Skilled visas
Skilled Visas are for invited workers and New Zealand citizens with skills Australia needs, to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The 189 Visa is a permanent visa that allows skilled workers to live in Australia.
This visa provides the holder with Australian permanent residency with no conditions. The holder can live and work wherever they like in Australia. Although the visa is granted based on the holder being skilled in a specific occupation, once granted, the visa doesn’t require you to seek or maintain employment in this occupation.
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This visa is available to applicants who are skilled in an occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
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To apply for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, you must meet a minimum score on a points test. The applicant will also need to obtain a successful migration skills assessment outcome in their chosen occupation. Migration Ways can assist you with this step as part of the overall visa process. Applicants for this visa must be under 45 years of age and meet health, character and English language requirements.
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The applicant must lodge an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect and be invited to submit a visa application by the Department of Home Affairs. Once you are invited to apply, you must lodge your application within 60 days.
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Skilled Work Regional - Provisional Visa (Subclass 491)

The subclass 491 visa is a provisional residency visa available to skilled workers who are willing to live and work in a designated regional area. It is available both to skilled workers who are already living and working in Australia as temporary residents, and to those living outside Australia.
This visa provides the holder with Australian permanent residency with no conditions. The holder can live and work indefinitely in Australia however are expected to commit to living in their chosen state for at least 2 years. Although the visa is granted based on the holder being skilled in a specific occupation, once granted, the visa doesn’t require you to seek or maintain employment in this occupation.
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This visa is available to applicants who are skilled in an occupation on a state or territory occupation list. Each state or territory has its own individual list, depending on the skill shortages in that area.
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To apply for a Skilled Independent Subclass 190 visa, you must meet a minimum score on a points test. Once you have confirmed you meet the points test, the applicant will need to obtain a successful migration skills assessment outcome in their chosen occupation. Applicants for this visa must be under 45 years of age and meet health, character and English language requirements.
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Once the above steps have been followed, an applicant can lodge an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect and be invited to submit a visa application by the Department of Home Affairs. An applicant for a 190 visa must be issued with a nomination by their chosen state or territory.

The requirements for this differ depending on the state or territory in question, as does the application process an applicant must follow. For example, some states require that you apply separately for state nomination through their website, whereas others simply want you to declare that you are seeking nomination in your EOI. Migration Ways will be able to advise on this in detail.

Once you are invited to apply for your 190 visa, you must lodge your application within 60 days.
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Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

The 485 Visa is a temporary visa for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution. This visa allows the holder to live, work and study in Australia once you have completed your studies.
Applicants must be under 50 years of age, hold a student visa (or a Bridging Visa A or B following a student visa), have been awarded a qualification from a CRICOS registered course within the last 6 months, and meet additional requirements specific to their chosen stream. Family members may be included in an application for a subclass 485 visa if they are also in Australia.
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There are two streams through which an applicant may obtain a 485 visa:

The Graduate Stream - For international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation MLTSSL. A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant. The duration of the qualification must meet the Australian study requirement of 2 academic years.
The Post-Study Work Stream - International students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study, may be eligible. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification. Applicants for a 485 visa, as well as any migrating family members, must be in Australia at the time of lodgment of the application, and at the time of decision.
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Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858)

The Global Talent Visa Program is for the brightest and best global talent and comprises of two visa pathways.
The Global Talent Visa Program is for the brightest and best global talent and comprises of two visa pathways:

● The Global Talent.
● The Distinguished Talent.

The Global Talent pathway is for highly skilled applicants who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements within the priority sectors. The Global Talent pathway priority sectors are:

● Resources.
● Agri-food and AgTech.
● Energy
● Health industries.
● Defence, advanced manufacturing and space.
● Circular economy.
● Digitech.
● Infrastructure and tourism.
● Financial services and FinTech.
● Education.
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Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an invitation to apply under this pathway. The Distinguished Talent pathway is for extremely talented applicants who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements working in other sectors for either:

● A profession.
● A sport.
● The arts.
● Academia and research.

You must still be prominent in their area of expertise and show that they have no difficulty in obtaining employment in Australia. You must also be nominated by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian organisation with a national reputation in relation to your area of talent.
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