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Applying for a skilled visa

​​​​​​​​​​​We want to help you avoid making common mistakes th​at could delay your visa application. The tips on this website will help you to submit an application that is ‘decision ready’. Find out more about how to get a visa and the eligibility criteria.​

There are two groups of skilled visas in Australia: employer or family sponsored, and unsponsored.

Sponsored visas including subclasses 186, 187, 482, 491, 494

A sponsored visa lets an employer or a family member sponsor you.

It can:

  • be temporary
  • provide immediate permanent residency, or
  • offer a pathway to permanent residency.

Find tips for a smooth application process in sponsored skilled visa tips​.

Unsponsored skilled visas including subclasses 189, 190, 191, 485, 491, 858

You don't need a sponsor for this type of skilled visa. These visas also allow you to work for multiple employers.

To apply for these visas, you must first lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect online system. If you are eligible for the visa, we will invite you to apply. You can lodge a free EOI by going to the EOI submission page.

Visa subclasses 189, 190, 485 and 491 are points-based. Points depend on factors such as age, study qualifications and English language skills. Check how many points you’re likely to score by using the points calculator.

For visa subclasses 190 and 491, you need a nomination from a state or territory. States and territories can invite people who have submitted EOIs to apply for visas. Some states and territories will also need you to register your interest on their own website before they will nominate you. Refer to the relevant state or territory website for more information.

Find tips for a smooth application process in unsponsored skilled visa tips.

Read more information about skilled visas and eligibility criteria.

If you need help with your visa application

If you need help with your visa application, you can:

Visa processing times​

Visa processing times are updated as new data becomes available. For an indication of how long your visa application may take to process see our visa processing times guide.