Australian VISA Types
Student and Graduate Visa
Anyone who wants to experience Australia’s high quality of education can apply for a student visa (500). The education provider and country of citizenship determine student visa requirements. Once a student completes their qualification in Australia and they meet certain study requirements they can apply for a two- or three-year Graduate Skilled Visa (485) which will give them unrestricted work rights.
Short Term Work Visa
Short-term work visas are classified as either short stay specialist visas, training visas, or temporary activity visa.
Short Stay Visas for Specialist Work – subclass 400
A specialist work visa (400) can be granted to people who have highly specialized skills that are not easily available in Australia and are required to undertake work of a highly specialised nature in Australia, which is of a short-term duration and usually to fulfil a contractual obligation in Australia required for an Australian company.
Temporary Activity Visa – Training – subclass 407
A Training Visa (407) is granted to people who seek to enhance their skills through a structured work- place training program. The applicant will usually need to have had 12 months experience in the last 24 months in the occupation they wish to be trained in. The employer needs to be approved as a temporary activity sponsor and present a relevant and detailed structured training plan which the overseas person will be trained in. The visa can be requested for any period of time up to 2 years, depending on the amount of time that training is needed.
Temporary Activity Visa – is required to be in Australia for a short period to undertake specific activities – subclass 408.
This visa is for people who require to come to Australia for short periods. There are several types of short stay activity visas such as: invited participant in an event, entertainment, performing in film or television, religious worker, domestic worker, sports trainee, elite player, coach, youth exchange and many others.
You have a business or investment background where you have either been involved in running your business or your investment activities in the last few years.
You now want to come live in Australia and start a new business in Australia or buy into an existing one. Alternatively, as an investor, you wish to invest in Australia such as in Australian Government Bonds or other Australian investments. As you are not yet an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you may apply for a business visa. You may qualify for either a business innovation, investment visa or business talent visa.
Skilled Person Visa
If you are a skilled person who wants to live and work in Australia, you may apply for a Skilled Visa. Skilled Independent (189) and Skilled State Sponsored (190) visas are granted to skilled professionals who qualify for the General Skilled Migration Program and can score a minimum of 65 on the points test. The application involves being granted an invitation under Expression of Interest. (EOI) to lodge a Permanent Residence visa application. Skilled Provisional Visas (489) are granted for 4 years on the other hand, and can be applied for by skilled workers who want to work and live in regional parts of Australia. This provides a pathway to apply for permanent resident status after 3 years. This application involves being sponsored by a state or territory in regional Australia or by a family member living in regional Australia.
As an Australian business, you wish to sponsor a skilled overseas worker on a temporary or permanent basis. As an overseas skilled worker, you have an employer in Australia that would like to sponsor you to work for them. Sponsorship visas are classified as subclass 482, 186, and 187.
Partner or Parent Visa
A temporary or permanent partner visa is granted to the de facto partner, spouse or fiancé of an Australian citizen or permanent resident. A parent visa is also granted to parents of a child or children who are living in Australia to give them a chance to stay with their children permanently.