Work Visas Australia
There are a number of work visas available to you depending on your status and professional skill level. Choose the visa you think suits your needs and test your eligibility with our free online assessment form. At Mygration we have agents who are specialists in the 457 visa and in a wide range of other work visas such as RSMS, ENS and skilled nominated or independent migrant visas.
Australia has wide spectrum of businesses that substantially impact the economy: finance, information technology, mining, agriculture, manufacturing, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare and more. With major industries spanning across multiple fields, Australia is ranked 12th among the largest economies worldwide.
There are currently over 2 million job opportunities for those recently graduated and skilled migrations. To ensure that these opportunities remain at their pinnacle, the Australian Department of Labour (DEEWR) continually monitors the employment market in search of skilled occupations. They identify and report on any skilled worker shortages throughout various industries country-wide. This Labour Department also publishes lists of the skills that are in demand to allow eligible migrants and Australian citizens updated on current work opportunities.
For those who wish to immigrate to Australia, they may be eligible for a work visa depending on which professional skills they possess. Our Mygration agents can assess your individual skills to determine which work visa you are eligible for and help you put together the relevant application documents needed for that particular visa. We also offer an online assessment form for a fast and convenient processing of eligibility.
Contact us today to speak to one of our migration agents who specialise in work visa eligibility and application.
Work Visa Types
Here are the work visas currently available for Australian migrants.
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
We recommend this points-based Australian work visa for skilled workers who do not fall under family, state, territory or employer sponsored visa pathways. Skilled workers may only apply for this visa through invitation. To receive an invitation the applicant must:
- Provide an Expression of Interest (EOI)
- Have work that is included on the skilled occupation list
- Undergo a thorough skills assessment for the occupation
- Be no more than 50 years old during the date of invitation
- Have a good understanding of the English language and meet other language requirements
- Have a score of at least 60 on the points test
Skill Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
We recommend this point-based visa for skilled workers with a nomination or endorsement from the state/territory government. Workers may only apply through an invitation. Those who wish to receive an invitation should:
- Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be nominated by the state/territory government
- Have an occupation included on the relevant skilled occupation list
- Complete a skills assessment for that occupation
- Be a maximum of 50 years of age during the date of invite
- Have a firm ability in the English language and should meet other language requirements
- Have a minimum score of 60 on the points test
ENS – Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 – Permanent)
Under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Australian employers can sponsor and allocate skilled migrant workers for permanent residence in any state/territory to fill company vacancies.
This category includes 3 pathways:
1. The Direct Entry Path: is recommended for applicants without any work experience in the Australian labour market, workers who have not held a subclass 457 visa for a minimum of 2 years, those planning to directly apply to a business from outside Australia.
2. The Temporary Residence Transition Path: Ideal for applicants with a subclass 457 visa, those with a minimum of 2 years of experience in their nominated occupation and if your employer is offering you a permanent position for the same occupation.
3. The Agreement Pathway: Recommended for migrant applicants who are employer sponsored under a regional migration agreement/tailored and negotiated labour agreement.
To become an eligible applicant for the Australian ENS work visa, you should have a valid Substantive visa or a Bridging visa A, B, or C.
RSMS – Regional Employer Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 – Permanent)
We recommend the RSMS for skilled migrant workers planning to relocate outside of Metropolitan centres. This work visa type allows employers in remote/regional areas with a low population to sponsor migrants for permanent residency. This work visa also offers a solution that is cost-effective to those needing to fill vacancies and allocate qualified workers to company positions.
This work visa type has 3 pathways:
- Direct Entry Pathway: Suitable for applicants who have little no experience in the Australian employment market, applicants with no subclass 457 visa (for minimum of 2 years during employment) or if they are processing their visa and job applications from outside Australia.
- Temporary Residence Transition Pathway: Suitable for subclass 457 visa holders with a 2 year minimum of experience in their nominated position and applicants who were offered with a permanent position by their employer in the same business.
- The Agreement Pathway: is the best option for skilled migrant workers with employer-sponsored programs (such as a regional migration agreement or tailored and negotiated occupation agreement).
Long Stay Business Visa (Subclass 457 – Temporary)
This type of work visa allows companies to employ skilled migrants for positions in Australia (standard language, minimum skill, and salary requirements apply).
For this visa applicants will undergo 3 stages:
- The employer will file for approval to sponsor and recruit skilled overseas migrant workers. Once approved the sponsorship is valid for 3 years (6 years for accredited sponsors).
- The employer will submit his approval for nomination and the nominated occupations will be added to the newest Consolidated Skills Occupations List.
- The overseas migrant worker/nominee will need to apply for a 457 visa to fill in and secure the nominated occupation position.