Australia General Skilled Migration Program

Australia General skilled migration

Australia is a country which welcomes migrants and helps them integrate in the Australian society. Australia General skilled migration is an excellent opportunity for people wanting to migrate to Australia under skilled migration. Under General skilled migration you can permanently migrate to Australia along with your family- spouse and dependent children.

General skilled migration options

To migrate to Australia under skilled visas applicants may choose from various General skilled migration categories as below.

Skilled independent Visa subclass 189

This is a skilled independent visa for Australia under which you can live and work permanently in Australia. You may choose to live at any place in Australia. As it is an independent visa there is no need of a sponsor of any state or a relative. You need to be under 45 years of age and have 65 points to be eligible for this visa. Your occupation must be listed on the relevant occupation list to apply for this skilled independent visa subclass 189. While on this visa you may sponsor eligible relatives for permanent resident visas.

Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190

This is a state sponsored permanent resident visa. To apply for this visa you must be nominated by an Australian state or a territory. Under this visa subclass you must live in a state which has nominated you. Your occupation must be on relevant skilled occupation list. You need to be less than 45 years of age and you must have 65 points to be eligible to apply for this skilled nominated visa subclass 190. While on this visa you may sponsor eligible relatives for permanent visas.

Skilled work regional Visa subclass 491

This is a provisional visa for skilled workers to live and work in regional Australia. To apply for this visa you must be nominated by an Australian state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative. You must be under 45 years of age when you apply and score 65 points to be eligible to apply for this skilled work regional visa subclass 491 visa. The duration of this visa is of 5 years with the pathway to permanent residence visa under subclass skilled regional visa 191.

Benefits of General skilled migration to Australia

  • Stay in Australia permanently
  • Include your spouse and dependent children with your application
  • Enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme
  • Enjoy benefits of domestic fees for education
  • Qualify to apply for Australian citizenship
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency
  • Safe environment
  • Multicultural society

About Us

Australia General skilled migration involves many steps like skills assessment from relevant assessing authority, calculating points to be eligible, filling expression of interest, applying for state nomination, completing documentation required once invitation to apply is received. For all these steps you need services of a expert, experienced and qualified skilled migration consultant. West Highlander immigration based in Chandigarh has years of experience in successfully filing skilled migration cases for Australia. Ms Parwinder Kaur, Operations director at West Highlander Immigration is qualified MARA Agent registered with office of MARA, Australia.

The process of skilled independent visa subclass 189 Australia

  • Check your occupation in the consolidated skilled occupation list
  • Calculate your points score
  • Gather your documents
  • Apply for skills assessment with the relevant assessing authority
  • Apply for EOI- Expression of interest through SkillSelect online portal
  • Receive ITA- Invitation to apply
  • Upload documentation as per the ITA in immi account
  • Organise health examination and police clearance
  • Apply for visa within 60 days of receiving Invitation to apply

Point’s calculation

For this skilled independent visa subclass 189 for Australia you need to score minimum of 65 points. Points are awarded as under
  • Age points from 15 up to 30
  • English language IELTS 6 each or equivalent score in an acceptable test compulsory- points from 10 to 20 depending on level of English
  • Overseas Experience minimum of 3 years compulsory- points from 5 up to 15
  • Experience in Australia minimum one year compulsory- points from 5 up to 20
  • Educational qualification from 10 to 20 points
  • Specialist education qualification 10 points
  • Australian study requirement 5 points
  • Professional year in Australia 5 points
  • Credential community language 5 points
  • Study in Regional Australia 5 points
  • Partner skills up to 10 points

Skills assessment

Skills assessment is the first step toward your skilled independent visa subclass 189 for Australia process. After nominating an occupation from the CSOL list you need to send your complete application to the assessing authority for your suitable skills assessment. VETASSES, Engineers Australia, CPAA, IML, TRA are some of the skills assessing authorities in Australia. Skill assessing authorities have their charges for the skills assessment which are to be directly paid to the relevant authority
Occupation list

In order to be eligible to apply for skilled independent visa subclass 189 for Australia you must nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List. If your occupation does not fall in this list you may not be eligible to apply for this visa.
Processing time

There are 3 main steps in the process of this skilled independent visa subclass 189 for Australia
  • Skills assessment may take from 2 to 3 months depending on the skills assessing authority
  • Submission of EOI. The EOI- Expression of interest in Skill Select is valid for 2 years. The invitation rounds for selection of EOI take place every month. The highest ranked EOI is selected for ITA. Depending on your score the time for selection of EOI may vary.
  • After submission of visa -once your application is submitted with the embassy the processing time ranges from 6 months to 12 months.

Visa fees

The visa fees for main applicant are AUD 4045. Additional dependent applicants will have to pay separate visa fees.
The process of skilled nominated visa subclass 190 Australia

  • Check your occupation in the consolidated skilled occupation list
  • Check with the state if the selected occupation is open for state nomination
  • Calculate your points score
  • Gather your documents
  • Apply for skills assessment with the relevant assessing authority
  • Apply for EOI- Expression of interest through SkillSelect online portal
  • Apply for state nomination with Australian state or territory
  • Receive sate nomination from state
  • Receive ITA- Invitation to apply from immigration
  • Upload documentation as per the ITA in immi account
  • Organise health examination and police clearance
  • Apply for visa within 60 days of receiving Invitation to apply

Point’s calculation

For this skilled nominated visa subclass 190 for Australia you need to score minimum of 65 points. Points are awarded as under
  • Age points from 15 up to 30
  • English language IELTS 6 each or equivalent score in an acceptable test compulsory- points from 10 to 20 depending on level of English
  • Overseas Experience minimum of 3 years compulsory- points from 5 up to 15
  • Experience in Australia minimum one year compulsory- points from 5 up to 20
  • Educational qualification from 10 to 20 points
  • Specialist education qualification 10 points
  • Australian study requirement 5 points
  • Professional year in Australia 5 points
  • Credential community language 5 points
  • Study in Regional Australia 5 points
  • Partner skills up to 10 points
  • State nomination 5 points

Skills assessment

Skills assessment is the first step toward your skilled nominated visa subclass 190 for Australia process. After nominating an occupation from the CSOL list you need to send your complete application to the assessing authority for your suitable skills assessment. VETASSES, Engineers Australia, CPAA, IML, TRA, Australian computer Society are some of the skills assessing authorities in Australia. Skill assessing authorities have their charges for the skills assessment which are to be directly paid to the relevant authority
Occupation list

In order to be eligible to apply for skilled nominated visa subclass 190 for Australia you must nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List and Short term skilled occupation list. If your occupation does not fall in this list you may not be eligible to apply for this visa.
State nomination

State nomination is compulsory step for this skilled nominated visa subclass 190. You must nominate an occupation from the eligible occupation list as sated above and also check if the nomination for that particular occupation is open by the state or territory. You need to send complete application with supporting documentation to apply for state nomination for this visa subclass 190. The state may have fees for the nomination. Check with the relevant state for any departmental fees they may have.
Processing time

There are 4  main steps in the process of this skilled nominated visa subclass 190 for Australia
  • Skills assessment may take from 2 to 3 months depending on the skills assessing authority
  • State nomination may take from 2 to 3 months
  • Submission of EOI. The EOI- Expression of interest in Skill Select is valid for 2 years. Once the state nominates you your EOI is selected and you receive invitation to apply.
  • After submission of visa -once your application is submitted with the embassy the processing time ranges from 6 months to 9 months.

Visa fees

The visa fees for main applicant are AUD 4045. Additional dependent applicants will have to pay separate visa fees.
The process of skilled work regional visa subclass 491 Australia

  • Check your occupation in the relevant consolidated skilled occupation list
  • Check with the state if the selected occupation is open for state nomination or you have a eligible relative wishing to sponsor you
  • Calculate your points score
  • Gather your documents
  • Apply for skills assessment with the relevant assessing authority
  • Apply for EOI- Expression of interest through SkillSelect online portal
  • Apply for state nomination with Australian state or territory or sponsor from eligible relative
  • Receive sate nomination from state/ sponsorship from eligible relative
  • Receive ITA- Invitation to apply from immigration
  • Upload documentation as per the ITA in immi account
  • Organise health examination and police clearance
  • Apply for visa within 60 days of receiving Invitation to apply

Point’s calculation

For this skilled work regional visa subclass 491 for Australia you need to score minimum of 65 points. Points are awarded as under
  • Age points from 15 up to 30
  • English language IELTS 6 each or equivalent score in an acceptable test compulsory- points from 10 to 20 depending on level of English
  • Overseas Experience minimum of 3 years compulsory- points from 5 up to 15
  • Experience in Australia minimum one year compulsory- points from 5 up to 20
  • Educational qualification from 10 to 20 points
  • Specialist education qualification 10 points
  • Australian study requirement 5 points
  • Professional year in Australia 5 points
  • Credential community language 5 points
  • Study in Regional Australia 5 points
  • Partner skills 10 points
  • State nomination or eligible relative sponsorship 15 points

Skills assessment

Skills assessment is the first step toward your skilled work regional visa subclass 491 for Australia process. After nominating an occupation from the CSOL list you need to send your complete application to the assessing authority for your suitable skills assessment. VETASSES, Engineers Australia, CPAA, IML, TRA, Australian computer Society are some of the skills assessing authorities in Australia. Skill assessing authorities have their charges for the skills assessment which are to be directly paid to the relevant authority
Occupation list

In order to be eligible to apply for skilled work regional visa subclass 491 for Australia you must nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List or Short term skilled occupation list or a regional occupation list. If your occupation does not fall in this list you may not be eligible to apply for this visa.
State nomination/ eligible relative sponsorship

State nomination or sponsorship by eligible relative is compulsory step for this skilled work regional visa subclass 491. You must nominate an occupation from the eligible occupation list as stated above and also check if the nomination for that particular occupation is open by the state or territory. You need to send complete application with supporting documentation to apply for state nomination for this visa subclass 491. The state may have fees for the nomination. Check with the relevant state for any departmental fees they may have.
Pathway to Permanent residency under visa subclass 191

The duration of this provisional visa is of 5 years with the pathway to permanent residence visa under subclass skilled regional visa 191. It is an attractive option for applicants who fall short of points. They can score 15 points for state nomination under this.
Processing time

There are 4 main steps in the process of this skilled work regional visa subclass 491 for Australia
  • Skills assessment may take from 2 to 3 months depending on the skills assessing authority
  • State nomination may take from 2 to 3 months
  • If you have sponsorship from eligible relative this time is saved
  • Submission of EOI. The EOI- Expression of interest in Skill Select is valid for 2 years. Once the state nominates you your EOI is selected and you receive invitation to apply.
  • After submission of visa -once your application is submitted with the embassy the processing time ranges from 6 months to 12 months.

Visa fees

The visa fees for main applicant are AUD 4045. Additional dependent applicants will have to pay separate visa fees.
Moving abroad under skilled migration is very crucial decision of your life. Checking the occupation list matching your job profile and calculating exact points is very important for the success of your application. There are many stages you need to pass through before reaching the final stage of applying your skilled migration visa in the embassy. Each and every step is very crucial for the success of your skilled visa application. For this you need the services of qualified and experienced consultants who can correctly asses your case and file your documentation effectively at every stage.  .
Australia General skilled migration involves many steps like skills assessment from relevant assessing authority, calculating points to be eligible, filling expression of interest, applying for state nomination, completing documentation required once invitation to apply is received. For all these steps you need services of an expert, experienced and qualified skilled migration consultant. The key personnel at West Highlander Immigration have strong portfolio in immigration law .West Highlander immigration based in Chandigarh has years of experience in successfully filing skilled migration cases for Australia. Ms Parwinder Kaur, Operations director at West Highlander Immigration is qualified MARA Agent registered with office of MARA, Australia.
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