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A Complete Guide to Immigrate to Australia from India In 2024

Australia is set to invite 160,000 migrants by the end of 2022! If you are planning to migrate to Australia, you must understand the visa processes and basic eligibility requirements to get started.

In this article, we explore the different immigration pathways, documentation, eligibility criteria, costs involved and other factors impacting your Australia PR Process. Read on.

What are the various Australian visa categories?

Australian Department of Immigration has created several visas depending on the purpose of the applicant’s visit.

These visas are categorized under the following basic visa types:

  • Visitor visas
  • Studying and training visas
  • Family and partner visas
  • Working and skilled visas
  • Permanent resident visas
  • Refugee visas
  • Repealed visas

Eligibility Criteria for migrating to Australia as a Skilled Worker

1. Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)


Main criteria:

  • Have previous work experience in a nominated occupation on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List
  • Must have a skill assessment report by a designated authority for that occupation

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skill Select from within or outside of Australia

To Submit an Expression of Interest, you must:

  • Age below 45 years
  • Have score minimum 65 points in Skill Assessment test
  • Have good health and character 

Once you receive an invitation to apply for this visa, you must apply within 60 days.

2. Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)


Main Criteria:

  • An Australian state or territory must have nominated you. 
  • Have previous work experience in a nominated occupation on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List

Other requirements include:

  • Must have a score of 60 points or above 
  • IELTS language test score of minimum 6 
  • Expression of Interest or EOI must be submitted to the Australian Immigration authority
  • Have required health and police clearance certificates

3. Family Sponsorship program

Main Criteria:

Your spouse, parent, sibling or any other family relative should be willing to sponsor your PR visa

Dependent candidates must have a partner in form of: 

  • A permanent resident of Australia
  • A citizen of Australia
  • Eligible New Zealand citizen

How are points allocated under the points test for migrating to Australia?

The points structure is different for different types of visas.

For example, let us look at the points structure for the Skilled Work Subclass 190 visa. The points will be based on the following factors:

  • Age

Age Group 


Minimum 18; Less than 25        


Minimum 25; Less than 33        


Minimum 33; Less than 40 


Minimum 40; Less than 45    



  • Educational qualification





Bachelor’s degree*    


Diploma or trade qualification** 


Award Suited To Your Skilled Occupation*** 



Masters degree/Doctorate*  



*: Either from an Australian educational institute or another education institute with a recognized standard

**: Only from an Australian educational institute

***: Recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation

*: Must be awarded from an Australian educational institute after 2 years of academic years study in a relevant field.

Note: Points will be allotted only for your highest qualification

  • Study in regional Australia



At least 1 degree, diploma, or trade qualification from regional Australia



  • English language skills


Level of English


  Competent English  


  Proficient English 


  Superior English    



Credentialed community language



A recognized qualification in a    credentialed community language      



  • Work experience (Outside Australia)

No. of Years


Less than 3 years  


Minimum 3 years


Minimum 8 years


Note: You can claim these points only if it falls under or is closely related to your nominated skilled occupation list.

  • Professional year in Australia



Completion of a Professional Year in Australia



Note: Professional year must have been in Accounting, ICT/Computing or Engineering

  • Partner Skills



Spouse/de facto partner also an applicant*


Spouse/de facto partner also an applicant** 


Single (Partner is an Australian citizen)


*: Partner must meet Age, English & Skill criteria. Partner must not be an Australian citizen

**: Partner has competent English.  Partner must not be an Australian citizen. 

  • Nomination



Invited to apply for Subclass 190 visa 



What are the documents required for immigrating to Australia from India?


The list of documents for immigrating to Australia is as follows:

    • National Identity Card
    • Birth certificate
    • Marriage certificate
    • Medical certificate
    • Police certificate 
    • Passport
    • Resume
    • Digital photo
    • English language proof
    • Educational certificates
    • Nomination proof
    • Job Offer
    • Proof of Funds
    • Skills assessment documents

Note: All the information in the documents that you are providing must be in English. 

What is the step-by-step process of migrating to Australia in 2024?


Step 1: Keep documents ready

Gather all necessary documents before submitting your EOI in Skill Select.

Step 2: Update or create an EOI in SkillSelect 

This indicates that you want to be nominated.

Step 3: Submit a Registration of Interest

You will be selected if you meet all the eligibility requirements.

Step 4: Apply for visa nomination, if selected

The claims present in your EOI and Registration of Interest must be submitted with proof when you were selected.

Step 5: Invitation to apply

Upon nomination, you will receive a Skill Select invitation to apply

Step 6: Submit your visa application

Submit your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days

How much does it cost to migrate to Australia from India?

The cost of migration to Australia from India depends on your visa type.

Here’s a cost breakdown for each immigration program:

Type of Visa       


Work-stream Permanent visa

  AUD 4,115

Family-stream Permanent visa

        a. Spouse  

        b. Child    


AUD 7,715

AUD 2,665

Business Permanent Visa  

AUD 2,590


Processing time for Immigration Visas to Canada from the UK

Type of Visa            

Processing time

Work-stream Permanent Visa          

  6-9 months

 Family-stream  Permanent visa 

  1. Spouse    
  2. Child    


20-24 months

13-15 months 

Business Permanent visa        



Other Important FAQs

What are the benefits of an Australian permanent residency visa?

If you hold an Australian PR visa, then you can:

  • Stay in Australia permanently.
  • Work and study in Australian Institution
  • Enroll in Australia’s  ‘Medicare.’
  • Sponsor your family members
  • Travel in or outside of Australia for 5 years
  • Become eligible for Australian citizenship

Which are the most popular permanent visas in Australia?

The most popular visa types for obtaining permanent residency in Australia are: 

1. Work-stream permanent visa

This category is for those applicants who have been sponsored by an Australian employer to work in Australia or who have a skill set that is useful for Australia.

The Australian labor market thrives on this visa category.

2. Family-stream permanent visa

This category is for those applicants who are:

  • Partners
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Dependent relatives

3. Business or Investor-stream permanent visa

This category is for those applicants who wish to:

  • Own and manage a business in Australia
  • Conduct business and investment activity in Australia
  • Undertake an entrepreneurial activity in Australia.

What other pathways do we have for obtaining an Australian PR visa?

If the primary options do not suit your profile, then you can opt for one of the following pathways for an Australia PR visa:

  • Retirement visa
  • Former resident visa
  • Distinguished Talent visas
  • Refugee and Humanitarian visas

What is the minimum number of points required for a permanent Australian Skilled worker visa in 2024?

The minimum score in the points test is 65 points to qualify for the Australian Skilled worker visa in 2024.

What is the maximum age for immigration to Australia from India?

The maximum age is 45 years for immigration to Australia.

Do you need a degree to immigrate to Australia?

Yes, in most cases, you need a degree to migrate to Australia because the immigration process is based on a points test. 

What should I know before moving to Australia from India?

Here are a few factors that Indians need to consider before moving to Australia:

1. Australia is massive

Australia spreads across more than three million square miles. Here you will find that the Eastern and Western coasts are so far away that the time zones are different.

2. The changing weather

You will notice that when there is summer in the south, it’s raining in the northern territory. Indians might find Brisbane familiar because of its tropical climate. 

3. Excellent healthcare system

Healthcare in Australia is free. So, if you are successful in obtaining a permanent residency visa in Australia, then you become eligible for the free healthcare benefit, which they refer to as ‘Medicare.’

4. Australia is expensive

Almost everything in your daily life, like house rent, transportation, food, etc. in the Australian continent is expensive as compared to India.                          

What is the ideal time to book flight tickets before moving to Australia?

It is advisable to book your flight tickets at least 6 to 9 months before the date of flying.

Booking your flight tickets this early will give you a set deadline, and subsequently, you can plan everything before moving to Australia.

Which is the best temporary work visa in Australia?

With the Skilled Workers Regional visa (subclass 491), you can:

  • Stay in Australia for 5 years
  • Work and study in any designated regional area of Australia
  • Travel in and out of Australia as many times until visa lasts

When should I resign from my current job before moving to Australia?

The notice period in India is usually 3 months, spanning from resignation to the last day at the office.

How can immigration agents' registration authority of the Australian government help skilled migrants?

You do not need the services of immigration consultants to apply for a general skilled migration visa to Australia. But if you decide to seek professional help for permanent residence, the Office of the Immigration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) empowers Migration Agents to use their knowledge of visas and immigration law to assist people to migrate to Australia. 

What is Manus Island in Australia known for?

Officially the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (MIRCP) is one of the offshore Australian immigration detention centres instituted as part of the border protection policy. It is aimed at stopping maritime arrivals of asylum seekers.

Can I enjoy a working holiday in Australia?

Yes, you can. But only if you are granted a Work and Holiday visa. You can enter Australia any time within 12 months from when the visa was granted and stay up to 12 months from the date of entry. You can also leave Australia and re-enter several times as you wish during the valid period.

How Can Kansas Help?

Kansas Overseas Careers specializes in Permanent Residency Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Temporary visas, and Dependent Visas to Canada, UK, USA, Germany, and Hong Kong. 

Apart from these services, Kansas offers its clients personalized services such as:

  • Profile Evaluation: Professional guidance based on an in-depth assessment of the client profile to determine chances of visa success. 
  • Documents & Review: Detailed, error-free documentation based on the visa type drafted to meet specific formats.
  • Dedicated Case Officer: A dedicated consultant to assist clients throughout the process.
  • Visa Filing: Kansas ensures that the visa applications meet all the standard requirements of concerned immigration authorities and governing bodies.
  • Test Preparations: Complimentary online courses are offered to help aspirants improve their Language Proficiency for important exams like IELTS, French, TOEFL, and PTE.
  • Visa & Interview: Guidance is provided for aspirants attending visa interviews along with verified documents.  
  • Post-Landing Service: Kansas helps clients settle down in the new country with a comfortable stay after they have received their visas.

Additional services offered to job-seekers:

  • Resume Writing: Dedicated team of resume experts to craft the best resumes that meet prerequisites of immigration authorities and potential employers. This greatly improves their chances of selection.
  • Profile Marketing: Kansas is well-known for creating the best-in-class portfolios that boost applicant profiles in job-portals. And yes, this is a complimentary service!\

You can expect a one-stop solution for all your visa needs from profile evaluation, documentation, application drafting to post-visa services with Kansas.

Talk to an Expert


Here’s all that you need to migrate to Australia:

  • You need a minimum of 65 points to be eligible for visa application.
  • The PR visa will cost you a total of AUD 4,115
  • The Process Time for an Australian PR Visa is approximately 6-9 months.
  • You can take your dependents along with you with the PR Visa at an additional cost.

And finally, you can get your visa in just 6 steps!

To know more about the Australia PR Visa, you can contact our experts.

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