About this Visa:

This is a permanent residence visa which requires sponsorship by an Australian state or territory government. The application is dependent on the main applicant meeting eligibility criteria. Secondary applicants can be included but there are additional visa application costs for secondary applicants over 18 years old with less than functional English. This is the onshore version of the Subclass 176 visa. Generally, there is a merits review for this subclass.


  1. The main applicant must be over 18 and under 49.
  2. The main applicant must nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) 4. 
  3. The main applicant must:
    1. Meet the two-year study requirement: that is, have been an international student and completed at least two years of study within last six months (Note: If occupation is trade you must satisfy the Job Ready Test); or
    2. Be a holder of the Skilled - Graduate Subclass 485 or Skilled - Regional Graduate Subclass 476 or Trade Skills Training Subclass 471
  4. The main applicant must pass a skills assessment in their nominated occupation
  5. The main applicant must be sponsored by an Australian state or territory government.
  6. The main applicant must reach a competent level of English
  7. The applicant must have completed the relevant post-secondary qualifications. This can be a degree, diploma or trade qualification.
  8. The applicant must meet the Points Test for this subclass which is currently 65 points.
  9. All applicants must meet health, character, public interest and special return criteria.
  10. The applicant must be inside Australia when the application is made and granted.


This is a permanent residence (PR) visa valid for 5 years. With this subclass there is unrestricted entry and return for the validity period. After this a resident return visa is required, or citizenship if eligible before expiry.

Independent Migration


Employer Nomination

Not required.

State/Territory Government Nomination

The applicant requires nomination by a state or territory government

Permanent Migration Pathway

This is a permanent residence (PR) visa.

Employment Prospects

Contact Konnecting to see if our in-house recruitment consultant can connect you with an employer.

Provided by:
Fred Molloy, Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 0853698)
Konnecting – Australian Skilled Migration & Recruitment Consultants

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