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the most common visa routes we manage.

Below is a list of visas you could be eligible to apply for. Use the "read more" buttons to find out more information on all the available options. If you would like more help and advice then do not hesitate to contact us.

 


1. SKILL MIGRATION VISAS

Skilled Independent (subclass 189) + read more


Permanent Residence Visa for persons with skills in demand in Australia. Applicants do not require any sponsorship, but must pass a points test. You must be under 45 years of age at the time the application is lodged and have a successful skills assessment in an occupation on the official Skilled Occupations List. The visa grants permanent residence on initial entry into Australia and allows the visa holder/s to live and work in Australia in any State or Territory, on a permanent basis.


Skilled Sponsored (subclass 190) (by family member or State Government) + read more


A Permanent Residence visa for people unable to reach the passmark for the Skilled Independent category. Applicants can be sponsored by either an eligible relative residing in Australia, or nominated by a participating State or Territory Government. Applicants must also pass a points test though the passmark is lower than that for the Skilled Independent category. You must be under 45 years of age at the time the application is lodged and have a successful skills assessment in an occupation on the official Skilled Occupations List for family sponsorship, or an occupation from the eligible list for sponsorship under State Migration Plans (StatSOL) Occupations List. This visa also grants permanent residence to the applicant/s, allowing them to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis, though if sponsored by a State Territory or Government places a stipulation that you remain in the sponsoring State or Territory for at least 2 years after arrival.


Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 489) (by family member or state government) ) + read more


this is an initial 3 year provisional visa for persons who can meet the lower passmark. Applicants can be sponsored by either an eligible relative living in a Designated Area of Australia, or nominated by a participating State Territory or Government. After living for 2 years in Australia and working for at least 1 year within the specified Regional Area of Australia you are given the opportunity to then apply for permanent residency whilst onshore. You must be under 45 years of age at the time the application is lodged and have a successful skills assessment in an occupation on the official Skilled Occupations List for family sponsorship, or an occupation from the eligible list for sponsorship under State Migration Plans (StatSOL) Occupations List. The visa allows the holder/s to remain in Australia for at least 3 years and requires you to live/work in a specified Regional Area for the aforementioned periods, in order for this visa to confirm eligibility for the holder/s to then convert their status to permanent residents whilst onshore.

 

Do you have a skilled occupation?

For the Skilled Independent or Family Sponsored migration routes above, you will now need to have a successful skills assessment in an occupation on the new DIAC General Skills list which changes on 1st July 2010.. Please click the link for the list:: skills list

2. EMPLOYER NOMINATION

(subclass 121) + read more


This visa allows Australian employers to target and sponsor skilled foreign national workers for a permanent residence visa to allow the visa holder to work for them as a permanent resident of Australia. The visa is intended for highly skilled workers who can be either overseas foreign nationals, or highly skilled temporary residents currently onshore. It permits successful applicants and their family members to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis, though there are specific eligibility criteria for both the Australian employer and potential employee. A set threshold salary level applies for the employment position offered and certain age exemptions may apply though exceptional talent criteria need to be met in such instances. The nominated skilled worker must also remain working for the sponsoring Australian employer for a set period. Please click on the link for the ENSOL list of eligible occupations for Nomination - Occupation List


3. FAMILY MIGRATION VISAS

Spouse (Provisional Subclass 309 and Permanent Subclass 100) + read more


A category of application for those who are either married to, or living in a defacto relationship with, an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and wish to reside permanently in Australia themselves as residents. Full details and evidence of the relationship will be required and health and character criteria will also apply. In addition, sponsorship eligibility for the Australian partner must also be satisfied - successful applicants will either be given an initial two-year provisional visa or a full permanent visa depending on the duration and specifics of the spousal relationship.


4. PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE

(subclass 300) + read more


This is a Provisional visa for applicants outside Australia, who intend to marry their sponsoring partner within the 9 months validity of the visa. Applicants must be engaged to their sponsor who is either an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and have a genuine intent to marry. The marriage may take place either in or outside Australia, as long as the marriage takes place after the applicant's first entry to Australia on their Prospective Marriage visa. Following your marriage and before the Prospective Marriage visa expires, applicants can then apply for a Spouse visa to allow them to remain in Australia.


5. INTERDEPENDENCY

(subclasses 310 and 110) + read more


Interdependent relationships generally include, but are not restricted to, same-sex couples. Those eligible to apply under the interdependent partner category must be at least 18 years old and be in an interdependent relationship with their sponsor. The sponsor must be at least 18 years old and be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and the visa process works in the same way as the Spouse visa process highlighted above.


6. REMAINING RELATIVE

(subclass 115) + read more


Eligible Applicants under this category are the brother, sister or child (or step relative to the same degree) of a person sponsor in Australia, who, if they did not migrate to Australia would otherwise be left on their own overseas. You must be sponsored by your near relative in Australia who must also have a ?settled? period of residency and a two year Assurance of Support Bond is also applicable in Australia as part of the process. The visa entitles the holder to full Australian Permanent Residency status.


7. CHILD

(subclass 101) + read more


A permanent residence visa for dependent children, adopted children or step-children of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. Applicants must be under 25 and if over the age of 18 will need to be in full-time education and confirmed as dependent on the sponsoring parent/s. The child must not be married, engaged or in a confirmed de-facto relationship. Exceptions are applicable for children with disabilities which prevents their ability to be a member of the workforce.


8. CONTRIBUTORY PARENT

(subclasses 143 (permanent) and 173 (Temporary), and Parent Category (subclass 103) + read more


A permanent residence visa category for parents of Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. Applicants must pass the Balance of Family Test ( http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/family/103/balance-family.htm ) and their sponsoring child must be a ?Settled? Australian Resident ? that is they have been generally resident in Australia for at least 2 years ? and a substantial second visa application charge is payable before the visa is granted. In addition a 10 year Assurance of Support Bond is also required in Australia. For Temporary category (173) applicants, a lower second visa application charge applies and a two year Temporary visa is granted initially with the opportunity to apply for the full Permanent Contributory Parent visa before the expiry of the initial visa. For the Parent category (subclass 103) no second visa application charge applies, though due to the extremely restricted number of places available each year and number of persons already queuing for these place, the waiting time is expected to be a significant number of years.


9. INVESTOR RETIREMENT

(subclass 405) + read more


The Investor Retirement Visa ( subclass 405 ) is a temporary visa category of application, lasting an initial 4 years, after which time applicants can then reapply for a further 4 years at a time whilst onshore. Applicants should note it does not lead to Australian permanent residency or Australian citizenship. Applicants, or one applicant in a couple, must be 55 years of age or older and the visa also allows holders to work for up to 20 hours per week.

Applicants must be in possession of comprehensive private health insurance at all times, as visa holders are not covered by Medicare. Sponsorship from the State Government of the intended place of residency is mandatory and applicants must demonstrate they have significant assets to confirm their self-sufficiency in Australia. The requirements are currently as follows: -

- Assets (either individual or combined with an accompanying Spouse) of $500,000 if settling in a regional area of Australia, or $750,000 if settling in a non-regional area

- Funds for investment in a treasury bond with the applicants sponsoring state/territory government of $500,000 (regional area) or $750,000 (non-regional area).

- Net annual income stream from any financial investments, pensions or other applicable assets of $50,000 p.a. (regional area) or $65,000 p.a. (non-regional area)

A second visa application charge also applies for the initial application and any subsequent further application made onshore to the 4 year Investor Retirement visa. In addition health/character criteria are also applicable. Notably procedures are streamlined for further subsequent further applications onshore, though investment and annual income stipulations also will still apply and would need to be demonstrated.


 
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