Last Updated: January 30, 2021
With a diverse culture and innovative technological infrastructure, Australia can be rightfully called a land of opportunities. With one of the largest immigration program in the world, it welcomes individuals from across the globe to work in Australia and create a better future for themselves as well as for the exotic island nation.
Types of Australia Work Visa
Department of Home Affairs of Australia Government provides Australia Work Visa under a wide array of categories; few of the popular form of Australia Work Visa are listed below:
Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
This type of work permit is issued to that individual who can demonstrate that he has the necessary skills and qualifications required for a specific occupation that has been listed under the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). This type of work permit (unlike most others) does not require the employer to sponsor
the employee in any way (such incentives are provided since Australia has a massive shortage of skilled laborers). This is for people looking for immigrating to Australia. You can use the SkillSelect tool to check EOI (Expression of Interest)
Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)
This Australia Work Visa allows young people to work and holiday in Australia for a period of one year. This is a temporary form of work visa, it basically promotes cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.
Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)
This is a temporary work visa issued for a year for people who want to work and holiday in Australia. This temporary work visa encourages closer ties and cultural exchange between Australia and certain eligible countries
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass189)
This is a permanent type of work visa and is issued to those individuals who are qualified to work for the improvement of the Australian economy (like State authority or Business). The only criterion to be eligible for this particular visa is that they must be sponsored by the employer.
TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visa (Subclass 482)
The goal of this visa is to provide a work visa for up to two years or up to four years (depending on requirement) and will require sponsoring business/company to prove the genuineness of skill shortage in Australia. It will require sponsoring institutions to pay market salary etc.; workers might have to prove English proficiency, need to have minimum work experience of 2 years and age should be less than 45 (at the time of application, etc. TSS will also lead the path to permanent residency.
Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)
This is a permanent work visa that is issued to overseas workers who are sponsored by their employers. This type of visas is issued to increase Australia's competitiveness globally as well as filling up the skills shortages in the market.
Skilled - Recognized Graduate Visa (Subclass 476)
It is a temporary Australia Work Visa, which allows engineering graduates from a recognized university to work and gain experience in their field of interest for a period of 18 months.
Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489)
This is a temporary Australia Work Visa which allows 4 years of stay for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia. Under this form of work visa, one can bring their family following due procedure. Once granted this visa, one can apply for the Skilled Regional (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 887).
Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188)
Under this form of Australia Work Visa, someone with entrepreneurial or business skills can invest and set up their own business and begin an entrepreneurial venture in Australia. To be eligible for this form of work visa, one must be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency. With this visa, one can stay up to 4 years and 3 months.
Business Talent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 132)
This is a permanent Australia Work Visa for experienced business owners who are willing to establish or operate a new or existing business venture in Australia. To be eligible for this form of work visa, one must be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency and must have a lawfully acquired net value of a minimum of AUD 1.5 million.
Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887)
This is a permanent form of Australia Work Visa applicable for those who have already lived and worked in specified regions of Australia on a previous work visa. With this visa, one can study or work anywhere in Australia and if eligible they can apply for Australian citizenship. Under this visa, one can sponsor eligible family members too for permanent residence in Australia.
Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 858)
This form of Australia Work Visa is eligible for anyone who has achieved extraordinary accolades in the field of any sport, arts, academics, or research. With this visa, one can study or work anywhere in Australia and if eligible they can apply for Australian citizenship. Under this visa, one can sponsor eligible family members too for permanent residence in Australia. To be eligible for this form of work visa, one has to be nominated by an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen, or an Australian organization of national reputation.
Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa (Subclass 400)
This form of temporary short stay Australia Work Visa is for individuals who have highly specialized skills. This form of visa is suitable for personnel whose specialized skill or knowledge is rare in Australia and can help Australian businesses. With this visa, one can stay for up to 6 months.
Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408)
Under this form of temporary Australian Work Visa, one can stay in Australia for a period of up to 4 years. This visa enables one to participate in events organized by the Australian government. To be eligible for this visa one must have specific skills required for participating in the event.
Fee for Australia Work Visa
Fee for Australian Work Visa is of 4,045 AUD (2,955 USD), with certain exemption in the following category:
- Temporary Skill Shortage Visa - 1,265 AUD (925 USD) or 2,645 AUD (1,925 USD) for short-term and medium-term respectively
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa - 360 AUD (265 USD)
- Temporary Work Visas - 310 AUD (225 USD)
- Distinguished Talent Visa - 4,110 AUD (3,000 USD)
Documents required for Australia Work Visa
Documents required for an Australian Work Visa varies according to the type of work visa one applies for. Basic documents required for any kind of Australian work visa:
- A valid passport that has minimum of 6 months validity.
- 4 numbers of recent photographs.
- A valid job offer later.
- Proper travel and health insurance.
- In case, a family member accompanies you, then valid documents of the dependent have to be submitted.
- A Police clearance certificate is required to ensure the applicant holds no criminal record.
- Submit Form 80, which is a must for Personal Character Assessment.
- Proof of English language proficiency.
- Proof of educational qualification- mark sheets, certificates and curriculum vitae.
Working Holiday Visa Requirements (subclass 417)
To be eligible for this form of Australia Work Visa,
- One has to be between the age group of 18-31 years of age.
- Possess a valid passport from an eligible country.
- Do not have a child dependent accompanying during one’s stay in Australia.
Work and Holiday Visa Requirements (subclass 462)
This form of Australian Work Visa requires:
- One to be between the age group of 18-31 years of age.
- Does not have a child dependent accompanying during one’s stay in Australia.
- Possess a valid passport from one of the following countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay and USA.
Skilled - Recognised Graduate Visa Requirements(subclass 476)
To be eligible for this form of Australia Work Visa, one has to be below 31 years of age and must have completed an engineering degree within the past two years from a recognized university.
Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Requirements(subclass 457)
For this Australian Work Visa,
- One has to be sponsored by an approved Australian business.
- One must possess the required skills to fill in the position nominated by the Australian business.
- One must meet the qualifications, skills required to be competent in English language.
- Must meet character and health requirement. It is mandatory to have a health insurance and a police verification certificate.
Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
You will be eligible for this Australian Work Visa,
- If you are below 50 years of age, unless exempted.
- If you are selected by an authorized Australian employer.
- If you meet English language requirement along with skill and qualification required for the particular job opportunity.
Skilled Independent Visa Requirements(subclass 189)
This form of Australia Work Visa requires the applicant to be:
- Below 50 years of age.
- Competent in English language.
- Has a skill assessment test result required for the occupation.
- Has secured a satisfactory skill assessment score required for the occupation.
Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
For this Australian Work Visa,
- Must be competent in English language.
- Must be below 50 years of age.
- Must have secured a satisfactory assessment score required for the relevant occupation.
- Must be nominated by the Australian state or territory government agency.
APPLYING FOR A WORK VISA
- The first step involves determining the category of work visa based upon the job offer.
- The applicant must satisfy the requirements of a points-based assessment, if applicable.
- The employer must complete an online nomination/sponsorship form, if applicable before the individual can apply for the visa.
- The individual must fill out the online application form of the particular visa category.
- Any relevant information and supplemental documents must be submitted along with the application.
- The visa application fees must be paid for the visa to be processed.
Around 140,400 visas were issued by the Australian government in the year 2019-2020. Visa processing usually takes around a few weeks so early applications are encouraged for a stress-free visa process.