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Visitor visa (subclass 600)

 

Features

This visa lets you visitAustralia:

 

to visit or for business visitor purposes

for up to three, six or 12 months.

 

The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD135 to AUD340.

If you hold a certain passport, you might be able to apply for a free or cheaper visa.

The eVisitor (subclass 651) visa is free. You must be a passport holder of a certain country.

The Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa has an AUD20 service charge. You must be a passport holder of a certain country.

 

Requirements

 

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

 

as a visitor

for business visitor activities

to visit family

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

 

If you are inAustraliayou can apply for the Tourist stream of the Visitor visa online provided you currently have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed.

If you are outsideAustraliaonly certain passport holders can apply for this visa online.

If you cannot apply online, you can lodge a paper application.

 

 

 

Work andHolidayvisa (subclass 462)

 

This visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.

 

This visa allows you to: 

Stay inAustraliafor up to 12 months work inAustralia,

Generally for up to six months with each employer

Study for up to four months

Leave and re-enterAustraliaany number of times while the visa is valid.

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

 

are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time you lodge your application

will not be with a dependent child while you are inAustralia

have enough money to support yourself on a working holiday (about AUD 5000)

have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay

have not previously enteredAustraliaon a Work andHolidayvisa (subclass 462) or a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)

meet the educational requirements

have functional English

have a letter of support from your government (except applicants from theUSAand the People’s Republic ofChina)

meet character and health requirements

are a genuine visitor.

 

Eligible countries

You can apply for this visa if you hold a passport from:

Argentina

Bangladesh

Chile

China, People’s Republic of

Indonesia

Malaysia

Poland

Portugal

Spain

Thailand

Turkey

United States of America

Uruguay.

 

 

 

Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)

 

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.

 

You must be sponsored by an approved business. A business can sponsor someone for this visa if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.

You can be in or outside Australia when you lodge your application.

 

This visa allows you to:

 

work inAustraliafor up to four years

bring your family to work or study inAustralia

travel in and out of Australia as often as you want.

 

To apply you must:

 

be nominated to work in an approved occupation on the Skilled Occupation Lists

meet the skill requirements for the nominated occupation

meet registration and licensing obligations

speak vocational English

have been nominated by an approved business

 

 

Training and Research visa (subclass 402)

 

The Training and Research visa (subclass 402) is for people who want to come toAustraliaon a temporary basis to participate in occupational training, observe or participate in research as a visiting academic, or participate in a professional development program.

 

This visa has three streams:

 

Occupational Trainee stream: for people who need structured workplace-based training to enhance their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise.

 

Professional Development stream: for professionals, managers or government officials invited to participate in a professional development training program inAustralia. The program must have been arranged by an employer outsideAustraliaand usually lasts up to 18 months.

 

Research stream: for professional academics invited to visitAustraliato observe or participate in an Australian research project at an Australian tertiary or research institution.

 

This visa allows you to:

 

enterAustraliaat any time after your visa is granted, if you are outsideAustraliaat the time of visa grant

stay inAustraliafor the duration of the training, research position or program

do the training or activity specified in your visa application

travel to and fromAustraliaas many times as you want until you have finished participating in the program or your visa expires, whichever occurs first.

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

 

are sponsored by one of the following:

a training and research sponsor who has lodged their sponsorship application or had it approved

an approved professional development sponsor

an approved visiting academic sponsor or occupational trainee sponsor (for sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012)

meet the requirements of the visa for the stream in which you are applying

have a genuine intention to stay temporarily inAustralia

have adequate financial support for yourself and accompanying family members while inAustralia

have adequate arrangements for health insurance while inAustralia

meet health and character requirements.

are at least 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances).

 

Financial support

 

You may be asked to provide evidence that you can financially support yourself and your accompanying family members while inAustralia.

 

 

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

 

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work inAustraliatemporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.

 

This visa has two streams:

 

Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.

 

Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa toAustraliaon or after 5 November 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification.

 

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

Family members who apply for this visa after the main applicant has been granted the visa may be in or outsideAustraliawhen they apply, but must not be in immigration clearance.

 

This visa allows you and your family to stay inAustraliatemporarily after you have finished your studies. While inAustralia, you can:

 

travel

work

study.

 

It is important to note that it is your responsibility to seek your own employment. The Australian government is not responsible for arranging employment.

 

Supporting evidence must be provided at the time you lodge your application. Requirements for this visa include:

 

you must be younger than 50 years of age

you must hold an eligible visa

you must have included in your application evidence that you have met the English language requirement

you must meet the Australian study requirement in the last six months

you must meet health and character requirements.

you must have health insurance inAustralia

you must meet the specific requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa.

 

 

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Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) and Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)

 

The Partner (Provisional) visa allows you to live inAustraliaif you are the spouse or de facto partner of:

 

an Australian citizen

a permanent resident

an eligibleNew Zealandcitizen.

The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is the first stage towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100). You lodge only one application for your temporary and permanent visas and pay one application charge. Your application is processed in two stages, about two years apart.

You must be outsideAustraliawhen you apply and also when the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted. You can be in or outsideAustraliawhen Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted.

 

The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) lets you:

 

enterAustraliaand stay here until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa

work inAustralia

study inAustralia, but with no access to government funding

enrol inMedicare,Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses.

 

If you are later granted a permanent visa, you can:

 

stay inAustraliaindefinitely

work and study inAustralia

apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

receive some social security payments

travel to and fromAustraliafor five years from the date the visa is granted – after that time you will need another visa to enterAustralia.

 

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

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligibleNew Zealandcitizen.

 

You must be in a genuine and ongoing relationship. You must live with your partner or, if you do not, any separation must be only temporary.

Both parties must freely consent to the relationship.

You can apply if you intend to marry your partner before a decision on your visa is made.

In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than two years from when you lodge your application. You could be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfill the usual two-year waiting period if:

at the time you apply, you have been in a partner relationship with your partner for three years or more, or two years or more if you and your partner have a dependent child of your relationship

your partner holds or held a permanent humanitarian visa and you were in the relationship before the visa was granted and this relationship was declared to the department at the time.

 

 

Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

 

The Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) is for people who want to come toAustraliato marry their prospective spouse.

 

It is a temporary visa for nine months. You must be outsideAustraliawhen you lodge your application and when the visa is granted. You can have the wedding in any country: the wedding does not need to be inAustralia.

 

This visa allows you to:

 

enterAustraliabefore you marry your prospective spouse

travel in and out ofAustraliaas often as you want

work inAustralia, although some employers might not hire people with temporary visas

study inAustralia, but with no access to government funding for tertiary study

apply for a Partner visa, inAustralia, after your marriage.

 

You must:

 

intend to marry and live as husband or wife with your prospective spouse

be sponsored by your prospective spouse

know your prospective spouse and have met in person

be the opposite sex to your prospective spouse (same-sex couples can apply for  a Partner visa  based on their de facto relationship)

meet age, health and character requirements.

 

 

Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

 

The Business Talent visa (subclass 132) is a permanent residence visa for business people who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

 

To be able to get this visa you need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect and then be invited to apply.

You can be in or outsideAustraliawhen you apply and when the visa is decided.

 

The Business Talent visa (subclass 132) allows you to establish a new or develop an existing business inAustralia.

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

 

stay inAustraliaindefinitely

work and study inAustralia

enrol inMedicare,Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

travel to and fromAustraliafor five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return toAustralia).

 

 

 

You might be able to get this visa if:

 

you are nominated by a state or territory government

you are invited to apply

you and your family members (whether or not they are included in your application) meet health and character requirements

you meet the additional requirements for the stream in which you apply.

 

Health requirements

 

You must meet certain health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months.

 

This also applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

 

Character requirements

 

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

 

This applies to you and all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

 

Debts to the Australian Government

 

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

 

Significant Business History stream

 

You, your partner, or you and your partner combined must have all of the following:

total net assets of at least AUD400 000 as the ownership interest in one or more qualifying businesses for least two of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply and if the qualifying business(es) was a publicly listed company, a shareholding of at least 10 per cent of the total issued capital

net business and personal assets of at least AUD1.5 million that are legally acquired and can be transferred toAustraliawithin two years after the visa is granted

a total annual turnover of at least AUD3 million in one or more of your main businesses in at least two of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply

ownership of at least:

51 per cent of a business with turnover of less than AUD400 000 per year

30 per cent of a business with turnover of more than AUD400 000 per year, or

10 per cent of a publicly listed company

an overall successful business career

no involvement in unacceptable business activities

a genuine desire to own and maintain a management role in a business inAustralia.

You must also be younger than 55 years of age, although a state or territory can waive this requirement if your proposed business will be of exceptional economic benefit to the region where it will operate.

Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream

You must have received at least AUD1 million in funding from an Australian venture capital firm.

The funding must be for the start-up, product commercialization or business development of a promising high-value business idea.

The venture capital firm must be a member of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL). AVCAL has information about the venture capital category of membership in its Venture Capital entrepreneur visa factsheet.

You must have entered into a formal agreement with the venture capital firm for the funding.

 

 

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)

 

The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) is part of the Business Innovation and Investment Programme.

 

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect and be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government before being invited to apply for this visa.

The visa includes four streams:

 

Business Innovation stream: for people with business skills who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business inAustralia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.

 

Investor stream: for people who want to make a designated investment of at least AUD1.5million in an Australian state or territory and maintain business and investment activity inAustralia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.


Significant Investor stream: for people who are willing to invest at least AUD5million into complying significant investments inAustraliaand want to maintain business and investment activity inAustralia. Applicants can be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.

 

Premium Investor stream: for people who are willing to invest at least AUD15million into complying premium investments inAustraliaand want to maintain business and investment activity inAustralia. Applicants must be nominated by Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.

 

What this visa lets you do

 

establish a new or develop an existing business and/or invest inAustralia, make a designated investment with an Australian state or territory government or make and maintain complying investments inAustralia

travel in and out ofAustraliafor the life of your visa

bring family members with you toAustralia

seek permanent residence by applying for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888).

 

Before you apply

 

To be able to apply for this visa, you must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.

 

You may then be nominated before being invited to apply.

Your EOI must specify:

which stream you intend to apply under

which state or territory you wish to seek nomination from, or if you are seeking nomination from the Australian government (where possible).

 

When you have submitted your EOI, a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government could view it and decide whether to nominate you to apply for a visa. Government nominators have their own criteria for deciding who to nominate. In some cases, the authority might contact you before you are nominated to discuss business and investment possibilities. In others, the authority will wait for you to contact it.

If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply online for the visa. During that time, you cannot change the information in your EOI. If your first invitation expires, you do not have to submit a new EOI. Your EOI will be automatically reverted to 'submitted' status in SkillSelect. Government nominators can access and review your EOI and nominate you again if they wish. You will receive a second invitation upon being nominated again. If you receive a second invitation to apply for a visa and you do not lodge an application, your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect. If you still want to apply for the visa, you will need to submit a new EOI.

Although you do not need to provide supporting documents with an EOI, your visa application is likely to need extensive supporting documentation, as listed in the document checklist. Start compiling your documents early in the process, so you can respond within the 60 days if you receive an invitation.

Information about nomination requirements, business and employment in various states and territories is available on their websites:

Austrade

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia.

Information about state and territory treasury corporations offering designated investments for the Investor stream is available on their websites:

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia.

Your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.

 

You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.

 

You might be able to get this visa if:

 

you are nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government

you are invited to apply

you (and all your family members) meet certain health and character requirements

you meet the additional requirements for the stream in which you apply.

 

Health requirements

 

You must meet certain health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months.

 

This also applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

 

Character requirements

 

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

 

This applies to you and all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

For each person included in the application aged 16 years or older you will need to complete:

Form 80 - Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment (386KB PDF)

If you have served in the armed forces of any country, provide certified copies of military service record or discharge papers.

 

Character and Penal Clearance Requirements

 

Sign the Australian values statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life inAustraliabook before you sign the statement.

 

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

 

Business Innovation stream

Your obligations

You must:

be under 55 years of age, although a state or territory can waive this requirement if your proposed business will be of exceptional economic benefit to the nominating state or territory.

score at least 65 on the points test. Please see the Points test tab on this webpage for further information.

for two out of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply, have had an ownership interest in an established business or businesses that had at least AUD500 000 turnover in each of those years

own at least one of the following percentage of your nominated main business:

51 per cent, if the business has a turnover of less than AUD400 000 per year

30 per cent, if the business has a turnover of AUD400 000 or more per year

10 per cent, if the business is a publicly listed company

have an overall successful business career

have a genuine desire to continuously own and maintain a management role in a business inAustralia.

If your nominated main business provides professional, technical or trade services, you must have spent no more than half your time providing those services, as opposed to general management of the business.

At the time of invitation, you, your partner, or you and your partner combined must have total net business and personal assets of at least AUD800 000 that are lawfully acquired and available for legal transfer to Australia within two years of the visa being granted.

You and your partner must have had no involvement in unacceptable business or investment activities.

 

Investor stream

 

You must:

be under 55 years of age, although a state or territory can waive this requirement if your proposed investment will be of exceptional economic benefit to the nominating state or territory

score at least 65 on the points test. Please see the Points test tab on this webpage for further information.

have a high level of management skill in relation to the eligible investment or qualifying business activity

have at least three years' experience of direct involvement in managing one or more qualifying businesses or eligible investments

have an overall successful record of eligible investment or qualifying business activity

have a genuine and realistic commitment to continuing your business and investment activity inAustraliaafter the original investment has matured

have a genuine intention to live for at least two years in the state or territory in which you have made a designated investment.

You, your partner, or you and your partner combined must:

for at least one of the five fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply, have directly managed one of the following:

a qualifying business in which you, your partner or you and your partner combined had at least 10 per cent ownership interest, or

eligible investments owned by you, your partner or you and your partner combined of at least AUD1.5million.

during the two fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply, have legally acquired net business, investment and personal assets of at least AUD2.25 million that are available for legal transfer toAustraliawithin two years of the visa being granted

make a designated investment of at least AUD1.5 million in a state or territory government security using unencumbered funds accumulated from qualifying businesses or eligible investments and be prepared to hold that investment for at least four years from date of issue in your nominating state or territory

have had no involvement in unacceptable activities.

Income that you earn from your designated investment inAustraliais subject to tax under Australian taxation law.

 

Significant Investor stream

 

Please note that the rules that were in force at the time that you applied for your Significant Investor visa will continue to apply for the duration of your provisional visa, including any Extension stream visas you apply for that relate to that provisional visa.

You must have a genuine and realistic commitment to:

reside in the state or territory whose government agency nominated you,

continue your business and investment activity inAustraliaafter the conclusion of your provisional visa,

live inAustraliafor at least 40 days per year (calculated cumulatively) for the duration of your provisional visa, or your spouse to live for at least 180 days per year (calculated cumulatively) for the duration of your provisional visa.

You, your partner, or you and your partner combined must have net assets of at least AUD5 million that are legally acquired, unencumbered, and available to be used to make the complying investment inAustralia.

You and your partner must not have been involved in unacceptable business or investment activities.

You, your partner and other family members aged at least 18 must agree not to bring any action against the Commonwealth for any loss relating to your complying investment.

Income that you earn from your complying investment inAustraliais subject to tax under Australian taxation law.

You must also make a complying investment or a complying significant investment of at least AUD5 million over four years.

 

Complying Significant Investments for applications made after 1 July 2015

 

If you applied for a Significant Investor visa prior to 1 July 2015, see the rules below, which will continue to apply to you.

You must make a complying significant investment of at least AUD5 million over four years in the following proportions:

At least AUD500000 inventure capital and growth private equity funds which invest in start-ups and small private companies.

At least AUD1.5 million in approved managed funds investing in emerging companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

A ‘balancing investment’ of at least AUD3 million in managed funds that may invest in a range of assets, including ASX-listed companies, Australian corporate bonds or notes, annuities and commercial real estate.

Direct investment in residential real estate will continue to be prohibited and indirect investment in residential property through managed funds will now be strictly limited.

Investments must not be used as security or collateral for a loan.

More detailed information about complying significant investments is available at Austrade.

 

Complying Investments for applications made prior to 1 July 2015

 

You must make a complying investment of at least AUD5 million in any of the following options, in any proportion, and hold that investment continuously for at least four years:

Commonwealth, state or territory government bonds

Eligible managed funds - that are limited to investing in any or all of the following Australian assets:

infrastructure projects inAustralia

cash held by Australian deposit-taking institutions

bonds issued by the Commonwealth Government or a State or Territory government

bonds, equity, hybrids or other corporate debt in companies and trusts listed or expected to be listed within 12 months on any Australian stock exchange

bonds or term deposits issued by Australian financial institutions

real property inAustralia

Australian agribusiness

annuities issued by an Australian registered life company in accordance with section 9 or12Aof the Life Insurance Act 1995

loans secured by mortgages over the investments listed above

derivatives used for portfolio management and non-speculative purposes which constitute no more than 20 per cent of the total value of the managed fund

other managed funds that invest in the investments listed above

direct investment into private Australian companies - in which you have an ownership interest.  The company needs to operate a qualifying business if you intend to apply for and meet the criteria for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) in the Significant Investor stream.

 

Premium Investor Stream

 

The Premium Investor stream is by invitation of Austrade on behalf of the Australian government only. You must make a complying investment of at least AUD15 million in any of the following options:

Australian securities exchange listed assets.

Australian government or semi-government bonds or notes.

Corporate bonds or notes issued by an Australian exchange listed entity (or wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian listed entity) or investment grade rated Australian corporate bonds or notes rated by an AFS licenced debt rating agency.

Australian proprietary limited companies.

Real property inAustraliaexcluding residential property.

Deferred annuities issued by Australian registered life companies.

State or territory government approved philanthropic contribution.

Income that you earn from your complying investment inAustraliais subject to tax under Australian taxation law.

You must also have a genuine and realistic commitment to continue your business and investment activity inAustraliaafter the conclusion of your provisional visa.

You, your partner (spouse or de facto), or you and your partner combined must have net assets of at least AUD15 million that are legally acquired, unencumbered, and available to be used to make the complying investment inAustralia.

You and your partner must not have been involved in unacceptable business or investment activities.

You, your partner and other family members aged at least 18 must agree not to bring any action against the Commonwealth for any loss relating to your complying investment.

 

 

You must score at least 65 points (the pass mark) in the points test to be eligible to apply for a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) in the Business Innovation stream or the Investor stream.

 

Point Test

 

The points test does not apply to you if you are applying in the Significant Investor stream, the Premium Investor stream, or the Business Innovation Extension stream or the Significant Investor Extension stream.

The test gives points for various elements of human capital and business innovation and includes objective measures of business performance.

Points are awarded for:

age

English language ability

qualifications

experience in business or investment

net personal and business assets

business turnover

innovation.

Points are awarded on the basis of the factors listed in the following table. All factors are assessed as at the time you are invited to apply for this visa, unless otherwise noted.

 

Factor

Description

Points

Age

18–24 years

20

25–32 years

30

33–39 years

25

40–44 years

20

45–54 years

15

55 and older

0

English language ability

Vocational English

5

Proficient English

10

Qualifications

Australian trade certificate, diploma or bachelor degree by an Australian education institute; or

a bachelor qualification recognised by an education institution of a recognised standard

5

Bachelor degree in business, science or technology by an Australian institution; or a bachelor qualification by an education institution of a recognised standard

10

Special endorsement

The nominating state or territory government agency could decide that your proposed business is of unique and important benefit to the state or territory where the nominating government agency is located

10

Financial assets

Net business and personal assets of you, your partner or you and your partner combined in each of the preceding two years of at least:

 

AUD800 000

5

AUD1.3 million

15

AUD1.8 million

25

AUD2.25 million

35

Business turnover

Annual turnover in your main business during a period of at least two years of the preceding four fiscal years of at least:

 

AUD500 000

5

AUD1 million

15

AUD1.5 million

25

AUD2 million

35

Business Innovation stream only

Business experience

You have held one or more businesses before you were invited to apply for the visa for:

 

Not less than four years within the preceding five years

10

Not less than seven years within the preceding eight years

15

Investor stream only

Investor experience

Eligible investment of at least AUD100 000 held for:

 

At least four years before the time of invitation to apply for the visa

10

At least seven years before the time of invitation to apply for the visa

15

Business innovation qualifications

At the time of invitation to apply for the visa:

Evidence of registered patents or registered designs

15

Evidence of registered trademarks

10

Evidence of formal joint venture agreements

5

Evidence of export trade

15

Evidence of ownership interest in a gazelle business

10

Evidence of receipt of grants or venture capital funding

10

State or territory nomination

Special endorsement (limited places)

10

 

For the Business Innovation stream, this component of the points test gives points for evidence of the following attributes at the time you are invited to apply for this visa. You can be awarded points for more than one attribute, but only once for each of them.

 

Registered patents or registered designs (15 points)

The patent or design must have been registered at least one year.

It must have been used in the day-to-day activities of your nominated main business.

Registered trademarks (10 points)

The trademark must have been registered at least one year.

It must have been used in the day-to-day activities of your main business.

Joint venture agreements (5 points)

The agreement must be a formal agreement that has been in force for at least one year.

You must have been involved at a senior level in day-to-day management and decision-making for the venture.

Export trade (15 points)

One or more of your nominated main businesses must have derived at least 50 per cent of annual turnover from export trade for at least two of the preceding four fiscal years.

Gazelle businesses (newly established businesses experiencing rapid growth during a short period) (10 points)

Your nominated main business must have been registered for no more than five years.

The average annualised growth in turnover of the business must have been greater than 20 per cent each year for a continuous period of three fiscal years.

The business must have had 10 or more full-time employees for at least one fiscal year in the three-year period.

Receipt of grants or venture capital funding for an innovative business idea (10 points)

This funding must have been for the early-phase start-up of a business, product commercialisation, business development or business expansion.

Grants: You must have received a grant of at least AUD10 000 under specified conditions from a government body in your home country within the preceding four years.

Venture capital funding: You must have received venture capital funding of at least AUD100 000 within the preceding four years.

 

 

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)

 

The Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) is the second stage of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188). You can apply for it after you have fulfilled the requirements of your provisional visa.

 

You do not need to submit a new Expression of Interest or be invited to apply for this visa. You need to be nominated by a state or territory government agency or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government if you are seeking to satisfy the primary criteria.

If you are the holder of a provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) you should provide evidence that the government entity which nominated you for that visa has not withdrawn the nomination.

If you are the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444), or require nomination from a different nominator than your provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) you are required to obtain nomination from a state or territory or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government before you lodge an application for this visa.

 

The Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) allows you to manage your business and investments inAustralia.

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

 

stay inAustraliaindefinitely

work and study inAustralia

enrol inMedicare,Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

travel to and fromAustraliafor five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return toAustralia).

 

You might be able to apply for this visa if:

 

you are the primary visa holder of a provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) and have met all the requirements of your Business Innovation and Investment visa in the stream in which you first applied; or

you are the secondary visa holder who is the spouse or de facto partner of a provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) holder in the Investor or Business Innovation stream and can meet all the primary criteria requirements of  the permanent Business Innovation and Investment visa in the relevant stream; or

you hold a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a Business (Long stay) visa (subclass 457IE) and have met the requirements of the business innovation stream; and

you and your partner have not been involved in any unacceptable business or investment activities.

 

In addition:

you and your partner have a satisfactory record of complying with Commonwealth laws, and of each State or Territory in which you operate a business and employ employees in the business, relating to your business,

you have been nominated by an Australian state or territory or by Austrade on behalf of the Australian government,

you and all your family members meet health and character requirements – you do not need to prove this again if you have already done this for the provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188),

have a realistic commitment to maintain business or investment activities inAustralia.

Other requirements depend on the stream in which you held your provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188).

 

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. However, most applicants for this visa will not be required to complete additional health examinations. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.

 

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

 

This applies to you and all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

 

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

 

Biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

 

Business Innovation stream

If you are applying for the Business Innovation stream, you must have been inAustraliaand held:

a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) in the Business Innovation stream or the Business Innovation Extension stream

a Special Category visa (subclass 444)

a Business (Long Stay) visa (subclass 457IE)

for at least one year in the two years immediately before you apply.

In addition, you must be able to show ongoing business involvement, meet certain financial requirements, and have a history of employing Australian workers.

 

Ongoing business involvement

 

You must be able to show that you (or you and your partner together) have:

had an ownership interest (and continue to have an ownership interest) and a direct and continuous management role in an actively operating main business (or main businesses) inAustraliafor the two years immediately before you apply.

had an annual turnover of at least AUD300 000 from the main business (or businesses) in the 12 months before you apply. (A nominating state or territory might agree to waive the requirement to show an annual turnover of AUD300 000 if you live and operate business in a specified regional area ofAustralia)

owned at least one of the following percentages of the main business (or main businesses) inAustraliain the year immediately before you apply:

51 per cent of a business with a turnover of less than AUD400 000 per year

30 per cent of a business with a turnover of AUD400 000 or more per year

10 per cent of a publicly listed company

obtained an Australian Business Number for each of your main businesses

submitted Business Activity Statements to the Australian Taxation Office for the two years immediately before you apply

not acquired the ownership in your main business (or two main businesses) from a person who was an applicant for, or a holder of, a permanent Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 888) or a permanent business skills visa (in subclasses 890, 891, 892 or 893), unless you and that person had a joint interest in the main business for at least one year before you lodge your application for this visa.

You (or your partner, or you and your partner together) must also demonstrate that you have achieved at least two of the following requirements:

a net value of business assets of at least AUD200000 inyour nominated main business (or two main businesses) inAustraliathroughout the year immediately before you apply

a net value of personal and business assets of at least AUD600000 inAustraliathroughout the year immediately before you apply

employed at least the equivalent of two full-time employees in your main business (or main businesses), throughout the year immediately before you apply who are:

Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or holders of validNew Zealandpassports

not your family members.

 

Investor stream

 

If you are applying for this visa in the Investor stream, you must have been inAustraliaand held your provisional visa in the Investor stream for at least two of the four years immediately before you apply.

In addition, you (or you and your partner combined) must have held a designated investment with an Australian state or territory for at least four years.

If you applied for your provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Investor stream prior to 1 July 2015, you are eligible to apply for a subclass 888 visa after holding your provisional visa for 3 years and 11 months. If you applied for your provisional visa after 1 July 2015, you are required to hold your provisional visa for at least 4 years prior to applying for a subclass 888 visa.

 

Significant Investor stream

 

If you are applying for a permanent visa (subclass 888) in the Significant Investor stream, you must have held at the time of application:

a provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Significant Investor stream or in the Significant Investor Extension stream.

You must have been in Australia as the holder of a provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Significant Investor stream or the Significant Investor extension stream for at least 40 days per year (calculated cumulatively) for the period of time you have held your provisional visa(s), or your spouse has been in Australia for at least 180 days per year (calculated cumulatively) on the basis of the period of time the primary applicant has held their provisional visa(s).

In addition, you (or you and your partner combined) must have:

held complying investments continuously for at least 4 years while holding your Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188).

operated a qualifying business under the private Australian company in which you have made a direct complying investment if applicable.

Note that the rules in force at the time you applied for you original subclass 188 visa in the Significant Investor stream will apply to you when your application for a subclass 888 visa is assessed.

If you applied for your provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Significant Investor stream prior to 1 July 2015, you are eligible to apply for a subclass 888 visa after holding your provisional visa for 3 years and 11 months. If you applied for your provisional visa after 1 July 2015, you are required to hold your provisional visa for at least 4 years prior to applying for a subclass 888 visa.

 

Premium Investor stream

 

If you are applying for a permanent visa (subclass 888) in the Premium Investor stream, you must have held a provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Premium Investor stream at the time of application and be nominated by the Commonwealth government.

You must have held your provisional visa for a minimum of 1 year.

You (or you and your partner combined) must have held complying premium investments continuously for at least 1 year, and for the entire time you have held your Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188).

 

 

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

 

The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live inAustralia.

 

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.

 

You can be in or outsideAustraliawhen you apply and when the visa is granted.

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

 

stay inAustraliaindefinitely

work and study inAustralia

enrol inMedicare,Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

travel to and fromAustraliafor five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return toAustralia).

 

You are eligible to apply for this visa if you have been invited. At the time we invite you to apply for this visa, you must have:

 

nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list

obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation

not yet turned 50 years of age

achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

at least competent English.

 

You must score at least 60 points against points test factors to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa.

 

If you are invited to apply, you must achieve at least the score specified in your letter of invitation.

This information tells you what you can be awarded points for. The evidence you need to provide is listed in the document checklist.

 

Points are awarded on the basis of the factors listed in the following table. All factors are assessed as they are at the time you are invited to apply for this visa.

 

Factor

Description

Points

Age

18–24 years

25

25–32 years

30

33–39 years

25

40–44 years

15

45–49 years

0

English language ability

Test results must be no older than three years immediately before the day on which the visa application was made.

Competent English

 

0

Proficient English

10

Superior English

 

20

Skilled employment

Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of skilled employment in and outsideAustralia

OutsideAustralia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

 

·         In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)


5

·         In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)

10

·         In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)

15

InAustralia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

 

·         In skilled employment for at least one but less than three years (of the past 10 years)

5

·         In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)

10

·         In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)

15

·         In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)

20

Qualifications

Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard

20

At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard

15

Diploma or trade qualification completed inAustralia

10

An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation

10

Australian study requirement

One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement

5

Other factors

Credentialled community language qualifications

5

Study in regionalAustraliaor a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education)

5

Partner skill qualifications

5

Professional year inAustraliafor at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply

5

Nomination/sponsorship (where required)

Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190only)

5

Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only)

10

 

 

 

 

Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

 

The Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) lets parents who are outside Australia live in Australia for up to two years if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

 

This visa is temporary and cannot be extended or renewed. After arriving inAustralia, you have two years to apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143). In this way, you can spread the costs of the Contributory Parent migration over a number of years.

Most applicants must be sponsored by their child. Your sponsor needs to have lived lawfully inAustraliafor the two years before the application is lodged.

 

This is a temporary visa that lets you and your family:

 

live inAustraliafor two years

work and study inAustralia

enrol in MedicareAustralia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

travel to and fromAustraliafor two years from the date the visa is granted.

If you are granted this visa, you will have two years from the date of your arrival inAustraliato apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

 

You might be able to get a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) if you:

 

have a child who is:

an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligibleNew Zealandcitizen

lawfully resident inAustraliafor at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)

have a sponsor

meet the balance of family test

meet health and character requirements.

 

Your sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen. The sponsor needs to have been living lawfully inAustraliafor at least two years before you apply for this visa. For most applicants, your child or your child's spouse or de facto partner will need to sponsor you.

If your child is younger than 18 years of age you can be sponsored by:

your child's spouse, if the spouse has turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen

a relative or guardian of your child

a relative or guardian of your child's spouse, if the spouse has not turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

a community organisation.

 

 

Contributory parent visa (subclass 143)

 

The Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) lets parents live permanently inAustraliaif they have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen who is settled inAustralia.

 

Most applicants need to be sponsored by their child. Your sponsor needs to have lived lawfully inAustraliafor the two years before the application is lodged.

You can lodge an application for this visa in or outsideAustralia. If you are inAustralia, you can apply only if your temporary visa allows you to apply for another visa while you are inAustralia.

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

 

stay inAustraliaindefinitely

work and study inAustralia

enrol inMedicare,Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

travel to and fromAustraliafor five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return toAustralia).

 

You might be able to get a permanent Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 143) if you either:

 

hold a temporary Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

have a child who is:

 

an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligibleNew Zealandcitizen

lawfully resident inAustraliafor about two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)

meet the balance-of-family test

have an accepted assurance of support

meet health and character requirements.

 

Your sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen. The sponsor needs to have been living lawfully inAustraliafor at least two years before you apply for this visa. For most applicants, your child or your child's spouse or de facto partner will need to sponsor you.

If your child is younger than 18 years of age you can be sponsored by:

your child's spouse, if the spouse has turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen

a relative or guardian of your child

a relative or guardian of your child's spouse, if the spouse has not turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

a community organisation.

 

 

Parent visa (subclass 103)

 

The Parent visa (subclass 103) lets parents live permanently inAustraliaif they have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen who is settled inAustralia.

 

Most applicants must be sponsored by their child. The sponsor needs to have lived lawfully inAustraliafor the two years immediately before the application is lodged.

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

 

stay inAustraliaindefinitely

work and study inAustralia

enrol inMedicare,Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

travel to and fromAustraliafor five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return toAustralia).

 

You might be able to get a Parent visa (subclass 103) if you:

 

have a child who is:

an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligibleNew Zealandcitizen

lawfully resident inAustraliafor at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)

meet the balance-of-family test

meet health and character requirements

have a sponsor.

 

Your sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen. The sponsor needs to have been living lawfully inAustraliafor at least two years before you apply for this visa. For most applicants, your child or your child's spouse or de facto partner will need to sponsor you.

 

If your child is younger than 18 years of age you can be sponsored by:

your child's spouse, if the spouse has turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligibleNew Zealandcitizen

a relative or guardian of your child, if the relative or guardian has turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

a relative or guardian of your child's spouse, if the spouse has not turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

a community organisation.

 

 

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

 

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work inAustralia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa programme.

 

This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are inAustralia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The visa has three streams:

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

 

The Direct Entry stream is for:

people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

people who have never, or only briefly, worked inAustralia, or

temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

 

have been nominated by an approved Australian employer within the six months before you apply

are under the age of 50 at the time of application, unless you are exempt

have the required skills and qualifications for the position (at time of application lodgement you must have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body)

have appropriate English language skills (at the time of application lodgement), unless you are exempt

meet health and character requirements

meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

Age requirements

Even if you are older than 50 years of age, you can still apply for this visa if you:

are nominated as a senior academic (University Lecturer or Faculty Head) by a university inAustralia

are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency

are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 422 or subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying and at least two years of that employment was located in regionalAustraliaand the nominated position is located in regionalAustralia.

are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 422 visa before becoming the holder of a subclass 457 visa for two years in the four years immediately before applying and at least two years of that employment was located in regional Australia and the nominated position is located in regional Australia.

are applying through the Direct Entry stream and you hold a Subclass 444 (New Zealandcitizen) or Subclass 461 (New Zealandcitizen's family member) visa and you have been working for the employer who nominated you for at least two years in the last three years immediately before making the application

are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, and you have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying, and that employer paid you at least as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years

are applying through the Agreement stream and the relevant labour agreement allows for a person who has turned 50 to be employed.

 

English language requirements

 

You can show that your English is adequate by providing the following evidence at the time of application:

achieving the required minimum test scores in a specified English language test either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream that has been conducted within three years immediately prior to the date of application lodgement

holding a valid passport issued by theUnited Kingdom, theUnited States of America,Canada,New Zealandor theRepublicofIrelandand evidence you are a citizen of that country.

You might not need to show adequate English language skills if you:

have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD 180 001), however if you are not able to demonstrate that you have functional English, you will be required to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge

are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:

you have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution

all of the tuition was delivered in English.

More information on these exemptions is in Classes of Persons (Exempt from the English Criteria).

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

 

This applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.

 

This applies to you and all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

 

Temporary Residence Transition stream

 

You might be able to get this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if you:

hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)

have at least vocational English (unless you are exempt from this requirement)

worked for two years in the same position your employer nominated you for while you held your subclass 457 visa as the primary visa holder, your employer has nominated you for a permanent position under this stream, and the nomination has been approved.

Your skills do not need to be assessed because you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years inAustralia.

 

Direct Entry stream

 

You might be able to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following apply:

you have been nominated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been approved

you have never, or only briefly, worked inAustralia

you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

you are applying directly from outsideAustralia.

At time of application lodgement, you must provide evidence with your online application that you:

have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement)

have at least three years of relevant work experience

have a positive valid skills assessment in your nominated occupation (the skill assessment must be conducted by the relevant assessing authority listed in the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be accepted as these types of skills assessments are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes. A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment's date of issue, whichever occurs first.

You might not have to meet the skill assessment and work experience requirements if you:

were nominated as an academic by a university inAustralia

were nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency

have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD180 001)

are in Australia as the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have worked with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of unpaid leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

More information about these exemptions is in Classes of Persons (Exempt from the Skill Criteria).

 

Agreement stream

 

You might be able to get this visa under the Agreement stream if you are being sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement. Your employer can advise you if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

You must meet the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the agreement.

 

 

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

 

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skilled workers who want to work in regionalAustralia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

 

The visa is a permanent resident visa. You can be in or outsideAustraliawhen you apply. If you are inAustralia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The visa has three streams:

 

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

 

The Direct Entry stream is for:

People who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

people who have never, or only briefly, worked inAustralia

temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or

The Agreement stream is for people nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

 

have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in regionalAustralia(outside of the Gold Coast,Brisbane,Newcastle,Sydney,WollongongandMelbourne) within six months before you apply

are under the age of 50 at time of application lodgement, unless you are exempt

at time of application lodgement, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body

at time of application lodgement, have appropriate English language skills for Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and Direct Entry (DE) stream unless you are exempt

meet health and character requirements

meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

 

Age requirements

 

If you are older than 50 years of age, you can still apply for this visa if you:

are nominated as a senior academic by a university inAustralia

are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency

are a medical practitioner (ANZSCO Minor Group 253) who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) or Medical Practitioner (subclass 422) visa for at least four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is located in regional Australia

are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a Subclass 422 visa before becoming the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least two years of the four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is in regionalAustralia

are applying through the Direct Entry stream and you hold a Subclass 444 (New Zealandcitizen) or Subclass 461 (New Zealandcitizen's family member) visa and you have been working for the employer who nominated you for at least two years in the last three years immediately before applying

are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, and you have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying and that employer paid you at least as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years.

are applying through the Agreement stream and the relevant labour agreement allows for a person who has turned 50 to be employed.

More information on these exemptions is in Classes of persons (Exempt from the Age Criteria).

 

English language requirements

 

You can show that your English is adequate by providing the following evidence at the time of application:

achieving the minimum English language test score either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream you are applying for in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application

holding a valid passport  issued by theUnited Kingdom, theUnited States of America,Canada,New Zealandor theRepublicofIrelandand evidence that you are a citizen of that country.

You might not need to show adequate English skills if you:

have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax (currently AUD180 001), however if you are not able to demonstrate that you have functional English, you will be required to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge.

are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:

have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution

all of the tuition was delivered in English.

 

Health requirements

 

You must meet certain health requirements. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

 

This applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

 

This applies to you and all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

 

Temporary Residence Transition stream

 

You might be able to get this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if:

you are the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and you satisfied the primary criteria for that visa.

At the time you make your application, you must provide evidence with your online application that:

you have at least vocational English (unless you are exempt from this requirement) or have completed at least five years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English

you have worked for two years in the position your employer nominated you for while you held your Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa as the visa holder who satisfied the primary criteria

your employer has nominated you for a permanent position under this stream and the nomination has been approved

you meet the requirements for health and character.

Your skills do not need to be assessed because you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years inAustralia.

 

Direct Entry stream

 

You might be able to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following applies to you:

have been nominated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been approved

you have never, or only briefly, worked inAustralia

you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

you are applying directly from outsideAustralia.

At time of application lodgement, you must provide evidence with your online application that you:

have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement)

meet the skills requirements, unless you are exempt. Please note that if you require a skills assessment, some skills assessments are issued for the purpose of a Subclass 485 visa.  Skills assessments which have been obtained for the purposes of a Subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant's work experience. As a result, these types of skills assessments are not appropriate to demonstrate skills under the RSMS programme. The skills requirements are:

if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have not obtained a necessary Australian qualification suitable to your occupation, then you must obtain a valid skills assessment prior to your application. Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be accepted as they are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes. A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment's date of issue, whichever occurs first.

if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have obtained the necessary Australian qualification relevant to your occupation as listed in ANZSCO, then you must provide this as evidence towards meeting the skills requirement

if your occupation is not on the relevant legislative instrument, you must demonstrate that you have the qualifications listed in ANZSCO as necessary to perform the tasks of your occupation.

You might not have to meet the skill assessment and qualification requirements if you:

have nominated earnings at least equal to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD180 001)

are in Australia as the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have worked with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of unpaid leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

 

Agreement stream

 

You might be able to get this visa under the Agreement stream if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement. Your employer can advise if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

You must meet the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the agreement.

 

 

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

 

The Skilled-Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is for skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in specified regional areas inAustraliafor four years.

There are two pathways for this visa:

the Invited Pathway

the Extended Stay Pathway – you must hold a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

For family members who are included in your visa application (in either visa pathways), they must be a family member of someone who already holds this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

 

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited and you are either:

 

nominated by anAustralianStateor Territory government agency, or

sponsored by an eligible relative living in a Designated area ofAustralia.

When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

been nominated by anAustralianStateor Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area

nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list

a suitable skills assessment for that occupation,

not yet turned 50 years of age

achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

at least competent English.

Your invitation is based on the claims made in your expression of interest. Your application must achieve at least the score specified in your invitation to apply when assessed against the points test.

 

This visa allows you and your family to:

 

stay inAustraliafor up to four years

live, work and study in a specified regional area ofAustralia

travel in and out ofAustraliawhile the visa is valid.

This visa provides a pathway to permanent residence through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).

 

For you to apply for this visa, one of the following must apply to you:

 

Invited Pathway - you have submitted an expression of interest and you were invited to apply as a skilled worker for this visa

Extended Stay Pathway - you have held a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 for at least two years and want to extend your stay inAustralia

You are a family member of someone who holds this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

 

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

 

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for points-test skilled workers who want to work and live inAustraliaafter being nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

 

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.

 

You can be in or outsideAustraliawhen you apply and when the visa is granted.

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

 

stay inAustraliaindefinitely

work and study inAustralia

enrol inMedicare,Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

travel to and fromAustraliafor five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return toAustralia).

 

You are eligible to apply for this visa if you have been invited. At the time we invite you to apply for this visa, you must also have:

 

nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list

obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation

not yet turned 50 years of age

achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test

at least competent English

been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

 

Points are awarded on the basis of the factors listed in the following table. All factors are assessed as they are at the time you are invited to apply for this visa.

 

Factor

Description

Points

Age

18–24 years

25

25–32 years

30

33–39 years

25

40–44 years

15

45–49 years

0

English language ability

Test results must be no older than three years immediately before the day on which the visa application was made.

Competent English

 

0

Proficient English

10

Superior English

 

20

Skilled employment

Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of skilled employment in and outsideAustralia

OutsideAustralia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

 

·         In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)


5

·         In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)

10

·         In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)

15

InAustralia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

 

·         In skilled employment for at least one but less than three years (of the past 10 years)

5

·         In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)

10

·         In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)

15

·         In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)

20

Qualifications

Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard

20

At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard

15

Diploma or trade qualification completed inAustralia

10

An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation

10

Australian study requirement

One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement

5

Other factors

Credentialled community language qualifications

5

Study in regionalAustraliaor a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education)

5

Partner skill qualifications

5

Professional year inAustraliafor at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply

5

Nomination/sponsorship (where required)

Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190only)

5

Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only)

10