The requirements for obtaining a work visa in Australia for Filipino citizens typically include the following:
- Must be listed in Medium & Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL), have a favorable letter from Relevant Assessing Authority and may be sponsored by a State or Territory government or a relative living in a designated area of Australia.
- 18-44 years of age
- At least 1 year of work experience (case-by-case basis).
- An educational qualification recognized by a Relevant Assessing Authority at a Bachelor’s degree, trade, or diploma level.
- The primary applicant’s partner and other members of the family unit meet the threshold requirements for a skilled migration visa.
- English Language Ability (IELTS/PTE) – must meet the required band score
Medium & Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
The Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) is a list of occupations in Australia that are considered in demand and have long-term skill shortages. If your occupation is on the MLTSSL, it can provide eligibility for certain work visas and permanent residency options. Here is an example of some occupations that are typically included on the MLTSSL:
ICT Project Manager
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
The Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) is a list of occupations that are currently in demand in Australia for temporary visa holders. The list is regularly updated by the Australian government and is designed to meet the country’s immediate and short-term skill needs.
The STSOL includes occupations in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, hospitality, IT, engineering, and construction. Some of the occupations on the list include accountants, chefs, software engineers, civil engineers, and electricians.
If you have skills and experience in one of the occupations on the STSOL, you may be eligible to apply for a temporary visa to work in Australia. However, it’s important to note that eligibility requirements can vary depending on your specific circumstances, and the visa application process can be complex.
Regional Occupation List (ROL) for Australia
Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and occupations on the MLTSSL can change periodically based on Australia’s economic needs and labor market conditions. It’s important to refer to the official website of the Australian Department of Home Affairs for the most up-to-date version of the MLTSSL and to confirm the eligibility requirements for specific work visa subclasses.
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for New South Wales (NSW)
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for Victoria
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for Queensland
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for Western Australia
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for South Australia
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for Tasmania
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for Northern Territory
- Regional Occupation List (ROL) for Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Each of these regional occupation lists outlined the occupations in demand and eligible for regional nomination in the respective states or territories.
Job Offer: You must have a valid job offer from an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor you. The job offer should meet the requirements of the relevant work visa category.
Visa Category: Determine the appropriate work visa category based on your qualifications and the specific job offer. Common categories include the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa, Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa, or Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa.
Skills Assessment: Some work visa categories require a skills assessment to demonstrate that your qualifications and work experience meet the Australian standards for the occupation. The assessing authority for your occupation will provide guidelines and requirements for the assessment.
English Language Proficiency: Provide evidence of your English language proficiency by submitting results from an accepted English language test, such as IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE Academic.
Health and Character Requirements: Undergo a health examination conducted by a panel-approved doctor and obtain a medical certificate. You must also meet the character requirements and provide a police clearance certificate from the Philippines.
Employer Sponsorship: The Australian employer must be an approved sponsor and lodge a nomination application on your behalf. They must demonstrate a genuine need for your skills and comply with sponsorship obligations.
Visa Application: Submit a complete visa application, including all required forms, documents, and fees. This can be done online through the Australian Department of Home Affairs website or through a migration agent.