The Different Australian Visa Subclasses

Thousands and thousands of people go to Australia each year. They go to the country to work, study, relocate, reunite with loved ones, or simply visit the great Land Down Under. Whatever reason they have, they must apply and get approved for a specific Australian visa subclass to be able to gain entry, and stay in the country.

Australian Visa

Australian Visa

There is a long list of Australian visa subclasses. If you plan on going to Australia, you can do your own research and apply yourself; however, since there are constant changes to the requirements and types of subclasses themselves, it can be a challenge on your part. This is why getting the services of a migration agent would be ideal. All migration agents in Australia are required to be registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority to ensure clients that such experts have the proper knowledge and qualifications on the different Australian visa subclasses and the application procedures to be able to effectively assist customers. They also have the proper up-to-date information on any changes made to the visa application processes, making sure that clients are given the right advice and assistance with their visa applications. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection also supports clients’ consultations with migration experts.

For jobseekers, there are several visa subclasses that can apply to you. It really all depends on the skills that you have. The most commonly used visa is the 457 Temporary Working Visa. There have been recent changes and controversies to this visa subclass, such as stricter requirements and the increase of certain application fees. Instances like these are when migration agents are especially helpful.

Other visas for jobseekers include the visa subclass 417, which is the Working Holiday Visa that lets you stay in Australia for up to 12 months. There’s also the visa subclass 190, which is the Skilled-Nominated Visa – a points based visa subclass where an individual is nominated by a state or territory due to the person’s high demand occupation in Australia’s labor market.

For international students, visa subclasses differ on a number of different factors. Australia ranks 3rd among the countries in the world with the biggest number of international students. With some of the world’s top universities and having the most student-friendly environments, Australia has been attracting tens of thousands of foreign students every year.

Student visa subclasses are assessed depending on the main course of study and the passport country of the individual. The student visa subclass options are visas for Higher Education, Postgraduate Research, Vocational Educational and Training, and a few others.

Australia values the institution of the family, this is why they support individuals who want to come to the country in order to reunite with their loved ones. Some of the visa subclass options are subclass 115, which is the Remaining Relative Visa, the visa subclass 103, which is the Parent (Migrant) Visa, and the visa subclass 820, which is the Australian Partner Visa.

Going to Australia may require a bit of work and research but with the right help of a registered migration agent, your chances of lodging a successful visa application may work for your benefit.

Need some help with your Australia student visa application processing? Move Migration’s licensed migration agents can help you break down the immigration process into simple stages. Visit Move Migration office at Suite 8, 281 Pacific Highway North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia or visit for more information about their services.

About the Author:

Michael Ma is a migration agent assistant at Move Migration; an immigration boutique specialist with migration agents in Sydney, specializing in visa application assistance such as the Australia partner visa and student visa.