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General Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration Visa allows skilled workers nominated by a state or territory to live and work in Australia. To be suitable for any of the following General Skilled Migration Visa types, you must be equipped with a working skill that will benefit the Australian community. Potential visa subclasses include:

  • Skilled Independent Visa 189
  • Skilled Nominated Visa 190
  • Skilled Work Regional Visa 491
  • Permanent Residence Visa 191

If you are planning to apply for any of these visas, a skills assessment will be completed as part of your application process, and an expression of interest form will need to be submitted. In some cases, you may need to be nominated to apply for the visa. However, our migration agents at Southern Stone will talk you through the eligibility requirements of your specific visa type.

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Family Visa

Family Visas allow eligible partners, parents, children, and other family members to migrate to Australia and live with their loved ones. These specific visas must be sponsored by Australia citizens or permanent residents. Family Visa subclasses include:

  • Partner Visa 820 and 801
  • Partner Visa Offshore 100 and 309
  • Contributory Parent Visa 143
  • Temporary Parent Visa 171
  • Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864
  • Aged Parent Visa 804

This visa type is available under certain conditions, depending on what subclass you are applying for. This includes eligibility requirements, whether the visa allows for permanent or temporary residence, and more. Other family members not specific in any of these subclasses may also immigrate to Australia through an initial temporary visa which may change into permanent residency. Our registered migration agents in Melbourne will help you find the best family visa for your circumstance.

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Employer Sponsored

Employer Sponsored Visas allow Australian businesses and employers to nominate skilled international workers to satisfy their business needs. When particular skills are needed within an industry, employers can seek employees from foreign countries and allow them to live and work in Australia. To gain any of the Employer Sponsored Visa subclasses, you must have the appropriate skills required by the employer and experience in the field. These subclasses include:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage Visa 482
  • Employer Nomination Scheme Visa 186
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa 494
  • Training Visa 407

Both employers and employees clearly understand the Employer Sponsored Visa laws to make an application. These visa subclasses will allow you to bring your family with you to Australia and work in the country for up to four years. At Southern Stone, our visa agents will guide you through your journey of working in Australia.

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Student Visa

A Student Visa allows you to apply for full-time courses in higher education, vocational education, training courses, schooling, and research degrees. With any of the Student Visa subclasses, you can study full-time at a recognised institution in Australia, bring your family under limited circumstances, and work depending on your course type. Your partner may also study in Australia for three months. Student Visa subclasses include:

  • Student Visa 500
  • Student Guardian Visa 590

The eligibility criteria for a Student Visa involves enrolment in a registered course of study, financial stability, English proficiency, health and character checks, and a combined request for any accompanying family members. At Southern Stone, our visa consultants will help turn your dream of studying in Australia into a reality.

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Business & Investor Visas

Business & Investor Visas allow individuals to own and manage a business in Australia. You can undertake an entrepreneurial task in the country and conduct business and investment activity. To apply for these particular visa types, you must be invited by the government and have experience in the field of operating a business. Relevant visa subclasses include:

  • Business Investor Visa 188
  • Permanent Business Visa 888

The eligibility criteria for both Business & Investor Visa subclasses include economic requirements that ensure you are financially stable enough to start and continue a business within Australia. This also depends on the type of visa stream you are applying for. At Southern Stone, our migration consultants are readily available to answer any of your questions.

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Visitor Visa

The Visitor Visa allows you to visit Australia for a variety of reasons. This can include coming to Australia as a tourist to visit family and friends or for business purposes. A Visitor Visa may be granted for you to stay in the country for up to 12 months, depending on various eligibility factors. This includes being a genuine visitor country and having enough funds to support your stay and leave. Common Visitor Visa subclasses include:

  • Visitor Visa 600

A Visitor Visa allows you a temporary stay in Australia, with the duration of the stay depending on the stream you apply for. The migration agents at Southern Stone will provide you with the appropriate advice on completing a Visitor Visa application.

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I recently had the privilege of working with Southern Stone Immigration Agency and specifically, Kathy, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the experience. From start to finish, Southern Stone and Kathy provided exceptional service and demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise in immigration matters. What sets Southern Stone Immigration Agency apart is their genuine care...

Lin Gan

I found Southern stone through the internet and seen all the great reviews and thought they would have to be good. I got in contact with Kathy and she was so responsive and clear with all her swift responses throughout my time working with her. I had a 461 partner visa declined due to immigration receiving my visa application late as it’s a paper application. She argued with every...

Mark Nalty

It is so refreshing to speak to a migration agency who is willing to listen to you and readily provide you with useful information for a simple question without even discussing fees. What great customer service! We will be definitely engaging with Southern Stone for our future application.

Sarah Coherny

Thank you Gloria for helping me with my inquiries. I would recommend your services to all my friends and relatives.

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