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This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by an employer, live and work in Australia permanently.

Basic Eligibility

  • be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia
  • be under 45 years of age
  • depending on your occupation, demonstrate you have at least 3 years of relevant work experience
  • depending on your occupation, have a skills assessment
  • agree to remain employed with your nominating employer in regional Australia for a minimum of 2 years
  • your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations
  • you must have at least competent English

With this visa, you can

  • live, work and study in Australia indefinitely
  • sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen

Include family

You can:

  • include family members in your application when you apply
  • add family members to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa

For this visa, your family members are:

  • your partner
  • your dependent child or stepchild
  • your partner's dependent child or stepchild
  • the dependent child or stepchild of your or your partner's dependent child or stepchild

You can also include someone who holds a subclass 457 visa or subclass 482 visa if we granted them that visa on the basis they are a member of your family.

Family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health and character requirements.

Family members who do not apply for the visa with you might also have to meet the requirements.

You might have to pay an extra charge for family members 18 years old or older who have less than Functional English. This charge is called the second instalment.





Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa. If you are in Australia you must hold a substantive visa or a Bridging visa A, B or C.

You can be in or outside Australia when we decide on your application.

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

We expect that you will work for your nominating employer in regional Australia for at least 2 years. If you don't, we might cancel your visa.

You must begin your employment within 6 months of:

  • entry to Australia if you were granted the visa outside Australia
  • the visa grant date if you were granted the visa in Australia

Book a Consulation about this Visa

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