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why immigrate to australia

here are few good reasons to move and settle in Australia

Australia is a politically stable, culturally diverse and democratic society with a skilled workforce and a strong, competitive economy. Australia’s overseas born resident population is close to 30%, which shows how friendly and welcoming this country is for Immigrants. Australia’s multicultural society includes its Indigenous peoples and migrants from some 200 countries.

Australia has opened more than 190,000 opportunities for Skilled Immigrants to work and settle in Australia for 2021-22.

Diverse & inclusive

This immigrant friendly country is built by people from different background and culture. The people here are very friendly and welcoming. There is no language barrier in Australia

subsidized healthcare

Australia's Medicare system provides access to a wide range of health care services, free medical treatments in public hospitals and lower costs for prescription medicines

Excellent Education system

Australian Public Schools provides high quality education to Primary, Secondary and Territory students for free of cost or at subsidized prices

career opportunities

Australia's economy and industries are growing at a rapid pace and this has created a numerous job opportunities for Migrants

If you wish to become a permanent resident of Australia, there are different pathways that can help you get permanent residency.

These pathways are in the form of visa programs that you can choose from the Australian Department of Home Affairs list.

The visa categories are based on the applicant’s profile, requirements, eligibility and qualification criteria.  

what is general skilled migration program

Here is everything you need to know about getting Permanent Residency through Skilled Migration Program

General info

The Skilled Migration Program is for Skilled Individuals and Families to permanently migrate to Australia for work and settle.

This program is intended to fill Australia's Skill Shortages with Skilled Migrant workers.

In order to apply for the Skilled Migration Program, your occupation should be listed in the Australian Skilled Occupation list.

There are 3 types of Visas one can apply for Permanent Residency under the General Migration Program.

  • Skilled Independent Visa: Subclass189
  • Skilled Nominated Visa: Subclass 190
  • SkilledWork Regional Provisional Visa: Subclass 491 (Replaced Skilled Regional Visa subclass 489)  

To apply for Skilled Independent or Skilled Nominated Visa, the candidate should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The Australian Government will review your EOI and if eligible, will invite you to apply for the skilled visa.

The entire Visa application process will take anywhere between 6-12 months.

eligibility criteria
eligibility points calculator
Language Proficiency
30 Points Maximum
20 Points Maximum
20 Points Maximum
Work Experience
Australian education
Partner Skills
20 Points Maximum
10 Points Maximum
10 Points Maximum

types of Skilled Migration Programs

These are the 3 types of Visa that you can apply for to get Permanent Residency in Australia under the General Migration Program

skilled Independent visa

Subclass 189

The 189 Visa is the most common and point based Visa which is awarded to Skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian Employer, State, Territory or Relatives. This visa lets you work and study anywhere in Australia and you are also allowed sponsor eligible Relatives for PR
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Skilled Nominated Visa

Subclass 190

The 190 Visa is also a points based Visa which is awarded to people nominated by Australian State or Territory government. This is an excellent option if you don't have enough points for Skilled Independent Visa. With this Visa you can stay, work and study in Australia permanently
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Skilled Regional Visa

Subclass 491

The 491 Visa allows Skilled workers live in a Regional area of Australia for up to 5 years. With this Visa you can live, work and study in Australia for up to 5 years and you can bring in your immediate family as well. People with 491 Visa also given preference in Permanent Residency
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Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189

The Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 is a point-based visa program that invites skilled foreign professionals to live and work anywhere in Australia as permanent residents. It is awarded to Skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian Employer, State, Territory or Relatives.

Eligible candidates are also allowed to sponsor their eligible relatives for Australian PR.


Eligible candidates can

lBecome an Australian citizen

lLive and work in Australia with certain rights

lReap public healthcare benefits

lSponsor their skilled family members for Australian permanent residency


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Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) 

The Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 is a point-based visa program that invites the required skilled workforce from outside Australia. It is awarded to people nominated by the Australian State or Territory government.

This is an excellent option if you don’t have enough points for a Skilled Independent Visa. With this Visa, you can permanently stay, work, and study in Australia. The eligible score points are 65 points.


A candidate is nominated under the Skilled Nominated visa once the eligibility criteria are fulfilled.


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Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa 

(Subclass 491)

The Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491) allows Skilled workers from outside Australia to live in an Australian regional area for up to 5 years.

With this Visa, eligible candidates can live, work and study in Australia for up to 5 years and bring in their immediate family.

People with 491 Visa also get preference in Permanent Residency of Australia.  


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benefits of having permanent residence visa

Being a Permanent Resident of Australia will entitle you to receive most of the benefits a typical Australia Citizen would receive



Eligible Permanent Residents can apply for Australian Citizenship



With PR Visa one can enroll in Australia's healthcare scheme, Medicare


Child benefits

Upto certain age, children can get free education and you can avail childcare rebates

Employees working in office

live, work, study

With PR, you can Indefinitely live, work and study anywhere in Australia


Work in new zeland

Yes that's true. With Australian PR you can visit, work and live in New Zealand


Sponsor Relatives

You are allowed to sponsor eligible relatives for Permanent Residence

Here are the major visa programs that serve as the pathways to Australian permanent residency:  

Visa Programs in Australia (Excluding the repealed visas)


Visa Programs


Visitor Visas 



lVisitor visa (subclass 600)

lElectronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) 

leVisitor (subclass 651)

lTransit visa (subclass 771) 

lWorking Holiday visa (subclass 417) 

lWork and Holiday visa (subclass 462)



Studying and Training Visas 




lStudent visa (subclass 500) 

lStudent Guardian visa (subclass 590) 

lTraining visa (subclass 407) 



Working and Skilled Visas 




lBusiness Innovation and Investment (permanent) visa (subclass 888)

lBusiness Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

lBusiness Owner (subclass 890) 

lGraduate workstream

lPost-study workstream

lSkilled recognition graduate visa

lGlobal Talent visa (subclass 858)

lEmployer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

lInvestor visa (subclass 891) 

lPermanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 189) (subclass 190) (subclass 191) (subclass 486)

lRegional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) 

lSkilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)

lSkilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 

lSkilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)  

lSkilled-Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)

lSkilled Regional visa (subclass 887) 

lSkilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 

lSkilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

lState or Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892)

lState or Territory Sponsored Investor visa (subclass 893)

lTemporary Activity visa (subclass 408)

lTemporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

lTemporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)

lTemporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) 

lTemporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)



Family and Partner Visas



lAged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114) 

lAged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838) 

lAged Parent visa (subclass 804)

lCarer visa (subclass 836) (subclass 116)

lChild visa (subclass 101) (subclass 802)

lContributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) (subclass 884) (subclass 864)

lContributory Parent visa (subclass 143)

lDependent Child visa (subclass 445)

lParent visa (subclass 103) 

lPartner (Provisional and Migrant) visa (subclass 309 100)

lPartner visa (subclass 820 801)

lProspective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

lRemaining Relative visa (subclass 115) (subclass 835)

lSponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

Visa Processing Times

Visa Program

Visa Category

Processing Time

(Outside Australia)




Skilled (Temporary)


46 Days




44 Days




3 Days


Working Holiday 


Less than 1 Day





Partner (First Stage)


14 Months


Skilled (Permanent)


5 Months


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other visas you can apply for

Planning for a business or short trip? Here are the other Australian Visas you can explore

tourist visa

Subclass 600

If you are planning meet a friend or family in Australia or looking for a casual trip to explore the beauty of Australia, this is the visa you should apply for. This visa allows you to visit Australia for up to three, six or 12 months.
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student visa

Subclass 500

Australia is home to some of the best universities in the world. Apply for Student Visa and start studying in the university of your choice. The 500 Visa is valid for 5 years and it allows you to bring your family to Australia. You can also work for up to 40 hours every two weeks once your college term starts
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TSS Visa

Subclass 482

Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa is an Employer sponsored visa which allows you to stay and work in Australia for up to 4 years. The Employer should file nomination with the Department of Home Affairs(DHA), and if approved the applicant should apply for the Visa within 6 months
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