Explore visa options to work permanently in Australia

Given Australia’s economic growth in recent years, as well as its bright perspective, it is a substantial destination for job seekers. Every year, many immigrants get a permanent residence permit in Australia by obtaining a work visa. In this article, we will briefly review the Australia permanent work visa types in four general categories: regional visas, Skilled migration visas, Business investment visas, and Distinguished talent visas.

Regional visas

These visas are defined for skilled immigrants who intend to live and work in regional Australia.

  • Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187): Skilled workers who are nominated by their employer in regional Australia can apply for this visa to live and work the country permanently. The applicant for this Australia permanent work visa must be under 45 years of age and fluent in English. He must be a transitional subclass 457 or a subclass 482 worker. The other condition is that the applicant should have worked for his employer full-time for at least three years. The visa application fee is AUD4045.
  • Permanent Residence Visa (subclass 191): The holder of this visa is allowed to live, work, and study in the designated regional area Australia on a previous eligible visa. The holder of this visa can petition for Australian citizenship if eligible. He can also act as a sponsor for the permanent residence of his family members. Applicants for this visa should consider the following:
  • Before applying for a subclass 191 visa, the applicant must have a regional provisional visa subclass 491 and 494 for at least three years.
  • The holder of a temporary regional visa must have earned the minimum salary for at least three years.
  • The applicant must adhere to the conditions of the regional temporary visa.

Australia permanent work visa: Skilled migration visas

Australia’s permanent work visa in this category is defined for proficient immigrants to live and work anywhere in Australia.

  • Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186): Experienced workers who have a nominating employer are permitted to apply for this immigrant visa. Under this Australia permanent work visa, the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) enables employers to choose proficient foreign workers to work in Australia. The application process involves two steps: a submission by a certified employer and a visa application by the skillful foreign worker. The visa application fee is AUD4045. The applicant must have a job on the list of authorized posts defined for this visa. The application process can be done in or outside of Australia.
  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189): Invited workers and New Zealand nationals with skills required in Australia can apply for this visa. They are allowed to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. This Australia permanent work visa is divided into two subgroups:
  • Points-tested stream: Experienced workers who are not sponsored by an employer or nominator can apply for this visa. The applicant must be under 45, and they have to submit an Expression of Interest.
  • New Zealand stream: The qualified New Zealand nationals who have demonstrated commitment to Australia can apply for this visa to live and work in this country. The applicant must have a New Zealand Special Category visa (subclass 444). Also, he must have lived in Australia for at least the past five years.
  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190): this visa allows experienced employees who are approved by an Australian state to live and work as a permanent inhabitant. The applicant for this Australia permanent work visa must have a related occupation on the 190 visa occupation list. Also, he must have an appropriate skill assessment for that occupation. The workers must submit an Expression of Interest or EOI through SkillSelect along with explanations about the profession, skills, and qualifications. SkillSelect will assess a points score; if they acquire an acceptable score,  government agencies will evaluate their EOI and decide about their nomination. If their nomination is approved, they will be invited to apply for the visa. Then, they have 60  days to apply for the visa.
  • Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887): People who have lived and worked in specific areas in Australia under a previous visa are eligible for this Australia permanent work visa. Applicants for this visa must have lived in those areas for at least two years and worked full-time there for at least one year. The applicants must live and work in a regional, low-population growth or designated area of Australia. The processing time for documents and the issuance of this visa is relatively long (about 29 months for 90% of applications). The visa application fee is AUD415.


Business investment visas

This Australia permanent work visa is defined for entrepreneurs and investors who intend to expand their business or create a new job in this country.

  • Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 888): The applicants must be invited by a state or territory or the Australian government. They must have a related stream of the subclass 188 visa or a particular category of the subclass 444 or subclass 457. The subclass 888 visa is divided into five eligibility streams:
    • The Business Innovation Stream: the applicant can continue and manage his business in Australia under this stream.
    • The Investor Stream, Significant Investor stream, and the Premium Investor stream: This visa allows the applicant to continue his investment in Australia permanently.
    • Entrepreneur stream: this visa allows the applicant to pursue his entrepreneurial activities in Australia.
  • Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132): The visa holders can establish a new or extend an existing business under this Australia permanent work visa. The applicants must be nominated and invited by the government agency. They must have the required funding to be eligible for this Australia permanent work visa. The visa application fee is AUD7855. The subclass 132 visa is divided into two streams:
  • Significant Business History Stream: this visa is defined for people who have ownership interests in large businesses. They are allowed to manage a new or existing business in this country.
  • Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream: this visa is defined for individuals who have access to venture capital funding of at least AUD 1 million.

Distinguished talent visas

Permissions in this category are set for individuals who have achieved prominent achievements in some eligible fields at the international level.

  • Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124): People who have a remarkable achievement in a particular area at the international level can apply for this Australia permanent work visa. The visa holders are allowed to work and study in Australia. Also, they can be the sponsor of qualified relatives for permanent residency in Australia and apply for Australian citizenship. When the visa is given, the applicant must be outside Australia. People who are prominent in the following area can apply for this visa:
    • a profession
    • a sport
    • the arts
    • academia and research

The applicant can be nominated by the following:

    • An Australian citizen
    • Individual with the permanent residency of Australia
    • Eligible New Zealand citizen
    • An Australian organization with a well-known background concerning the applicant’s area of talent

The visa application fee is AUD4110.

  • Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858):  As with the previous visa, this Australia permanent work visa is issued to individuals with internationally outstanding achievements. The difference between this visa and the previous one is that the applicant for a subclass 858 visa must be in Australia at the time of applying and granting the visa.


Let’s sum up …

In previous paragraphs, we reviewed a detailed classification of Australian permanent work visas. On the Visa Library website, you can find information about other Australian visas as well as immigration ways to other countries.In case you have some experience, please write it down in the comment section. Your comments let the readers choose better and avoid mistakes. Conveying your experiences as comments is a great help for applicants.

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