Skilled Visa Australia | Skilled Independent Migrants

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The migration of skilled visa Australia is one of the most popular, Take a look at some different types of visas available.

The skilled stream of Australia's Migration Program is designed to attract migrants who have skills or outstanding abilities that will benefit the Australian economy.

There is no longer a distinction between onshore and offshore applications for skilled visa Australia.

The criteria for Skilled Visa Australia vary but generally applicant must:

  • Be under 50 years of age

  • Have very good English language ability

  • Have a skilled occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

  • Have recent work experience in that skilled occupation

  • Pass the points test applicable for the visa

Skilled Independent Migrants

Independent immigrants are selected on the basis of their education, skills, work experience and potential to contribute quickly to the Australian economy. They are not sponsored by an employer or relative in Australia.

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

Skilled Nominated/Sponsored Migrants

Skilled workers and their families can be sponsored by either a family member who is a permanent resident or Citizen of Australia or a State and Territory Government.

  • Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 489 Visa

  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

Applicants who are nominated by State or Territory governments may also use the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) rather than the SOL.

There are also lists produced by each State of Australia that may apply to State and Territory Sponsored visa applicants.

Distinguished Talent

This is a small category for distinguished individuals with special or unique talents of benefit to Australia. Successful applicants under this category generally include sports people, musicians, artists and designers, all of whom were internationally recognised as outstanding in their field.


Graduates have several skilled visa Australia options depending on when they commenced their studies.

  • Skilled - Recognised Graduate (Temporary) Subclass 476 Visa, and

  • Skilled - Graduate (Temporary) Subclass 485.

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