There are as many types of visas as you need to immigrate to Australia. The main categories include skilled visas (including SC 189 independent skilled visa, SC 190&491 state sponsored skilled visa), employer sponsored visas, Business and Investment visas and Partner visas. Regional areas in Australia have independent migration pathway. Most international students choose skilled or employer sponsored visas to stay in Australia after graduation. The following Australia Visa Link's classification catalog allows you to find the most suitable visa type. You are also welcome to contact us for more information.
  • Business and Investor Visa
  • Family Visa
  • Skilled Indenpendent Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Employer Sponsored Visa

188E Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa – Entrepreneur stream

188E is one of the most special of the 188 business innovation immigration programs. Compared to several other programs that require the applicant to invest in the business or project themselves, 188E requires an investment of no less than AUD 200,000 from a third party in the applicant's entrepreneurial activity/business plan. The program also requires the applicant to achieve an English language level of 4 out of 6 IELTS, making it more suitable for international students with relevant qualifications and innovative overseas talent. After meeting the requirements to start a business, applicants can apply for an 888E permanent residence visa.

188C Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa – Significant Investor stream

188C Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa - Significant Investor stream, often referred to as the $5,000,000 Distinguished Investor Visa, is a 4-years residence visa for applicants who have the financial means to make a $5,000,000 compliant investment in the country. The visa can be converted to an 888C permanent residence visa after the applicant has maintained the $5 million compliant investment for four years and met certain residency requirements.

188B Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa – Investor stream

188B Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa - Investor stream is a 4-years residence visa for professionals who specialize in various investment activities. This visa does not require the applicant to own a business but does require a certain level of investment experience and a certain level of income. The visa can be converted to an 888B permanent residence visa after the applicant has maintained the $1.5 million designated investment for four years and met certain residency requirements.

188A Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa – Business Innovation stream

188A Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa is a 4-years residence visa for business owners with a business background who wish to establish and manage a business in Australia. The visa application only requires an audit of the company's turnover, the investment amount is not high and the form of investment in the business is flexible. After 2 years of running a business in Australia, 188A visa holders can apply for an 888 permanent residence visa if they meet certain requirements. This is currently the visa category with the highest number of applicants and the highest success rate.

132 Business Talent (Permanent) visa

132 Business Talent Visa is the only one which current Australian business investment immigration program that allows the whole family to obtain permanent residence status in one step. It is mainly divided into two branches: 132A Entrepreneurial Excellence and 132B Venture Capital Entrepreneur. The 132A Premier Entrepreneur branch is a popular choice for immigrant investors and is suitable for successful entrepreneurs with a relevant business background and a family net worth of $1.5 million or more. If an applicant has a successful business and innovation background but is unable to meet the requirements of other investment immigration programs such as 30% company shareholding and personal net worth, the 132B Venture Entrepreneur category may be a new option. This visa does not require a high level of residency in Australia, nor does it require English, making it more suitable for business people who are too busy with business in China to live in Australia for long periods of time.

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820/801 Onshore Partner Visa

The 820/801 onshore partner visa (Subclasses 820 and 801) is for Australian citizens or permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens who sponsor an overseas spouse to settle in Australia, and who is presented in Australia. The subclass 820 partner visa (temporary) requires that the applicant must also be in Australia at the time of approval.

309/100 Offshore Partner Visa

The 309/100 Offshore Spouse Migration Visa(Subclass 309 and 100 ) is a spouse migration visa category for Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to sponsor their spouse to settle in Australia. The visa must be applied for outside of Australia and the applicant must be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted. Typically, the applicant will be granted a 309 Provisional Resident visa and then a 100 Permanent Resident visa after a 2-year relationship visit and meeting the appropriate conditions.

300 Prospective Marriage visa

Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage visa is a spousal migration visa category for Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens who are sponsoring their fiancées to come to Australia to consummate their marriage and live permanently with them prior to registration of marriage or cohabitation. The visa must be applied for outside Australia and the applicant must also be outside Australia at the time the visa is granted. The visa is generally valid for 9 months and is free to travel to and from Australia during this period. However, during this time, the applicant must complete the registration of the marriage with the sponsor, either within or outside Australia, come to Australia once before marrying the sponsor and submit the next step of the spouse migration visa application within the validity of their visa.

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The Migrant Innovation Northern Territory (MINT) program

The Migrant Innovation Northern Territory (MINT) program is an expedited immigration investment program that covers the 190 Skilled Migration State Sponsorship, 491 Remote Skilled Migration State Sponsorship, and the 188 and 132 Business Migration visa categories, and is ideal for Overseas candidates apply. Eligible skilled and business visa applicants are required to invest $515,000 in the Northern Territory Government's Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund to be nominated for state sponsorship by the Northern Territory Government and the MINT program will assist them to obtain permanent residency in Australia. As the designated Panel Agent of the program, we have successfully helped a number of overseas clients to obtain the Northern Territory 190 state sponsored nomination in this fiscal year, which is one of the few one-step immigration programs in Australia. The program has a limited number of places available for each fiscal year on a first-come, first-served basis.

189 Skilled Independent visa

189 Skilled Independent Visa is a one-stop permanent residence visa category that relies solely on the applicant's academic qualifications, work experience/professional skills, and language proficiency. Applications can be made either within Australia or outside Australia. Successful migrants can live, work, and study in any part of Australia.

190 Skilled Nominated visa

190 Skilled Nominated Visa is for applicants with only 60 points on their own. The ability to apply for state sponsorship plus 5 points depends on whether the applicant has state sponsorship for the occupation assessed and meets the other requirements for state sponsorship (IELTS, years of service, offer or registration, etc.). Only after applying for state sponsorship will USCIS issue an invitation to the applicant to apply for a visa. The state sponsorship policy is set by each state government and the occupations required are closely related to the development of each state, and the sponsorable occupations are generally set by each state government. 190 visas can be applied for both within Australia and outside Australia. The current requirements for 190 and 491 state sponsorship nominations from each state or territory government are as follows.

  • VIC Victoria 190 & 491 State Sponsorship Policy (Updated 20191116)
  • ACT ACT 190&491 State Sponsorship Policy (applicable for applications from 1 January 2020)
  • NSW New South Wales 190&491 Sponsorship Policy (Updated 2019.12.12)
  • QLD Queensland 190&491 State Sponsorship Policy (Updated 20191126)
  • TAS Tasmania 190&491 State Sponsorship Policy (Updated 20200320)
  • WA Western Australia 190&491 State Sponsorship Policy (Updated 20200124)
  • SA South Australia 190&491 State Sponsorship Policy
  • NT Northern Territory 190&491 State Sponsorship Policy

491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

From November 16, 2019, the 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa is officially replaced by the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).  491 visa is a 5-year temporary transitional visa, within 5 years of living in remote areas of Australia for 3 years and work to meet the work income can be applied for permanent residents, in the current form of immigration policy significantly tightened. It is very suitable for applicants with EOI score of only 50 (excluding 491 state sponsorship plus 15 points). The visa has 2 categories: 1) Relative sponsorship; 2) State or Territory government sponsorship, the requirements and nominable positions are different, but the applicant needs to meet the basic requirements of the 491 visa first. The new 491 visa has simplified the definition of remote areas, i.e. all other areas of Australia except QLD Brisbane, VIC Melbourne and NSW Sydney fall under the new "Regional areas", including the popular cities of QLD Gold Coast, ACT Canberra, WA Perth, SA Adelaide and VIC Geelong and Ballarat.

887 Skilled Regional visa

Subclass 887 Skilled Regional visa
The 887 Skilled Regional Visa is a visa for temporary visa holders in Australia to transfer from a temporary residence visa to a permanent resident visa in a remote area. Candidates who hold a 489 temporary visa under the former Skilled - Regional (Residence) visa subclass 887 can apply for an 887 permanent residence visa after meeting the appropriate conditions.

ACT Nomination – Skilled Migration Visa

Unlike other states, the ACT State Government has launched a unique state government invitation scoring system called Canberra Matrix since the end of November 2018 to select outstanding applicants who meet the requirements of Canberra region. In addition to meeting the Immigration EOI score requirement of no less than 65, applicants need to achieve a certain score in Canberra Matrix in order to be invited to the state. The ACT government will issue invitations in descending order of scores. For the same score, invitations will be issued in the order of submission. The ACT Regional Government may limit or suspend nominations for an occupation at any time when the number of invitations issued in a financial year exceeds demand. If you are currently within Australia, you must be residing in Canberra after the condition before you can apply for ACT state sponsorship.


INVITATION ROUND: 28 October 2020

457 / 482 visa holders:
  • 190 nomination: 4 invitations
  • 491 nomination: nil
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:
  • 190 nomination: 66 invitations
  • 491 nomination: nil invitations as interim allocation is met.
The next round of invitations will take place on or before 1 Jan, 2021

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590 Student Guardian visa

Subclass 590 Student Guardian visa is a companion visa, which, together with the 500 visa, is a simplified Category 2 visa from a Category 8 visa, and is designed for parents of students studying in Australia.

500 Student Visa

Subclass 500 student visa is a new visa introduced since July 1, 2016, replacing the previous eight visa categories of 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 580.

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482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa

482 visa, known as Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS), is the former 457 employer-sponsored visa. The 482 visa allows the applicant to work for an Australian company for 2-4 years and is divided into three types of 482 visas: short term, medium, and long term, and labor agreement. The 482 visa allows the applicant to work in Australia for four years, during which time the applicant is free to travel to and from Australia; the applicant can bring their partner and non-independent children with them to live, work and study in Australia. There is no EOI score, no age or financial requirements, and the application threshold is low. The medium to long term branch of the visa can be applied for a 186 permanent residence visa after 3 years of work, so it is a popular choice for most applicants.

407 Training visa

407 Training Visa is issued to those who need to participate in job skills training courses, higher education study courses, professional field training, and career development training programs provided by Australian companies. The visa is for training purposes and allows the holder to work full-time for a designated Australian employer for the duration of the visa, with no work unrelated to the content of the training, and is generally valid for one to two years. Because the 407 visa application requires the applicant to have one year of highly relevant full-time work experience in the nominated position within the past 24 months, or the equivalent of two years of part-time work experience, it is more suitable for people who Applicants who wish to enhance their professional skills in Australia. Applicants who already have 1 year of in-country full-time work experience and want to continue to put together high scores and wait for 189 and 190 invitations. Applicants who want to gather 2 to 3 years of work experience and go for 482/186/494 employer sponsorship. Applicants whose 485 work visa has expired or who have previously applied for a 485 work visa and need 1 to 2 years to complete the vocational assessment.

494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Vissa

The 494 Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa with November 16, 2019, is officially online and replaces the former 187 visa is Remote Area Employer-Sponsored Immigration. The visa is a temporary visa valid for five years and is designed to help remote employers find suitable overseas employees to address the labor shortage in remote areas. After receiving a 494 visa, applicants are required to work full-time for at least 3 years in a designated occupation and earn no less than the minimum tax rate per year, currently $53,900 (updated November 16, 2019), before they can apply for a transfer to a 191 permanent residence visa (to go live November 16, 2022). 494 visas can be applied for both in-country and out-of-country.

186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

The 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa can be applied for both onshore and offshore, and is the result of a merger of the former 121 and 856 visas. It is part of the Australian Employer-Sponsored Skilled Migration program and is also commonly referred to as Employer Sponsored Migration. The Australian government allows companies or organizations in Australia to hire professionals from overseas and sponsor those hired to work and live in Australia with a one-time right to permanent residence.

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