Frequently Asked Questions

Skilled Visa FAQ's

Looking to migrate to Australia through skilled visas? Our comprehensive FAQs cover the Subclass 189, 190, and 491 visas, outlining key aspects such as visa fees, eligibility criteria, partner and child inclusion, and more. Discover how points are calculated, whether you can apply for multiple visas, and the differences between state-nominated and family-nominated options. Learn about skills assessments, age limits, and processing times, ensuring you’re well-informed for a smooth migration journey. Stay up-to-date with the latest information to navigate Australia’s skilled migration landscape effectively.

What are Australia's skilled visas?

Australia offers several skilled migration visas, including Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent Visa), Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa), and Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional Visa).

What is the Subclass 189 visa?

The Subclass 189 visa is a points-tested, independent skilled visa that allows skilled workers to live and work in Australia permanently. It doesn’t require sponsorship by a state or territory government or a family member.

What is the Subclass 190 visa?

The Subclass 190 visa is a state-nominated skilled visa, allowing skilled workers to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. It requires nomination by a state or territory government.

What is the Subclass 491 visa?

The Subclass 491 visa is a points-tested, state or family-nominated visa designed to encourage skilled workers to live and work in regional areas of Australia. It provides a pathway to permanent residency.

What is the visa application fee for Subclass 189, 190, and 491 visas?

Primary Applicant Fee: AU $4,640;
Additional Applicant Fee Age 18+: AU $2,320;
Additional Applicant Charge Age Under 18: 1,160.

​​For additional applicants who have turned 18 at the time of application and who are assessed as not having functional English the second instalment is AUD4,885. For any other applicant, the second instalment is nil.

How are skilled visas points calculated?

Points are allocated based on factors like age, English language proficiency, skilled employment experience, educational qualifications, and more. Points can also be awarded for having a skilled spouse or partner.

Can I include my partner in the application?

Yes, you can include your partner in your application. If your partner meets the necessary requirements, they can also contribute points to your application.

Can I include my children in the application?

Yes, dependent children can be included in your application. They must meet certain criteria, and additional documentation might be required.

What is the minimum points requirement for skilled visas?

The minimum points requirement can vary but is usually around 65 points. However, meeting the minimum points doesn’t guarantee an invitation to apply.

Is a skills assessment necessary for skilled visas?

Yes, a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation is usually required for skilled migration visas.

Can I change my nominated occupation after receiving an invitation?

In most cases, you can’t change your nominated occupation once you’ve received an invitation to apply for a skilled visa.

How long does it take to process skilled visa applications?

Processing times can vary based on factors like application volume and complexity. You can find estimated processing times on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Can I apply for multiple skilled visas simultaneously?

Yes, you can submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for multiple skilled visas. If you receive an invitation for more than one, you can choose which one to proceed with.

What is the difference between a state-nominated visa and a family-nominated visa?

A state-nominated visa (e.g., Subclass 190) requires nomination by an Australian state or territory government, while a family-nominated visa (e.g., Subclass 491) can be nominated by an eligible relative residing in a designated regional area.

Can I include family members in my application after it has been lodged?

Family members can usually be added to your application after lodgment, but specific rules and procedures apply.

Is there an age limit for skilled visa applicants?

Yes, the primary applicant should be within 44 years of age at the time of invitation received for visa subclasses include 189, 190 and 491.

Can I apply for a skilled visa if I don't have a job offer in Australia?

Yes, the Subclass 189, 190 & 491 visas designed for skilled workers without any job offer in Australia.

How long do I have to enter Australia after the visa is granted?

The initial entry date varies but is usually within a certain timeframe after the visa grant.

Can I include my parents in my skilled visa application?

Parents are not typically included in skilled visa applications. There are separate parent visa options available.

an I include non-dependent children in my application?

Non-dependent children usually cannot be included in your application but might have other visa options available..

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