Skilled Migration

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Subclass 485 - Temporary Graduate Visa

This visa lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. This visa has two streams:

  • Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the  Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.
  • Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant’s qualification.

Subclass 189 - Skilled Independent Visa

The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.

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

Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for points-test skilled workers who want​​​​ 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 Skill Select to apply.

Subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

This 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.