Australia PR Visa

Step-Smith immigration service dedicated team helps their client to take their strides towards settling in Australia on the permanent basis through the easiest way of Permanent Residency through General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program which is point-based migration for skill workers who have skills in specific occupations, which are in demand in Australia.

Applicant must have an occupation listed on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and needs to satisfy the point test as part of visa application requirements. Skilled workers who get visa under GSM, can work and stay in Australia on a permanent basis. In some circumstances, skilled workers can stay and work in Australia on temporary basis until the requirements for permanent residency are met. General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas program includes the following visa Subclasse.

We specialise in many types of Visa’s including Skilled Migration, TR, University, College, High School, TAFE, Language Courses, ENS, RSMS, 457 Visas, Spouse Visa’s, Business Migration, Parent Migration.

 Skilled independent visa 189 – This visa subclass is for those skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government and meet the requirements for the grant of visa independently. This subclass allows skilled worker and their eligible family members to live and work in Australia on permanent basis. The applicant needs to meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for the grant of visa: –
 The applicant needs to have a relevant occupation and the relevant skills assessment in their chosen occupation.
 The applicant must have required points according to the chosen occupation in order to pass the point test.
 The applicant has to be under the age of 45 years at the time of invitation to apply the visa.
 The applicant must have at least competent English
 The applicant must meet health and character requirements.

 Skilled Nominated Work Visa 190 – Work and live in Australia with this permanent resident work visa. Certain foreign-national skilled workers who hold occupations on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List may be eligible for a Subclass 190 visa. This visa requires the applicant to complete a skills test and be nominated by a state or territory government.

What Are the Benefits of a Skilled Nominated Work Visa (Subclass 190)?

The Skilled Nominated Work Visa offers all the benefits of Australian permanent residence for you and your family.
 Work and live in Australia indefinitely
 Opportunity to study in Australia
 Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s state-run healthcare program
 Opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship
 Sponsor relative for permanent residence
 Travel in and out of Australia as you please

How Can I Apply for a Skilled Nominated Work Visa (Subclass 190)?

Step 1: Check if your occupation is on the Skilled Occupation Lists
This visa is only available to people who can fill a position on this list.

Step 2: Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements You must meet the following requirements in order to apply:
 Under age 50
 Basic English skills
 Meet the health requirements
 Meet the character requirements
 Do not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government
 Willing to sign the Australian Values Statement

Step 3: Complete a Skills Assessment
You must complete a Skills Assessment and obtain an acceptable score in order to be eligible for the Subclass 190 visa. Your score must be meet that specified on your letter of invitation (step 5). Instructions on how to get a proper Skills Assessment can be found on the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website.

Step 4: Submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect
Next, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. The SkillSelect program will ask you a number of questions related to your background, skills, and relevant work history.

Step 5: Obtain a government nomination
The Skilled Nominated Work Visa (subclass 190) requires you to be nominated by a state or territory government. Once you submit your EOI, it will be viewable by government authorities looking for prospective workers with your skill set. If a government decides to nominate you, you will receive a letter of invitation to apply for the 190 visa.

Step 6: Apply for the Skilled Nominated Work Visa (subclass 190)
After you find an employer and get a nomination, you can apply for the 190 visa online through the DHA. You will need to include certain documents with your application, listed here.

Step 7: Wait for a decision
It can take several months for the DHA to make a decision on your visa application. In 2016, the processing time for the 190 visa was 3 months.

Step 8: Receive your visa and start working
Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start work in Australia.

 Skilled Work regional visa (491 visa – The new 491 visa, Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years.

Applicants for this visa must be nominated by:
 an Australian state or territory government agency or  sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.

Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa has been replaced the current 489 visa and commences November 16, 2019. The 491 visa is a skilled and a points tested visa . It has a 45 year age limit and requires a positive skills assessment.

The visa validity period is 5 years. Conditions, namely 8579 will be imposed which will enforce the government’s intentions that visa holders live, work and study only in regional areas. Visa holders may move between regional areas. Regional areas are defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Important change: Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas. You may work in any occupation and for any employer in line with the work and residence conditions attached to your visa.

Holders of the new provisional visas will also be unable to apply for most other skills based visas in Australia unless they have completed at least three years in a designated regional area, unless exceptional circumstances exist. Additionally, similar to current arrangements for the subclass 457 and 482 visa program, holders of the new provisional visas can be negatively impacted by sponsor non-compliance.

The new 491 visa permanent pathway will be:

 Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional): To meet the requirements of the permanent visa (from November 2022) applicants must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met minimum taxable income requirements. You must show earnings of at least $53,900 per annum for three years. Your partner can also be the main applicant for the 191 visa if they can demonstrate this criteria.

Benefits of the 491 visa:
 Priority processing of regional applications
 Incentives for migrants to stay in regional areas longer term as they build ties through workforce and community participation
 More points available to subclass 491 visa applicants

Ranking systems for an invitation to apply for a 491 visa
1. First: Applicant with a skilled partner OR applicants without a partner
2. Second: Applicant with a partner who can demonstrate Competent English (but does not have the skills for skilled partner points)
3. Third: Applicant with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or Skilled partner points.

 Skilled Regional Employer Sponsored Visa (494 Visa) – Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional): Substituting the current 187 (RSMS) visa and commenced November 16, 2019 the 494 visa has 10,000 places allocated per year. It requires employer sponsorship and the position must be likely to exist for 5 years. It has a 45 year age limit (exemptions apply), competent English, RCB advice. Visa applicants must have a suitable skills assessment and at least 3 years’ skilled employment.

NEW REPLACES

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) – Direct Entry stream

Am I eligible for the 494 visa?

The visa validity period is 5 years. Conditions will be imposed which will enforce the government’s intentions that visa holders live, work and study only in regional areas (condition 8579) and only in the nominated position. Visa holders must commence work within 90 days of the visa being granted and must only work in your nominated occupation and only work for the nominating employer in regional Australia. If you do not, your visa may be cancelled.
Regional areas are defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Important change: Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas.
Holders of the new provisional visas will also be unable to apply for most other skills based visas in Australia unless they have completed at least three years in a designated regional area, unless exceptional circumstances exist. Additionally, similar to current arrangements for the subclass 457 and 482 visa program, holders of the new provisional visas can be negatively impacted by sponsor non-compliance.

The new permanent visa will be:

 Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional): To meet the requirements of the permanent visa (from November 2022) applicants must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met minimum taxable income requirements. You must show earnings of at least $53,900 per annum for three years. Your partner can also be the main applicant for the 191 visa if they can demonstrate this criteria.

Effect on current 187 RSMS regional visa:

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (subclass 187) will close to new applicants from November 16, 2019. Transitional arrangements will be put in place for applicants who have lodged both the Nomination and Visa and are undecided at that time.

494 visa occupations list

494 visa requirements (visa applicant):
 Age under 45 at time of application (exemptions apply)
 Competent English at time of application
 You must have been employed in the nominated occupation for at least 3 years on a full-time basis and at the skill level required for the nominated occupation. Generally, you should have gained your experience within the last 5 years. The period does not need to be continuous. Equivalent part-time work may be considered. DHA does not consider casual work.
 GTE requirement does not apply
 If in Australia, hold a substantive or Bridging Visa A, B or C
 Successful skills assessment at time of application
 Doctor registration requirement does not apply
 DoHA Fee (main applicant) $4,045 and for spouse: $2,025, children under 18 : $1010
 Second VAC: $4890 if adult applicant does not meet Functional English

494 Employer and job offer requirements:

 Employer must be located in a designated regional Australia, everywhere except Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
 Regional areas include Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.
 Position be on the list of eligible occupations
 Position must be full time and likely be available for 5 years
 employer will need approval from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB)
 Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

Benefits of the 494 visa:

 Can apply for permanent residence without a second nomination stage, if eligible, through the subclass 191 visa (commences 16 November 2022)
 Lower cost to employers with only one SAF levy stage for the subclass 494 nomination (compared to the two stages for the current subclass 482 to ENS subclass 186 permanent resident pathway)

Conditions and pathway to PR:

 Must live and work for 3 years on the 494 visa in regional areas to get Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) 191 Visa
 Can move between jobs but will have 90 days to find a new nominator
 Cannot apply for any other skilled PR or 820 partner visa for 3 years
 Eligible for Medicare on 494 visa – Health insurance not required.

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