Skilled Visas

This Australian skilled work visa scheme is designed to enhance and strengthen the economy, through providing overseas workers employment in Australia under a resident visa. They are designed for qualified workers who wish to work and live down under and who do not have an employer sponsoring them.

SkillSelect is an online system that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to register their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI).

People wanting to migrate to Australia may be found and nominated for a skilled visa by an Australian employer or state and territory government, or they may be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a skilled visa application.

Applicants wanting to lodge an Expression on Interest (EOI) must score at least 65 points on the Skilled Migration Points Test. The Australian Government has set occupational ceiling limits to invitations under this points-based skilled migration program. This means there is a limit on how many EOIs are selected for skilled migration. When the occupation ceiling is reached for a particular occupational group, no further invitations will be issued for that program year. The Australian Government will publish reports every month indicating the number of positions still available for migration for each occupational group.

Skilled Visa Types

Skilled Independent visa (189 visa)

This permanent work visa is for skilled workers who have nominated qualifications and skills which are in demand, who are under the age of 45 years and who have good English language skills. This points-based skilled visa is for people who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory or a family member.

Skilled Independent visa (189 visa) NZ Stream

This permanent work visa is for New Zealand citizen residents of Australia who have been usually resident in Australia continuously for five years. This work visa requires the applicant to have a taxable income at or above the income threshold set for each of the four completed income years prior to visa lodgement.

Skilled – Nominated visa (190 visa)

This permanent work visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a State or Territory government. This work visa requires the applicant to have nominated qualifications and skills which are in demand, be under the age of 45 years and have good English language skills.

Skilled – Work Regional
(Provisional) visa
(491 visa)

This five year provisional work visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a State or Territory government OR sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area in Australia.

Skilled Graduate visa (485 visa)

This is an 18-month temporary work visa OR up to 4-year visa (pending qualifications) for overseas students who have obtained an Australian qualification as a result of at least two years study in Australia. This work visa allows skilled workers who are unable to pass the Skilled Migration Points Test to remain living in Australia for to gain the skills and experience needed to apply for a permanent or provisional Australian Skilled work visa.

Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (476 visa)

This is an 18-month temporary work visa for recent graduates who have completed an Engineering Degree at a recognised overseas educational institution within the last 2 years. There is no points test for this visa.


Just some of the people we have helped.

We chose Immigration Downunder for our spouse visa application as Joe had already had a great experience with them before with a work visa. From the beginning to the end of our visa application Ben and Kelly demonstrated their expertise in this area and they made us feel confident in our application. We also felt they went above and beyond our expectations, by helping us to lodge our initial application in a short time frame to assist us in starting the process on-shore before Joe needed to travel again for work. We are pleased to say we were successful with our application and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Immigration Downunder to others.

    Steph and Joe
    Steph and Joe

    Partner Visa

    We can’t thank Ben & Kelly enough for helping our immigration dreams come true, this little Scots family is living our Australian dream, we are now citizens and proud to call Australia home, we have no doubt that we would not have got here so quickly or smoothly without their guidance and expertise. Best investment we made getting the professionals to help us. Saved us a lot of time and money. Forever grateful.

      Martin Family
      Martin Family

      Employer Sponsored Visa – temporary and permanent followed by Citizenship

      I thank God I knew Ben because of their help our Visa has been granted and living now in this beautiful country I am so lucky and thankful for their help. I will still ask for their help in the future. God bless and protect them all always hope and pray they continue helping people for their visas.


        Partner Visa, Child Visa, Resident Return Visa, Tourist Visa and then Citizenship

        My family and I have been Ben's clients for 10 years now. It started with the extension of Business sponsor visa of my parents and soon Ben was the representative for our entire family. I still remember, from the beginning Ben had been very clear, strategic, and optimistic in his approach while lodging our applications. He was always there for questions and ambiguities. He was always proactive and found alternatives when we were stuck with no solutions. We always made informed decision - thanks to him. We would blindly select Ben as our representative, any day, we have an Immigration issue or have to lodge an application with the Department. He is very competent and thorough in his work. I cannot thank Ben enough for everything he did for me & my family and highly recommend him. Thanks a million Ben for all your support and assistance in our difficult times.”

          Maria Umer & family
          Maria Umer & family

          Employer Sponsored, Parent Visa, Citizenship

          We, at Rajdhani Indian Restaurant on the Central Coast, have been using the immigration services of Immigration Downunder since 2012. The introduction was accidental through an advertisement in the Central Coast Express Advocate. The first meeting with Kelly and Ben was absolutely reassuring, they helped us sponsor one of our first Cooks. Working both with Kelly and Ben is extremely easy and fulfilling as they have always helped us with each step of the Visa Process. Ben is always a call or an email away and is happy to resolve any of our most difficult queries with utmost ease and logic. I have found both Kelly and Ben to be very open minded, easy to deal with and extremely helpful. The major groundwork is done by them and once the basic information is shared with them, they then take over the process right up to the finality of the application. I strongly recommend Immigration Downunder for all Visa related services; I am sure you will not regret using their services.

            Raj Sardana
            Raj Sardana

            Employer Sponsored Visas – Temporary & Permanent

            My partner and I used Immigration Downunder for both our 457 skilled worker visa and our application for permanent residency. There is no doubt in our minds that the process would have been significantly more confusing, scary, difficult, and quite possibly unsuccessful without Ben's help. Ben was thorough, detailed and answered all of our questions. He was patient and took time to relieve our anxieties particularly in confusing times and changing situations. I would not only recommend that anyone attempting to immigrate get a lawyer to assist with the process, but I would specifically recommend Immigration Downunder as a service that is worth every penny.

              Kathryn Kaehler
              Kathryn Kaehler

              Employer Sponsored Visa – Temporary & Permanent