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Australian skilled migration visa specialists

Apply now to live and work in Australia

A Skilled Migration visa is the best option for those who wish to move to Australia permanently, but are not sponsored by an employer.

 

The points-based system

The Australian government operates a general skilled migration program: A points-based system where points are awarded based on age, qualification, experience and English language skills. As your occupation is the basis for your eligibility, those holding occupations in demand will have the greatest visa options.

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

The Skilled Independent visa is a permanent resident visa. It is the most desirable visa as it gives the holder the freedom and flexibility to live and work anywhere in Australia. Successful applicants must be under 45 years of age, score at least 65 points and have an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190)

The Skilled Nominated visa is a permanent resident visa, only granted to applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government. The State governments have assessed their own labour market needs and formed lists of occupations in demand. In addition to receiving state nomination, the successful applicant must be under 45 years of age, score at least 65 points and have an occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). State nomination adds an additional five points to an applicant’s score, which could make the difference in meeting the points threshold.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

This visa lets you live and work in designated regional areas in Australia for up to five years. After three years in Australia, you can apply for a permanent residence visa. You should be under the age of 45 when you apply and score 65 points or more to be eligible. You must also either be sponsored by an eligible relative or nominated by a state or territory government organisation.

Designated regional areas include:

  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Victoria (except the Melbourne metropolitan)
  • Queensland (except the greater Brisbane area)
  • Northern Territory
  • New South Wales (except Sydney)
 

Australian visa assessment

Answer a few questions and we'll let you know if you're eligible to live and work in Australia. It takes less than five minutes and it's free of charge or obligation.


News for all our 1st Contact clients

1st Contact is rebranding to Sable International.

For the last year we've been merging with our big brother, Sable International. In 2021, we're going to complete the rebrand.

The accountants, brokers, advisors and caseworkers that you are used to dealing with will not be going anywhere as the entire 1st Contact team will be in the same roles at Sable International. You'll still get that same great service, just under a new name.

We'll be keeping you in the loop as we prepare for the next exciting phase in this rebranding.

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