Eligible relatives living in a designated regional area of Australia can provide family sponsorship of a provisional skilled visa. This adds 15 points to your visa points score which may be required to meet the minimum pass mark or alternatively serve to boost your score so your Expression of Interest is more likely to receive an invitation to apply.
A provisional skilled visa leads to a permanent visa after you have lived and worked in the designated regional area for at least three years (providing your wages meet the minimum salary threshold). Obviously, obtaining a permanent visa from the outset is most beneficial but for some applicants this is not an option and they must therefore first apply for a provisional visa through family sponsorship or state/territory sponsorship. Provided the above residence and work requirements are met, a provisional visa does provide a direct pathway to permanent residency.
For the purposes of family sponsorship, designated regional areas comprise of the entirety of Australia except for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane. Family that live on the outskirts of these major Cities may still be eligible sponsor you if they live in the correct postcode. To be eligible to sponsor you your relative must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
The following listed relatives are recognised as an eligible relative for the purposes of family sponsorship for a provisional skilled visa. The relative in Australia can be related either to the main applicant or their accompanying partner.
- A child
- A parent
- A brother or sister
- An aunt or uncle
- A niece or nephew
- A grandparent
- A first cousin
To discover whether you qualify for a skilled visa, either with or without family sponsorship, please complete our free visa eligibility questionnaire. We will email you a detailed assessment of your visa eligibility, including your points score.Free Skilled Visa Evaluation