Skilled Visa News

Get the latest updates on skilled visas, including SkillSelect Skilled Independent, Skilled Nominated, Skilled Work Regional, Temporary Graduate Skilled, and Permanent Residence visas.
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About Skilled Migration

SkillSelect is an online application process that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia through the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI).

All EOI’s are considered and, if you are a successful applicant, you will be issued an invitation to apply for the skilled migration visa you have conveyed interest in.

You may also be found and nominated by an Australian employer or State or Territory Government if you have skills and qualifications that are required in Australia.

Employers seeking to sponsor or hire foreign workers can visit our Australian Employer Services page.

Skilled visa processing priorities

Skilled visa applications are processed according to government policy priorities:

  • Subclass 124 (Distinguished Talent) Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme)
  • Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme)
  • Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment) (Provisional)
  • Subclass 189 (Skilled - Independent) Subclass 190 (Skilled - Nominated)
  • Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional))
  • Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage)
  • Subclass 489 (Skilled - Regional (Provisional)) Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 494 (Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 858 (Global Talent)
  • Subclass 887 (Skilled - Regional)
  • Subclass 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent).

Skilled visa applications are processed in the following order​

  • Visa applications in relation to a healthcare or teaching occupation.
  • For employer sponsored visas, visa applications where the applicant is nominated by an Approved sponsor with Accredited Status.
  • Visa applications in relation to an occupation to be carried out in a designated regional area.
  • For permanent and provisional visa subclasses, visa applications that count towards the migration program, excluding the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa.
  • All other visa applications.​

For all categories above, priority will be given to holders of eligible passports.

All other skilled visa applications are assessed in order of date of lodgement.

Migration planning levels

The 2023-24 migration planning level will be 190,000 places, with 137,100 allocated to the skilled migration stream.

Skilled Visa Application Charges

The application process for an Australian skilled work visa requires payment of mandatory Government Visa Application Charges (VAC), which differ depending on the type of skilled work visa and the number of applicants involved.

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Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa

The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa (Subclass 191) allows individuals holding a qualifying visa who have lived for at least 3 years in a designated regional area and who have also earned the specified income amount, to reside permanently in Australia.

The visa can include eligible members of your family. You do not need a sponsor or nominator for this visa.

SkillSelect – Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 491)

This is a provisional visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.

This provisional visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a regional state/ territory government or an eligible relative.

It provides benefits including a pathway to permanent residency (Subclass 191).

Graduate Skilled Visa (Subclass 485)

If you are a skilled worker who is not sponsored by an employer, state or a family member, you may be eligible for the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189).

This permanent visa enables successful applicants to live and work anywhere in Australia.

To qualify, you must have an eligible occupation appropriate to this subclass and score at least 65 points in the points test at the time you are invited to apply.

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Thanks to “This is Australia” team. They helped me in getting my 485 replacement and 491 visa. Special thanks to Martin, tony and Mathew for all their help and assistance.
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Thank you Jerry for your best services for my 491 Visa.
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Dreampwn Phucharoun
My husband and I would rate TIA 'ten star' if we could. The service provided by Ernie, Sookyi and Audrey was exceptional. We were advised, guided, supported and encouraged by a team of skilled and professional people. People who really care. The granting of the Permanent Residency visa for my partner has changed our lives forever and we will always remember the TIA team who we worked with through the process. A BIG thank you from both of us.
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Garry Huggett
Great and professional migration agency. I did my graduate and skilled visa with them and I was very pleased with their service and communication. Martin and Tony always kept me updated and answered all my questions every time I reached out. I can't recommend them enough.
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Alex Mijares
Can’t recommend this team enough. I’ve used This is Australia for several visa applications which has resulted in me being successful with a 491 regional visa. Recommended these guys to several friends already!
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Best migration agency! Thanks to the guidance and timely promoting from both Tony and Martin, I was able to get my SC 491. I have recommended ‘This is Australia’ to all my friends.
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Judika Devini Peries
This is Australia Migration Services have been absolutely AMAZING! Very helpful and patient. Ernie, Audrey and their whole team are brilliant and highly skilled.
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Chantel Ashton-Rodriguez
The obtainment of my 485 visa in a bit more than three months really was a great achievement! I would like to thank you, Martin, along with all your staff for the fantastic job you have done. I have very much appreciated your professionalism, effectiveness and personalised attention to my specific situation. On the basis of my extremely positive experience I can say that "This is Australia\" fully deserves its well established reputation as a highly reliable and successful organisation in the field of immigration matters.
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