklists in relation to these visa categories below. Contact us directly for specific advice.

The General Skilled Migration program is used by the Australian government to fill skill gaps in the Australian economy by targeting specific occupations and people with relevant skills and experience.

What can we do for you?

With extensive experience leading the Australian Private Client Practice of the world’s largest immigration law firm, our staff are well placed to assist with all issues relating to General Skilled Migration visas, including: skills assessments, points test assessments, providing pathways to eligibility and merits review of unsuccessful cases.

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What are the visa types?

There are three primary visa which fall under the General Skilled Migration Program:

  • Skilled Independent – Subclass 189;
  • Skilled Nominated – Subclass 190; and
  • Nominated or State Sponsored (Provisional) – Subclass 489.

The 189 and 190 visas are direct permanent residence visas whilst the 489 is a temporary visa which can lead to permanent residence when additional eligibility criteria is met.

What are the standard eligibility requirements?

Generally speaking, to obtain a General Skilled Migration visa will require that an Applicant:

  • obtain a positive skills assessment in their nominated occupation from a relevant skills assessing body (and that occupation must be on the STSOL or MLTSSL);
  • submit an Expression of Interest online via the Skill Select system;
  • have competent English;
  • be invited to apply by the Department;
  • meet the Pass Mark (65 points) of the Points Table at the time of invitation;
  • be less than 45 years at the time of invitation – there are no age exemptions;
  • meet health and character requirements;

For Subclass 190 visas there is also an additional requirement of nomination by a State or Territory government agency.

For a Subclass 489 visa there is an additional requirement to be:

  • nominated by a state or territory government, or
  • sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area

Speak to us directly for more detailed information.

What are the documents required?

The complete document checklist varies from application to application depending on occupation and experience, however a standard document checklist includes:

  1. passport bio data page for each applicant;
  2. birth certificates for all children included in the application;
  3. if married, a marriage certificate;
  4. if in a de facto relationship, evidence that you have been in a relationship (social, financial, cohabitation);
  5. a positive skills assessment;
  6. evidence of English (a relevant test or a relevant passport);
  7. employment reference letters, payslips and contracts;
  8. graduation certificate and academic transcript;
  9. police clearances from any country that the Applicant has lived in for more than 12 months since turning 16 years old; and
  10. if served in military, discharge papers.

A more detailed version of our checklist is available here. Speak to our team to determine which documents are key in your circumstances, and can possibly lead to greater points in an assessment.

What are the lodgement fees?

Our professional fees for advice and assistance with the lodgement of an application is detailed here.

To see the Department’s most recent visa application charges, please refer to the following link.

What are the conditions once granted?

The 189 and 190 visas are granted with only the following condition:

  • first entry must be made by a particular date (for offshore visas);

That is, there are no work or residence limitations from the Department.

However, bear in mind that as a State nomination requirement for the 190 visa is to declare an intention to work and live in the nominating State.

On the other hand, the main condition pertaining to the 489 visa is that the holder must live, study and work in only a designated area.

To determine which conditions will apply to you, speak to our team directly.

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Engagement & Document Request

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Application Drafted

Application Lodged

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We offer a simple step by step process to prepare and lodge your application. Following our initial consultation you will have a complete advice setting out a tailored fee schedule, procedure, and timeline.

We have strict service deliverables between each stage to ensure that you can have complete control over your schedule.

Speak to our team directly to determine the timeline for an individual in your circumstances.

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