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General Skilled Visas

General Skilled Migration is aimed at attracting highly skilled workers to Australia. Since these visas are points tested streams, an applicant must meet the minimum points requirement in order to be eligible.

The process is generally made up of three stages:

  • Positive Skills Assessment & English Language requirement.
  • Nomination by a State (When applying for State Nomination).
  • Permanent Residency application.

Skills Assessment

A suitable skills assessment will be required in most instances. The skills assessment is an important step in the process. A positive skills assessment is mandatory in order to be eligible. Our expert immigration lawyers can assist you with your skills assessment application to ensure that you obtain a positive result in the shortest possible time. This is important in order to be able to progress further to achieve your permanent residency.

(Subclass 189)

Skilled Independent Visa

This is a permanent visa that lets invited workers with skills Australia needs, to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You don’t need a sponsor or nominator.
  • You must be invited to apply.
  • You must be under 45 to be invited.

(Subclass 190)

Skilled Nominated Visa

This is a permanent visa that lets nominated skilled workers live and work in Australia as permanent residents.  

  • You must be invited to apply.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You need to be nominated by an Australian state.
  • You must be under 45 to be invited.

(Subclass 491)

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

This is a provisional visa. It is not a permanent visa but a visa which leads to permanent residency in Australia.

This visa is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.

  • live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia.
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid​.
  • apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted​.

Contact us for assistance with your General Skilled Migration visa application and our team of expert lawyers will guide you through each step in the process until you obtain your permanent residency.


Tell us a little about your situation and a member from our team will contact you to understand your circumstances and discuss your matter.