Skilled Migration to Australia from the UK. Visa Subclasses 189 & 190
There has been a strong and consistent history of people from the UK moving to Australia. Over 2 centuries of it in fact! Seriously though many people in the UK have family & friends in Australia or have visited the country. There is still a real interest from people in the UK in moving to Australia. This can be motivated by any one of the following reasons or a combination or some or all of them –
- A job offer
- Different opportunities
No country is perfect but Australia’s relaxed and outdoor lifestyle attracts tens of thousands of new permanent arrivals each year. Australia’s healthcare and education systems are world class. Australia is a very safe and relaxed place to live as well.
Many British people start their interest in living in Australia through holidays or living and working in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. They get a real taste of life in Australia and then to explore all visa options to remain in or return to Australia. One of the most popular visa options is General Skilled Migration (GSM) or Skilled Migration. The relevant visa subclasses are 189 & 190. These visa subclasses are targeted at skilled workers with the right qualification and work experience that Australia needs to keep it’s economy strong and growing. You may have heard that these applications are points tested and you do need a minimum of 65 pts to even be considered.
So how do you score points? Applicants for these visas will be assessed on the following and awarded points –
- You must be under 45 years to apply
- If you have a trade qualification, diploma or university degree you can score points
- English language ability. UK citizens are allowed to apply based on their passport, but you won’t score any points for this. To score points even UK citizens have to sit one of the designated English language tests. I know that sounds crazy but those are the rules.
- Overseas work experience. You need a minimum of 3 years relevant experience to start scoring points.
- Australian work experience. You need a minimum of 1 – year relevant experience to start scoring points
- Partner skills. If your partner is under 45 years, has a qualification and work experience and meets English language requirements you might be able to claim additional points for their skills.
There are some more categories where you can score points but these are the most common.
Even before you can start looking at what points you can score you need to confirm if your occupation is on the Skilled Occupations List. If your occupation is not on the list you CANNOT apply even if you have 100pts. So, choosing the most appropriate occupation to match your qualifications and work experience is the first step in the process and a very important one. It can make all the difference and you need to make sure you get it right. Once you have identified the occupation you want to nominate under the next step is to complete a skills assessment.
Each occupation has a Skills Assessing Authority assigned to it. This body or organisation determines the criteria you have to satisfy to show you have the equivalent skills that are required to perform the duties if that occupation in Australia. The Skills Assessing Authorities are not the Department of Home Affairs which manages immigration to Australia. They are separate bodies assigned to perform the skills assessing function by the Department of Home Affairs. Some skills assessments can be finalised in just a few weeks while others take a few months.
There are a number of steps you need to take when applying for permanent residence through Skilled Migration. Our approach is to complete a skills assessment and sit an English language test first so we know exactly where you stand. Once you have these then you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Department of Home Affairs. The EOI is NOT a visa application but just shows that you wish to apply. There is no application fee from the Department of Home Affairs to submit an EOI. Once your EOI is submitted you then need to wait for the Department of Home Affairs to invite you to apply for either a visa subclass 189 or 190.
The difference between the two types of applications is that applicants under subclass 190 need to be nomination by a State or Territory government in Australia. Each State or Territory Government in Australia have their own occupations list which contain the occupations they specifically want to attract. If you are on their list in addition to the Department of Home Affairs occupations lists then you can benefit in a couple of ways. Firstly, you can be awarded 5 more points. Secondly, once you are State or Territory nominated then you are immediately invited to apply for the visa. So, you can in a sense control the time more from EOI to invitation. Also, the Department of Home Affairs normally chooses the highest scores in each occupation when making invitations. But if you are State or Territory Nominated you will get an invitation even if there are people with higher scores in your occupation in the pool. This is a valuable tool to consider using when applying. If you want to take advantage of this and are lucky enough to be able to then you do need to commit to live in the state or territory that nominated you for the first 2 years you are in Australia.
As you can see there are a lot of different parts that make up an immigration application to Australia through Skilled Migration. Each piece of the puzzle needs to be planned for and completed carefully to ensure there are no mistakes and you achieve your goal. Moving countries is one of the biggest things you will do in your life. Over the last 21 years we have been working with clients we take this very seriously and look to smooth the path as much as we can. We have helped thousands of families and individuals make the move to Australia.
If you want to find out exactly what your options are please complete our online assessment form as the first step – https://four-corners.com.au/eligibility-assessment-form/. We can then look at all of your options