Skilled visas for Australia This information is for comparison only and does not represent an exhaustive list of visas or their requirements. For more information and updates go to www.immi.gov.au General Skilled Sponsorship Required to work in Additional Type of visa Visa duration Migration Skill requirements required? regional Australia? information points test Subclass 457 – From one day up to Yes, by an employer No, unless approved This visa is not Applicant must have Occupation must Business four years prior to 14 September points tested the skills necessary to be on a legislative (Long Stay) 2009 under perform the occupation instrument and terms regional certification and English language and conditions of arrangements skills unless exempted employment must be no less favourable than those that are provided to an Australian Employer sponsored categories performing equivalent work Dependants have full work/study rights Employer Nomination Permanent Yes, by an employer No This visa is not Skills assessment by Occupation must Scheme (ENS) points tested relevant Australian be on the Employer (121 and 856) authority, 3 years Nomination Scheme full-time work Occupation List experience and (ENSOL). Employee to registration or licensing be paid minimum salary if required with equivalent working conditions in-line with relevant Australian legislation. Regional Sponsored Permanent Yes, by an employer Yes This visa is not Relevant diploma or Once visa is granted, Migration Scheme points tested higher qualification and applicant must work (RSMS) registration or licensing for the sponsoring (119 and 857) if required employer for two years Skilled – Independent Permanent No No Points test pass mark: Nominated occupation Have recently (175 and 885) 65 points must be on applicable completed an Australian Skilled Occupation qualification in Australia, List (SOL) and skills or have recent relevant assessed by relevant skilled employment assessing authority Be under 50 Skilled – Sponsored Permanent Yes, by a state/territory No Points test pass mark: Nominated occupation Have recently (886 and 176) government agency or 65 points must be on applicable completed an Australian an eligible Australian relevant occupation qualification in Australia, relative list and skills assessed or have recent relevant by relevant assessing skilled employment authority Be under 50 Skilled – Regional Three years with option Yes, by a state/territory Yes, an applicant must Points test pass mark: Nominated occupation Have recently Sponsored to apply for one further government agency or live, work and study in a 65 points must be on applicable completed an Australian (provisional) General Skilled Migration (GSM) categories 12 month visa an eligible Australian specified regional area relevant occupation qualification in Australia, (487 and 475) relative list and skills assessed or have recent relevant by relevant assessing skilled employment authority Be under 50 Skilled – Regional Permanent No No This visa is not Must hold an eligible Must have lived for at (887) points tested provisional visa least two years and worked full-time for at least 12 months in a Specified Regional Area while holding an eligible provisional GSM visa Skilled – Graduate 18 months No No This visa is not Nominated occupation This visa is for overseas (485) points tested must be on applicable students who have SOL, skills assessed in the last six months by relevant assessing completed an Australian authority and English qualification in Australia language threshold met and seek a further temporary stay to work in Australia Be under 50 Skilled – Recognised 18 months No No This visa is not Must have completed This visa is for Graduate points tested a bachelor degree or engineering graduates (476) higher qualification in a from recognised specified discipline at overseas educational a recognised overseas institutions who have educational institution in skills in demand the last 24 months, and in Australia meet English language Be under 31 threshold.