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Eligibility criteria for Australia immigration

Generally, for Australia immigration, the major requirement is a minimum score of 65 points for an Australian work visa. However, if your score is between 80-85, there are more chances for Australian immigration along with a PR visa. The score is calculated based on age, education, qualification, work experience, adaptability, etc.

Educational Profile

Professional Profile

IELTS score

Skill assessment by certified authorities in Australia

References & legal documentation

Australian Employment documentation

Australia Immigration on a PR Visa

  • 400,000 Job vacancies

  • Welcoming 190,000 immigrants in FY 2023-24

  • Free Education for your children

  • Best healthcare facilities

  • High Returns on Investment 

Migrate to Australia from India

With a welcoming culture, vibrant cities, and sunny beaches, Australia has become one of the world’s most desired destinations for immigrants. Migrate to Australia permanently from India on a PR visa. Australian PR visa allows you to live, study, and work or start a business in the country for 5 years.

Australia has a more cosmopolitan culture thanks to a significant migrant population.  Australia's enviable citizen benefits and progressive policies make it a great destination to settle with your family. An English-speaking country, Australia is easy to assimilate into.

Benefits of Australian Migration

Many reasons make Australia a good place to migrate overseas with family:

  • Stable economy
  • Jobs available across various sectors like Engineering, IT, Education, Healthcare, etc.
  • Citizen-first policies
  • Free healthcare
  • Free education for children
  • A favorable climate with plenty of sunshine
  • Multicultural cities that offer a high standard of living

List of Australia Visas 

Australia Permanent Residence

You can remain in Australia indefinitely – on a permanent resident status – if you are able to acquire a permanent visa for Australia. The most sought-after permanent visas include skilled work visas, under General Skilled Migration (GSM). Family visas for Australia are also among the most commonly applied for permanent visas.

  • As an Australian permanent resident, you can work and study anywhere in the country, remaining in Australia indefinitely. You also get to enroll in Medicare, the national health scheme of Australia. Moreover, permanent resident of Australia can sponsor their eligible relatives for permanent residence.
  • An Australian permanent resident can work in New Zealand without the need to get a work visa.
  • A permanent resident of a country is not the same as a citizen. If you have permanent residence in a country, you will be holding the passport of another country.
  • Permanent residence in Australia also allows you to travel to and from Australia as many times as required. When you are granted a permanent visa, you are permitted a 5-year travel facility. You might leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want in those 5 years, provided that your visa remains valid.
  • Australia’s pioneering immigration department has streamlined the application process to reduce processing time. However, putting in a Decision Ready Application is vital.
  • With a dedicated Australia migration team, Y-Axis has the knowledge and experience to help you file an application with the highest chances of success. Our team of RMA-certified professionals in Y-Axis’ Australian partner office can assess your submission, helping you file it with confidence.


Australia Skilled Migration 

Australia Skilled Migration is for highly-skilled professionals from all over the world to come to Australia for its great quality of life and stable economic prospects. One of the strongest performing economies in the world, Australia is a culturally-diverse nation with a highly-skilled workforce. A land like no other, Australia is the sixth-largest country in terms of land area. Australia is the only country in the world to take up an entire continent.

Currently, Australia is completely open to migration, especially for offshore candidates. Few of the states sponsored applicants with certain conditions like having occupation listed in the critical skill list and staying onshore. Now that the time has arrived for the states to open their skill migration program for FY 2022-23 for onshore and offshore candidates. Yet few states still have to update on accepting the applications and their criteria.

Australia has a huge requirement for skilled migrants, hence this is the right time to apply for it. Based on the updates, the applicants are advised to complete the skill assessment instantly and to obtain the mandated English proficiency scores to be qualified for the sponsorship.

The subclasses included under the Skilled Migration Program are:


Apply for Jobs in Australia

There are more than 8 lakh jobs in Australia in more than 15 sectors. The top-in-demand occupations in Australia and the average annual salaries paid are given below:

Occupation Annual Salary in (AUD)
IT $99,642 – $ 115, 000
Marketing & Sales $84,072 – $103,202
Engineering $92,517 – $110,008
Hospitality $60,000 – $75,000
Healthcare $101,569- $169279
Accounting & Finance $77,842 – $92,347
Human Resources $80,000 – $99,519
Construction $72,604 – $99,552
Professional and Scientific Services $90,569 – $108,544

 

Australia Immigration Planning Levels 2024-25

The Australian Government announced that the Immigration planning levels for the 2024-25 Permanent Migration Program (Migration Program) will be set at 185,000 places. The allocations for each State will be announced later, and you will all be notified once they are announced. The quota for Subclass 189 has been significantly reduced. This means that more applicants are expected under Subclass 190 and Subclass 491.

Skill Stream Visa

Visa Category

2024-25 Planning Levels

Employer-Sponsored

44,000

Skilled Independent

16,900

State/Territory Nominated

33,000

Regional

33,000

Business Innovation & Investment

1,000

Global Talent Independent

4,000

Distinguished Talent

300

Skill Total

1,32,200

Family Stream Visa

Visa Category

2024-25 Planning Levels

Partner

40,500

Parent

8,500

Child

3,000

Other Family

500

Family Total

52,500

Special Category Visa

Special Eligibility

300

Grand Total

1,85,000


Projected employment growth in Australia between 2023-26

Sector

Job opportunities

Healthcare

3,01,000

Professional, Scientific, and IT services

2,06,000

Education and Training

1,49,600

Accommodation and Food Services

1,12,400


Australia Skills Assessment

The world’s most urbanized country, Australia, welcomes many immigrants worldwide. It has a wide range of job openings in fields like Engineering, Healthcare, IT, Construction and Mining, Manufacturing, Tourism, and Accounts and Finance.

Australian immigration is simple and easy as it is a point-based system that is calculated based on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Adaptability (Spouse Skill Assessment, Australian Education or Work Experience)

*Get evaluated instantly with the Y-Axis Australia immigration points calculator for free. Check your eligibility right away for your Australia work visa.

Category  Maximum Points
Age (25-32 years) 30 points
English proficiency (8 bands) 20 points
Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years) 15 points
Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years) 20 points
Education (outside Australia) – Doctorate degree 20 points
Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree by research in Australia 10 points
Study in a regional area 5 points
Accredited in community language 5 points
Professional year in a skilled program in Australia 5 points
State sponsorship (190 visa) 5 points
Skilled spouse or de facto partner (Age, Skills & English language requirements to be met) 10 points
Spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’ (No need to meet Skills requirement or age factor) 5 points
Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner or where a spouse is an Australia citizen or PR holder 10 points
Relative or regional sponsorship (491 visa) 15 points

Australia Immigration Pathways

There are various paths for Australian immigration; below are the major streams through which you can immigrate easily. These include:

  • Australia Skilled Migration
  • Business Migration
  • Employer Nominated Migration
  • Australian Permanent Residence Pathways for Australia PR Visa
    • Work Stream Permanent Residence
    • Family Stream Permanent Residence
    • Investment stream Permanent Residence

Eligibility for Australia Immigration 

Generally, for Australian immigration, the major requirement is a minimum score of 65 points for an Australian work visa. However, if your score is between 80-85, there are more chances for Australian immigration along with a PR visa. To score is calculated based on age, education, qualification, work experience, adaptability, etc.

S.No Details Visa Subclass
189 190 491 482
1 PR Visa Validity 5 years 5 years
2 Occupation should be listed Yes Yes Yes Yes
3 Family visa Yes Yes Yes Yes
4 Education, Employment, and English requirements Yes Yes Yes Yes
5 Sponsored by State Regional State  Employer
6 PR Eligibility It is a PR. However, applicants have to stay 2 yrs in a sponsored state Work for 3 years in 5 years with proof of taxable income in Regional Areas to convert to PR.  Based on the eligibility
7 Temporary visa 5 Years. Applicant can move between the regions 2 – 4 Years
8 Priority Processing N/A N/A Applicable N/A
9 Applicants can enroll to Medicare Yes Yes Yes No
Stages of Process & Timelines:
1 Skills assessment 2-3 months 2-3 months 2-3 months 2-3 months
2 EOI Yes Yes Yes
3 State sponsorship 2-3 months 2-3 months 2-3 months 2-3 months – Employer nomination
4 Process Timelines 4-8 months 4-8 months 4-6 months 4-6 months


Requirements for Australian Immigration 

  • Points: A minimum score of 65 in the Points Grid.
  • Age: Below 45 years.
  • English proficiency: PTE Score or IELTS test results.
  • Skills Assessment: Skill assessment by certified authorities in Australia.
  • Occupation: Occupation should be listed in Australia’s Skilled Occupation List. 


*Check your eligibility to Australia through Australia Immigration Points Calculator
 

How to get Australian PR from India?

Step 1:  Check the eligibility requirements

  • Check if you meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Verify if your occupation is present in the list of occupations in demand.
  • Check if you have the required points based on the points table.

Step 2: English Proficiency Test

Check if you have the required proficiency in the English language by taking the specified English language test. Fortunately, the Australian immigration authorities accept scores from various English ability tests like IELTS, PTE, etc. So, you can take any of these tests to obtain the specified score.

*Avail Y-Axis Coaching services to ace your scores in IELTS, and PTE. 

Step 3: Get your skill assessment done

Get your skills assessed by the Skills assessment authority, which is an organization that will assess your skills, education and work experience based on Australian standards.

Step 4: Register your Expression of Interest

  • The next step is to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) on Australia’s Skill Select website. You should fill out an online form in the SkillSelect portal where you should give responses to questions on your skill which are again based on the visa subclass you are applying under. The SkillSelect program offers three visa categories under which you can apply for a PR visa.
  • Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189
  • Skilled Nominated Visa 190
  • Skilled regional (provisional) Subclass 491

The first two are permanent visas, while the third one is a temporary visa with a validity of five years which can later be converted to a PR visa. You should provide all the required information in the online application.

Step 5: Get your Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Once you submit your application and if it meets all the requirements, then you will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Australia PR.

Step 6: Submit your PR application

The next step is to submit your PR application. You must submit it within 60 days. The application must have all the supporting documents for processing your PR visa. These documents are your personal documents, immigration documents, and work experience documents.

Step 7: Get your Australia PR visa

The last step is getting your Australia PR visa.

Australia visa processing time

The processing time of different types of Australian visas includes:

Type of Australia Visa Processing time
Visit visa 20 to 30 days
Student visa 1 to 3 months
Training visa 3 to 4 months
Work visa 2 to 8 months
Family and partner visas 23 to 30 months
Skilled visas 6.5 to 8 months
PR visa 8 months to 10 months

Australia Visa Fees

The below table shows the processing time for the different types of visas:

Visa Subclass
Base Application Charge
Additional Applicant Charge 18 And Over
Additional Applicant Charge Under 18
Skilled migration visas (subclass 189 or 190 or 491) 
AUD4,640.00
AUD2,320.00
AUD1,160.00

Australia Immigration News

June 7, 2024

Vetassess to accept Chef and Fitter profiles!

Vetassess announced the acceptance of occupations like Chef, Fitter which were not processed/ accepted by Vetassess from Sep 23.

Applicants will be able to lodge new applications for:

  • Chef (Commercial Cookery), ANZSCO Code 351311
  • Chef (Asian Cookery), ANZSCO Code 351311
  • Fitter (General), ANZSCO Code 323211

This applies to Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 applications under OSAP and TSS programs.

June 5, 2024

Australia's Subclass 485 Visa now open to applicants aged below 50

The Australian Department announced the minimum age requirement for a Subclass 485 Visa. The new changes will be effective from July 1, 2024. Applicants less than 50 years old will be eligible to apply for the Temporary Graduate Visa program. The two-year extension on Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Streams has come to an end in 2024.

Read more…

May 18, 2024

Australia launches new innovation visa to attract skilled professionals

The Government of Australia introduced a New Innovation Visa to attract skilled workers. The new innovation visa is a replacement for the Global Talent Program. The Government of Australia plans to reduce the impact of the rental market.

Read more…

May 15, 2024

Australia announces new changes in Temporary Graduate Visa. Apply now!

The Australian Government announced new changes to the Temporary Graduate visa. This will be effective starting July 1, 2024. The Temporary Graduate Visa allows international students who have completed a course that is registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Read more…

May 09, 2024

Australia State and Territory Nominations in FY 2023-24

The total number of nominations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2023 to 30 April 2024 is given in the following table: 

Visa Subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)

530

2,092

247

748

994

549

2,648

1,481

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) State and Territory Nominated

463

1,211

381

631

975

455

556

774

April 3, 2024

NSW Government Announces Changes to Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional Visa)

The NSW Government announced an update to the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) under Pathway 1. The employment duration for skilled workers has been reduced from 12 to 6 months.

March 25, 2024

Australia immigration grew by 60% in 2023 and expected to remain steady in 2024

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the population in Australia increased by 2.5%. There were around 765,900 overseas migration arrivals in 2023. The most migrants to Australia in 2023 were from India and China.

Read more…

March 22, 2024

Fee increase from 01 July 2024 - Engineers Australia

Fee increases for the 2024-2025 financial year

From 1 July 2024, Australia migration skills assessment fees will increase by 3–4 percent to align with the wage, consumer, and producer prices. The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has approved the changes.

Migration skills assessment fees

Our migration skills assessment fees for 2023 to 2024 are below.

International Accords qualification assessment fees

 

Current     

Current     

From 1 July 

From 1 July

Item/s

Fee excl.
GST
AUD

Fee incl.
GST
AUD

Fee excl.
GST
AUD

Fee incl.
GST
AUD

Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord qualification assessment

$460

$506

$475

$522.50

Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord qualification assessment plus
relevant skilled employment assessment

$850

$935

$875

$962.50

Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord qualification assessment plus
overseas PhD assessment 

$705

$775

$730

$803

Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord qualification assessment plus
relevant skilled employment assessment plus
overseas engineering PhD assessment

$1095

$1204.50

$1125

$1237.50

 

Australian accredited engineering qualification assessment fees

 

Current     

Current   

From 1 July 

From 1 July

Item/s

Fee excl.
GST
AUD

Fee incl.
GST
AUD

Fee excl.
GST
AUD

Fee incl.
GST
AUD

Australian Engineering Qualification Assessment

$285

$313.50

$295

$324.50

Australian engineering qualification assessment plus
relevant skilled employment assessment

$675

$742.50

$695

$764.50

Australian engineering qualification assessment plus
overseas engineering PhD assessment

$530

$583

$550

$605

Australian engineering qualification assessment plus
relevant skilled employment assessment plus
overseas engineering PhD assessment

$920

$1012

$945

$1039.50

 

Competency demonstration report (CDR) assessment fees

 

Current    

Current     

From 1 July  

From 1 July

Item/s

Fee excl.
GST
AUD

Fee incl.
GST
AUD

Fee excl.
GST
AUD

Fee incl.
GST
AUD

Standard competency demonstration report

$850

$935

$880

$968

Competency demonstration report plus
relevant skilled employment assessment

$1240

$1364

$1280

$1408

Competency demonstration report plus
overseas engineering PhD assessment

$1095

$1204.50

$1130

$1243

Competency demonstration report plus
relevant skilled employment assessment plus
overseas engineering PhD assessment

$1485

$1633.50

$1525

$1677.50

 

March 21, 2024

Australia mandates the Genuine Student requirement from March 23, 2024, for international students.

Australia replaces the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement with the Genuine Student (GS) requirement. The new requirement aims to identify students genuinely intending to obtain quality education in Australia. The student visa application form consists of questions that will provide an overview of the applicant to visa decision-makers.

Read more…

February 23, 2024

Register for consideration of priority processing

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) applicants living in regional Queensland

Migration Queensland invites Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) applicants living in regional Queensland and meeting the nomination criteria to register for attention of priority processing. Applicable applicants can register their details with Migration Queensland from Friday, 23 February - Tuesday, 27 February 2024.

Required documents by applicants

  1. Documents must be ready to submit
  2. Currently should be living and working in regional Queensland
  3. Full-time ongoing employment in regional Queensland for a further six months at the time of EOI lodgement
  4. Meet all other Queensland nomination criteria for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

Additional notes:

  • This is for individuals who are truly interested in a 491 nomination. If you are nominated for a Skilled Work Regional 491 visa, Migration Queensland will not nominate you for the Skilled Nominated Permanent 190 visa. 
  • Graduates of a Queensland university who meet the requirements of the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) are encouraged to register for priority processing.
  • This targeted campaign seeks expressions of interest for decision-ready applications for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). Registering your interest does not guarantee a nomination, as places are still very limited, and the process is competitive.
  • If you are interested in a 491 nomination, this will be one of your final chances to be considered for nomination this program year.
  • It will be closed if your application does not meet Queensland criteria or the documents are not ready.
  • Migration Queensland continues to process other pathways within our skilled nomination allocation for the 2023 - 2024 financial year.

January 25, 2024

Australia to prioritize 2024 Student visas under Ministerial Direction 107

The Australian Government has signed a New Ministerial Direction 107 on December 14, 2023 and it prioritizes the student and student guardian visa applications. The Ministerial Direction outlines clear priorities for different sectors within the student and student guardian visa applications, and the top most priority is given to student visa applications registered outside Australia. Notably, secondary applicants will be given the same priority as the primary applicant.

January 02, 2024

Australia Draws - State and Territory nominations 2023-24 program year


In Australia, 8689 nominations were issued from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023.

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 454 966 234 505 830 370 1,722 913
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) State and Territory Nominated 407 295 243 264 501 261 304 420
Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

December 27, 2023

New visa to be launched by Australia, to fill 800,000 job vacancies

Australia has introduced a new visa which is the “Skills in demand” visa, and will replace the Temporary skills shortage (Subclass 482) visa. This will address the labour shortage and will facilitate the workforce in the nation by allowing migrants to fill 800,000 job vacancies. The visa is valid for a four year term and provides a clear pathway to permanent residency in Australia.

Australia to launch New Skills in Demand Visa, to fill 800,000 job vacancies. Apply now!

December 18, 2023 

DHA Austalia issued 8379 Invitations 

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 18 December 2023.

Visa subclass Number
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 8300
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored 79

December 14, 2023

Australian to process visas faster for candidates with high salary

Australian government is aiming on reducing the waiting times for candidates who received an employment offer with high salary. The visas will be processed faster on an average within a week for candidates with a salary of $135,000 or more under the new specialist pathway. This new initiative by the Australian government for processing visas faster will boost the budget by $3.4 billion over the next decade.

Australia will process visas faster for high earners - Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister

December 13, 2023

Australia implements new visa rules, will not affect Indian students

Australia has decided to narrow the visa rules for foreign students and planned on admitting only the right and well matched students. This move will not be affecting the opportunities for Indian studies as both the countries Australia and India are protected under the Australia-India Economic Corporation and Trade Agreement.

Did you know that the new Australia immigration & visa rules are not going to impact Indians.

December 01, 2023

ACT Invitation round, November 2023

On 27 November 2023, ACT invitation round took place issuing invitations to Canberra residents nominating small business owners, 457/482 visa holders, critical skill occupations, and for overseas applicants in critical skill occupations. The next round will take place before 5 February 2024.

November 14, 2023

NSW’s new enhanced and clear pathways for nominations

NSW introduced more streamline and clear pathways for nominations and has updated the procedures for Skilled Work Regional visa under two primary pathways which are direct application (pathway 1) and Invitation by Investment NSW (pathway 2). The government is aiming to start accepting the pathway 1 direct applications and would initiate the invitations for pathway 2 in the near future.

November 14, 2023

WA State Nominated Migration Program draw

WA state nomination held draw on 14 November for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491.

Intending Visa Subclass

General stream WASMOL Schedule 1

General stream WASMOL Schedule 2

Graduate stream Higher Education

Graduate stream Vocational Education and Training

Visa subclass 190

300 invitations

140 invitations

103 invitations

75 invitations

Visa subclass 491

0 invitations

460 invitations

122 invitations

0 invitations

November 14, 2023

Migration Tasmania processing times and nomination places; November 14

Migration Tasmania selection process is done on the basis of Registrations of Interest, with 30 invitations that are issued weekly only the most competitive ones are chosen for the nomination. The new plan is to provide outcome for applications within 10 days. 286 nominations have been used out of 600 places for Skilled Nomination visa, and 206 nominations have been used for Skilled Regional Work visa.

November 9, 2023

Migration Tasmania processing times and nomination places; November 9

Migration Tasmania selection process is done on the basis of Registrations of Interest, with 30 invitations that are issued weekly only the most competitive ones are chosen for the nomination. The new plan is to provide outcome for applications within 10 days. 274 nominations have been used out of 600 places for Skilled Nomination visa, and 197 nominations have been used for Skilled Regional Work visa.

November 9, 2023

11 new occupations are added by NT DAMA

NT DAMA II is extended by one year which is valid till 24 December, 2024, and increased the total eligible occupations to 135 by including 11 new occupations. The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold for selected occupations is reduced to $55,000 and the foreign workers will be eligible to be nominated for permanent subclass 186 visas after working 2 years of full time work in the NT.

November 9, 2023

QS World University Rankings 2024: The UK, US, Singapore, and Switzerland dominate the top 10

The 2024 QS World University Rankings for Asia have been announced by the esteemed worldwide higher education experts. Top universities from US, UK, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and Singapore have been listed. These universities are ranked according to a number of factors, such as internationalisation, teaching resources, research capacity, and worldwide reputation.

QS World University Rankings 2024: The UK, US, Singapore, and Switzerland dominate the top 10

November 08, 2023

India-Australia Education Ministers signed 450+ tie-ups, boosting chances for Indian Students! 

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education Minister of India met Australian counterpart Jason Clare on Monday, and both countries signed an agreement of increasing student and faculty exchange programs. Minister said that the two countries have more than 450 tie ups and have agreed to conduct more research in areas like minerals, logistics, agriculture, renewal energy, healthcare, water management, and artificial intelligence.

November 2, 2023

Tasmania overseas applicants nominations

Tasmania will nominate you for Overseas Applicant pathway OSOP if you live outside of Australia and you hold a job offer from an employer in Tasmania. There is more possibility for nominations if you receive job offer in health or Allied health professions.

October 25, 2023

Details of the nominations in Skilled work Regional Subclass 490 visa; 2023-2024

The Government of Northern Territory has announced the details of the nominations for applications in the Skilled work Regional Subclass 490 visa for the year 2023-2024, starting from 23rd October, 2023. Applicants need to be aware of many changes that are made in the eligibility criteria; as for Exclusion of NT Graduates, NT Residents work requirement, and limited offshore priority occupation stream.

October 25, 2023

Migration Tasmania processing times and nomination places; October 25

Migration Tasmania selection process is done on the basis of Registrations of Interest, with 30 invitations that are issued weekly only the most competitive ones are chosen for the nomination. The new plan is to provide outcome for applications within 10 days. 239 nominations have been used out of 600 places for Skilled Nomination visa, and 178 nominations have been used for Skilled Regional Work visa.

September 29, 2023

FY23-24 South Australia Skilled Migration Nomination Program Open for all. Apply now!

The Skilled Migration State Nomination Program for 2023-2024 is now accepting eligible candidates in South Australia, featuring several updates from the previous fiscal year. South Australia Migration has adopted a Registration of Interest (ROI) system to effectively handle the overwhelming volume of applications, given the limited availability of nominations.

There is a particular focus on prioritizing the retention of international graduates and temporary visa holders who are currently in South Australia. These industries include:

  • Trades and Construction
  • Defence
  • Health
  • Education
  • Natural and Physical Science
  • Welfare Professionals

September 27, 2023

NSW will focus on priority sectors rather than skilled occupation lists from now!

NSW will focus on priority sectors rather than skilled occupation lists. As per the FY 2023-24, NSW will focus on the Target sector groups, which include the following:  

  • Health
  • Education
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Infrastructure
  • Agriculture

The Australian government plans to focus on key sectors, and the high-ranking EOIs submitted in non-priority sectors may also be considered based on the workforce demands.

September 20, 2023

Canberra Matrix Invitation Round invites 285 applicants

ACT held the Canberra Matrix Draw and issued 285 invitations on September 15, 2023. The details of the no. of invitations issued to Canberra residents and overseas applicants are given in the below table: 

An Overview of the Canberra Matrix Invitation Rounds in September 2023
Date of invitations issued Type of applicants For No of. Invitations Issued Matrix scores
September 15, 2023 Canberra residents ACT 190 Nomination 55 90-100
ACT 491 Nomination 58 65-75
Overseas applicants ACT 190 Nomination 43 NA
ACT 491 Nomination 130 NA

September 15, 2023

Queenslands FY 2023-24 Program Update

Queensland is accepting applications for its state nomination under the skilled migration program for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year. However, in FY 2023-24, the Department of Home Affairs allocated 1,550 skilled nominations. Invitation rounds will be held in September 2023 and continue every month, with capped invitations to maintain fairness.

September 12, 2023

FY 2023-24 Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program is now open. Apply now!

The 2023-24 program is now accepting applications from individuals residing in Victoria as well as those from abroad. This program offers skilled migrants a path to get a Permanent Residency in Victoria. One must file a Registration of Interest (ROI) to be eligible for a state nomination.

On-shore applicants can apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491), and off-shore applicants can apply for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in FY 2023-24. 

September 04, 2023
Australia’s Covid-era visa – Subclass 408  will no longer exist from February 2024

Australia’s Covid-era visa will be stopped from February 2024, the Aussie government announced recently. The Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said, “From February 2024, the visa will be closed to all applicants. This will provide certainty to our visa system now that the circumstances that drove the operation of the visa no longer exist.”

August 31, 2023
Australia Immigration Plan Levels FY 2023-24

The 2023-24 Permanent Migration Program has a planning level of 190,000, emphasizing skilled migrants. The Program has an approximately 70:30 split between skilled and family visas.

Australia Immigration Plan 2023-24
Stream  Immigration numbers Percentage
Family stream 52,500 28
Skill stream 1,37,000 72
Total 1,90,000

*Partner and Child visa categories are demand-driven and not subject to a ceiling.


August 25, 2023
Australian Visas for GPs program will cease on 16 September 2023

The “Visas for GPs” initiative will conclude on 16 September 2023, eliminating the need for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) employers to secure a Health Workforce Certificate (HWC). Starting from 16 September 2023, when employers in Australia intend to nominate IMGs for primary care roles, they will no longer need to include a HWC in their nomination submission.

August 21, 2023
New amendments in immigration by Western Australian – Simplified Pathways for Skilled Migrants

From July 1, 2023, the Western Australian (WA) Government has introduced changes to the eligibility criteria for the WA State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP).

  • Implement an invitation ranking system treating both Interstate and Overseas candidates equally.
  • Prioritize invitations for candidates with occupations crucial to WA’s industry sectors, according to the WA State nomination invitation ranking system.
  • Lessen employment requirements for invitees from WA’s building and construction sector (based on WA State nomination Occupation lists).
  • The expected start of invitation rounds for 2023-24 is August 2023.
August 18, 2023
Australia Global Talent Visa assessment fee update

The assessment fee for Australia Global Talent Visa for overseas applicants is $835 (excluding GST) and for Australian applicants it is $918.50 (including GST).

August 17, 2023
Australian visas are now processed within 16-21 days. Apply now for faster visa approvals!

The Australian Department of Home Affairs recently announced that the processes have led to reductions in visa processing times across various categories. The processing time for Australian Student Visas has been reduced to 16 days. The earlier processing time was up to 49 days. The Temporary Skilled Shortage 482 visas are now processed in 21 days.

August 01, 2023
List of courses revealed for students to receive extended Australia post-study work rights

There are over 3,000 eligible courses available for International graduates who have enrolled in these courses can get an additional two years added to their Temporary Graduate visa. 

July 30, 2023
A new fee of $3,374 for AAT migration review applications will be applicable from July 01, 2023

From 1 July 2023, the application fee for review of a migration decision under Part 5 of the Migration Act 1958 increased to $3,374.

July 26, 2023
Australia-India Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement

Australia and India have established a significant Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA), setting a new precedent for cooperation on migration matters. The MMPA reconfirms the currently available visa options that enable movement and migration between the two nations – covering students, visitors, business individuals, and other professionals – and introduces a fresh mobility pathway. This new route, known as the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES), is designed specifically for Indian graduates and early-stage professionals.

July 14, 2023
Canberra Matrix Invitation Round: 14 July 2023

ACT Invitation Round held on 14 July 2023 issued 822 invitations. 

Canberra residents  190 nominations  491 nominations 
Matrix nominating Small Business Owners  18 invitations   6 invitations 
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders   8 invitations   3 invitations 
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations   138 invitations  88 invitations 
Overseas applicants 
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations   299 invitations  262 invitations 

June 23, 2023
Subclass 191 Visa Application fee increase effective from 1st July 2023

Subclass 191 Permanent Residence Regional – if applications for the SC 191 visa can be made by both primary and secondary SC 491 visa holders. The regulations do not stipulate that a primary applicant for a subclass 191 visa must have been either the primary or secondary applicant in the provisional visa application. Therefore, a subclass 491 visa holder can apply for a subclass 191 visa if they meet the relevant requirements, regardless of whether they were granted the subclass 491 visa as the primary or secondary applicant. 

Subclass Visa Type Applicant Fee Effective from 1st July 23  Current visa fee
Subclass 189  Main Applicant AUD 4640 AUD 4240
Applicant above 18 yrs AUD 2320 AUD 2115
Applicant below 18 yrs AUD 1160 AUD 1060
Subclass 190 Main Applicant AUD 4640 AUD 4240
Applicant above 18 yrs AUD 2320 AUD 2115
Applicant below 18 yrs AUD 1160 AUD 1060
Subclass 491 Main Applicant AUD 4640 AUD 4240
Applicant above 18 yrs AUD 2320 AUD 2115
Applicant below 18 yrs AUD 1160 AUD 1060

 

June 03, 2023

India and Australia’s New Pact promises new work visas

Last week India and Australia signed a mobility and migration partnership pact. This partnership opens up many opportunities for educational researchers, students, and business people. This new scheme offers Indian graduates who have gained their education from any Australian tertiary institute on a student visa they can easily apply to pursue professional development and work in Australia. They can apply without any visa sponsorship for up to eight years.

May 23, 2023

Australia issued invitations during 2022-23 program year 

Visa subclass Number
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 7353
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 74

May 23, 2023 
Australia announced expanded Pathways to PR for Subclass TSS Visa Holders

Australian government increased Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold to $70,000. This is applicable from 1st July 2023. Temporary Residents Transition pathway of subclass 186 visa will be open to all TSS visa holders till end of 2023.

Australia increased Temporary Skilled Income Threshold to $70,000 and expanded TR to PR pathways

May 17, 2023 
Australian to scrap Covid visa. What do Indian temporary workers and students need to do?

The Australian Government to scarp Covid work visa. Indian students and temporary workers with COVID visas in Australia can stay till December 31, 2023. International students working in the aged care sector will be exempted from this cap until December 31, 2023.

May 16, 2023 
Australia invited 400,000+ overseas immigrants till date in FY 2022-23 

Australia’s net overseas immigration level crossed 400,000, which is more than double compared to the immigration plan for FY 2022-23. The country might invite more candidates as it has 800,000 job vacancies.

May 04, 2023 
Australia announced ‘Direct citizenship pathway for New Zealanders from 1 July 2023’

​From 1 July 2023, New Zealanders living in Australia for four years are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship directly. They no longer need to apply for an Australia PR visa to get citizenship.

May 02, 2023 
Changes in Australia’s Immigration Policy: New Visas and Regulations for 2023-24 

Australian Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has released the long-awaited review in its immigration policies. Many changes will be taking place like increasing of the salary threshold for immigrants, all the skilled temporary workers will get to apply for Australia PR, introduction of immediate graduate visa for international students, etc.  

Trending User Queries related to Australia Immigration

  1. How can I migrate to Australia from India?
  2. What is the process of Australian immigration?
  3. How easy is it to immigrate to Australia?
  4. Is it a good idea to immigrate to Australia?
  5. Should I migrate to Australia from India?
  6. Is Australia the best country for immigration in 2024?
  7. Which part of Australia is the best for immigrants?
  8. How long does it take to migrate to Australia?
  9. What are the new rules of Australian immigration in 2024?
  10. Who are the most seen immigrants in Australia?
How can I migrate to Australia from India?

To migrate to Australia from India follow these steps:

  • Check the occupation that suits you in the Skilled Occupation List
  • Provide IELTS test & Skill Assessment certificates
  • Skill Select online system score has to be 65
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Submit completed Australia visa Application
  • Get the approval for your visa
What is the process of Australian immigration?

The process of Australian immigration involves:

  1. Step 1: Search for the job that suits your skills.
  2. Step 2: Apply for visa nomination (If necessary)
  3. Step 3: Apply for a visa.
  4. Step 4: Make necessary arrangements.
  5. Step 5: Arrive and settle in Australia.
How easy is it to immigrate to Australia?

Today it is relatively easy for a low-skilled temporary immigrant to come to Australia, but difficult, for a high-skilled permanent immigrant. The system is backward. This focus of Australia is on a specific period means that migrants can survive only for a limited period.

Is it a good idea to immigrate to Australia?

There are many reasons make Australia a good place to migrate with family:

  • Jobs are available across various sectors like Engineering, IT, Education, Healthcare, etc.
  • Stable economy
  • Free healthcare for all citizens
  • Free education for children
  • Good climate
  • High standard of living
Should I migrate to Australia from India?

Many Indians move to Australia due to the opportunity to earn more. The average Australian salary is around INR$291,400 after tax compared to the average Indian salary. The competition for jobs in Australia is less.

Is Australia the best country for immigration in 2024?

Australia is the best country for people looking to build their careers. The Migration Program of the Australian government evaluates an increase in skilled visa places to 142,400.

Which part of Australia is the best for immigrants?

The best places for migrants to call home in Australia are listed below:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Adelaide
  • Gold Coast
  • Canberra
  • Sunshine Coast
How long does it take to migrate to Australia?
Visa subclass Visa name 90% of applications processed in
600 Visitor visa – Sponsored Family Visitor visa – Business Visitor 42 days (13 days)
801 Partner visa – Permanent 17 months
100 Partner (Migrant) visa 27 months
300 Prospective Marriage visa 33 months
What are the new rules for Australian immigration in 2024?

The 2023–24 Migration Program has been set before the COVID preparation level of 190,000. This has 5000 fewer places compared with the 2022–23 Migration Program preparation level of 195,000 places.

Who are the most seen immigrants in Australia?
  • In 2022, Australia's population born overseas was 7.8 million people.
  • Those born in New Zealand, China, India, and England were the largest groups of migrants.
  • The number of Indians has increased since 2012.
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