Emigrating to Australia can be a complex and costly process. There’s so much riding on your application you want to make sure that you get it right.
In a nutshell, an offshore visa application means that you apply for an Australian visa while you are outside Australia. An onshore application means that you apply for your visa while you are in Australia. There are advantages and disadvantages to applying for either type of visa, and you'll be required to meet certain requirements before the visa is granted.
If you are an Australian permanent resident you may be able to bring your parents to Australia under either a permanent residency (PR) visa or a longer temporary visa of up to two years. The government has also announced that it will introduce a new temporary visa that may allow a parent of a permanent resident to live in Australia for up to five years. This visa is expected to be introduced later this year.
Once you are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa, you will need to attach evidence that you have completed a skills assessment in your chosen occupation. It is up to you to arrange and complete the relevant skills assessment for your skilled visa application. The skills assessment for Australian visas can be complex and take some time to complete. It is required that you complete the skills assessment before you submit an Expression of Interest.
On 18 April, 2017, the Australian government announced that it was abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) (457) visa (also known as the 457 sponsorship visa) and replacing it with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. While this is still essentially an Australian work permit, the objective of these changes is to give Australian workers priority for jobs over people from overseas.
If you are considering applying for an Australian skilled visa and are not a citizen of Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States, you will need to complete an English proficiency test. The results of an English test must show that, at the very least, you have competent English language skills.