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Engineers guide for Australian Permanent Residency

Published 13 Jun 2022 / Updated 13 Jun 2022

Engineers guide for Australian Permanent Residency

Australia is a land of opportunities for qualified, skilled professionals like engineers.

There are a lot of options you can pick from, like Telecommunications, Construction, Mining, IT, Pharma, Automobile Industries, etc.,

If you are an Engineer looking to settle down in Australia with a permanent residency, there are a few things you need to know to get an Australian PR.

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What is the Australian PR/Skilled Migration Program ?

Australian PR is a 5-year visa for immigrants to live (with family) and work in Australia. You can apply for Australian citizenship after living in Australia for four years with an Australia PR visa.

The Skilled Migration Program is a points-based system and needs at least 65 points. So the higher you score on the eligibility calculation, the brighter the chances you are invited to apply for Australian PR.

Point scoring factors:

  • Age
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Work Experience
  • Graduation/Degree
  • English Language Proficiency Test /IELTS Score
  • Regional Study
  • Points for Partner

Eligibility For Engineers

Determining your eligibility and total PR points is the first step in submitting a PR. Ensure your occupation is included on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The list is updated annually to reflect the country's skill needs. In addition, you may check the list on the Ministry of Home Affairs website.


STOL- Short-term Skilled Occupation List & MLTSSL- Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List provides the list of occupations that are in demand in Australia that include occupations under the temporary and permanent Visa programs for a potential applicant eho is eligible for Australian PR

MLTSSL consists of a list of occupations in high-demand across various territories and states in Australia.

If you are applying for 189 visa or 491 visa, you have to make sure that your occupation falls under the MLTSSL list to be able to apply for a PR and live and work in Australia permanently.

Visa Subclasses

Engineers across Australia are required to apply for visas (for PR) under the general skilled visa program using visa subclass 189, 190, or 491 (the previous subclass 489 was closed by the Australian Govt, and instead, subclass 491 is added).

Engineers must secure a positive migration skills assessment before proceeding to a skilled visa application with the Department of Immigration.

Skilled - Independent Visa (subclass 189).

This visa invites professionals with specific skill sets. You can live, work, and study permanently and enroll in the Medicare public health care system anywhere in Australia if you meet the requirements with this 189 visa type.

Processing time for the Visa varies from case to case. Along with being invited to apply for this Visa, you need to fulfill certain requirements like undergoing skill assessment, meeting score, meeting age (under 45 years), and other health and character requirements.

Click here to apply for a Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) on Smart Visa Guide.

Skilled - Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

The Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa is a permanent residency visa for skilled workers and their family (spouse/ de facto partner and their children) sponsored by a state. You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) to apply for 190 Visa.

The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) allows skilled workers to live, work/study anywhere in the nominated state/territory in Australia as permanent residents.

There is the additional stage of 'state application as compared to subclass 189.

With subclasses 190 & 189, you must fulfill the below requirements

  • Score 65 or above on the Australian PR points calculator
  • Get invited to apply
  • Your occupation to be listed on SOL (Skilled Occupation List)
  • Fulfill suitable skills assessment
  • English test scores
  • Age below 45
  • Suitable work experience & education

Click here to apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) on Smart Visa Guide.

Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (subclass 491)

The new skilled work regional 491 visa (subclass 491 Visa) is a provisional visa that lets skilled workers live (with family), pursue education, and work in appointed areas of Australia. It is a transitional visa that allows you to apply for permanency after 3 years.

The validity of this Visa is 5 years. The most important distinguished criteria for this Visa is that it has to be either state-nominated or sponsored by an eligible family member who is a permanent resident in Australia.

You must fulfill the below requirements:

  • Nomination by a region or a relative
  • EOI nomination invitation email in response
  • Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Fluency in English & Test scores
  • Age under 45 years
  • 65 points score

Here are some points to note for scoring better:

  • 15 points are allotted for a visa applicant who has a state or provincial Government nomination. You can also get a sponsorship from a family member who is permanently residing in the state or province to qualify for the 15 points.
  • 10 points for educational qualifications in specific branches of Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Technology.
  • 10 points for successful completion of skill assessment and language competency tests by partner
  • 5 points for language proficiency of a partner.

Click here to apply for a Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (subclass 491) on Smart Visa Guide.

Skill Assessment

Engineers Australia skill assessment is the first step to getting a Permanent residency in Australia.

It means that the authorized staff of Engineering Australia will assess and authenticate your qualification, work experience, and duties for immigration purposes, according to the standards set by the Australian Government. Based on your Skill assessment results, you will know if your profile will fit to get an Engineers skilled visa.

Why is a Skills assessment needed?

  • A compulsory requirement to be fulfilled before applying for a Skilled Visa
  • Authenticates your proficiency in Engineering
  • Engineers Australia approval letter will accompany the Visa application to the Department of home affairs
  • Might add additional points based on work experience in your profession

Applicants to EA with an accredited qualification must provide their qualification details, including an academic transcript of their degree qualification/s.

Applicants who do not have a recognized qualification must submit a Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) to EA, which is a detailed report on qualifications attained, how engineering experience and knowledge have been applied, and how the competency standards of the relevant engineering classification in Australia have been met.

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