Skilled Visas

Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa

Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa

Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa

Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa


Australian immigration policy has a strong focus on skilled migration, with an emphasis on attracting qualified skilled people to Australia.

The two permanent residence skilled visa options are the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa, and the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa, for those nominated by a State or Territory Government. You do not need to have a confirmed job offer in hand when applying for these visas.

For the temporary visas, there is the Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa, which replaced the previous subclass 457 visa. This visa allows the applicant to work in several streams, each having occupations and visa compliance conditions specific to that stream. The streams are the Short Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium-to-Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL). The STSOL does not have a pathway to permanent residence, while the MLTSSL and ROL do. You need to have a confirmed job offer when applying for these visas.

In addition, there is also the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) for those who are sponsored by a State/Territory Government or by an eligible relative and invited to apply by the Department of Home Affairs.

Steps to take:

Step 1: Choose the right occupation for your qualifications and employment experience. Ensure your nominated occupation is available for a skilled visa. Check the List of Eligible Occupations that the Department of Home Affairs sets out. This list is updated periodically, so check for changes. Consider whether you require nomination by a State or Territory Government, by a relative or can apply on your own.

Step 2: Apply for and obtain a positive skills assessment from the designated skills assessment authority. We can assist you and guide you through this process. A positive skills assessment from the appropriate authority is a requirement.

Step 3: Prove their English language ability. This could be by nationality, or a formal English language test. If you need to demonstrate the appropriate score for your English language to comply with the visa requirements, we encourage you to do the test as soon as possible. English language test results are valid for three years.

Step 4: Consider your age, points test entitlements (where applicable) and whether there are any other factors that may influence the outcome of your application. If you have a positive skill assessment, meet the English language requirement, be below 45 years of age, and where applicable hold a confirmed job offer or have received an invitation to apply, then we can assist you to prepare and lodge your visa application. After lodgement, we will monitor your visa application and advise you on the process.