If you have the skills and qualifications in demand in Australia, you may be able to gain residency without employer sponsorship. Our migration agents are specialists in skilled migration and can assist you with an initial visa eligibility assessment, formal skill assessment, state sponsorship applications, lodging your Expression of Interest and submission of your visa application.
In the skill stream, priority processing is currently given to applicants who are migrating to a regional area, sponsored by employers or nominated by a state or territory government under a State Migration Plan. However, if you have the skills in demand and high point score you could migrate to Australia without the need for sponsorship. Speak to our migration agent Perth or migration agent Sydney to discuss your application on 1300 588 031 or e-mail.
You cannot immediately submit your skilled visa application. You must receive an invitation from DIBP to lodge your application. SkillSelect is an online system that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to make an expression of interest to be considered for a skilled visa. Under SkillSelect, intending migrants may be sponsored for skilled visas by Australian employers or nominated by state and territory governments, or invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application. You must submit a complete and accurate EOI on SkillSelect. If you make any errors in your point score during the EOI phase your visa can later be refused even if you meet the passmark. Engaging a registered migration agent before submitting your EOI will ensure your application is successful.
Skill stream categories
There are four main skilled migrations categories:
- Point-based skilled migration
- Permanent Employer Sponsored Programme
- Business Innovation and Investment Programme
- Distinguished talent
Point-based skilled migration
There is a range of points-based skilled migration visa options for skilled workers who want to live in Australia.
- 189 Skilled Independent
- 190 Skilled Sponsored
- 489 Skilled Provisional
- 485 Recent Graduate
- 476 Recognised Graduate
Applicants can be nominated by a state or territory government agency, sponsored by an eligible relative or independently migrate (non-sponsored). Independent migrants are selected on the basis of their skills, attributes and suitability for employment so they are in a position to contribute quickly to the Australian economy. They are not sponsored by an employer or relative in Australia. Sponsorship by an eligible Australian relative or nomination by a state or territory government is also possible under points-based skilled migration.
Points-based skilled migration visas are subject to a points test. Our migration agent Perth and migration agent Sydney will conduct a detailed assessment to ensure you will meet the required pass mark. We will search the relevant state and territory occupations in demand lists and research the skill assessment requirements for your nominated occupation.