Looking for an Aus work visa? Well, you have come to the right place as we look to give you the low down on how to apply for a work visa that gives you permission to live and work in Australia.
When it comes to Aus work visa’s there are a few different flavours, those that will offer you permanent residency here in Australia (often the biggest attraction of obtaining an Aus work visa), those that will enable you to work in Australia for a period of between two to four years, and those that enable you to work in Australia on a temporary basis.
Aus Work Visas – Visa Options to help you work legally in Australia.
Before we begin, it’s worth knowing that when it comes to Australian Visa’s it’s all about the numbers. By this I mean, each Australian visa type has a ‘visa class’ which is identified by a unique three-digit number.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll be looking to cover a number of popular visa types and visa classes. Some of these visa types require sponsorship (i.e. a company will sponsor you to work in Australia, while others do not.
Note this is not a definitive list, if the visa options we present below do not tick your boxes, then we also encourage you to check out the Australia Migration Departments Visa Finder that will help you narrow down your choices based on your personal circumstances.
Temporary work visas
OK, onto the visas. A temporary work visa lets you come to Australia to work on a temporary basis. There might be visa conditions on your visa that only allows specific work or work with a certain employer.
The most popular Australian temporary work visas include the temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). This visa enables employers to address labour shortages in Australia by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.
With this visa type, you will need to find an employer to sponsor you. How do you find an employer to sponsor you? Check out this post: List Of Australian Companies Willing To Sponsor
Other temporary work Visa options include the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), the Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476), the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) and the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188 – Sponsorship needed).
Short stay work visas
There are a number of short-stay work visas that enable you to live and work in Australia although
they are often more restrictive than the temporary visa classes mentioned prior.
The most popular short-stay visa is the working holiday visa classes, of which there are two. This visa is for young adults (generally 30 years and younger) who want an extended holiday in Australia with the ability to work in Australia to fund their stay.
We provided a great overview of the working holiday visas in the following article if this might be an option you might consider, we recommend some further reading here: How To Apply For An Australian Working Holiday Visa
Permanent Aus work visas
Finally, onto the creme-de-la-creme of Australian Visas. The Permanent Aus work Visas.
These visa types are the most sought after as they enable you to live permanently in Australia with little restrictions. The most popular of the permanent visas is the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). This visa is awarded to people who have an occupation in demand in Australia and the likelihood of being awarded this type of Aus work visa is very dependent on your ability to meet the necessary points required to receive an invitation to apply.
You can take a points test using the Australian Points calculator available here. If you meet the criteria you can register an Expression Of Interest (EOI) on the Australia migration website (referred to as Skillselect). where your application will be considered.
In Addition to the popular 189 Skilled independent visas, there are also a number of regional visa options available. The regional visas are for skilled migrants who might consider working in regional Australia. Whats consider regional Australia? You can read our guide here: The Definitive Guide To What Is Considered Regional Australia. The regional visas can be a useful option for people who are unable to achieve sufficient points to gain a skilled independent 189 visa (without sponsorship). For a number of the regional visa options, additional points can be offered by the Australian migration department. However, you will need to make a commitment to live in the region for a nominal period (usually at least two years).
We hope you find this article a useful overview of the various working visa options in Australia. If you are looking for an Aus work visa, we hope this has served as a useful starting point for you. Note any link you see in Red above takes you to one of our other articles so make sure you check out these supporting articles 👍
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