Australia is a popular destination for skilled workers and professionals. Thousands of people apply every year to work in Australia based on skilled worker visas under the General Skilled Migration Program (GSM). Under the GSM program, Australia welcomes professionals like doctors, nurses, teachers, and accountants. Skilled worker visas under the GSM program are highly sought after by applicants.
Australia is an attractive option for those seeking an overseas work permit, as the nation has a number of different visa options. If you are an experienced professional and would like to reside in Australia, you may be able to gain a skilled worker visa. This article explains how skilled workers can apply, and what they should expect as a resident in Australia if they are granted a visa.
Skilled Worker Visa In Australia
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Australia has strict immigration laws and policies. The country believes that only skilled and qualified workers should settle in Australia. This is why it has introduced various visa schemes to choose from. These visa schemes are employer driven. An employer can sponsor a skilled worker to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. In this article, we are going to discuss one such scheme called the Skilled Worker Visa scheme.
What is a Skilled Nominated Work Visa (Subclass 190)?
Work and live in Australia with this permanent resident work visa. Certain foreign-national skilled workers who hold occupations on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List may be eligible for a Subclass 190 visa. This visa requires the applicant to complete a skills test and be nominated by a state or territory government.
What Are the Benefits of a Skilled Nominated Work Visa (Subclass 190)?
The Skilled Nominated Work Visa offers all the benefits of Australian permanent residence for you and your family.
- Work and live in Australia indefinitely
- Opportunity to study in Australia
- Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s state-run healthcare program
- Opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship
- Sponsor relatives for permanent residence
- Travel in and out of Australia as you please
How Can I Apply for a Skilled Nominated Work Visa (Subclass 190)?
Step 1: Check if your occupation is on the Skilled Occupation Lists
This visa is only available to people who can fill a position on this list.
Step 2: Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements
You must meet the following requirements in order to apply:
- Under age 50
- Basic English skills
- Meet the health requirements
- Meet the character requirements
- Do not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government
- Willing to sign the Australian Values Statement
Step 3: Complete a Skills Assessment
You must complete a Skills Assessment and obtain an acceptable score in order to be eligible for the Subclass 190 visa. Your score must be meet that specified on your letter of invitation (step 5). Instructions on how to get a proper Skills Assessment can be found on the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website.
Step 4: Submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect
Next, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. The SkillSelect program will ask you a number of questions related to your background, skills, and relevant work history.
Step 5: Obtain a government nomination
The Skilled Nominated Work Visa (subclass 190) requires you to be nominated by a state or territory government. Once you submit your EOI, it will be viewable by government authorities looking for prospective workers with your skill set. If a government decides to nominate you, you will receive a letter of invitation to apply for the 190 visa.
Step 6: Apply for the Skilled Nominated Work Visa (subclass 190)
After you find an employer and get a nomination, you can apply for the 190 visa online through the DHA. You will need to include certain documents with your application, listed here.
Step 7: Wait for a decision
It can take several months for the DHA to make a decision on your visa application. In 2016, the processing time for the 190 visa was 3 months.
Step 8: Receive your visa and start working
Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start work in Australia.
- How do I Become an Australian Permanent Resident?
- What is Skill Select and How it Works?
- General Skilled Migration (GSM)
- Australian Skills
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