Though Australia has recently slashed the migration cap from 190,000 to 160,000, the country still has one of the largest immigration programs in the world. A large part of it is made up of the skilled stream, allowing skilled foreign workers to live and work in Australia on permanent and temporary visas.
Every year hundreds of thousands of foreign workers choose to live and work in Australia because of the lifestyle and employment opportunities offered.
There are are two major work visa arrangements that cover a majority of visa applications.
- Nearly 70 per cent of Australia's migration program is made up of skilled stream
- Family stream that includes parents and spouse visas, accounts for over 47,000 visa places
- A small number of places are reserved for applicants with special circumstances
"The most popular visa categories for applicants from Indian-subcontinent come under skilled migration, employer and state sponsored visa arrangement,” says migration agent Jujhar Bajwa.
Immigration laws are regularly reviewed by the government so it is always recommended to check the updated information available on their official website.
Here are some important links that will help you know how you can work in Australia and which visa you'll need.
If you have skills or qualifications that Australia needs, using SkillSelect you can be invited to apply for a skilled visa by the Australian Government, nominated for a skilled visa by a state or territory government or nominated for a skilled visa by an employer.
SkillSelect - Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.
An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa and it is not a visa application.
Working in Australia – It provides information on how to apply for work visas, information on skilled occupations in Australia, licensing and registration requirement and regional employment.
Employer sponsored workers – The website provides information for Australian employers about sponsoring people with recognised qualifications, skills or experience seeking to work in Australia.
Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) - The webpage provides information for young people between 18 and 30 who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. To apply for this visa, you must hold a valid passport from an eligible country.
Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) – This visa is for young people between 18 and 30 who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. To apply for this visa, you must hold a valid passport from an eligible country.
Workplace rights - visa holders working in Australia - Information to assist workers from overseas to know their rights and help reduce the incidence of exploitation.