Visa options if over 45 years old
Recent changes to the migration regulations have made it more challenging and in many cases unlikely that one will ultimately be able to obtain permanent residence. There may still, however, be the options for temporary visas.
Visas impacted by age
General Skilled Migration
As from 1 July 2017, if the primary applicant is over 45 years of age then they are no longer eligible to apply for General Skilled Migration as the Primary applicant. This includes subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas
Permanent Employer nominated visas
As from 1 July 2017, Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 ) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visas under the direct entry stream are no longer possible for those over 45.
Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 ) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visas under the Temporary Transition Pathway are still available to under 50’s. From sometime in March 2018 this will also end and be reduced to 45 years old too. If you do qualify under the temporary transition pathway it is suggest that you seek immediate assistance and do not delay, as your time is running out and after March 2018 you may no longer be eligible.
Visas not impacted by age
Temporary Employer Nominated Visas (Subclass 457)
One can still apply for subclass 457 or its replacement the TSS/Subclass 482 visa as these do not have an age requirement.
Business skills visas
The business skilled program which incorporates the various streams, generally has an age limit of 55 years old, one can obtain concession is certain situations
For the Subclass 188 Significant Investor stream there is no upper age limit. This visa does require an applicants to must make an investment of at least AUD 5 million in a "complying investment".
Partner visas do not have an upper age restriction
Parent visas do not have an upper age restriction
Should you require specific advice please contact me for an assessment