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WORK PERMITS FOR AUSTRALIA
For the year 2010/2011, Australia has available, 113850 work and business visas.
Visa requirements are varied this is just a rough guide. You have a better chance of obtaining one if you are skilled, or planning to set up businesses in the country which will provide employment for Australians.
If you are being sponsored by an employer in Australia, or if you are applying under one of the State Migration Plans, then you'll get priority.
There are many different visas and choosing the right one to apply for, needs careful consideration, so seek advice before applying.
Skilled Independent Visa
If you have skills and qualifications which are in demand, then you can apply for an Independent Visa which means that you don't need to be sponsored by an employer. You will need to pass a points test with a minimum score of 65 points to be eligible, as well as being under 50 years of age, They look at spoken English, qualifications, work history, health and character.
You can check what skills are needed by looking at the Skilled Occupation List which you will find more information on at www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/
Skilled Sponsored Visa
This visa is for those who have the necessary skills but do not meet the point’s requirement for a Skilled Independent Visa. You'll need to be sponsored by a relative permanently resident in Australia, or by an employer.
Skilled Regional Sponsored
For skilled workers who cannot meet the requirements for a Skilled Independent Visa. You will need to be nominated by an eligible relative living in a specified region of Australia or nominated by a participating state or territory government agency.
This is a three year provisional visa. You' will then be able to apply for permanent residency after you lived in a specified regional area for two years and worked for a minimum of one year.
The Specified Regional Areas are:
New South Wales, except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong
Queensland except greater Brisbane area and Gold Coast
Victoria, except Melbourne metropolitan area
Western Australia, except Perth
You should remember that the criteria for granting visas are constantly changing. To get the most up to date information, you should contact the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your country. You can access the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship website where there's a full list of overseas offices with address/contact details.