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Skilled Migration to Australia

For those who fulfill the requirements, skilled migration provides a relatively inexpensive and streamlined pathway to live and work in Australia. Skilled migration can be divided into two main categories: General Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored migration.

General Skilled Migration

General skilled migration is a program that lets people with skills that Australia needs come to live and work in Australia, often going straight to permanent resident status. There are two main parts to general skilled migration:

·        A formal skills assessment to prove your have the skills to work in your occupation in Australia.

·        A points test that ranks general skilled migration applicants based on things like age, education & English language ability.

You can learn more about the points and invitation system here, or about the general skilled migration system here.

Employer-Sponsored Migration

For those who don’t have enough points or aren’t able to get a positive skills assessment for an occupation in demand in Australia, employer-sponsored migration is a good pathway to migrate to Australia. There are three main employer-sponsored visas:

·         Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme: This is a permanent visa for those who want to live in Australia’s major cities

·         Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme: This is a permanent visa with easier requirements than subclass 186 for those who want to migrate to regional Australia

·         Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa: This is a temporary visa to let someone work in a particular role for up to four years. If you fulfill certain requirements you may be eligible for a permanent visa after three years.

Click here for more information about Employer-sponsored visas.