Direct Entry​​ Stream

Provide the documents in this section if you are applying for this visa through the Direct Entry stream.

Skills and qua​lifications (must hold at time of application)

  • Copies of all your qualifications and evidence of your work experience (for example, employment references).
  • Registration, licensing or professional membership, if required for your occupations in the state or territory in which you will be working. Documents from the relevant Australian registration and licensing authorities that show you hold, or will be able to meet, necessary registration and licensing requirements. The documents must specify both of the following:
    • the type of registration or licensing held
    • the name and contact details for the registration or licensing authority.
  • If you are nominated in an occupation specified in an instrument and obtained your qualifications outside of Australia, evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable by the relevant assessing authority. Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be accepted as they are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes.
  • If you are a New Zealand citizen or a member of the family unit of a New Zealand citizen, have been in Australia as the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have been working with your nominator for at least two years before applying:
    • a detailed statement from the employer declaring that the requirement for the nominated person to have worked for at least two years has been satisfied (covering the employment period, paid leave taken, unpaid leave taken and overseas trips for training or work)
    • evidence of tax assessment notices for the two-year period
    • PAYG payment summaries for the period of employment
    • pay slips
    • extracts of leave records.

A​​​​ge

You must be under 45 years of age at time of application to satisfy the age requirement, or be exempt.

  • If you are exempt from the age requirement, you must provide evidence that one of the following applies to you:
    • You are a researcher, scientist or technical specialist (scientific) at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 who is going to be employed by an Australian government research agency.
    • You are an academic employed at academic level A,B,C,D or E by a university in Australia.
    • You are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 422 visa for at least the last four years before applying, this employment was located in regional Australia for at least two of these years and the nominated position is located in regional Australia.
    • You are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 422 visa before becoming a holder of a subclass 457 visa in the four years immediately before applying, this employment was located in regional Australia for at least two of these years and the nominated position is located in regional Australia.
    • You are someone who currently holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) who has been working for their nominating employer in their nominated occupation for at least two years in the three years immediately before applying.

English language ability (must be demonstrated at time of application)

  • The results of a specific English language test that you took less than three years before lodging your application and showing that you have at least competent English. To prove that you have competent English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
    • You hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and you are a citizen of that country.
    • You have achieved a score of at least 6 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved a score of at least 'B' in each of the four test components of an Occupational English Test (OET) that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved the following minimum test scores in each of the four test components: 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved a test score of at least 50 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved a test score of at least 169 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test that has been undertaken on or after 1 January 2015 and prior to lodging the visa application.
    • For each of your dependants aged 18 years or older at the time you apply, you must provide one of the following (this is not required to be demonstrated at the time you lodge your application; however, your application will not be finalised until this evidence is provided):
      • They have functional English. See How can I prove I have functional English? for more information.
      • If they have less than functional English, provide a statement saying that you intend to pay the second visa application charge.