10 FAQs

1. Can I qualify for a skilled visa for permanent stay in Australia?

Australia has a migration program which is based on the skills required in the Australian labour market. The occupations in most demand are scheduled for a General Skilled Migration program which is based on the points system. Points are awarded for age, qualifications, work experience, English language ability, Australian study, etc.; with the minimum required score of 60 points.

Skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

The second option for skilled workers is to apply for an employer sponsored work visa for a temporary stay (subclass 457 visa) or for a permanent stay (subclass 187 and 186 visa). Contact Optima Migration for more information on Phone: +61 8 93808397 e: lidia@optimamigration.com.au.

2. What is the application process under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program?

The first step in the visa process under the GSM program (visa subclass 189, 190, 489) is to obtain a successful skill assessment in your occupation in Australia. Then assess the points you are able to claim for this visa, and provided you have the required minimum 60 points and are able to provide sufficient evidence of the points you claim, you can proceed. You then submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) online through SkillSelect and wait to be invited by the Australian Government to apply for a skilled visa. The invitations are issued twice monthly and the applicants with the highest points are invited first. Based on the statistics, each invitation round has invitations issued to applicants holding 60 points.

Once you are invited to apply for a skilled visa you must lodge the visa application within 60 days. If you are not able to fully substantiate all of the points you claimed in the EOI your visa will be refused.

Optima assistance with the skills assessment, EOI and the visa application assures the successful outcome.

3. Can I make a Visa application to work in Perth Or Australia?

Work visas for temporary or permanent stay are issued only when an applicant has an employer willing to sponsor them for a position within their business. The sponsorship can be for a temporary work visa subclass 457 or for a permanent residency visa subclass 186 or 187. The sponsored employee has an obligation to stay employed with the sponsoring employer for a specified period of time.

4. What is a temporary work visa subclass 457 and what does it let me do?

The temporary work visa subclass 457 can be granted for any period of up to 4 years.

This visa is only granted based on an offer of employment from a prospective employer who requires your skills and is prepared to sponsor you for this work visa.

Your prospective employer must be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor which means they are a legal entity actively operating in Australia with an ability to meet certain requirements imposed by the Government. They also must have an approved job nomination for you, which means the position offered and the terms and conditions of employment meet the required criteria.

Once this visa is granted you are obliged to stay employed with the sponsoring employer in the nominated position. If you want to change employers on your existing 457 visa, the new employer must be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor and have an approved job nomination for you.

Temporary work visa 457 can lead to permanent residency after 2 years of employment with the sponsoring employer via the Employer Nomination Scheme or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (see below)

5. What is a permanent residency visa subclass 186 and what does it let me do?

Permanent residency visa subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme) is a visa based on a job offer from an employer in Australia. The employer must meet the required criteria to have a job nomination approved and the applicant must meet certain criteria to be granted this visa.

This visa can be applied for directly from Australia or from overseas by people who never worked in Australia (Direct Entry stream) – employer and prospective employee must meet criteria under this stream.

This visa can also be applied for after working 2 years on a temporary 457 visa with the nominating employer (Temporary Residence Transition stream) – employer and prospective employee must meet criteria under this stream.

6. What is a permanent residency visa subclass 187 and what does it let me do?

Permanent residency visa subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Stream) is available only in certain areas of ‘regional ‘Australia which currently covers all of Western Australia including Perth.

This visa has certain requirements relaxed when compared with a subclass 186 visa and has the same streams as the 186 visa.

Some applicants who have a job offer for a position located anywhere in Western Australia may be able to apply directly for this permanent visa which is an optimal migration option.

The holder of a 187 visa is obliged to stay employed with the nominating employer for 2 years after the permanent residency is granted.

7. Can I find an employer willing to sponsor me for a work visa while I am overseas?

You can be in Australia or overseas while negotiating with an employer your possible employment. You can also apply for any work visa from overseas.

Finding an employment in Australia could be through job advertisements and contacting prospective employers, which may be easier when you are in Australia.

Once you have an employer interested in sponsoring you Optima Migration can step in to explain and assist the employer and the prospective employee with the visa process.

8. How can I sponsor my partner to live with me in Australia?

Partner visa program is designed to allow partners of Australian permanent residents and citizens apply for a visa to live in Australia with their Australian partners.

9. How can I prove a de facto relationship with my partner for a partner visa?

De facto couples are arguably the most difficult partner visa applications due to the risk of the visa being refused due to insufficient evidence of the de facto relationship.

The evidence has to cover the whole 12 months before the partner visa application is lodged and must show that the couple have lived permanently together throughout that period and, in addition, cover such aspects as the nature of the household, financial aspects of the relationship, social aspects and the nature of commitment to each other. My professional help with a de facto partner visa application can make a difference in the success of the application.

10. How much does it cost for a professional help in the visa application process?

Optima Migration offers very reasonable fees in comparison with other registered migration agents in Perth. Please refer to the Australian government website for a range of fees charged by registered migration agents in Australia: https://www.mara.gov.au/using-an-agent/working-with-your-agent/agent-fees/.

Optima fees are kept at the lowest end of the published scale as I am able to keep the overheads to a minimum and thus offer excellent value for your money, especially given the level of my experience and knowledge you have working for you.


The information listed above is accurate as of January 2015, the legislation in regards to any or all of the details and information listed above may change at any time without notice. Optima Immigration does not take any responsibility for information or advice which is out of date or inaccurate. For the latest update on processes and legislation please contact us.



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Marta K
Lidia is a truly recommended migration agent. Before I met her I visited two different agents and they could not give me appropriate advice on how my visa process should look like. Thank you Optima Migration for your professional service and the know-how. My 187 visa was granted.
Niraj A
When it comes to migration agent there are loads of commentators that talk a good game but Optima/Lidia helps you make it happen. Her excellence on handling each and every individual case on detail have helped me on getting my 187 Visa granted without a single question or document requested by immigration.I highly recommend Lidia and Optima migration services. 
Monika M and family
I would like to say a big thank you to Lidia from the Optima Migration company who is a reliable person who has helped me and my family to go through the long and difficult process of application for Permanent Residency. Thanks to her help our application was successful and the application process was a lot less stressful. We would recomend her services to everyone having trouble with their visa applications.
A HUGE HUGE thanks to Lidia from Optima Migration for her hard work, support and advice that made the whole process of achieving Permanent Residency in Australia straightforward. Lidia started and ended the tons of paperwork and made it easy.  Lidia was very responsive and answered all our queries clearly. I guess without your help, Lidia, we wouldn´t have had the persistence to keep going throughout the long application process. It was worth any dollar to take you on and I will recommend you to anyone who also wants to take the step. We rate Lidia 10 out of 10!Thank ...
Monika J
I am happy to recommend Lidia from Optima Migration as  a migration agent. She has helped us with 187 visa. Everything went smoothly and we didn't have to worry about anything as she was handling a whole process and was always answering any questions we had. Is it so much easier and quicker than trying to apply by yourself!Highly recommended!
Gosia C
I would like to recommend Lidia as an Immigration Agent. She helped me to apply for my 187 visa (RSMS). She is very professional, always answered for my questions and she was very helpful and supportive during all process of application. 
Coovila R
I would like to thank Optima Migration run by Lidia Kwaczynski for assisting us with our visa and permanent residency applications which has recently been successful.Lidia is a wonderful, reliable and friendly person that I have ever met.  I had some difficulties but when I talk to Lidia, she always encourages me and find solutions to help me. I will always recommend people to Optima Migration.Coovila
Agnieszka O
Thank you Optima Migration for assisting us with our visa application. It’s been a long process, but we've got our visa and permanent residency. The instructions were easy to follow and we appreciated your timely response to our queries. Lidia Kwaczynski is professional, knowledgeable and no request was too big. Lidia made the whole process easy and with limited stress. We have already recommended Lidia and Optima Migration to a couple of people.Agnieszka O
Sam G
We have applied for our PR with Optima. The service We received,as a Family, was straightforward, accurate, fast and effective.Perfect support with Human touch too. I highly recommend Optima Migration for all Your applications in relation to visas. Sam
Daniel A
Optima Migration run by Lidia Kwaczynski is a very friendly and committed service to immigrants. I have been dealing with Lidia for the past 3 years and it has been a commendable time. She is not just professional but empathetic to clients needs. I have no reservation whatsoever in recommending her as one of the best in her field.


  • If you are in Australia,

    When did you arrive in Australia?

    What subclass is your current visa?

    When does your current visa expire?

  •  Assesment for skilled migration Other Enquiry
  • [group conditional-skilled]


      • List qualifications relevant to your nominated occupation:

        Where did you study (country)?

      • Where did you study (country)?


      How long have you been working in your nominated occupation since you became fully qualified? (In years)

      • EMPLOYER 1 (most recent)


        Dates from to

      • EMPLOYER 2


        Dates from to

      • EMPLOYER 3


        Dates from to

      • EMPLOYER 4


        Dates from to

    • Do you have an employer in Australia willing to sponsor you for 2-3 years as an employee? Yes No

      [group sponsor-yes]


      Have you been employed in your nominated occupation in Australia?

      How long have you been employed in Australia?

      What type of visa have you been employed on?

      How many hours per week?


      Have you ever completed an IELTS English test? Yes No

      [group ielts-yes]

      Give the date

      Give your scores:





      [group ielts-no]

      How do you assess your level of English?


    • FAMILY

      Do you have a relative who is a permanent resident in Australia (parent, child, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew or first cousin) who could sponsor you? Yes No

      [group family-sponsor-yes]

      In which state of Australia do they live?

      How is the person related to you or your spouse?


      Do you have a spouse? Yes No

      Is the spouse to be included in the application? Yes No

      [group spouse-yes]


      Do you have any children to be included in the application? Yes No

      [group children-yes]


    • HEALTH

      Do you, your spouse or your children have any ongoing health condition or disability that requires or is likely to require medical/ hospital treatment or special care? Yes No

      [group health-care-yes]




  • [group conditional-other]


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