General Skilled Migration

SUBCLASS 189: Skilled Independent visa, offers permanent residency in Australia without the need for sponsorship by an employer, state, or family member. Holders have the freedom to live and work anywhere in Australia, access to healthcare through Medicare, and the option to enrol in education programs at domestic rates. Additionally, this visa provides a pathway to Australian citizenship.

SUBCLASS 190: Skilled Nominated visa, offers several benefits to skilled workers seeking to live and work in Australia. One major benefit is that it provides permanent residency in Australia, allowing holders to live and work anywhere in the country. Additionally, applicants are nominated by a state or territory government, which can enhance their chances of receiving an invitation to apply for the visa. Holders also gain access to healthcare through Medicare and can pursue educational opportunities at domestic rates. Like the Subclass 189 visa, the Subclass 190 visa also provides a pathway to Australian citizenship.

SUBCLASS 491: Skilled work regional (Provisional visa) offers temporary residency in Australia for skilled workers and their families, allowing them to live, work, and study in designated regional areas for up to five years. Holders have a pathway to permanent residency through the Subclass 191 visa, granted they meet certain residency and employment criteria, providing long-term settlement opportunities. Additionally, access to Medicare ensures healthcare coverage.

SUBCLASS 491 FAMILY STREAM: Skilled work regional (Provisional visa) Family Stream visa facilitates family reunification for eligible relatives of Subclass 491 visa holders, allowing them to join their loved ones in Australia. This visa provides temporary residency with the option for permanent residency after three years, offering stability and opportunities for family members to integrate into Australian society. Access to healthcare through Medicare ensures the well-being of the family unit while residing in Australia.

GLOBAL TALENT VISA: Offers highly skilled individuals the opportunity to live and work in Australia permanently. Benefits include streamlined processing, access to priority visa pathways, and opportunities to contribute to Australia’s innovation and economic growth. Eligibility requires individuals to possess exceptional and internationally recognized talent in a targeted field, be nominated by an eligible organization or individual, and have the ability to contribute to Australia’s economy and society.

SUBCLASS 191 VISA: Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, offers a pathway to permanent residency for skilled migrants who have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa and met certain conditions. Eligibility requires meeting the regional work and residence requirements, demonstrating a commitment to living and working in regional Australia. Benefits include the opportunity for permanent residency, access to healthcare and social services, and the potential to eventually apply for Australian citizenship.


  1. Choose Your Visa Type: Select the appropriate visa category based on your situation, such as the Temporary Skill Shortage (482), Employer Nomination Scheme (186), or General Skilled Migration (189, 190, 491).
  2. Skills Assessment: Prior to applying for most skilled migration visas, it’s necessary to undergo a skills assessment conducted by the relevant assessing authority in Australia. This process generally entails validating your qualifications, work experience, and skills against the standards set by Australian authorities.
  3. English Language Proficiency: Demonstrate English proficiency through language test scores.
  4. Find a Sponsor/Employer or Apply for GSM: Secure a sponsor or employer for sponsored visas, or apply through General Skilled Migration based on eligibility points.
  5. Lodge Your Application: Submit your application online through the Department of Home Affairs website, including required documents and undergoing health and character checks.
  6. Wait for Decision: Wait for the Department of Home Affairs to process your application, noting varying processing times.
  7. Visa Grant: Upon approval, receive a visa grant notification outlining conditions and details.

“It’s important to note that the visa process can be complex, and it’s advisable to consult with registered migration agents like Valid Visas to ensure you meet all the requirements and submit a strong application.”

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