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Your relative’s medical condition (or that of their family member) must be assessed by Medibank Health Solutions before we can make a decision about your visa application.

To arrange their assessment with Medibank Health Solutions, your relative can telephone 1300 361 046 from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call.

When your relative speaks to the Medibank Health Solutions office, they must mention that the medical examination is in relation to a Carer visa.

Your application cannot be accepted unless you provide evidence that you or your relative have at least arranged to start the Medibank Health Solutions assessment process.

If Medibank Health Solutions has assessed your relative (or their family member), it will provide a certificate that:

- includes a rating or score based on the Impairment Tables currently used by the Department of Human Services to assess eligibility for payment of the Disability Support Pension

- states whether your relative has a medical condition that will affect their ability to attend to their needs (such as eating, dressing, hygiene, mobility, and medical supervision) for at least the next two years

- includes an assessment of the type of assistance required to manage those needs.

We cannot grant a visa if the Medibank Health Solutions assessment shows that the medical condition:

- does not meet the minimum threshold rating (currently 30) using the Impairment Tables

- does not cause significant impairment of the person’s ability to attend to the practical aspects of daily life

- is not likely to require direct assistance for at least two years.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

- have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in regional Australia (outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne) within six months before you apply

- are under the age of 50 at time of application lodgement, unless you are exempt

- at time of application lodgement, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body

- at time of application lodgement, have appropriate English language skills for Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and Direct Entry (DE) stream unless you are exempt

- meet health and character requirements

- meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

Age requirements

If you are older than 50 years of age, you can still apply for this visa if you:

- are nominated as a senior academic by a university in Australia

- are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency

- are nominated as a minister of religion by a religious institution

- are a medical practitioner (ANZSCO Minor Group 253) who has been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) or Medical Practitioner (subclass 422) visa for at least four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is located in regional Australia

- are a medical practitioner who has been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 422 visa before becoming the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for two years of the four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is in regional Australia

- are applying through the Direct Entry stream and you hold a Subclass 444 (New Zealand citizen) or Subclass 461 (New Zealand citizen’s family member) visa and you have been working for the employer who nominated you for at least two years in the last three years immediately before applying

- are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, and you have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying and that employer paid you at least as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years.

- are applying through the Agreement stream and the relevant labour agreement allows for a person who has turned 50 to be employed.

More information on these exemptions is in Classes of persons (Exempt from the Age Criteria).

English language requirements

You can show that your English is adequate by providing the following evidence at the time of application

- achieving the required International English Language Test Score (IELTS) either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream you are applying for in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application

- scoring at least ‘B’ in each component of the Occupational English Test (OET) either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application lodgement

- holding a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand.

You might not need to show adequate English skills if you:

- are to be employed by a religious institution and you were nominated as a minister of religion

- have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax (currently AUD180 001), however if you are not able to demonstrate that you have functional English, you will be required to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge.

- are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:

- have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution

- all of the tuition was delivered in English.

More information on these exemptions is in Classes of persons (Exempt from the English Criteria).

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months. This applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not. You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

Temporary Residence Transition stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if:

- you are the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and you satisfied the primary criteria for that visa.

At the time you make your application, you must provide evidence with your online application that:

- you have at least vocational English (unless you are exempt from this requirement), which you can demonstrate if you:

- have a score of at least 5 for each of the four test IELTS components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application, or

- have a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four components of an Occupational English Test (OET) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately prior to the date of lodgement of your application that is relevant to your occupation, or

- hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, or

- have completed at least five years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English

- you have worked for two years in the position your employer nominated you for while you held your Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa as the visa holder who satisfied the primary criteria

- your employer has nominated you for a permanent position under this stream and the nomination has been approved

- you meet the requirements for health and character.

Your skills do not need to be assessed because you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years in Australia.

Direct Entry stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following applies to you:

- have been nominated for a position under this stream (or were nominated for a position before 1 July 2012) and that nomination has been approved

 - you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia

- you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

- you are applying directly from outside Australia.

At time of application lodgement, you must provide evidence with your online application that you:

- have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement), which you can demonstrate if you:

- have a score of at least 6 for each of the four test IELTS components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application, or

- have a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four components of an Occupation English Test (OET) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application that is relevant to your occupation, or

- hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

- meet the skills requirements, unless you are exempt. Please note that if you require a skills assessment, some skills assessments are issued for the purpose of a Subclass 485 visa.  Skills assessments which have been obtained for the purposes of a Subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant’s work experience. As a result, these types of skills assessments are not appropriate to demonstrate skills under the RSMS programme. The skills requirements are:

- if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have not obtained a necessary Australian qualification suitable to your occupation, then you must obtain a skills assessment prior to your application. Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be  accepted as they are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes

- if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have obtained a necessary Australian qualification suitable to your occupation, then you must provide this as evidence towards meeting the skills assessment criteria

- if your occupation is not on the relevant legislative instrument, you must demonstrate that you have the qualifications listed in ANZSCO as necessary to perform the tasks of your occupation.

You might not have to meet the skill assessment and qualification requirements if you:

- have nominated earnings at least equal to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD180 001)

- are in Australia as the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have worked with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of unpaid leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

Agreement stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Agreement stream if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement.

You must meet the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the agreement.

State and Territory government agencies can view your expression of interest in SkillSelect and decide whether to nominate you for a visa. Each state or territory has a list of occupations that guides the types of skills they are looking for.

In your expression of interest, you can indicate your interest in just one State or Territory, or you can choose to be available to all States and Territories. If you accept a nomination, the States and Territories might require you to:

- live in the nominating State or Territory for at least two years

- tell the State or Territory your address, both before and after you arrive in Australia

- be prepared to complete surveys and provide information they ask for

- meet any other requirements.

Each State or Territory government agency has its own process for nominating expressions of interest, some agencies contact people directly, and others wait for people to contact them. You can find more information on their websites:

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

- Western Australia.

You might be eligible to apply for the Extended Stay Pathway if you are the skilled worker who has held one of the following visas and complied with all visa conditions, for at least two years before applying for this visa:

provisional Skilled—Independent Regional visa (subclass 495)

provisional Skilled—Designated Area Sponsored Provisional visa (subclass 496)

provisional Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475)

provisional Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487).

You must have never held more than one of the above visas.

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