Australia is focused on encouraging and facilitating highly skilled individuals to live permanently in Australia. Presently, there is a strong push for skilled individuals to spend a significant amount of time living in regional areas and incentives for studying regionally. Not all regional areas are what you would expect of being completely isolated and remote. The seaside resort town of the Gold Coast is considered Regional for the above purposes. Skilled Visas are becoming increasingly difficult to secure by Australia’s graduates as points required to be invited to apply for a Skilled Visa continue rising. For this reason it is important that graduates
have a long-term plan in place from the time they graduate until they are able to meet the requirements of a Skilled Visa. In the current climate, creative thinking and flexible planning are important for international graduates to secure a Skilled Visa if this is their desire.
The Skilled Visa Process
- Lodge and Expression of Interest (EOI) on SkillSelect
- Apply for State or Territory nomination (if applicable)
- Wait for an invitation to apply for a Skilled Visa (subclass 189, 190 or 491)
- Apply for the visa (within 2 months)
- Wait for a decision