If you're an IT specialist and want to immigrate to Australia with a permanent resident visa, you can either pay a consultant to guide you through the process or you can follow the instructions below. If you find these instructions need updating, please send me a notice through the contact me page. These instructions were last updated in 2015.
1. These instructions apply for visa 190 because Australia gives priority to visa 190 which is the regional sponsored visa as opposed to visa 189 which is the national visa.
2. For regional sponsorship you must select a skill from one of the regional skilled occupation lists or csol but not from the Australia sol. Each skill is explained in detail at the asri occupations website. Skills shortage lists:
3. Once you have selected the skill you want to be certified for, go to the certifying authority website and complete the forms, pay about A$500. You must send the following supporting docs:
4. Get unabridged Birth Certificate, marriage certificate(s) from your home government for you, your partner and dependents.
5. Write the IELTS exam, after getting online practice and going for training if needed. Your partner should do the IELTS as well and you should include your dependents on your visa application.
6. Once you receive the skill certificate from the certifying authority:
7. Once you receive an invitation from one of the states, cancel the other applications and go to EOI to convert your EOI into a Visa application
8. Receive an email from your case officer and supply any other outstanding documents (3 weeks)
They will ask for Form 80 (a detailed personal and family history) along with your Police Clearance certificate.
9. Receive your Visa.
10. Apply for jobs through contacts who are already there. You can also try online job websites but don't expect any quick results.
11. If you have enough money to support yourself for at least 6 months you can travel to Australia to apply for jobs there. If you travel on your own you can live quite cheaply in a backpacker hostel. Then after you found a job you can bring your family across.