This visa type allows you to apply for permanent residency and requires you to meet a points test.
The points test is based on your:
- English language ability
- Overseas skilled employment
- Australian skilled employment
- Educational qualifications
Points can also be claimed for;
- Australian study
- Study in regional area
- Completion of a Professional Year
- Credentialed community language
- Partner skills
Before you can lodge an application, you must first lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and you must be invited to apply based on the demand for your occupation, set ceilings and your overall points score.
To be eligible you must nominate an occupation listed on the Medium to Long Term Skilled Occupation List (MLTSSL) and gain a skills assessment from the relevant assessment authority.
State or territory nomination is also available depending on whether your occupation is in demand within the relevant state or territory in Australia. The processing time for these visa types is around 9-12 months.