In the hierarchy of things, independent migration (Subclass 189) is the top of the heap, because successful independent migration allows freedom to move to any part of Australia and basically come here on your own terms.
However independent migration has many hurdles of its own and this section of the website talks about the mechanics of the SkillSelect and the points systems, the hurdles of both English exams (even or native speakers) and skills assessments.
In this section we also include State Sponsored Migration (Subclass 190) because after independent migration it is the next best thing. With this option, SkillSelect is still involved, however the occupation lists for the states often contain more eligible occupations. The other benefit is that it can take some of the guess work out of the SkillSelect system because if the state approves your nomination, it forces the Immigration Department to provide you with an invitation to apply for a visa. Finally a state sponsorship can provide that 5 extra points that you need to qualify!
Chain Migration is yet another option for state sponsorship and allows for people who have close family already here, further opportunity to gain 5 extra points and get access to the bigger supplementary occupation list.
Please check out the options and if you have any questions at all please let us know.
Please understand that the advice on this website is general in nature and subject to change without notice. We try to keep it as accurate as we can, however keeping up with changes in the Migration environment is sometimes very challenging.
This website does not replace personal advice about your specific situation. You can contact us via the free visa assessment tool and we can then advise you of the options available to you.