This visa would allow you to live and work or study in a specified designated Regional Area in Australia for up to a period of five years. This subclass is a 'provisional' visa. After you and your family have lived in a specified designated Regional Area in Australia for at least three years and maintained an annual salary of AUD$53 900, and worked full time for periods totalling at least three years, you would then be entitled to apply for Permanent Residence. This visa will give you an extra 15 points.
This visa is for you if you:
- are under the age of 45 years.
- have the required competent English language skills
- have your skills and qualifications that meet the Australian standard, for an occupation on the MLTSSL or STSOL list.
Once your occupation has been confirmed as a skill shortage on the MLTSSL or STSOL list, we will then calculate your points. Australia requires applicants to score a minimum of 65 points. Your points are generally made up of, but not limited to the following criteria: Age, English Language ability, work experience and qualifications. You would now be eligible to apply for a Skills Assessment based on the assessing authorities’ criteria.
Your Skills Assessment
The MLTSSL or STSOL list will advise you on the assessing authority that will assess your application. Please note that for certain trade occupations for certain listed countries, TRA (Trades Recognition of Australia) will ask the assessing authority know as VETASSESS, to conduct the skills assessment on their behalf and also do a technical interview where required or a practical assessment in a workshop environment where required.
Do I need formal Qualifications?
Yes! Australia would require formal qualifications for this visa subclass. Most general/non trade occupations would require a minimum of 1 year of post qualification work experience and a general minimum of 4 years post qualification work experience for trade occupations.
Applying to a Regional Area
Once your Skills Assessment has been approved, your occupation would then need to be matched to a state/s Regional Areas on the individual state lists. Once your occupation appears on this list, you would then be able to apply to a state. Please note that certain states may have additional requirements, e.g.: 7.0 in IELTS or 3 years work experience in that occupation.
The Main Requirements are:
1 x Valid Passport
1 x Academic qualifications
1 x Evidence of work experience for each period of employment
1 x Birth Certificate
1 x Evidence of English Language ability
1 x A clear criminal record (Certain cases can be discussed on a case by case basis, should there be an issue).
1 x A clean bill of health (Certain cases can be discussed on a case by case basis, should there be an issue).