Permanent Work Visas

A permanent visa enables a skilled overseas worker to live in Australia and be employed permanently.

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Permanent residency can be approved based on a variety of different circumstances.

This includes an existing temporary sponsored employee seeking a permanent visa, an international worker seeking an employer sponsored permanent visa or an entrepreneur looking to begin their own business.

Permanent Visa Options

At Techvisa, we believe the visa application process should not be a difficult one. Our team of migration experts is here to guide you through and ensure your sponsorship process is seamless end-to-end both for your business and employees. Learn about the different permanent visa options available below:

Employer Nomination Scheme

The subclass 186 visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows an individual to work in Australia under one of three streams:​

Temporary Residence Transition stream

After 2 years working with the business, your sponsored employee may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency. The time while employed with the business does not need to be continuous but it does need to be with the same organisation. Please note age and language requirements do apply.

Direct Entry stream

If your employee receives a positive skills assessment and they have a minimum of 3 years of experience in their occupation, they may not be required to wait 2 years with the business before applying for permanent residency. If the company is willing to nominate the employee with their positive skills assessment, they can apply under the Direct Entry Stream. Please note age and language requirements do apply.

Labour Agreement stream

If your business has a current Labour Agreement in place, your employee may be eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Labour Agreement Stream. Please note age and language requirements do apply.

At Techvisa, we can undertake eligibility assessments to aid in employee eligibility. Request an Assessment today.

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Skilled Visa Australia

This skilled visa 189 subclass is for points-tested skilled workers or eligible New Zealand citizens who are seeking sponsorship either independently or via a nominated state or territory government. This process requires the individual to submit an expression of interest with the aim of receiving an invitation to apply. As part of the application, the individual must also complete a skills test and receive an acceptable score to be eligible for this visa.

The skilled sponsored visa has two subclasses and three streams as detailed below:

Skilled Visa State Nominated Stream

This visa allows nominated skilled workers seeking state nomination to live and work in Australia as permanent residents:

  • Have an occupation on the relevant skilled list
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • Be invited to apply for this visa by your nominated state
  • Satisfy the points test

Skilled Visa Australia Points Tested Stream

This skilled visa lets invited workers with skills Australia needs live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

  • You don’t need a sponsor or nominator
  • You must be invited to apply
  • You must be under 45 to be invited
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Skilled Visa New Zealand Stream

This skilled migrant visa allows eligible New Zealand citizens who have demonstrated commitment and contribution to Australia, to live and work in Australia permanently.

Key requirements include:

  • You must hold a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa
  • You must have lived in Australia for at least the last 5 years
  • You must have started living here on or before 19 February 2016
  • You have earnt at TSMIT for a specified minimum period of time

Global Talent Independent Visa

Global Talent Independent Program is a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia in select industries. To be eligible for this visa, you must:

Key requirements include:

  • Must be earning or ability to earn at least $153,600.
  • Prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements.
  • Be prominent in their field of expertise.
  • Provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia in their area of expertise.
  • Have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field.
  • Have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia endorse them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant.
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Business Innovation & Investment Visa

At Techvisa we pave the way for businesses navigating the world of Migration, so you can rest assured that our experienced team understands business. This visa pathway is for those entrepreneurs who want to own and manage a business or undertake investment in Australia.

To become eligible for the Business Innovation & Investment visa subclass, the individual must be nominated by Austrade or a state or territory government agency. You must also be invited to apply for this visa.

There are multiple streams under this subclass which includes:

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Business Innovation Visa Stream

This stream is for individuals who have a proven history in successful business ownership and management who would like to continue to do so in Australia.

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Significant Investor Visa Stream

As a significant investor, this will allow you to continue your investment activities in Australia permanently.

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Premium Investor Visa Stream

As a premium investor, this visa will allow you to continue investment activities on a permanent basis in Australia.

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Entrepreneur Visa Stream

As an entrepreneur, this visa will allow you to continue your entrepreneurial activities on a permanent basis in Australia

To discover if yourself or a business employee is eligible for the Business Innovation & Investment permanent visa stream, please contact our experienced migration experts for a consultation. Or to learn more about the eligibility requirements and the processes for submitting a permanent visa in Australia, contact our expert team for more information.


What is a permanent resident in Australia?

In Australia, a permanent resident is a person with citizenship or who have been granted a permanent visa enabling them to live and work in Australia indefinitely.

Can New Zealand Citizens get permanent residency in Australia?

New Zealand citizens can get permanent residency in Australia by being granted a skilled visa under the New Zealand stream. This enables skilled migrants to live and work in Australia indefinitely. Alternatively, New Zealand citizens can apply for any other permanent visa available like all other international residents.