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Work Visa


In order to work in Australia you must hold a visa that lawfully allows you to do so. Your nationality, the length of your intended stay in Australia and the conditions of any employment you may have arranged will determine which type of visa is most appropriate for you.

The visa information provided below should only be used as a guide. If a particular visa is appropriate for your circumstances, then we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility.

The subclass 417 visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Eligible Countries

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for up to 12 months
  • work in Australia, generally for up to six months with each employer
  • study for up to four months
  • leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 462)
  • hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia
  • have turned 18 years of age but have not yet turned 31
  • are a genuine visitor who wants to have a holiday in Australia
  • have enough money to support yourself on a working holiday (about AUD 5000)
  • have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay
  • will not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay

To apply for this visa, you must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia. Eligible countries are:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

The subclass 420 visa allows you to work in the Australian entertainment industry. You can work in film, television or live productions in either a performance or behind-the-scenes role, such as directing, producing and other production roles.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This visa allows you to work in the entertainment industry:

  • as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording
  • to support an entertainer or group of entertainers in relation to a performing contract
  • to work in a production role other than as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording, to be performed or shown in Australia (for example, directing or producing)
  • to make a documentary or a commercial

You can:

  • stay in Australia for the period of the nominated position, with a maximum stay of two years
  • do the work or activity specified in your nomination
  • bring eligible family members with you to Australia
  • enter and leave Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • work in the entertainment industry
  • are nominated by an approved entertainment sponsor (or by someone who has applied to be an entertainment sponsor)
  • have the experience or skills needed for the nominated position
  • have enough financial support for yourself and your family while you are in Australia
  • have health insurance for yourself and your family members who come with you
  • meet health and character requirements

For this visa you must be sponsored and nominated for a specific position by an entertainment sponsor who is either:

  • an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia
  • a government agency
  • a foreign government agency
  • an eligible individual

To sponsor someone for this visa you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian organisation that is lawfully established and operating in Australia, such as a business, a body corporate or an unincorporated body (other than an individual or a sole trader)
  • an agency of the Australian Government or an Australian state or territory government
  • a foreign government agency operating in Australia
  • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen who is usually resident in Australia

If you are an Australian organisation, you must be able to show that you have a good business record in Australia. This means:

  • unless it is reasonable to disregard the information, there must be nothing adverse known about you or a person associated with you that might affect your suitability as a sponsor
  • if you have previously sponsored overseas workers to Australia, you must have a satisfactory record of complying with your sponsorship obligations and with all Australian laws
  • the activities of your organisation or agency must not be illegal in Australia

You must also be able to comply with your sponsorship obligations.

 

The subclass 401 visa is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in a staff exchange arrangement, or to undertake ongoing sporting activities or religious work.

This visa has four streams:

  • Exchange stream:¬†to work in a skilled position under a reciprocal staff exchange arrangement to:
    • give participants an opportunity to experience another culture
    • enhance international relations
    • broaden participants‚Äô experience and knowledge
  • Sport stream:¬†to improve the quality of sport in Australia through participation in high-level competition with Australian residents to:
    • participate in a specific event or series of events as an individual or as part of a team or its support staff
    • play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season under contract
    • judge or adjudicate a sporting competition or show
  • Religious Worker stream:¬†to be a full-time religious worker, serving the religious objectives of a religious institution in Australia
  • Domestic Worker (Executive) stream:¬†to work full time in the household of certain senior foreign executives
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for the period of the nominated position, with a maximum stay of two years
  • do the work or activity specified in your nomination
  • bring eligible family members with you to Australia
  • enter and leave Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid

Temporary residents are generally not able to extend their stay in Australia beyond four years by applying for this visa.

You may be eligible for this visa if:

  • you are sponsored and nominated by an approved sponsor for this visa
  • you have adequate financial support for you and your family while you are in Australia
  • you have adequate arrangements for health insurance while you are in Australia
  • you meet health and character requirements
  • you meet the requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa
  • you genuinely intend to remain temporarily in Australia to do the work or activity specified in the nomination

You can sponsor someone for this visa if you are:

  • Exchange stream:¬†an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia, a government agency or a foreign government agency operating in Australia with an agreement in place with an overseas organisation for the exchange of staff
  • Sport stream:¬†a sporting organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia
  • Religious Worker stream:¬†a religious institution that is lawfully operating in Australia and endorsed as a charity by the Australian Tax Office
  • Domestic Worker (Executive) stream:
    • a foreign government agency that is the employer of the holder of a Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Privileges and Immunities stream who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the agency
    • a foreign organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia and is the employer of the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the organisation

You must also show that you:

  • have a good business record and abide by Australian laws
  • have the capacity to comply with the sponsorship obligations
The subclass 402 visa is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in occupational training, observe or participate in research as a visiting academic, or participate in a professional development program.

This visa has three streams:

  • Occupational Trainee stream:¬†for people who need structured workplace-based training to enhance their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise.
  • Research stream:¬†for professional academics invited to visit Australia to observe or participate in an Australian research project at an Australian tertiary or research institution.
  • Professional Development stream:¬†for professionals, managers or government officials invited to participate in a professional development training program in Australia. The program must have been arranged by an employer outside Australia and usually lasts up to 18 months.
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia at any time after your visa is granted, if you are outside Australia at the time of visa grant
  • stay in Australia for the duration of the training, research position or program
  • do the training or activity specified in your visa application
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want until you have finished participating in the program or your visa expires, whichever occurs first

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • are sponsored by one of the following:
    • a training and research sponsor who has lodged their sponsorship application or had it approved
    • an approved professional development sponsor
    • an approved visiting academic sponsor or occupational trainee sponsor (for sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012)
  • meet the requirements of the visa for the stream in which you are applying
  • have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia
  • have adequate financial support for yourself and accompanying family members while in Australia
  • have adequate arrangements for health insurance while in Australia
  • meet health and character requirements
  • are at least 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances)
  • Training and Research Sponsor¬†must be one of the following:
    • an Australian organisation lawfully operating in Australia, or
    • a foreign government agency, or
    • a government agency that is either:
      • intending to engage in occupational training, or
      • a tertiary or research institution
    • be lawfully operating in Australia (Australian and foreign government agencies do not have to prove this)
    • have a good business record and abide by Australian laws
    • have the capacity to comply with your sponsorship obligations
    • there must be nothing adverse known about you or a person associated with you that could affect your suitability as a sponsor, unless it is reasonable to disregard the information
  • Professional Development Sponsor¬†must:
    • be an organisation that is one of the following:
      • an Australian organisation that has operated in Australia continuously for one year immediately before applying to be a sponsor
      • an Australian organisation approved by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
      • an Australian government agency
    • be lawfully operating in Australia (Australian government agencies do not have to prove this)
    • have a good business record and abide by Australian laws
    • develop a professional development program that meets the specific criteria required for the Training and Research visa and the needs of participants from outside Australia, and have it approved by the department
    • have an acceptable professional development agreement with an eligible overseas employer to conduct the professional development program
    • have the capacity to conduct the professional development program
    • have the capacity to meet your financial commitments and have paid the security bond (if requested)
    • have the capacity to comply with your sponsorship obligations
    • there must be nothing adverse known about you or a person associated with you that could affect your suitability as a sponsor, unless it is reasonable to disregard the information

Study Visa

There are various visas that you can apply to study in Australia. The type of visa you apply for and obtain will be determined by the type of study you choose to undertake. Student visas can be granted to children intending to study primary or high school in Australia, through to vocational and trade education up through to higher education. The validity period of a student visa will generally be determined by the length of the course.

In order to obtain this type of visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you are a genuine student and genuinely intend to visit Australia temporarily to complete your studies.

Studying in Australia may lead to becoming eligible for a further provisional or permanent residency visa. However, any study you intend to undertake must be for the furthering of your education or career.

The visa information provided below should only be used as a guide. If a particular visa is appropriate for your circumstances, then we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility.

The subclass 570 visa allows you to stay in Australia to study a full-time English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

This visa is for international students who want to study English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) in Australia. This includes:

  • courses that lead to a certificate I, II, III or IV
  • courses that result in no formal Australian award

If you are studying ELICOS as a pre-requisite to another course, you must apply for the visa appropriate to your main course of study. If you are studying several courses, the main course is the higher level course.

Important: Before you apply for this visa, you must have been accepted to study full-time at an educational institution in Australia.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Family Requirements

This visa will allow you to:

  • study in Australia
  • eligible dependant family members may accompany you to Australia if
    • you are a fully funded applicant or
    • you will be or have been studying an ELICOS course or courses of 12 months or more duration
  • when you have commenced your course of study in Australia, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks
  • your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia
  • your partner can study in Australia for up to three months

    Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • remain enrolled in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • maintain satisfactory attendance in your course as required by your education provider
  • make satisfactory course progress for each study period
  • meet English language requirements
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements

Your education provider will advise the department if your attendance or course progress is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Your dependant family members must maintain their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may result in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Your family members must:

  • remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • work no more than 40 hours per fortnight
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements
  • maintain adequate health cover
  • attend school if they are of school age
The subclass 571 visa allows you to stay in Australia to study a full-time school course.

This visa is designed for international students applying to study in Australia and whose main course of study is:

  • a primary school course
  • a secondary school course, including junior and senior secondary or
  • an approved secondary school exchange program

If the applicant is not a secondary exchange student, the year or level of school study that the applicant intends to undertake must not be a year or level that is more than 18 months below a year or level that the applicant has previously undertaken in Australia or another country.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Family Requirements

This visa will allow you to:

  • study in Australia
  • eligible dependant family members can accompany you to Australia
  • when you have commenced your course of study in Australia, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks
  • your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia
  • your partner can study in Australia for up to three months

    Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • remain enrolled in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • maintain satisfactory attendance in your course as required by your education provider
  • make satisfactory course progress for each study period
  • meet English language requirements
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements

Your education provider will advise the department if your attendance or course progress is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Your dependant family members must maintain their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may result in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Your family members must:

  • remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • work no more than 40 hours per fortnight
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements
  • maintain adequate health cover
  • attend school if they are of school age
The subclass 572 visa allows you to stay in Australia to study a full-time vocational education and training course.

This visa is designed for international students applying to study in Australia and whose main course of study is:

  • a certificate I, II, III and IV (except ELICOS)
  • a VET diploma or advanced diploma
  • a vocational graduate certificate or
  • a vocational graduate diploma
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Family Requirements

This visa will allow you to:

  • study in Australia
  • eligible dependant family members can accompany you to Australia
  • when you have commenced your course of study in Australia, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks
  • your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia
  • your partner can study in Australia for up to three months

    Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • remain enrolled in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • maintain satisfactory attendance in your course as required by your education provider
  • make satisfactory course progress for each study period
  • meet English language requirements
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements

Your education provider will advise the department if your attendance or course progress is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Your dependant family members must maintain their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may result in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Your family members must:

  • remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • work no more than 40 hours per fortnight
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements
  • maintain adequate health cover
  • attend school if they are of school age
The subclass 573 visa allows you to stay in Australia to study a full-time higher education course.

This visa is designed for international students applying to study in Australia and whose main course of study is one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree
  • Associate degree
  • Graduate certificate
  • Graduate diploma
  • Masters by coursework
  • Higher Education diploma or advanced diploma
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Family Requirements

This visa will allow you to:

  • study in Australia
  • eligible dependant family members can accompany you to Australia
  • when you have commenced your course of study in Australia, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks
  • your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia. If you are doing a postgraduate course, such as a Masters degree, your family members can work unlimited hours once you commence this course
  • your partner can study in Australia for up to three months

    Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • remain enrolled in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • maintain satisfactory attendance in your course as required by your education provider
  • make satisfactory course progress for each study period
  • meet English language requirements
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements

Your education provider will advise the department if your attendance or course progress is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Your dependant family members must maintain their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may result in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Your family members must:

  • remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • work no more than 40 hours per fortnight, unless you have commenced a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD), in which case your dependent family members can work unlimited hours
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements
  • maintain adequate health cover
  • attend school if they are of school age

The subclass 574 visa allows you to stay in Australia to do postgraduate research.
This visa is designed for international students who want to study:

a Masters degree by research
a Doctoral degree

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Family Requirements

This visa will allow you to:

  • study in Australia
  • eligible dependant family members can accompany you to Australia
  • you can work unlimited hours once you have commenced your masters by research or doctorate course of study in Australia
  • your family members can work unlimited hours once you have commenced your masters by research or doctorate course of study in Australia
  • your partner can study in Australia for up to three months

    Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • remain enrolled in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • maintain satisfactory attendance in your course as required by your education provider
  • make satisfactory course progress for each study period
  • meet English language requirements
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements

Your education provider will advise the department if your attendance or course progress is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Your dependant family members must maintain their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may result in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Your family members must:

  • remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • work no more than 40 hours per fortnight, unless you have commenced a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD), in which case your dependent family members can work unlimited hours
  • not work before you have commenced the course
  • meet financial requirements
  • meet health and character requirements
  • maintain adequate health cover
  • attend school if they are of school age

Family Visa



The family stream of visa applications is designed for Parents, Children of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible NZ citizens or those NZ citizen holding temporary visas. Depending on the application being made, it may result in a temporary or permanent residency visa. The application will be assessed and a decision made on the basis of your relationship with your Australian, PR or eligible NZ citizen family member.

The visa information provided below should only be used as a guide. If a particular visa is appropriate for your circumstances, then we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility.

The subclass 103 visa lets parents live permanently in Australia if they have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia. ‚Äč

Most applicants must be sponsored by their child. The sponsor needs to have lived lawfully in Australia for the two years immediately before the application is lodged.

There can be long waiting times of up to 30 years before this visa is approved.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You will not automatically receive the age pension or social security payments in Australia. You will have to wait:

  • two years for most social security payments
  • ten years for age and disability pension payments

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have a child who is:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)
  • meet the¬†balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have a sponsor

You can sponsor your parent for this visa if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before the visa application is lodged
  • one of the following:
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

  • your spouse who is 18 years of age or older, your relative or guardian, or a relative or guardian of your spouse, can sponsor your parent(s). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • a community organisation can sponsor your parent(s) if:
    • they show there is a relationship between their organisation and you
    • a senior representative agrees for their organisation to support your parent(s) after their arrival in Australia.
The subclass 173 visa lets parents who are outside Australia live in Australia for up to two years if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

This visa is temporary and cannot be extended or renewed. After arriving in Australia, you have two years to apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143). In this way, you can spread the costs of the Contributory Parent migration over a number of years.

Most applicants must be sponsored by their child. Your sponsor needs to have lived lawfully in Australia for the two years before the application is lodged.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This is a temporary visa that lets you and your family:

  • live in Australia for two years
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • travel to and from Australia for two years from the date the visa is granted

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have a child who is:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)
  • have a sponsor
  • meet the¬†balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements

You can sponsor your parent for this visa if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before the visa application is lodged
  • one of the following:
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

  • your spouse who is 18 years of age or older, your relative or guardian, or a relative or guardian of your spouse, can sponsor your parent(s). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • a community organisation can sponsor your parent(s) if:
    • they show there is a relationship between their organisation and you
    • a senior representative agrees for their organisation to support your parent(s) after their arrival in Australia.
The subclass 804 visa lets older parents live permanently in Australia if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

Most applicants must be sponsored by their child. Your sponsor needs to have lived lawfully in Australia for the two years before the application is lodged.

There can be long waiting times of up to 30 years before this visa is approved

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You will not automatically receive the age pension or social security payments in Australia. You will have to wait:

  • two years for most social security payments
  • ten years for age and disability pension payments

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have a child who is:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)
  • have a sponsor
  • meet the age requirements
  • meet the¬†balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements

You can sponsor your parent for this visa if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before the visa application is lodged
  • one of the following:
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

  • your spouse who is 18 years of age or older, your relative or guardian, or a relative or guardian of your spouse, can sponsor your parent(s). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • a community organisation can sponsor your parent(s) if:
    • they show there is a relationship between their organisation and you
    • a senior representative agrees for their organisation to support your parent(s) after their arrival in Australia.
The subclass 884 visa lets older parents live in Australia for up to two years if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

This visa is temporary and cannot be extended or renewed.‚Äč After the visa is approved, you have two years to apply for a Permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864). In this way, you can spread the costs of the Contributory Aged Parent migration over a number of years.

Most applicants must be sponsored by their child. Your sponsor needs to have lived lawfully in Australia for the two years before the application is lodged.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This is a temporary visa that lets you and your family:

  • live in Australia for two years
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have a child who is:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)
  • meet the age requirements
  • have a sponsor
  • meet the¬†balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements

You can sponsor your parent for this visa if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before the visa application is lodged
  • one of the following:
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

  • your spouse who is 18 years of age or older, your relative or guardian, or a relative or guardian of your spouse, can sponsor your parent(s). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • a community organisation can sponsor your parent(s) if:
    • they show there is a relationship between their organisation and you
    • a senior representative agrees for their organisation to support your parent(s) after their arrival in Australia.
The subclass 864 visa lets older parents live permanently in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

Most applicants need to be sponsored by their child. Your sponsor needs to have lived lawfully in Australia for the two years before the application is lodged.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You will not automatically receive the age pension or social security payments in Australia. You will have to wait:

  • two years for most social security payments
  • ten years for age and disability pension payments

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • hold a temporary Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)
  • have a child who is:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)
  • have a sponsor
  • meet the¬†balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements

You can sponsor your parent for this visa if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before the visa application is lodged
  • one of the following:
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

      • your spouse who is 18 years of age or older, your relative or guardian, or a relative or guardian of your spouse, can sponsor your parent(s). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
      • a community organisation can sponsor your parent(s) if:
        • they show there is a relationship between their organisation and you
        • a senior representative agrees for their organisation to support your parent(s) after their arrival in Australia.
The subclass 461 visa allows a non-New Zealand family member of a New Zealand citizen to live and work in Australia for up to five years.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for this visa

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements

This visa allows you to:

  • work and study in Australia
  • travel to, enter and remain in Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted

You may be eligible for this visa if:

  • you are not a New Zealand citizen
  • you are an eligible family member of a New Zealand citizen
  • your New Zealand citizen family member is living in Australia on a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or will be travelling with you to Australia and will be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) on arrival

You must be related to the New Zealand citizen as either:

  • their partner
  • their (or their partner's) dependent child
  • the dependent child of their (or their partner's) dependent child
  • their (or their partner's) relative who:
    • does not have a partner
    • usually lives in the New Zealand citizen‚Äôs household
    • is dependent on the New Zealand citizen

You must also meet health and character requirements.

Other Visa

There are over 100 different types of Australian visas. We have provided herewith a sample of some of the different types of visas that can be applied for.

Given the array of visas available to a non-citizen of Australia, we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility for temporary or permanent migration to Australia.

The subclass 188 visa is for people who want to own and manage a new or existing business in Australia, or to invest in Australia.

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect and be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government before being invited to apply for this visa.

The visa includes four streams:

  • Business Innovation stream:¬†for people with business skills who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.
  • Investor stream:¬†for people who want to make a designated investment of at least AUD1.5million in an Australian state or territory and maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.
  • Significant Investor stream:¬†for people who are willing to invest at least AUD5million into complying significant investments in Australia and want to maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants can be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.
  • Premium Investor stream:¬†for people who are willing to invest at least AUD15million into complying premium investments in Australia and want to maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.

Holding this visa is the first stage before becoming eligible to qualify for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa.

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  • Applicant Requirements

This visa will allow you to:

  • establish a new or develop an existing business and/or invest in Australia, make a designated investment with an Australian state or territory government or make and maintain complying investments in Australia
  • travel in and out of Australia for the life of your visa
  • bring family members with you to Australia
  • seek permanent residence by applying for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • you are nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government
  • you are invited to apply
  • you (and all your family members) meet certain health and character requirements
  • you meet the additional requirements for the stream in which you apply
The subclass 888 visa is the second stage of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa. You can apply for it after you have fulfilled the requirements of your provisional visa.

You do not need to submit a new Expression of Interest or be invited to apply for this visa. You ne‚Äč‚Äčed to be nominated by a state or territory government agency or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government if you are seeking to satisfy the primary criteria.

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  • Applicant Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • you are the primary visa holder of a provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) and have met all the requirements of your Business Innovation and Investment visa in the stream in which you first applied; or
  • you are the secondary visa holder who is the spouse or de facto partner of a provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) holder in the Investor or Business Innovation stream and can meet all the primary criteria requirements of the permanent Business Innovation and Investment visa in the relevant stream; or
  • you hold a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a Business (Long stay) visa (subclass 457IE) and have met the requirements of the business innovation stream; and
  • you and your partner have not been involved in any unacceptable business or investment activities
The subclass 124 visa is for people with a distinguished talent. This visa lets you live permanently in Australia.

The Distinguished Talent visa lets you live permanently in Australia if you have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession
  • a sport
  • the arts
  • academia and research

You must be outside Australia when this visa is granted.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Nomination Requirements

This visa will allow you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts, or academia and research
  • are still prominent in the area
  • would be an asset to the Australian community
  • have no difficulty getting employment, or in becoming established independently in your field in Australia
  • are nominated by an eligible person or organisation
  • meet health and character requirements

If you are younger than 18 or at least 55 years of age when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

You must be nominated by an eligible person or organisation with a national reputation in your field. They must also be highly regarded throughout Australia. A reputation confined to one state or region would not be considered national.

An eligible person or organisation can include:

  • an Australian peak body or organisation
  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen
The subclass 858 visa is for people with a distinguished talent. This visa lets you live permanently in Australia.

The Distinguished Talent visa lets you live permanently in Australia if you have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession
  • a sport
  • the arts
  • academia and research

You must be in Australia when you apply and when this visa is decided.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Nomination Requirements

This visa will allow you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You might not be eligible for this visa if you are the holder of one of the following visa types at time of application:

  • Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 600)
  • Maritime Crew Visa (Subclass 988)
  • Superyacht Crew visa (subclass 488)
  • Temporary Work visa (Subclass 400)
  • Tourist visa (Subclass 676)
  • eVisitor (Subclass 651)
  • Visitor visa (Subclass 600)
  • Special purpose visa
  • Business (Short Stay) visa (Subclass 456)

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts, or academia and research
  • are still prominent in the area
  • would be an asset to the Australian community
  • have no difficulty getting employment, or in becoming established independently in your field in Australia
  • are nominated by an eligible person or organisation
  • meet health and character requirements

If you are younger than 18 or at least 55 years of age when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

You must be nominated by an eligible person or organisation with a national reputation in your field. They must also be highly regarded throughout Australia. A reputation confined to one state or region would not be considered national.

An eligible person or organisation can include:

  • an Australian peak body or organisation
  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen
The subclass 866 visa is for people who engage Australia’s protection obligations because you are a refugee or meet the complementary protection criteria in the Migration Act 1958.

You and any eligible family members included in the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Australia‚Äôs Protection Obligations

This visa allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident and have access to Medicare and Centrelink services.

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • you are claiming Australia‚Äôs protection
  • you meet one of the following criteria:
    • you are a refugee as defined by the Migration Act 1958
    • you meet the complementary protection criteria in the Migration Act 1958
  • you are not barred from lodging a Protection visa application
  • the minister is satisfied that the grant of the visa is in the national interest
  • meet health and character requirements

According to the Migration Act 1958, refugees are people who are outside their home country and cannot return because they have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their:

  • race
  • religion
  • political opinion
  • nationality
  • membership of a particular social group

Australia is obliged under the Refugees Convention to provide protection to refugees and to ensure they are not returned to any place where they are likely to face persecution for one of the five grounds under the Migration Act 1958.

Protection can also be provided to people who cannot be returned to their home country because they engage Australia's complementary protection obligations.

People engage protection in Australia under complementary protection obligations if there is a real risk that if they return to their home country they will suffer any of the following types of significant harm:

  • arbitrary deprivation of life
  • the death penalty
  • torture
  • cruel or inhuman treatment or punishment
  • degrading treatment or punishment

Australia's obligation not to return people who might be subject to such harm derives from international human rights treaties to which Australia is a party. These treaties are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).

The subclass 200 visa is for people outside Australia, living outside thier home country and are persecuted in their home country.

To be considered for resettlement in Australia under this visa, you would usually need to be referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the Australian Government

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  • Applicant Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It allows you to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia‚Äôs scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • access certain social security payments
  • apply for Australian citizenship (after you have lived in Australia for four years)
  • propose family members for permanent residence
  • attend English language classes

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • you are outside Australia
  • you are living outside your home country
  • you are persecuted in your home country
  • meet health and character requirements

Partner Visa

This subclass of visas allows the spouse or defacto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen to live in Australia. It is an application that can be submitted whilst inside or outside of Australia. Processing timeframes are current anywhere from 18 months to three years. In order for the applicant to qualify they must be married to or in a defacto (including same sex) relationship with an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen.

Generally, the Partner visa is processed in two stages with the first stage of the process being the grant of a temporary (subclass 820 or subclass 309) visa. This temporary visa will remain valid until a decision is made on the permanent residency application which can occur approximately two years after the submission of the approved temporary application. The temporary and permanent residency visa is submitted at the same time. Both visas have full work and study rights.

In order for the applications to be granted at the first and second stage the applicant must be able to demonstrate that they are in a genuine and ongoing relationship with their (Australia, Permanent Residency or eligible NZ Citizen) Partner.

The visa information provided below should only be used as a guide. If a particular visa is appropriate for your circumstances, then we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility.

Please be aware that big changers are about to occur to the way in which Partner application are considered and processed.

This bill Amends the Migration Act 1958 to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas; require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made; impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied; facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application; enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances; enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments.

Please be aware that there are some big changes to the way Partner applications are processed coming soon. It is expected that these changes may occur any day now but had not occurred at time of writing (11th July 2019). Once implemented the changes will mean that the Australian, Permanent Resident or Eligible NZ Sponsor will need to submit a sponsorship application first and have it approved before the Partner can proceed and submit their visa application.

This obviously has big implications in regards to onshore applications, bridging visas and remaining in Australia because at this stage we are uncertain as to how long it might take for a sponsorship application to be processed and finalised under the new system. Only after the sponsorship application is approved can a visa application be submitted and (if applied for onshore) a Bridging Visa issued.

At the moment, under the current system, we can submit a valid visa application on her behalf immediately.

The take home from all of this is that if you are considering a partner visa and are in a genuine and ongoing relationship then you may wish to consider submitting this application soon.

The subclass 820 and 801 visas allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is the first stage towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801). You must be in Australia when you apply and also when this visa is decided.

You lodge one application form for your temporary and permanent visas and pay one application charge. Your application is processed in two stages, about two years apart.

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  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

Temporary Partner Visa (subclass 820)

This visa will allow you to:

  • stay in Australia until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia, but with no access to government funding
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

Permanent Partner Visa (subclass 801)

If you are granted a permanent visa, you can:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • receive some social security payments
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted , after that time you will need another visa to enter Australia

You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen

You must be in a genuine and ongoing relationship. You must live with your partner or, if you do not, any separation must be only temporary.

Both parties must freely consent to the relationship.

You can sponsor an eligible relative for this visa if:

  • you are at least 18 years of age
  • you live in a designated area of Australia
  • you are an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen

The relative or the relative's partner you want to sponsor must be your:

  • child or stepchild
  • parent or step-parent
  • brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, stepbrother, step sister, niece, nephew, adoptive niece, adoptive nephew, step niece, step nephew, aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle
  • grandparent or first cousin
The subclass 309 visa allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to travel to and live in Australia.
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia and stay here until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia, but with no access to government funding
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expense

You must be outside Australia and married or in a de facto relationship with:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen

You must be in a genuine and ongoing relationship. You must live with your partner or, if you do not, any separation must be only temporary.

Both parties must freely consent to the relationship.

You can apply if you intend to marry your partner before a decision on your visa is made.

In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than two years from when you lodge your application. You could be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual two-year waiting period if:

  • at the time you apply, you have been in a partner relationship with your partner for three years or more, or two years or more if you and your partner have a dependent child of your relationship
  • your partner holds or held a permanent humanitarian visa and you were in the relationship before the visa was granted and this relationship was declared to the department at the time

To be a sponsor you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be married, be in a de facto relationship with your partner, or intend to marry before the visa is decided
  • be older than 18 years of age

If you are married and younger than 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must be the sponsor. That parent or guardian must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens are expected to be living in Australia. Eligible New Zealand citizens might need to have a health examination or character check.

The subclass 300 visa is for people who want to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse. It is a temporary visa for nine months. You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when the visa is granted.
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia and stay here until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Aus

    This visa allows you to:

    • enter Australia before you marry your prospective spouse
    • travel in and out of Australia as often as you want
    • work in Australia, although some employers might not hire people with temporary visas
    • study in Australia, but with no access to government funding for tertiary study
    tralia, but with no access to government funding
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expense

You must:

  • intend to marry and live as husband or wife with your prospective spouse
  • be sponsored by your prospective spouse
  • know your prospective spouse and have met in person
  • be the opposite sex to your prospective spouse (same-sex couples can apply for a Partner visa based on their de facto relationship)
  • meet age, health and character requirements

To sponsor someone for this visa, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • at least 18 years of age

Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens are expected to be living in Australia. Eligible New Zealand citizens might need to have a health examination or character check.

Skilled Visa


This stream of migration to Australia is designed for applicants under the age of 50 years who can meet the points test. Points are awarded based on an applicant’s personal attributes such as age, english language ability, skills, work experience, education, study in Australia or overseas etc.

You can also obtain points if you are including a skilled partner or if you are sponsored by an Australian State or Territory. You can apply directly for a permanent residency visa if you believe you qualify.

Alternatively, you may apply for a provisional skilled visa that will lead to a permanent residency visa.

The visa information provided below should only be used as a guide. If a particular visa is appropriate for your circumstances, then we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility.

This visa, referred to as the TSS subclass 482 visa, enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. It facilitates targeted use of overseas workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority.

TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:

  • Short-Term stream:¬†This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas skilled worker) on a temporary basis only in occupations listed on the Short-term Skilled Occupation list (STSOL) for a TSS visa. It can be used to fill positions for a maximum of two years or four years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies.
  • Medium-Term stream:¬†This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas skilled worker) for periods of up to four years in occupations listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL) for a TSS visa.
  • Labour Agreement stream: This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas worker) and has entered into a labour agreement with the Department.
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Employer Requirements

This visa allows you to travel to and from Australia for the duration of your visa and:

  • if you are the primary visa holder, to work in Australia in your nominated occupation for an approved sponsor (or an associated entity of a sponsoring Australian employer).
  • if you are a family member, to work and study in Australia.

You might be able to get this visa, as an overseas worker, if you:

  • have been nominated for a position by an approved sponsor and that nomination has been approved
  • meet any required skills and qualifications requirements including completing any skills assessments required
  • meet English language requirements
  • if in Australia, hold a substantive visa, a subclass 010 (Bridging A) visa, a subclass 020 (Bridging B) visa or a Subclass 030 (Bridging C) visa
  • have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last visa
  • meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply

This information is for employers who want to sponsor a skilled worker from outside (or inside) Australia for a TSS visa.

Unless you are already an approved standard business sponsor or have executed a labour agreement with the Department, the first step to sponsoring an overseas worker for a TSS visa will be to apply to become a standard business sponsor.

A labour agreement is a formal arrangement negotiated between an Australian employer and the Australian Government. It may be used when the standard TSS program is not available.

Streamlined arrangements are also in place for existing standard business sponsors to renew their sponsorship prior to expiry.

It is strongly recommended that you apply for accredited status as this has significant benefits for Australian employers.

The subclass 186 visa is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can‚Äč be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The visa has three streams:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream:¬†is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
  • Direct Entry stream:¬†is for
    • people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
    • people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or
    • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • Agreement stream:¬†is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Employer Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

An applicant for this visa must:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer within the six months before you apply
  • are under the age of 50 at the time of application, unless you are exempt
  • have the required skills and qualifications for the position (at time of application lodgement you must have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for ‚Äď you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body)
  • have appropriate English language skills (at the time of application lodgement), unless you are exempt
  • meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply

You can nominate a skilled worker for this visa if:

  • you actively and lawfully operate a business in Australia
  • you have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
  • you offer a skilled position in the applicant's field that is full time and ongoing for at least two years
  • you pay a market salary rate
  • you comply with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws
  • there is no adverse information known about your business or any person associated with your business

You must nominate the applicant in one of the three streams and meet the requirements of that stream.

Regional Sponsored Migration

The subclass 187 visa is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer an‚Äč‚Äč‚Äčd then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

The visa is a permanent resident visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The visa has three streams:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream¬†is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
  • Direct Entry stream¬†is for:
    • people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
    • people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia
    • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or
  • Agreement stream¬†is for people nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.
  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Employer Requirements

This visa allows you and your family to live in Australia and work permanently in a regional area. A regional area is anywhere other than the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne.

This is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in regional Australia (outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne) within six months before you apply
  • are under the age of 50 at time of application lodgement, unless you are exempt
  • at time of application lodgement, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for ‚Äď you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body
  • at time of application lodgement, have appropriate English language skills for Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and Direct Entry (DE) stream unless you are exempt
  • meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply

You can nominate a skilled worker for this visa if:

  • you actively and lawfully operate a business in regional Australia (regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)
  • you have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
  • you offer a skilled position in the applicant's field that is full time and ongoing for at least two years
  • you pay a market salary rate
  • you comply with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws
  • there is no adverse information known about your business or any person associated with your business

You must nominate the applicant in one of the three streams and meet the requirements of that stream

The subclass 189 visa is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. This visa is intended for indviduals who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You are eligible to apply for this visa if you have been invited. At the time we invite you to apply for this visa, you must have:

  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the¬†points test
  • at least competent English
  • meet health and character requirements
The subclass 190 visa is a permanent residence visa for points-test skilled workers who want‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč to work and live in Australia after being nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)

You are eligible to apply for this visa if you have been invited. At the time we invite you to apply for this visa, you must have:

  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the¬†points test
  • at least competent English
  • meet health and character requirements
  • been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency
The subclass 489 visa is for skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in specified regional areas in Australia for four years.

There are two pathways for this visa:

  • the Invited Pathway
  • the Extended Stay Pathway¬†– you must hold a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496

For family members who are included in your visa application (in either visa pathways), they must be a family member of someone who already holds this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

  • What You Can Do
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Sponsor Requirements

This visa allows you and your family to:

  • stay in Australia for up to four years
  • live, work and study in a specified regional area of Australia specified regional area of Australia
  • travel in and out of Australia while the visa is valid

This visa provides a pathway to permanent residence through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).

Invited Pathway

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited, you must also have:

  • been nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area
  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupations list
  • a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the¬†points test
  • at least competent English
  • meet health and character requirements

Extended Stay Pathway

  • You can also apply for this visa if you hold a provisional visa in subclass 496, 495, 487 or 475

You can sponsor an eligible relative for this visa if:

  • you are at least 18 years of age
  • you live in a designated area of Australia
  • you are an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen

The relative or the relative's partner you want to sponsor must be your:

  • child or stepchild
  • parent or step-parent
  • brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, stepbrother, step sister, niece, nephew, adoptive niece, adoptive nephew, step niece, step nephew, aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle
  • grandparent or first cousin

PROCESS OF VISA LODGEMENT

CONSULTANT

Consulting with our teamwill helps you to know an in-depth knowledge of the immigration process. Ask queries to the Immigration consultants to eliminate all your doubts and get a clear picture of the entire process lying ahead of you.

DOCUMENTS COLLECTION

Our process of  documentation is the key to our high visa approval rates. Our specialists Immigration consultants & lawyers guide and follow through with clients for accurate and quick submission.

VISA LODGEMENT

Once the documents are examine or inspect closely and thoroughly and found in order, our team further validates the Application until Submission. We will submit the visa application on your behalf and provide regular updates on its progress.

WAIT & APPROVAL

We will let you know of your VISA STATUS result within 24 hours of notice. 

Why Choose Us

Working for your better future

We offers personalized help to foreign nationals wishing to live in Australia temporarily or permanently. Whether or not you want to see, study, work or acquire permanent residency we will be able to help you navigate safely through the various complexities of the application process.

We offer a fee free First consultancy. we offer transparent pricing structure and no hidden fee .

Our professional team of immigration attorneys and registered agents understand not just what regulations and legislations are but also the policy and context supporting it.

About Us

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& Experienced Lawyer

Migration Prospect is Australia’s leading team of Registered Migration Agents and lawyer who can assist with any of your immigration needs 

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WHAT WE DO

Our Services

We help you in you visa assesment and the services required immigration. we lodge your application and proivde update also

In case you’ve had a Visa denied or Cancelled from the Department of Home Affairs, Migration Prospects can support you along with your Sponsor Appeal to the Administrative Appeal Tribunal,

One of the condition for VISA is getting a Health Cover. We also guide to you to get best health policy which cover most of the things in a cheapest Price

We also provide coaching and guidelined for English spoken test i.e IELT/PTE/TOEFL.  As this is most important for applying several VISA.

We now come from a varied background and we can speak other languages such as Serbian, Persian (Farsi),Pasto, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Chinese and Scandinavian.

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