AUSTRALIAN VISA TYPES
Australia offers a wide range of visas from temporary ones allowing to visit the country, enable work and/or study, as well as options for those whose aim is to stay permanently. At AustraliaOnline we can assist you with the following visas:
Student Visa (subclass 500)
This visa allows you to study full time in Australia, allowing you to study, work limited hours and to enter/exit the country multiple times during holiday periods throughout the duration of the visa. Australia offers a variety of options such as English, vocational or higher education programs. Once the end of your visa is near, you may apply to a subsequent student visa from Australia.
If you have a partner or dependent children who wish to accompany you during your studies in Australia, they can be added to the same visa application as your dependents. Dependent partners would also enjoy limited working rights.
Visitors Visa (Subclass 600)
The application for this visa is online and can be applied for a duration of 1 year with multiple entries of maximum stay of 3 months from each entry. To apply to this visa you will need to show proof of a stable job, funds in your bank account and/or own property. We recommend applying at least 2 months in advance from your intended travelling date. This visa will allow you to enter and exit Australia as many times as you want during the granted period to visit friends and/or travel the country, but it doesn’t grant any working rights.
If you are an EU/ Canada or US passport holder, you can apply to other visitor visas such as ETA subclass 601 or e-Visitor subclass 651 at a lower cost and faster processing times.
Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)
Students graduating from studies in Australia may be eligible to remain in the country for additional 2 to 4 years to live, study or work. PLEASE NOTE: not all courses in Australia grant the right to obtain this visa, we recommend contacting us to check whether you are eligible.
The duration of this visa will depend on what you have studied, and in some cases, applicants can be granted an extra year of visa if they studied in a regional area.
Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408 - Australian Government endorsed events)
This visa emerged as a response to the pandemic (COVID-19). It allows you to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months. A fundamental requirement is to present evidence of current employment or having received a job offer. The duration of this visa depends on the industry you work in. If working in a critical sector (i.e. agriculture, health/disability/child care, hospitality and tourism) you are entitled to a visa of up to 12 months versus 6 months if you work in any other industry.
Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)
This is a temporary visa which enables an employer to sponsor a suitably skilled worker to fill a position. This visa is valid for either one to four years, depending on your occupation, the visa stream and your personal circumstances. Depending on the stream, it may lead to permanent residence.
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494)
This visa enables successful applicants to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia. It is designed for regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where skilled Australian workers cannot be sourced. For migration purposes regional areas are considered outside of Australia’s major cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane).
You can reside in Australia temporarily for 5 years. This visa is a pathway to permanent residence.
Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801 & 309/100)
If you are married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to live permanently with your partner in Australia. You must provide proof that the relationship is genuine and ongoing. Before the visa is granted you will receive a temporary residency visa which will allow you to live, work and study in Australia while the department of immigration processes your permanent visa application.
Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186)
This visa enables skilled workers who are nominated by their employer to live and work in Australia permanently.
Basic eligibility includes:
- Your occupation must be listed on the skill occupation list
- You must have the necessary skills for the job
- You must be nominated by an Australian employer
General Skilled Visas (Subclass 189 / 190 / 491)
If you have the skills in an occupation in current demand in Australia and meet the eligibility requirements, you may be qualified to apply for a points test permanent visa without the need of an employer sponsoring you. Applicants are invited to apply based on factors such as occupation, qualifications and/or work experience, and English level and passing both character and medical tests. There are different types of skilled visas:
- Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) – Permanent Residency
- Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) – Permanent Residency
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) – Temporary Residency
The occupations on the demand list are changing every 12 months, so it is important to be well informed with the latest updates.