Australian visa for Professionals and Technicians

If you are thinking of travelling to Australia, the first and the most important is to be clear on the type of visa you are looking for according to your objectives, as the lack of knowledge and research about the regulation and the requirements for each Australian Visa may result in a refusal.

Once the visa type that you require has been established, you must know and identify the Australian visa requirements to apply for it.

In this section, you will find all the information regarding visas to work and migrate as a professional or technician to Australia.

RC Australia has the legal knowledge, more than 12 years of solid experience and the qualified staff to successfully carry out your visa application to Australia.

One of the advantages of beinglegally advised by RC Australia isknowing that the whole process develops in strict compliance with the regulations in force of the Federal, State, Australian government and the occupations validation entities.

Get your Australian work visa for professionals and qualified technicians efficiently, legally and safely.

There are several ways become a resident, according to your personal circumstances. Which is the best for you? In RC Australia we will help you to define the viability of your migration project, finding the best paths to be granted a permanent residence.

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What should you know about the visa program for professionals?

The following is information is general, and is not recommended as applicable to your case due to the legal restrictions for each point mentioned If after reading this information you would like to know how to apply the migration program to your case, we recommend you request an individual study of your case.


Migratory law: “Migrants key to prosperity”

It is a program designed to attract the skilled professionals and technicians with the required experience and skills to solve the lack of qualified workforcethat the Australian growth and economy demand.

The requirements for skilled migrants are found in the GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION (GSM) Program. This is one of the most complete paths to be granted a residence visa in Australia. This option may be carried out from your home country, if this alternative applies, or it may be started in your home country and continued within Australia during a student visa (Temporary Visa) or any other temporary visa.

The number of visas on the GSM Program provision is part of the Australian government annual migration program . For the fiscal year July 2019 – June 2020, the Department of Home Affairs has estimated a goal of 160.000 places. For this fiscal term, the emphasis is to promote migration to regions and decrease the migration to cities like Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, it is expected that the places will be assigned in the federal budget to be announced in October 2020.

Since 2012, the General Skilled Migration Program takes place through the Skill Select selection model, which allows the candidate with the highest scores and in order of arrival to be chosen.

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A permanent residence visa to Australia allows the migrant:

The qualified migration program GSM works based on the occupations lists which are updated annually considering the needs of the Australian economy.

There are 3 lists:

Medium & Long Term Strategic Skilled List (MLTSSL)

It includes occupations considered of a great economic value for the country and aligned with the long-term labor strategies established by the government. The occupations in this list allow applying for an Australian Visa as an independent professional, i.e., without a nomination by a state

The occupations in this list are eligible for all the visas of the program, at the discretion of the States.

This list is updated every 12 months. The most recent list is in force since March 5, 2019.

Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL)

This list is prepared with the support of the work department to determine the occupations that have been identified as missing in the short-term. This list was drastically reduced on April 19, 2017 and it is expected to be updated every 6 months. It includes those visas that require sponsorship from states, like the subclasses 190, 489 and 491.

Regional Occupation list (ROL)

Eligible occupations are only for Regional Visas 489 or 491. Each Australia state or territory will issue its own migration sponsorship programs and may adopt the complete list or segment it according to its needs.

The first step to know if you can do the process to obtain your Australian residence visa with a right to work, is to identify your occupation.
This definition is complex according to the regulation of each Australian professional entity.

The determination of the occupation is a complex action despite the academic degree or the university degrees validation, because it involves in most of the cases the detailed evaluation of subjects, study, and evaluation of the specific tasks performed during the work life.

To define the professional experience, you must follow each occupation’s definition according to the AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STANDARD CODE OF OCCUPATIONS (ANZSCO) and of the validation authority.

The migration law establishes a skills assessment authority for each occupation that is in charge of validating the occupation. Each entity has developed its own standards that differ from each other.

The viability of your process to migrate to Australia, the development and success of the Australian work visa obtention will depend on the adequate identification of your occupations and if you meet the requirements of the validation entity.

Assessing Authorities for SkilledOccupations: Lists

In RC AUSTRALIA We have the experience and knowledge on the requirements of each skills assessment authority that allow us to value and define if your case circumstances are enough to get the validation of your occupation (degrees, work experience and entity requirements) with the purpose of obtaining your visa to Australia. This will minimize the denial risks at the entities, mistakes due to inexperience, waste of time and resources in the professional degree assessment and the attention for your visa to Australia. Degrees validation in Australia for each occupation for the visa to Australia.

To get the visa to the residence in Australia, it is necessary to achieve an English level that is assessed through internationally accepted exams: IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, OET, CAMBRIDGE ADVANCED.

The Department of Home Affairs accepts the academic and the general version of the IELTS test, but some professional schools only accept the academic version, for example, for accountants, teachers or psychologist. Likewise, each professional school has the autonomy to accept one or more of the English test aforementioned. In RC Australia we advise you to identify your current English level through an evaluation that we have specifically designed for this purpose, and that will help you define your possibilities to migrate and obtain your residence visa to Australia.

Obtaining a visa to Australia for professionals and technicians in the skilled migration program, requires accessing to the migration program designed by the Australian Government, its requirements, and procedures to apply for the different visas granted.

As from July 2012, the Department of Home Affairs implemented the SKILLSELECT platform that implies a substantial change in the application process of a residence visa to Australia for graduates in Australia GSM.

According to SKILLSELECT, once the candidate occupation is validated, has passed the English test and complies with all other requirements necessary in his/her case, he/she must submit an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI), that will be evaluated by the model.

The model compares the EOIs scores presented to that date and based on the occupation quota, it will generate invitations to submit an application for a residence visa to Australia. The cutoff point for the invitation rounds will vary according to the visa and occupations.

At this date, August 2020:

Visa 189: 85 points *

Visa 190: 65 points

Visa 491: 65 points

Some occupations in this visa require a higher score due to the high number of expressions of interest. A monthly prorate is applied raising the score, for example, the accountant occupation is prorated with 95 points. It is important to mention that the prorate does not apply to invitation rounds for visas 190 or 491.

There are two requirements to obtain an invitation: score and order of arrival, i.e., the higher the score and based on the submission date of the EOI, the invitations are issued. The invitation rounds are held on a monthly basis and the results of the number of invitations issued and the minimum score per occupation are published as well. The EOIs that do not receive an invitation will remain in the database for up to 2 years to be compared with the new ones submitted.

The EOI are free of charge by the Department of Home Affairs and it is important to mention that the cost of the application is paid only at the application for the visa, not at the submission of the EOI.

However, it is necessary that the applicant complies with all the program requirements by the date of applying for the EOI. RC Australia as your migration agent, will submit the expression of interest of your case, on your behalf, ensuring that all the requirements are met before the application to avoid future denials.

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Types of visa to Australia for skilled professionals

If you wish to migrate as a graduate to Australia, the visa types that you may have access to are:

a). Visa 189 Skilled Independent (Permanent Residence):For those occupations in the MLTSSL list. No family or state sponsorship is required. This visa allows that you and your dependents can live as permanent residents anywhere in Australia.

b). Visa 190 Skilled Sponsored (Permanent residence): The occupations chosen to apply for this visa appear in the combined list of eligible occupations. This combined list uses occupations from the MLTSSL and STSOL list. This visa category requires the nomination from an Australian state or territory.

c). Visa 491 Skilled Regional (Provisional): temporary Residence for 5 years. This visa leads to the Permanent visa. It requires the nomination of a state or territory, or some family members. While in the first case the eligible occupations are in the combined list, in the in the latter, the applicable list is the MLTSSL list.

After living in regional areas and having income equal or higher than 53.900 AUD during 3 fiscal years at least, the visa holders are eligible to a permanent visa 191.

Visa to Australia – Regional and State nominated visas 190/491 As part of the General Skilled Migration program and in order to stimulate this program, the Australian states and territories may nominate skilled professionals and workers, including two more extensive list than the list regulating the independent applications (without sponsorship).

Each state has developed its own State Migration Plan and has its own list of occupations in demand. Additionally, they set an annual number of candidates that may benefit with their sponsorship. These visas to Australia include the condition to live and work in Australia in the sponsoring State or Territory for at least 2/3 years.

Many States offer a nomination to applicants that have completed studies in those territories. For example, South Australia, Tasmania, and Canberra require a year of study to be eligible and to apply for the state sponsorship.

Each State has additional requirements in addition to studying.

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