Permanent Residence

Australia offers the opportunity for highly skilled migrants to apply for permanent residence. The Australia PR program invites applicants who are highly qualified e.g. IT professionals, Doctors, Accountants, Surveyors, Medical professionals or highly skilled trades people.

Applicants are required to have their skills assessed and at Smartmove Immigration we offer advise and assistance for two categories under which Permanent residence can be applied for:

Skills Select & Expression of Interest (EOI)

In 2012 the Australian Government announced a major reform to its General skilled Migration (GSM) visa program and the way that Australia selects their skilled migrants. The new reform will be known as Skills Select.

The Skills Select model is based on an initial application called an EOI – Expression of Interest.

Before submitting an EOI, an applicant must have obtained a favourable skill and appropriate English language assessment. They would need to have calculated before lodging an EOI that they meet the required points for the visa they intend to lodge.

Occupation ceilings will also be set to ensure visa categories are not dominated by a narrow range of occupations. They will limit how many people are selected from an occupation group.

The Skills Select model is based on an initial application called an EOI – Expression of Interest.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

In order to migrate to Australia as a skilled migrant after 1 July 2012, an applicant must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an invitation before an application can be lodged. An EOI is not a visa application but rather an application to be invited to make a visa application. In an EOI, the applicant selects the type of visa they wish to be considered for.

The types of visas are:

  • Independent Skilled Migration
  • State or Territory Sponsored Skilled Migration
  • Family Sponsored Skilled Migration
  • Business Skills
Notable Changes
  • New Visa SubclassesThe Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa replaces both the offshore Skilled – Independent Subclass 175 visa and the onshore Subclass 885 visa;

    The Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa replaces both the offshore Skilled – Sponsored Subclass 176 visa and the onshore Subclass 886 visa.

  • New Skilled Occupations ListA New Skilled Occupations List (SOL) applying to independent and family sponsored general skilled visas will take effect from 1 July 2012.
  • Extended Validity of English TestsEnglish tests, such as IELTS and OET, will be valid for 3 years from 1 July 2012. This will apply to all visa subclasses, not just the new General Skilled Subclasses.
  • Including Family MembersThe new visa subclasses allow for relatives to be included after lodgement, saving time and money.

Skill Select Process for Skilled Points Tested Visas, for General Skilled (Points Tested) visas, the Skill Select process flowchart is appended below

If a visa application is not lodged within 60 days, the invitation lapses and it is quite possible that an applicant would not be invited to apply again. If invited twice but do not apply, the EOI will be removed from the system.

EOI Assessment – Independent (sub class 189) and Family Sponsored Applicants

Invitations will be issued by the Department of Immigration on a monthly basis from August 2012.

EOIs from Skilled – Independent and family-sponsored applicants will be processed as follows:

  • They will be ranked by points score and lodgement date
  • Only applications which meet the pass mark will be eligible to be issued with invitations
  • A quota will apply for each occupational group
  • Once the quota is reached, no more invitations will be issued to people in that occupational group for the financial year. A minimum score will be published for each occupational group to give an indication of the points score required to receive an invitation.

189 – Skilled – Independent Visa

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

The Skilled Independent Visa to Australia means that there is no need for employment, state or family sponsorship to gain permanent residence to Australia.

This visa gives all visa applicants the opportunity to:

  • Live and work in Australia as Permanent Residents
  • Study in Australia
  • Become a Citizen of Australia within 4 years

In order to apply for a Skilled Independent Visa to Australia, Applications are by invitation only. To be invited to apply, a person must:

  • submit an Expression of Interest
  • have an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  • meet the English language requirements
  • be able to score at least 60 on the points test.

Certain family members can be included in the application.

To know more about this category of '189 – Skilled – Independent Visa' or to check your eligibility to apply, speak to our Top Expert Australian Immigration Consultant on +91 7045 688 237 or email info@smi.legal

Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory. The Skilled Nominated Visa to Australia is often a route explored by those that do not meet the points assessment criteria for the sub class 189 and require additional points for State Sponsorship to meet the pass mark.

The skilled sponsored visa entitles all applicants to:

  • Live and work in Australia as Permanent Residents
  • Study in Australia
  • Become a Citizen of Australia within 4 years

Certain family members can be included in the application.

Applications are by invitation only. To be invited to apply, a person must:

  • submit an Expression of Interest
  • have an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  • meet the English language requirements
  • be able to score at least 60 on the points test.

To know more about this category of ‘Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa’ or to check your eligibility to apply, speak to our Top Expert Australian Immigration Consultant on +91 7045 688 237 or email info@smi.legal