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How to apply for Australia work visa?

Posted on July 23, 2020
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How to apply for Australia work visa

Australia is a good overseas career destination. If you choose to work here, you will enjoy basic rights and the same workplace protection rules like other local employees. The standard of living and employee wages are high, this makes Australia an attractive destination to make a career.

As for the work visa options for Australia, the Australian government offers different types of visas. The visa option can be based on your skills or the type of employment you are looking for – permanent or temporary.

Here are more details about the different work visa types, their eligibility requirements and the application process.

Before that here are the basic requirements you must meet to work in Australia. You must have:

  • Relevant certification to prove your proficiency in the English language such as the IELTS exam
  • Relevant skills and experience relevant to the occupation that you have chosen for nomination
  • Your nominated occupation must be in the relevant Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
  • Your skills assessed by a Skill assessing authority in Australia
  • The health and character requirements for your visa

Work visa options

There are various work visa options, three work visa options can lead to permanent residency while two of them are temporary and lets you stay in the country for a limited time.

Permanent work visa options

1. Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186): Employers can nominate you for this visa. The requirement is that your occupation must be on the list of eligible skilled occupations and the list must be applicable to your skills. This visa lets you stay and work permanently in Australia.

Employers may also sponsor individuals who are on a 457, TSS or working holiday visa. This visa can result in permanent residency.

Skill Select program: When an employer doesn’t want to appoint you, then you can apply your application through the Skill Select program. Through this program, your information will be made available to employers and governments of the states and territories and they can decide to nominate you. When you send an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the Skill Select program, you let the government know you ‘re interested in working in Australia.

To submit an EOI your occupation must be on the List of Skilled Occupations. After getting your EOI, you’ll be ranked based on a points test. If you have the required points, you qualify for the Skill Select program.

2. Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

Before submitting your application under this category, you must give an Expression of Interest through Skill Select and have the required points. You can apply for the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) even though you may not be nominated by an employer.

Eligibility requirements

  • Experience in a nominated occupation on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List
  • Get a skill assessment report by a designated authority for that occupation

3. Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)  

If you are nominated by an Australian state or territory you qualify for this visa. This visa has the same privileges as the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189).

The eligibility requirements are also the same.

Temporary work visa options

1. TSS visa (Temporary Skill Shortage):  Individuals can work between two to four years under this visa, depending on the requirement of the employee. To obtain this visa for hiring employees, Australian businesses would have to show they are facing a shortage of skills.

Applicants should have previous work experience of at least two years and should be under 45 years. Organizations that hire workers on this visa have to pay them the market salary.

2. Working holiday visa: This visa is available to people in the 18-30 age group to enable them to take up short-term jobs in Australia while on a holiday there. The period is twelve months. You will have to stick to the mandatory health and character requirements while on a holiday and not have any dependents with you.

With the working holiday visa, you can:

  • Enter and stay in the country for six months
  • Leave and re-enter the country multiple times
  • Work for up to six months with an employee
  • Choose to study for four months during the visa duration

Skill assessment

Skill assessment is integral to the work visa application process. One must select an occupation which is listed in the Australia’s Occupational Demand List. This list will mention occupations that face a skill shortage in the country. Every occupation in the list has its own skill assessing authority. The ACS (Australian Computer Society) assesses occupations under IT and computers. Trade occupations are assessed by the TRA (Trade Recognition Australia) or the VETASSESS (Vocational Educational and Training Assessment Services).

If an applicant must move to the next stage of the visa application process, he must get a positive skill assessment.

To get their skill assessment done candidates must meet the required conditions outlined by the assessing authority which is evaluating their occupation. The candidate should have the related qualifications and experience to get a positive assessment.

The first requirement for a positive skill assessment is that your occupation must be related to your work experience. If there is a mismatch, then you will not get the required points.

Apart from this you must submit all the required documents. They must be authentic and complete and any small discrepancy in your documents can lead to a negative assessment. You will have to submit every additional detail requested by the assessing authority. The documents should support your qualifications and experience claims.

Factors considered by the assessing authority:

  • Occupation in which you nominated yourself
  • Your qualifications
  • Your work experience
  • Relevance of your work to your occupation
  • Visa category under which you are applying

Apart from this, proof of undergoing a language assessment test such as IELTS or PTE is required by the skill assessment bodies.

You must also submit proof of your work experience, these can include:

  • Pay slips
  • Employer reference letters

Recent bank statements that show salary credits

Processing time and cost

The processing period varies according to the visa you are applying for. The processing time will include the time taken to check the information and include additional details that the authorities are demanding. The average time it takes to process your visa will range from 6 to 12 months.

The cost depends on which visa you apply for. Fees are revised regularly. So, check on the fees before submitting your application.

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