Migration Classifications

Skilled and Business Migration

  • General skilled migration, for skilled workers who do not have an employer sponsoring them. Migrants are selected on the basis of their nominated occupation, age, skills, qualifications, English language ability and employability.
  • Employer nomination, for those who have an employer willing to sponsor them.
  • Business skills migration, which encourages successful business people to settle in Australia and develop new business opportunities.

Distinguished talent, a small category for ‘distinguished individuals with special or unique talents of benefit to Australia’ such as sports people, musicians, artists and designers, who are internationally recognised as outstanding in their field.

Family Migration

Nations around the world have benefited from waves of migration that have shaped the central and integral nature of each nation’s growth and identity. Each wave is built on decisions, emotions and stories of families: families separated by migration; formed by migration; destroyed or built by migration and individuals joining new families.

  • Partner, which includes spouses, de facto partners (including same-sex partners), and fiancés.
  • Child, including the dependent child or step-child of the sponsor, a child adopted from overseas, and orphan relatives (a child under the age of 18, not married or in a de facto relationship, who cannot be cared for by his or her parents).
  • Parent.
  • Other Family, including aged dependent relative, remaining relative and carer categories.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) is a key component of the push to attract migrants to regional areas. It enables employers in a designated RSMS area to nominate temporary residents already in Australia or applicants from overseas, to fill skilled vacancies for a minimum of two years. Successful nominees who are prepared to settle in these regions are able to apply to migrate permanently to Australia.

State and Territory Government Nominations

Various State and Territory governments supports skilled migrants through Free State and territory visa nominations. State nomination gives eligible applicants additional points towards the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)’s General Skilled Migration and Business Migration points test making it easier to obtain provisional and permanent visas.

Refugee and Humanitarian Migration Program

Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian program offers visas to people who meet the refugee definition in the United Nations Convention relating to the status of Refugees and for people outside Australia who are in need of humanitarian assistance.