Australia needs skilled South Africans

Are you a skilled South African who has always thought about living in another country? Australia’s Skilled Independent visa is one of the best routes to residency available to emigrants. Here’s a rundown on what skills are in demand and what you need to know to apply.

Skilled South Africans

Please note: 1st Contact Australia is not a recruitment firm and cannot find you employment.
We provide visa services that ensure your application has the greatest chance of success.

What is the Skilled Independent visa and why is it so great?

The Skilled Independent visa is the most sought after visa awarded to immigrants in Australia. The visa’s name comes from the fact that, once awarded, it is independent of any conditions. As a holder of this visa, there are almost no restrictions on where you can live and work in Australia.

The key benefit of the Skilled Independent visa is that the holders are treated as permanent residents of Australia as soon as they arrive. This entitles the holder to Medicare and gives them the right to sponsor any immediate family, close relatives or friends who wish to settle permanently in Australia.

When you hold this visa, your residency rights are not tied to a specific employer or occupation. You will also be allowed to exit and enter the country as you please.

How you can apply for this visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia requires various criteria to be satisfied before anyone can be eligible for the Skilled Independent visa. First, you will have to submit an expression of interest. After this, you may or may not receive an invitation to proceed to the next phase of the application process.

In the second stage of your application process, you will need to show the DIBP that you have:

  • Nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list (note you are not required to work in this occupation)
  • Obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • Not yet turned 50 years of age
  • Achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
  • At least competent English
  • Contact an immigration expert

Many skilled South Africans have moved to Australia, and now could be the perfect time for you to do so too. We now have an office in Melbourne that can help you if you’re interested in immigrating to Australia.

If you have received an offer of employment in Australia and would like to apply for a Skilled Independent visa, give us a call on +61 3 8651 4500 or send us an email. For more information on Australian visas, head on over to our website.


You may also be eligible for a UK visa.

If you are thinking about immigrating fill in our UK Visa Assessment Form and we’ll let you know what visas you can apply for.

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This article originally appeared in The South African.

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  • Keith Ainsworth

    There are plenty of skilled people in Australia that can’t get jobs. I am a qualified instrumentation technician who can’t get a job because the authorities changed the rules but won’t permit me to cross train to obtain the required qualifications. I went to university and became a teacher. My trade qualifications affected that too, so I became a school teacher (I have almost completed a masters in education and post grad certificate in autism studies and I am hoping to get a job stacking shelves at the local supermarket. We don’t need imported tradesmen, we need to use what we have more efficiently and train people in the skills we don’t have.

    • Jenny Pienaar

      Shame on me u say………….GFY u lowlife uninformed SOB…………..ill tell u what is shamefull …….its shamefull that white people like u sit around and do nothing while hundreds of white girls are gang raped DAILY in south Africa……….its shameful that black dogs gang rape 85 year old grannys after throwing boiling water down her husbands throat before shooting him in front of her…………….its shamefull how black animals tie a teacher to her bed ……..all rape her and then set her bed alight and listen to her cry until shes burnt out……………its shamefull that black barbarians attack a family , disembowel their pet dog in front of the little boy, bash the fathers head in with a panga, make the mother and son watch, rape the mother in front of the little boy and then kill her………….then lastly these beautiful creatures take the 12 year old son and drown him in a boiling bath of hot water………………..and this is just a few of the 90,000 …………..and all of them are even more cruel than this…………….a 59 year old mother and daughter raped , broken bottles stuck up their vaginas ………their insides ripped out and then left , still alive…..but not for long offcourse……………would u like a picture of this scene……..would gladly send u one ………… Sonia…………yes I am a very damaged and bitter woman………..can u blame me..

  • Kevin Cuyler

    As long as you are prepared to eat humble pie for 2 to 3 years and leave all your preconceived ideas about arrogant Aussies, Saffers will fit in easily. Been here 13 years – loved every minute of it.

    • James Keen

      lol, so in one swipe you dismiss all south africans experiences of australians. I’ve met many the aussie,loud,arrogant and more racist than i could ever have imagined.

      • Ben Reed

        He abandoned his country for greed and arrogance, why s.a. slowly develops. Countries like Australia steal the skilled and set em back further. Well done Kevin. You should be proud.

        • James Keen

          Pretty much..the self righteousness at its best.

  • Elizabeth

    My dad is looking for work abroad he has everything that guys are looking for but he is 57.

  • Hester Botes Saayman

    How much will it cost?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Hester, you can email and our Australian visa consultants will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

    • Ben Reed

      It will cost the lives of several people. Every skilled migrant that leaves s.a. sets the country back. And if you can’t keep up with the cost, they will lock you and your children up, demand payment from nowhere, untill they realize their not gonna get anything from you, and then deport you.

  • lechaun pretorius

    i am currently looking for work in the HSE SAFETY OFFICER /CO-CO-ORDINATOR OR MANAGER position in australia i have 9 years experience and im 30 years old. i am wiling to relocate immediately please contact me.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Lechaun,

      I’m afraid we can not assist with recruitment.

    • Ben Reed

      They can’t help you, if you want to move to australia, then get a better job, oh wait… they would likely have a temporary position for you at the immigration detention center where you can steal from and deport fellow Afrikaans

  • nick

    Hi, I am an executive assistant and administrator to the General Secretary of a national bargaining council, my husband is a construction for man (senior) with 14 years experience in the industry specialising in civil infrastructure and high rise building. Do we stand a chance, we are both early thirties.

  • Natasha Peyper

    My husband is a qualified diesel technician. And are looking to work in australia. What is the process and will he qualify?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Natasha,

      You can find out more information on the processes here: There is also a free online assessment that he can fill in here:

    • Ben Reed

      Sounds like S.a. might need you more then aust. Why run away from your family, to serve others greed. Stick around and be a part of the solution instead of the problem. And realize that if for some reason you can’t keep up with the grueling I migration fees and checks. They will lock you up and your children, and deport you.

  • Shaun Marais

    Hi there, i have been looking to relocate to Australia for some time now, i would fall under the TRA class can i get more info on this process please

  • Ben Reed

    Why? You realize they will be invaded soon? 20 million people can’t stop a billion people breaking at the seems held up in indonesia.

  • Vera Lewis Kotze

    So I guess hubby at 55 will never be able to get out this crime ridden country. So no fair, he works harder and longer hours then any lighty he wirks with that gets to work late with hangover and finds a corner to sleep in all my morning while my 55 year old works his ass off never home cause he is fixing stuffs up some little prick messed up cause of his hang over or no experience. I think its a lot if crap and age discrimination. My mam puts a whole team of youngsters to shame. And we would love to get out of here.x

  • Malcolm Tubb

    With my wife and 3 Children, we have been here 30 years. We love Australia, and we have some great Aussie born and immigrant friends. Apart from the woman I married moving to Aus was the best thing I’ve ever done.

  • Malcolm Tubb

    We retired about 10 years back (would not have been possible had we stayed in SA), so I have a bit of time on my hands if any Saffrican would- be -Aussies would like to contact us.

    • Bronwyn

      Hey, there Malcolm…

      Could you maybe send me a mail, would love to talk :-)
      Planning on trying to move the end of the year to Aus.

      P.S. my dad’s name is also Malcolm :-)

      • Malcolm Tubb

        will e-mail you

  • Riaan Immelman

    I would love to move to Australia along with my wife and two kids, I have two qualifications, (Automated Electrician & Earth moving mechanic), I’m also a specialist in my current line of work, mobile crushers and rock drills.
    If anyone can give me advise or assistance in getting this process started and maybe direct me to a possible job opportunity in Australia, you would be a life saver.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Riaan,

      Please send us your contact details and our Australian office will contact you as soon as possible.

      • Riaan Immelman
        Mobile: +27615064662
        Alternative mobile when roaming: +27716001233
        I’m currently doing some work in the Mozambique are until 12/02/2016 where after I will be returning to South Africa.

        • 1st Contact

          Thanks, Riaan. One of our advisers will be in touch shortly.

          • Riaan Immelman

            Good day,

            Please can you advise on when you will be in contact with me regarding migrating to Australia. Since your last response I have received no further contact from any of your agents.
            Kind Regards
            Riaan Immelman

            My LinkedIn profile link below.

            Subject: Re: Comment on Australia needs skilled South Africans

          • 1st Contact

            Hi Riaan, apologies for the delay. Our advisers have received an unusually large number of enquiries recently. They are addressing them as swiftly as they can.

  • Riaan Immelman
    Mobile: +27615064662
    Alternative mobile when roaming: +27716001233
    I’m currently doing some work in the Mozambique are until 12/02/2016 where after I will be returning to South Africa.

  • Emma Maria Vink

    Wow…so basically, leeches, just leeches. Subtext: racist white people, we will grant you sanctuary if we can exploit your talent! For the love of everything sacred…TAKE THEM AWAY!!!

  • Haydn

    What about an investor or entrepreneur visa? i have my own business in SA and the UK and would like to expand to Australia.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Haydn,

      The Tier 1 visa would likely be your best route to a visa in these circumstances. Please fill in our Visa Assessment and one of our advisers will contact you if you are eligible for a visa.

      • Haydn


        I completed the assessment but I think it relates to the UK for some reason. I already have British nationality.
        Can you review it and let me know if it was the correct assessment?


      • Haydn

        I completed the assessment but I
        think it relates to the UK for some reason. I already have British nationality.
        Can you review it and let me know if
        it was the correct assessment?

        • 1st Contact

          Hi Haydn, if you would kindly provide your email address we will ask our Australian office to get in touch with you directly to answer your questions.

          • Haydn

            I think I am already in contact with someone from the Australian office?

  • Christine

    Hi there. I was just wondering how long the process generally takes from application to being able to move across? Have been told by some that it took 2 years to get acceptance.

    • 1st Contact

      The length of the process varies for each person dependent on their on circumstances, but we find most clients are completed within 6-9 months, this includes the skills assessment application and the visa application.

  • Louvaine Roos

    Hi, my husband just turned 51 on 22 February. He is a highly educated and experienced mechanical engineer and project and portfolio director. Will this be a problem?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Louvaine, unfortunately this particular visa stipulates that the applicant has not yet turned 50 years of age.

  • Catherine Tribe

    For how long is visa valid?

    • 1st Contact

      It is a permanent residence visa that allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely

  • Michelle Lewis

    Sadly nobody wants a healthy, very skilled, 72 year old white lady. No family. Worked as a Production Manager in a clothing factory until 70, skilled old school Pattern cutter, taught dressmaking for 40 years. Have won many awards for creativity and still compete. Have more energy than anyone I know, just finished renovating and painting my home, alone, nothing wrong with my memory. Just too old, without means, unwanted even in my place of birth.

  • Christina Engela

    Would a Comptia A+ computer technician certification and experience in network support as well as in the training field be enough? I am also a published author.

  • Bernard

    I am a credit risk analyst and have experience in the bridging finance field. My wife is a pre-school teacher. We don’t have any formal tertiary education but do well at our Jobs. I am 32, my wife is 27 and have two children. Is there a possibility that Australia will receive us based on our working experience.

  • GP

    Can you provide a quotation vs other agencies ? I know we Qualify for 189 visa ( partner is a Psychologist. Mst in Psych), and we have had an assessment, we are looking to shop around on the other fees ? thanks

    • 1st Contact

      Hi GP,

      Please can you provide an email address and we’ll put you directly in touch with our visas advisers in our Australian office.

      • GP
        • 1st Contact


          • Llewellyn Helberg

            I’d also like to get in touch with your advisers please.

          • 1st Contact

            Hi Llewellyn, what would this be regarding? You can complete a free assessment online here

          • Llewellyn Helberg

            Sorry, this is regarding 187 visa and help getting to AUS.

          • 1st Contact

            Hi Llewellyn, if you would like to know whether or not you qualify, the form linked above will be a quick and easy solution for you that can also put you in touch with our visas advisers :)

  • Gadija Martin Harris

    my husband is in the building industry (ceilings and partitioning and does about anything and everything) and i am in the legal profession as a paralegal, what are the chances

  • Adele Hattingh

    Is the skilled visa dependant on having a job offer?

    • 1st Contact

      It’s a points-based visa application. You must score a certain number of points to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa. Points are awarded for a variety of things, like having worked in a particular skilled field in the prior 10 years.

  • sharks_lover

    Simple fact is every race, nation has it’s good and bad.

  • Jody Wilson

    I am a Qualified electrical engineer with a electrical and mechanical trade with 10 years experience in the mining industry and 3 in the manufacturing. Were do I start the process of getting assessed and thus getting al my paper word reddy to get work and live in Australia