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Types of visas in Australia

Types of visas in Australia


Australia is the sixth-largest country by land in the world. Australia is bordered to the west by the Indian Ocean and to the east by the South Pacific Ocean. The government of Australia serves different sorts of visas for international commuters. This blog will be very helpful to you; you can choose any kind of visa that is best suited to you

Australian Visa Categories

1. Work visa:

Work visa grant two option under some certain circumstances.

  • Temporary Residence with work rights – This sort of visa allows an applicant to work in Australia for up to 4 years. The major requirement for this visa is the sponsorship letter from the employers. Once the sponsorship letter got approved you can go for the further steps to apply for this type of visa.
  • Working holidaymaker – Applicants between the age of 18 and 26 are eligible to apply. If you are planning to move to Australia for some recreational purposes but you wish to work a part-time job here to supplement your visa then cheers! This visa suits best for you  

2. Temporary entry visas:

This visa allows an applicant to visit Australia for work purposes on a temporary basis. Kindly note that there might be visa conditions on your visa that only allows specific work or work with a certain employer.

  • Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) The employer can sponsor a skilled worker from overseas to complete the position that they can’t find in the suitably skilled Australian worker to fill. The eligibility criteria for such type of visa are:
  •  nominated for a skilled position by an approved sponsor
  • good English proficiency scores
  • better skills for the job.

NOTE: sponsorship needed

  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485): The students can apply for this temporary visa if they want to live, work and study in Australia after their studies. The basic eligibility criteria are:
  • Applicant must be under the age of 50 yrs.
  • Hold an eligible visa
  • A recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
  • nominate one stream only – it is not possible to change visa streams after you apply
  • have held a student visa in the last 6 months

NOTE: sponsorship not required

  • Skilled – Recognized Graduate Visa (subclass 476): This visa allows recent engineering graduates to live, work or study in Australia for up to 18 months. The applicant must have completed a degree or higher qualification from a specified institution within the past 2 years with the age of under 31 years.

NOTE: sponsorship not required

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489): This visa allows a skilled worker to live and work in Australia. Fortunately, you can bring your family along with yourself and after granting this visa, the applicant might be able to apply for the Skilled Regional (Permanent) visa (subclass 887). The stay will be of 4 years approximately with the cost of 4,045 AUD

NOTE: sponsorship not required

  • Submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect
  • Nominated by a State or Territory government agency or Austrade 
  • Invited to apply for the visa

NOTE: sponsorship needed

3. Visitor visa (subclass 600):

With such type of visa, you can visit Australia as a tourist, to go on a cruise or to see family and friends. Under the Standard Visitor’s visa, you can stay for up to 3 months from when you enter Australia. The validity of this visa can be Up to 12 months or 1 year. If you wish to stay longer, you can apply for a long-stay visa which is valid for up to 6 months. Moreover:

  • You must intend to come to Australia for visiting purposes only.
  • Must have enough money for your stay in Australia.
  • You will not be allowed to work on such a type of visa.

4. Business visa (subclass 600):

Australia offers great scope for businesses to grow. Business can include conducting a conference, negotiations, site inspection, or exploratory visits. This visa is just for short stay purposes. Each visit can be up to 3 months long in which you can study or train for up to three months. However, if a family member wishes to travel to Australia with you, they must lodge a separate visa application. The basic things which need to keep in mind:

  • you genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily
  • meet health and character requirements.
  • you have the means to support yourself during your stay in Australia
  • You intend to engage in a business visitor activity in Australia. For example, you should be prepared to show that you have a business background.

5. Student visa (Subclass 500):

This is the type of visa by which an individual can study in Australia in full-time registered courses. During their course, students are permitted to work 20 hours per week as a part-time job when the institution is in session. Whereas, there are no limits on the work hours when the institution is not in session. The stay can be up to 5 years and in line with your enrolment. With such sort of visa, you can enroll in any desired course of study in Australia and can bring your family members with you. For this to happen you must be:

  • Enrolled in a course of study in Australia
  • must be 6 years or older
  • Prove you have a welfare arrangement, if you are fewer than 18.

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6. Permanent resident entry visa:

You can become a permanent resident of Australia by applying for and being granted a permanent visa that allows you to remain in Australia indefinitely. It allows you to bring your family members. The Eligibility Criteria for Australia Permanent Residency are:

  • Age – Your age has to be below 45 years
  • Point’s Grid – Secure 65 points
  • English language test – try to secure your best scores on the English language test. Some of the famous tests are IELTS and PTE.
  • Experience – You should have the desired work experience that should be part of STSOL, MLTSSL, or ROL.
  • Medical Examination – Show proofs that you are sound health-wise
  • Visa Category – Select the appropriate program for different PR visa types. Your skill selection must match the skill set list of Australia.

The Family-Based Australian Permanent Residency:

  • Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801):  The Subclass 820 visa is a temporary partner visa that allows you to live in Australia. The Subclass 820 visa is the first stage towards a permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801). Luckily, you can apply for both visas at the same time and pay only one application charge. 

Some of the Skill-Based Australian Permanent Residency is:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186): Qualified, skilled workers may eligible for Australian permanent residency and they can live and work in Australia indefinitely.  For this to happen you require to be approved by an Australian employer. The three streams to this visa are Temporary Residence, Direct Entry, and Agreement.
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187): This requires you to be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia. There are three streams to this visa: Temporary Residence, Direct Entry, and Agreement.
  • Business Innovation & Investment Visa (Subclass 188): This allows you to own and manage a new or existing business in Australia, or to invest in Australia. Moreover, you must be nominated by a state or territory government or Australian agency to be eligible to apply.
  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189): Workers who hold occupations on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List may be eligible for a Subclass 189 visa. The requirements of such a visa are that the applicant must complete a skills test and be sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.
  • Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190): Certain foreign-national skilled workers who hold occupations on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List may be eligible for a Subclass 190 visa. For this to happen, the candidate must have to complete a skills test and be nominated by a state or territory government.
  • Business Talent Visa (Subclass 132): for this type of visa, the candidate requires to have a minimum net business, personal assets, and annual business turnover, or a minimum in venture capital funding. You must also be nominated to apply by an Australian state or territory government agency.
  • Resident Return Visa: To acquire this sort of visa candidates have to fill a form 1084 which is used by permanent residents whose visa has or is about to expire, or by former Australian citizens who have renounced their citizenship status.

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