Under Australia’s Skilled Migration program, applicants can apply for a variety of visas that enable both temporary and permanent residency of Australia. These visas are points-tested and require the applicant to meet a minimum threshold in order to become eligible for the program.
There are two (2) primary permanent residency pathways, points-tested visas: the Skilled Independent and the Skilled Nominated. The major difference is that the Skilled Nominated requires a State or Territory Government’s support in order to be successful.
Each applicant is awarded points for age, IELTS skills, qualification level, work experience, as well as other factors such as meeting Australia’s study requirement, demonstrating partner skills and even having specific accredited language skills. The more points you accumulate, the better chances you have of being offered a place to apply for permanent residency. If you just miss the threshold, perhaps Skilled Nominated is worth looking into as a Government can provide additional points towards your total.
Temporary visa options could include a Regional Skilled visa that enables you to live and work in an area of Australia typically out of the major city areas. This visa is sponsored by the Government and you can claim even more points for pursuing this pathway. After residing on this visa for at least two (2) years, a unique and subsidised permanent residency can be sought which then enables you to access all the rights and responsibilities of being an Australian permanent resident.