Working visa in Australia

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There are several reasons why you would like to work in Australia depending on your situation and what you are looking for in your life. This is because by working in Australia many doors will open regarding permanent residency. 

However, understanding the visa options that you have to work in Australia is a little tricky.

You can work there as a skilled worker, be sponsored, participate in specific activities as a specialized worker, working while you study and apply to a job there after graduating or even start your own business. 

In the following article, we will go through the most popular working visas, how to apply, and what are their requirements. So, if you are interested in working in Australia this article is for you!

Co-workers at the office in Australia

What is the best way to work in Australia as an International Student?

Work and Holiday visa

This visa let people from 18 to 30 years old have a holiday in Australia and work in the country to help them fund their trip. Furthermore, this could be an amazing opportunity to visit Australia before coming to the country as an international student. 

What are the requirements to apply?

You should have a passport from an eligible country, be between 18 to 30 years old and apply from outside Australia. 

Student visa

If you want to work in Australia as an international student, your student visa it’s more than enough! By holding a student visa you will be able to work half-time to pay for your expenses. 

What are the requirements to apply?

To apply for a student visa you must be enrolled in a study course in Australia. Also, you should have an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and be older than 6 years old.  

Temporary graduate visa

A temporary graduate visa allows an international student to live, study and work in Australia after he or she has completed their studies. 

What are the requirements to apply?

You have to be an international student that has completed your studies in Australia.  

What are the visa streams?

  • Graduate work stream: For students that have specific skills and qualifications that are relevant for specific occupations. 
  • Post-study workstream: This stream is for international students that already hold a degree from an Australian institution. 

Skilled- recognised graduate visa

This visa is for students under 31 years old that have completed an engineering degree at a specified educational institution. 

What are the requirements to apply?

You need to hold the engineering degree from no more than 2 years. 

Student graduated from Australian institution

What are other Work Visas options in Australia?

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa

The employer Nomination scheme visa allows the nominated skilled workers to live and work in Australia permanently. It is available for applicants that already live in and work in Australia as temporary residents and for applicants who live outside Australia. 

What are the requirements to apply?

For being eligible for this working visa you must be a skilled individual nominated by an Australian employer. 

What are the visa streams?

  • Direct entry stream: Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations. 
  • Labour agreement stream: Your employer must have a labour agreement.
  • Temporary residence transition stream: You must have worked for your employer full-time for at least three years. Also, you must hold a bridging visa.

Skilled Work Regional Visa

This visa is for skilled people nominated by a state or territory government to live and work in regional Australia. 

What are the requirements to apply?

To be eligible for this working visa you should be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency. Also, you should have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list. 

What are the visa streams?

  • Skilled work regional visa for the main applicant: This is a provisional visa for skilled workers that want to live and work in regional Australia.
  • For subsequent entrant: This visa is for a member of the family of someone who holds a Skilled work regional visa. 
International student in Regional Australia

Skilled Nominated Visa

The skilled nominated visa lets nominated skilled workers to live and work in Australia as permanent residents. 

What are the requirements to apply?

To be eligible for this working visa you must have an occupation on the relevant skilled list. Also, you need to have suitable skills assessments for the occupation, also and most importantly you have to be invited to apply. 

Skilled independent Visa

The skilled independent visa is for invited workers that have specific skills that Australia needs. Under this visa, they will be able to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. 

What are the requirements to apply?

To apply you don’t need a sponsor or nominator, but you need to be invited to apply and be less than 45 years old. 

What are the visa streams?

  • Points-tested stream: This visa lets invited workers with skills that Australia needs, live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.
  • New Zealand Stream: This visa lets eligible New Zealand citizens who have demonstrated commitment and contribution to Australia, live and work in Australia permanently.

Temporary working visa (Short Stay Specialist)

The temporary work (short stay specialist) visa will let you do high-specialized work in Australia in the short-term. 

What are the requirements to apply?

You need to have highly specialized skills, knowledge and experience to help an Australian business. This specific skill has to be something that can’t be found in Australia. 

Female worker developing a specialised work under a working visa

Temporary working visa (International Relations)

The temporary work (international relations) visa is for people to work in specific tasks that can improve Australia’s international relations. 

What are the requirements to apply?

You need to be employed or engaged under the terms and conditions of a bilateral agreement between Australia and the government of another country.

What are the visa streams?

  • Foreign government agency stream: You can work in Australia employed by a foreign government as a foreign language teacher or as a representative of a foreign government agency. 
  • Domestic Worker: This visa stream, lets a person do temporary full-time domestic work in Australia for someone who holds a diplomatic visa. 
  • Privileges and immunities stream: To work in Australia under an international representative.
  • Seasonal worker program stream: This stream lets you stay in Australia temporarily to participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme
  • Pacific Labour Scheme stream: This visa lets you stay in Australia to participate in the Pacific Labour Scheme Program. 

Business talent visa

The business talent visa is for people that want to develop or establish a new or existing business in Australia. 

What are the requirements to apply?

You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency. Also, you have to be invited to apply for the visa and have the required funding. 

What are the visa streams?

  • Significant business history stream: This visa stream is for experienced business owners to operate in a new or existing business in Australia. 
  • Venture capital entrepreneur stream: This visa stream is for people who have sourced venture capital funding from a member of the Australian Investment Council.

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