Skilled Visas

Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa

The Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa allows skilled workers to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. It does not require sponsorship from an employer or family member, or a nomination from an Australian State or Territory government agency.

The subclass 189 visa has two streams:

  • Points tested stream – for skilled workers who meet the points test.

  • New Zealand stream – for eligible New Zealand citizens.
     

Why the subclass 189 visa?

  • Does not require sponsorship by an employer or a family member, or a nomination from an Australia State or Territory government agency

  • It is a permanent visa with full work rights, allowing the holder to live, study and work anywhere in Australia

  • Some family members can be included in the application

  • Eligible for Medicare benefits

Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa

The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa allows skilled workers to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. The visa requires the applicant to meet a points test requirement and be nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
 

Why the subclass 190 visa?

  • A visa holder can live and work permanently in a specified area of Australia;

  • Certain family members can be included in the application

  • Eligible for Medicare benefits

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)

(Subclass 491) Visa

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa allows skilled workers to work and live in a designated regional area in Australia for up to five years. Holders of the visa may be eligible for permanent residency after holding the visa for three years.
 

To apply for this visa, applicants must be nominated by:

  • An Australian State or Territory government agency; or

  • Sponsored by an eligible family member who is residing in a designated regional area
     

Why the subclass 491 visa?

  • Certain family members can be included in the application

  • Live, work and study in Australia for up to five years

  • May be eligible for a pathway to permanent residency after three years

  • Travel to and from Australia freely, whilst the visa is valid

  • Eligible for Medicare benefits

  • Designated regional areas exclude Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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