SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA (SUBCLASS 189)

FEATURES:

This stream is for Points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by
a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

For the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you need to submit an expression of interest.

If you are a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream.

YOU MUST:

have a relevant occupation

have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation

meet the points test pass mark of 60 points

be under 45 years of age at time of invitation

have Competent English

be invited by us to apply.

SKILLED NOMINATED VISA (SUBCLASS 190)

FEATURES:

This visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

YOU MUST:

have a relevant occupation

have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation

meet the points test pass mark of 60 points

be nominated by a state or territory government agency

be under 45 years of age at time of invitation

have Competent English

be invited by us to apply.

SKILLED REGIONAL (PROVISIONAL) VISA (SUBCLASS 489)

FEATURES:

This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia for up to four years.

There are three pathways to the visa:

1. the Extended stay pathway

2. the Invited pathway

3. the Subsequent entry pathway

This visa might lead to the permanent Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

YOU MUST:

hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa (Extended Stay pathway)

be nominated by a state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible relative (Invited pathway)

be invited to apply (Invited pathway)

have a relevant occupation

have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation

meet the points test pass mark of 60 points

be under 45 years of age at time of invitation

have Competent English.

TEMPORARY GRADUATE VISA (SUBCLASS 485)

FEATURES:

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution.It lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.

The visa has two streams:

1. Graduate Work stream

2. Post-Study Work stream

If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is decided.

YOU MUST:

be under 50 years of age

hold an eligible visa

have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course

meet additional requirements of the relevant stream

The qualification must either:

1. relate to an occupation on the skilled occupation list (Graduate Work stream)

2. be a higher education degree (Post-Study Work stream)

BUSINESS INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT (PROVISIONAL) VISA (SUBCLASS 188)

FEATURES:

This visa allows you to:

own and manage a business in Australia (the Business Innovation stream)

conduct business and investment activity in Australia (the Investor stream, the Significant Investor stream and the Premium Investor stream).

undertake an entrepreneurial activity in Australia (Entrepreneur stream).

YOU MUST:

be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade

be invited to apply for the visa

have experience in owning and operating a business (Business Innovation stream) or

have at least AUD 1.5 million to invest (Investor stream) or

have at least AUD 5 million to invest (Significant Investor stream) or

have at least AUD 15 million to invest (Premium Investor stream)

meet additional requirements of the relevant stream.

BUSINESS TALENT (PERMANENT) VISA (SUBCLASS 132)

FEATURES:

This visa allows you to establish a new or develop an existing business in Australia. It has two streams:

Significant Business History stream: for high-calibre business owners or part-owners who want to do business in Australia

Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream: for people who have sourced venture capital funding from a member of the Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL).​

YOU MUST:

be nominated by a state or territory government agency

be invited to apply for the visa

have assets of AUD 1.5 million and business turnover of AUD 3 million (Significant Business History stream) or

have funding of at least AUD 1 million from an Australian venture capital firm (Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream).

STUDENT VISA (SUBCLASS 500)

FEATURES:

This visa allows you to stay in Australia to study full-time in a recognised education institution.​

YOU MUST:

be at least six years of age

have been accepted to study at an educational institution in Australia

have health insurance.

STUDENT GUARDIAN VISA (SUBCLASS 590)

FEATURES:

​​​This visa allows you to stay in Australia as the guardian of an international student younger than 18 years of age studying in Australia on a student visa.

YOU MUST:

be the student’s parent, legal guardian or relative

have enough money to support yourself and the student during your stay

be able to provide accommodation and other support

be at least 21 years of age.

TEMPORARY WORK (SKILLED) VISA (SUBCLASS 457)

FEATURES:

This visa lets a skilled worker travel to Australia to work in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor for up to four years.

You might be able to get this visa if:

you have been sponsored by an approved business

you have the required skills to fill a position nominated by an approved business.

REGIONAL SPONSORED MIGRATION SCHEME VISA (SUBCLASS 187)

FEATURES:

​This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

the Temporary Residence Transition stream

the Direct Entry stream

the Agreement stream.

YOU MUST:

be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia (anywhere except the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)

are under 50 years of age, if you are applying under the Temporary Residence stream, or you are under 45 years of age if you are applying under the Direct Entry stream.

meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements of the position

meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.

EMPLOYER NOMINATION SCHEME (SUBCLASS 186)

FEATURES:

​This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

the Temporary Residence Transition stream

the Direct Entry stream

the Agreement stream.

YOU MUST:

be nominated by an approved Australian employer

are under 50 years of age, if you are applying under the Temporary Residence stream, or are under 45 years of age if you are applying under the Direct Entry stream

meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements of the position

meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.

PARTNER VISA (SUBCLASSES 820 AND 801)

FEATURES:

The Partner visas (subclasses 820 and 801) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia. The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) is processed.

You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Your marriage must be valid under Australian law. This means you must have parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years of age.

You must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.

PARTNER (PROVISIONAL) VISA (SUBCLASS 309) AND PARTNER (MIGRANT) VISA (SUBCLASS 100)

FEATURES:

The Partner visas (subclasses 309 and 100) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia.

The temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) is processed.

You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Your marriage must be valid under Australian law. This means you must have parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years of age.

You must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.

CONTRIBUTORY PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 143)

FEATURES:

This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia permanently.

You must have a child who is an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

At least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country.

CONTRIBUTORY PARENT (TEMPORARY) VISA (SUBCLASS 173)

FEATURES:

​​This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily.

You must have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

At least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country.

REMAINING RELATIVE VISA (SUBCLASS 115)

FEATURES:

​This visa allows someone outside Australia whose only near relatives are living in Australia to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

ELIGIBILITY:

Your (and your partner’s) relatives in Australia must be your only near relatives.

ou must have someone who will provide an assurance of support.

VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600)

FEATURES:

This visa lets you visit Australia:

to visit or for business visitor purposes

for up to three, six or 12 months.

You might be able to get this visa if you are travelling to Australia:

as a visitor

for business visitor activities

to visit family

on a tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

LODGING REVIEWS AND APPEALS

 

If the Department notifies you in a decision letter that:

you have been refused the grant of a visa, or

your visa has been cancelled, and

you are eligible for a merits review of the decision by the AAT

you should act quickly if you want to apply for review of that decision. This is because there is a time limit by when the application must be lodged for it to be reviewable by the AAT.

The AAT cannot extend the date by when you must apply to the AAT for a review of that decision. You must complete the relevant form and pay any applicable application fee within the time limit.

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