INTRO TO VISA

 This permanent residence, points based visa is used to invite skilled workers or New Zealand citizens with the relevant skills to apply to live and work in Australian.  The visa has specific points or income requirements that must be met prior to an invitation being offered.

ABOUT THIS VISA

This visa is an independent visa which is not connected to a state or an employer but is based on the skill of the applicant.  The visa allows the applicant to live, work and study in Australia. The visa requires that the applicant hold a valid skills assessment, have an occupation on the Medium Long Term Skills Occupation List and meet the points requirement.  They must also show that they have valid English and have lodged an Expression of Interests through Skill Select. The applicant will then receive an invitation to lodge the application.  The applicant will have 60 days from the date of the invitation to lodge the application. The applicant is entitled to add family to this visa application and all applicants are required to meet heath, character and English requirements.

AFTER GRANT

This is a permanent residence visa and the visa holder is entitled to live work and study in Australia with no limitations on work or region. The travel rights on the visa are granted for 5 years and thereafter the visa holder is required to apply for a Resident Return visa to continue to travel in and out of Australia.  This visa allows the holder to access Medicare and Centrelink benefits and it is a pathway to Citizenship.