Overview of the Australian Skilled Work Visa Program
The Australian skilled work visa program is designed to encourage individuals with specific skills and training to immigrate to Australia to help grow and sustain the Australian economy. Each year, there are 128,550 visas offered for skilled migrants. Australia does not place country of origin numerical caps on the number of visas issued under the skilled work visa program.
The skilled work visas all have the same basic requirements and the government fees are comparable for each visa subclass. An applicant for a skilled work visa must be invited to apply through an Expression of Interest (EOI) from the Australian Government and an applicant must also have:
nominated an occupation that is on the relevant Australian government skilled occupation list
passed a government approved skills assessment for that occupation
not yet turned 50 years of age at the time of application
obtained the score specified in a letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
at least compentent English
good health and character
Also, certain skilled work visas require that the applicant is nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an Australian or New Zealand relative.