Visa options

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Those applying for independent points-based skilled migration who are not nominated by a state or territory government agency, a Family Sponsored points-based skilled visa, or a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)—Graduate Work stream—will need to nominate from the Skilled occupation list (SOL).

A visa applicant, nominated by a State or Territory Government, a direct entry stream Employer Nomination Scheme visa, a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457), or a Training visa (subclass 407) - Nomination type 2, must nominate an occupation from the Consolidated sponsored occupation list (CSOL).

For further information, please visit the skilled occupations lists.

SOL

Visa type and nameVisa durationIs sponsorship required?Additional informationPathwaysProcessing times
189—Skilled—Independent (subclass 189) visaPermanentNoNominated occupation must be on the applicable Skilled Occupation List. Permanent visa Priority Group Number 4
190—Skilled—Nominated (subclass 190) visaPermanentYesNominated occupation must be on the applicable Skilled Occupation List Permanent visa Priority Group Number 3
485—Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Graduate Work StreamUp to 18 months No

The visa applicant must nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List.

The visa does not restrict the type of work the visa holder may perform.
N/A Temporary graduate visa processing times
489—Skilled—Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visaUp to four yearsNo, but must be nominated by a state/ territory government
  • Work must be in a specified regional area in Australia.
  • Nominated occupation must be on the applicable Skilled Occupation List.
Can apply for the skilled regional visa after two years residence and 12-months full-time work in a specified regional area Skilled migration visa processing times

CSOL

Visa type and nameVisa durationIs sponsorship required?Additional informationPathwaysProcessing times
186—Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visaPermanentYesMust be full-time work for at least two years.Permanent visa Priority group 2
457—Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visaFrom one day up to four yearsYesOccupation must be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List.You might be able to nominate the subclass 457 holder for permanent residence through the Temporary Residence Transition stream of ENS or RSMS. Temporary work visa processing times
476—Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)Up to 18 monthsNoRecent engineering graduates of eligible universities can undertake skilled work experience.N/A Skilled migration processing times

Labour agreements

Visa type and nameVisa durationIs sponsorship required?Additional informationPathwaysProcessing times
Labour agreements Dependent on terms negotiated under the agreement YesFor occupations that are not on the list of approved occupations for the subclass 457 visa, ENS or RSMS or occupations not covered under ANZSCO (such as, for meat workers).Dependent on terms negotiated under the agreement

Refer to 457​

Other

Visa type and nameVisa durationIs sponsorship required?Additional informationPathwaysProcessing times
187—Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa Direct Entry StreamPermanentYes
  • The nominated position must be an ANZSCO skill level 1-3 occupation.
  • Must be full-time work for at least two years.
  • Business must be in a regional area.
Permanent visa Priority Group 1
400—Temporary work (short stay specialist) visa (subclass 400) highly specialised work visa streamUp to three monthsNo
  • Occupation must be on the ANZSCO list.
  • Work must be short-term.
N/A Temporary work visa processing times
408—Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408)Two yearsYes
  • Entertainer—to work in film, television or live productions
  • Invited participant—participate in a community event
  • Exchange—skilled work on exchange arrangement
  • Sport—high-level sport competition
  • Religious worker—serving religious objectives
  • Special programme—participate in a special programme to enhance international relations and cultural exchange
  • Superyacht crew member
  • Domestic worker—work in the household of foreign executives
  • Australian Government endorsed event participant
N/A Temporary work visa processing times
407—Training visa (subclass 407)
Up to two yearsYesThis is a training visa:

  • for occupational training
  • to participate in a professional development programme.
N/AN/A
403—International Relations(subclass 403) Seasonal Worker Programme Stream Four to nine months (depending on participating country)YesYou must be an approved employer.N/A Temporary work visa processing times
485—Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Post-Study Work StreamTwo to four yearsNo

This visa does not restrict the type of work the visa holder may perform.

Visa duration depends on the qualification obtained.

N/A Temporary graduate processing times