General Skilled Visas to Australia

Skilled visas are point based visas for people with nominated occupation, appropriate English Skills, Education and Work Experience.

  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa
  • Subclass 190 State Nominated Visa
  • Subclass 489 Regional Sponsored Visa

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

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

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also 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.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

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

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you were invited. When we sent you your letter of invitation, you must also 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.
  • Been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

Skilled Regional 489

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) visa allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years.

For the Invited Pathway – Submit an Expression of Interest.
For the Extended Stay Pathway – Apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Renewal (subclass 489) visa.

For family members of someone who already holds a subclass 489, 475, 487, 495 or 496 – Apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subsequent Entrant (subclass 489) visa.

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, 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

Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)

This is a permanent visa for people who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • Are in Australia
  • Hold a
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
    Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 495)
    Skilled Designated Area Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 496)
    Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475 or 487)
    or
    Bridging visa A or Bridging visa B after applying for a subclass 495, 487 or 489 visa

  • Have lived in a specified regional area of Australia for at least two years
  • Have worked full time in a specified regional area for at least one year
  • Meet health and character requirements.