PR Pathways Information Technology

Australia, known for its world-class education institutions and thriving IT industry, offers various opportunities for international students and skilled IT professionals alike.

In this ever-evolving digital landscape, IT expertise is in high demand, with  60% vacant IT positions in Australia which is higher than the national average, making Australia an attractive destination for those looking to advance their careers and secure a prosperous future. At Edvise Hub, we are here to guide you through the pathways that lead to success in the IT sector and ultimately to Permanent Residency (PR) in this beautiful country.

Information Technology PR Pathways Courses

  • Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • Diploma of Information Technology
  • Advanced Diploma of Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Master of Information Technology

PR Career Opportunities for Information Technology in Australia

Occupation Name Featured Skills List Potential visa types (Subclass)
ICT Business Analyst 

Systems Analyst

Multimedia Specialist

Analyst Programmer

Developer Programmer

Software Engineer

Software and Applications Programmer

ICT Security Specialist

Computer Network and System Engineer

MLTSSL 186 - Employer Nomination Scheme 

189 – Skilled Independent – Point Tested

190 - Skilled Nominated Visa

489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) – Family sponsored

489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) – State or Territory nominated

187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) – Employer Sponsored Stream

491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – State or Territory nominated

491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Family sponsored

PR Visa Options for Information Technology in Australia

In Australia, there are several pathways for skilled IT professionals to obtain permanent residency (PR). These range from temporary graduate visas to permanent visas which allow the holder to live and work in Australia permanently. Some visa options include:

Subclass 485: Temporary Graduate Visa 

This visa allows international students who have completed their studies in Australia to temporarily stay and work. Depending on your qualifications, you might be eligible for the Graduate Work stream or the Post-Study Work stream, both of which can be pathways to PR. The Australian Government has increased the duration of stay for Temporary Graduate holders, this new rule comes into effect from 1 July 2023. To be eligible for this visa applicants must: 

  • Be under 50 years of age
  • Be an eligible visa holder
  • Have held a student visa in the last 6 months
  • Have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course.

Subclass 186: Employer Nomination Scheme visa

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186) is a visa that lets skilled workers nominated by their employer live and work in Australia permanently. To be eligible for this visa applicants must:

  • Have the necessary skills for the job
  • Be nominated by an Australian employer
  • Meet the health and character requirements set by the government

Subclass 189: Skilled Independent (Points Tested) 

This visa is for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, family member, or state/territory government. To be eligible, you need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply based on your skills and points test score, other eligibility criteria include:

  • Have an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • Have an invitation to apply for this visa
  • Have 65 or above points
  • Be under 45 years of age  

Subclass 190: Skilled Nominated Visa 

This visa requires nomination by a state or territory government to live and work in Australia as permanent residents.. You must meet their specific requirements such as:

  • Have the skills listed on the Australian occupation list. 
  • Have suitable skills assessment
  • Have an invitation to apply for the visa
  • Have 65 point or above

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional Visa (Provisional) -  State or Territory nominated

This is a points-tested visa that requires nomination by a state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member living in a designated regional area. After living and working in a designated regional area for a certain period, you can apply for PR through the Subclass 191 visa. To be eligible for this visa, applicants must:

  • Be nominated by a state or territory government agency or sponsored by family/relative
  • Have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have your skills assessed for the occupation
  • Have an invitation to apply
  • Have 65 or above points

Subclass 494 - Skilled employer-sponsored regional visa (provisional) - Employer-sponsored stream

The Employer Sponsored Stream allows individuals to live, study and work only in designated regional areas of Australia. After three years, you can apply for permanent residence. To be eligible for this visa type, applicants must:

  • Be nominated to work in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have at least 3 years of experience in your nominated occupation
  • Have a relevant skill assessment, unless an exemption applies
  • Work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless an exemption applies
  • Meet minimum standards of English Language proficiency

Keep in mind that the eligibility criteria, occupation lists, and points requirements can change over time, so it's essential to check the latest information on the official Australian government website or consult with Edvise Hub for personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.

Navigating the PR Application Process in IT

Below you will find the step-by-step PR application process for IT professionals and graduates:

Step 1: Qualification

Complete your qualification in Information Technology (Certificate/Diploma/Bachelor/Master)

Step 2: Check your Eligibility

Check if your occupation is on the skilled occupation list and other factors which include age, English language proficiency, qualification and work experience. 

Step 3: Select the Appropriate Visa Type

For an IT professional, there are various visa types that may be relevant to your PR application. Depending on your circumstances and goals choose the one you are eligible for.

Step 4: Skill Assessment 

To apply for a visa as an IT graduate, you will need to submit a positive skills assessment from the relevant authority. In Australia, the relevant authority for assessing the qualifications and skills of IT professionals is the Australia Computer Society (ACS)

Step 5: Lodge an EOI

After you have received sufficient PR points and/or meet the state requirement, you can lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Step 6: Invitation to Apply (ITA)

If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to apply for one of the permanent visa options.

And this is it! Now you need to wait for the visa approval. If there is still any confusion about pr pathways information technology, without hesitation reach out to us. Embark on your IT adventure with confidence and let us be your guiding light toward a brighter future in Australia. 

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