VISAS

We provide professional Visa consultancy for individuals and organisations wanting to successfully apply for Australian Visas. Our thoughtful and caring team can work with you to make the process of selecting and applying for the right visa easier.

Business and Innovation

Sub Class: 188

Business Innovation stream (188A)

This provisional visa is for people with business skills. It lets you operate a new or existing business in Australia.

  • It allows you operate a new or existing business in Australia.
  • It requires you to be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, and to meet a Business Skills Points Test.
  • You first need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and await an invitation to apply for the visa.

Investor stream (188B)

This provisional visa is for people with active involvement in investment activity.
It requires you to invest at least AUD1.5 million in an Australian State or Territory and to maintain business or investment activity in Australia.
Significant Investor stream (188C)
This provisional visa is for people who invest at least AUD5 million in Australian investments that meet certain requirements and to maintain investment activity in Australia.

Premium Investor stream (188D)

This provisional visa is for people who are nominated by Austrade and who invest at least AUD15 million in Australian investments and/or philanthropic contributions.
For all subclass 188 streams

Provided you are able to show ongoing business/investment involvement in Australia, this visa may lead to eligibility for the Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa, Subclass 888

This category is exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Global Talent

Sub Class: 859

The Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES) program allows Australian businesses to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled niche positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers
  • through other standard visa programs – in particular, the Short-term stream and Medium-term stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa

It is a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) 4-year temporary visa that provides you with a pathway to permanent residence.

Your sponsor needs to show how any position filled through a GTES agreement must provide opportunities for Australians by, for example:

  • creating new jobs for Australians
  • transferring your own skills and knowledge to Australian workers

The main features of the GTES are:

  • trusted employers can access highly-skilled roles, even ones that are not of the occupation lists for the TSS visa short-term or medium-term streams
  • there are 2 streams – Established Business and Startups
  • the earning threshold for applicants is higher than under the standard TSS stream
  • you can negotiate age requirements for the permanent residence pathway
  • priority processing of GTES agreements

Established Business stream

The Established Business stream lets employers who are accredited sponsors employ workers with cutting-edge skills to help innovate in an established business and make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do.

The main features of this stream are:

  • access up to 20 positions per year (applicant and position criteria must be satisfied on each occasion)
  • flexibility in certain visa criteria, including access to 4-year TSS visas
  • transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years, including age cap concessions
  • simpler agreement applications and faster processing of agreements
  • if the position ceases, the visa holder will have 60 days to find a new sponsor and a new visa or depart Australia

Startup stream

The Startup stream lets employers sponsor workers with cutting-edge skills to contribute to Australia’s developing startup ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills and new technology into Australia.

This stream is for startups operating in a tech-based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.

The main features of this stream are:

  • access up to 5 positions per year (applicant and position criteria must be satisfied on each occasion).
  • flexibility in certain visa criteria, including access to 4-year TSS visas.
  • transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years, including age cap concessions.
  • if the position ceases the visa holder will have 60 days to find a new sponsor and a new visa or depart Australia

Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTES startup advisory panel.

Sub Class: 858

A successful candidate under the Global Talent Visa program for permanent residence will be highly skilled in one of the 10 target sectors and also be able to attract a salary that meets the high income threshold (currently AUD153,600, adjusted annually)

Current target sectors are:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

Successful GTI candidates must:

  • prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements
  • still be prominent in their field of expertise
  • provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise
  • have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
  • have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia nominate them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant

Candidates must meet a high standard and show an exceptional track record of professional achievement. This may include senior roles, patents, professional awards and international publications and memberships.

Places are also available to PhD graduates, and certain PhD students who are nearing completion of their thesis and can demonstrate their exceptional talent and international recognition in a target sector.

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

 

Employer Sponsored Work (Temporary & Permanent)

Sub Class: 400

This visa is designed for highly specialised workers to undertake short-term, highly specialised work in Australia for up to 6 months. It is suitable if you have specialised skills, knowledge or experience that are not generally available in Australia.

Sub Class: 186

This visa allows you direct entry to Australia as a skilled worker under the nomination of an approved business sponsor

You must have

  • an occupation that is on the list of eligible skilled occupations
  • at least 3 years relevant work experience, unless you are exempt
  • a positive skills assessment, unless you are exempt
  • at least a level of “Competent English”

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Sub Class: 408

This visa allows you to temporarily live in Australia under the following subcategories:

  • Special Program, including youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community programs, school language assistants or “gap year school volunteering “
  • Religious Work

  • Research activities, including research projects at a research or tertiary institution in Australia

  • Invited Participant for other social and cultural activity such community-based events and sporting events
  • Australian Government Endorsed Events

 

 

Sub Class: 482

Short-term stream

This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

  • The occupation is on the short-term skilled occupations list

Normally permits a maximum stay in Australia of two years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

Medium-term stream

This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. Your occupation must either be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL).
Normally permits a maximum stay in Australia of four years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

Labour agreement stream

This visa is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a Labour Agreement. It lets you live and work in Australia temporarily. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employer groups.
Normally permits a maximum stay in Australia of four years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

Sub Class: 462

This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old have an extended holiday in Australia and to work in Australia to help fund the trip.

It requires you to have an eligible passport, which includes Hong Kong.

Skilled

Sub Class: 494

This 5-year temporary visa allows you to live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia, away from major metropolitan areas.

There are three streams in this category, comprising:

  • Employer Sponsored stream designed for regional employers to address labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers, where employers are unable to source a suitably skilled Australian worker
  • Labour Agreement stream for skilled workers nominated by employers under a labour agreement
  • Subsequent entrant stream for family members of people already in Australia on the provisional regional employment visa

After three years, you may become eligible for permanent residence in Australia.

Sub Class: 491

This 5-year temporary visa allows you to live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia, away from major metropolitan areas.

There are two streams in this category, comprising:

  • being nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or
  • having an eligible relative to sponsor you

In addition, you must

  • have an occupation on the relevant Australian skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment by an Australian assessing authority for the occupation
  • be invited to apply
  • satisfy the points test

After three years, you may become eligible for permanent residence in Australia.

 

Sub Class: 190

This visa allows you to migrate to Australia as a permanent resident, based upon your qualifications and work experience, together with other factors such as your age and English language ability. In addition, you must have been nominated for this visa by an Australian state or territory government agency.

You must also

  • have an occupation recognised on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment from the relevant authority in Australia for your occupation
  • submit an “Expression of Interest”  (EOI)  and be invited to apply for this visa
  • satisfy the points test

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Sub Class: 189

This visa allows you to migrate independently to Australia as a permanent resident, based upon your qualifications and work experience, together with other factors such as your age and English language ability.

You must

  • have an occupation recognised on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment from the relevant authority in Australia for your occupation
  • submit an “Expression of Interest”  (EOI)  and be invited to apply for this visa
  • satisfy the points test

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Study

Sub Class: 500

The student visa program for Australian study comprises different streams, including

  • primary and secondary study;
  • English language study;
  • Vocational Education Sector (VET) certificate courses at various levels;
  • Tertiary Education study including bachelor, master and PhD degrees.

Students are required to demonstrate eligibility including

  • enrolment confirmation,
  • prior study history,
  • financial capacity to cover course fees and living expenses, and
  • to  demonstrate a genuine intention to temporarily reside in Australia for study purposes.

We can advise you on suitable courses that meet Australian student visa requirements

For students under the age of 18, the Student Guardian visa subclass 590 may also be available to an eligible relative or custodian.

Sub Class: 590

This category allows a student’s parent, custodian or relative who is 21 years or older to come to Australia to provide care and support for a student visa holder who is under 18 years of age or older due to exceptional circumstances

You need to demonstrate:

  • the nature of your relationship with the student
  • that you have enough money to support yourself and the student during your stay
  • that you can provide the student with accommodation, welfare and other supports

Family Migration

Sub Class: 300

If you are engaged to an Australian citizen/permanent resident and submit a Notice of Intention to Marry in an Australian registry, you may be sponsored by your Australian partner to travel to Australia on a temporary visa. Following your marriage, you may then apply for a combined Provisional/Permanent Partner visa inside Australia.

Sub Class: 309/100

If you are legally married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen/permanent resident, you may be sponsored for a combined Provisional/Permanent Partner visa.

If you are in a “long-term” relationship with your Australian spouse, exemptions apply where the combined application and lead to the immediate grant of Australian permanent residence.

In circumstances where your relationship is not long-term, your eligibility for permanent residence inside Australia will arise two years after the date that you applied for your combined Partner visa application.

Partners of Australian residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Other Family

Sub Class: 114

This permanent visa lets a single older person, now between 65-67 years, who relies on an eligible relative or that relative’s partner living in Australia for financial support, to move to Australia permanently.

Your Australian citizen/permanent resident relative or their partner can be:

  • your partner, child, parent, brother, sister, stepchild, step-parent, stepbrother or stepsister
  • your grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or step equivalent

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Sub Class: 116

If you have a relative or their cohabiting family member in Australia with a long-term medical condition, who has no reasonable access to care options in Australia, this visa lets you move to Australia permanently to provide ongoing care.

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

 

Sub Class: 115

This visa provides permanent residence if both you and your partner are the last members of your family to become Australian.

You may be sponsored by an eligible Australian parent or step-parent, sibling or step-sibling, or an eligible partner of your relative, where:

  • both you and your partner do not have any other near relative who usually lives outside Australia, or
  • both you and your partner do not have a near relative who live in Australia on a temporary visa or unlawfully.

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

 

Sub Class: 173

This is a 2-year Temporary visa that can lead to eligibly for the permanent resident Contributory Parent visa in Australia.

You must be sponsored for this visa by an eligible Australian child or another eligible relative or community organisation if your child is under 18.

A lower second visa application charge (VAC) applies for the temporary category.

 

Sub Class: 143

This is a directly permanent resident Contributory Parent visa.

Like the Temporary Contributory Parent visa, you must be sponsored by an eligible Australian child or another eligible relative or community organisation of your child is under 18.

A higher second visa application charge (VAC) applies for the permanent category.

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Sub Class: 117

This visa allows a child who is single to come to Australia to live with an eligible relative if their parents are dead, are permanently unable to care for them or the parents’ whereabouts are unknown.

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Sub Class: 101

A child of an Australian citizen/permanent resident may be sponsored for a permanent Australian visa, if they are

  • under 18 or
  • between 18 and 25 years if they are a full-time student and financially dependent on the Australian parent, or
  • over 18 and unable to work due to a disability

Short Visit

Sub Class: 679

Sponsored Family Visitor allows you to stay in Australia continuously for up to 12 months, under the sponsorship of an eligible Australian relative, including your

  • partner, parent or child
  • brother or sister
  • grandparent or grandchild
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew
  • the step equivalent of the above

This visa also allows you up to 3 months of study or training in Australia. Your Australian sponsor may be asked to pay a security bond, which is always fully refundable so long as you comply with your visa conditions, including departure before expiry.

We can assist with exemptions from Australian  COVID-19 travel restrictions, which are available to close family members of Australian residents and also include compelling and compassionate circumstances.

Sub Class: 651

All Hong Kong passport holders may be eligible for an ETA. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please enquire here as to whether you are eligible for relevant categories for travel ban exemptions.

We can assist with exemptions from Australian  COVID-19 travel restrictions, which are available to close family members of Australian residents and also include compelling and compassionate circumstances.

Returning Resident

Sub Class: 155 and 157

This visa allows you to renew your Australian permanent residence, either for a period of 5 years or for 3 months, depending on factors such as how long you have previously resided in Australia as a permanent resident.

You must either be

  • an Australian permanent resident
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced Australian citizenship

Permanent residents are exempt from current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Free 15 Minute Visa Assessment

We are here to help you navigate the complexities of the Australian Visa process.  Please use the contact form to get in touch with your question. If you are ready to start the process click the Make An Appointment button and book a free initial assessment with an Australian migration consultant.

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