No Better Time to Apply

Business & Skilled Migration Queensland


23 October 2013


It has never been easier to work and live in Queensland, Australia.

The Queensland Government recently overhauled its requirements for state nomination for visas and can process applications in record time.

There are three main types of visas to apply for – skilled worker, business or investor retirement visas.

Skilled worker visas are designed for people with specified professional skills such as teachers, engineers, scientists and medical professionals. There is a list of skills in demand released regularly, which you can check to see if your occupation is eligible.

Business visas encourage people who are willing to invest in Queensland to start a business or invest in existing projects. The state’s stable economy and highly skilled workforce make it an attractive place to do business.

Retirement visas are specially designed for retirees wanting to invest in and live in Queensland on their own finances.

Each has a clear set of requirements that can be studied in detail online.

All migrants require the nomination of a state or territory government in order to be eligible for a business visa, investor retirement visa and for some of the skilled visas.

Visas fall into two main categories –provisional visas, which are temporary visas, and permanent residency visas.

Provisional visas have a set time frame allowing someone from overseas to live and work in Queensland before either returning home or applying for a permanent visa.

Some of the provisional visas can be used as a pathway to permanent residency in Queensland.

Before you decide to move to Queensland there are a range of factors you need to consider carefully such as –

  • housing
  • cost of living
  • employment
  • child care
  • schools (primary and secondary)
  • tertiary education opportunities (TAFE colleges, universities)
  • transport
  • health care
  • sporting facilities.

The Queensland Government has a helpful website to guide you through the process at

Do your research and decide on a region and then ask friends and family living in Queensland, or those that have holidayed there what the area is like to get a better understanding of the possibilities.

With a warm outdoor lifestyle, endless beaches, national parks, the outback and sophisticated cities, you will probably find that Queensland is the ideal location to build a new life.

If everything fits well for you, then it’s time to start the application process.


Each visa has varying requirements – to check the criteria for nomination by the state of Queensland, you can go to

Once you have decided on the visa that is most suitable to you, and you have confirmed that you are eligible and will meet the requirements, you can lodge an application for state nomination.

If you are successfully nominated, you then have 60 days to submit your visa application to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship at

You can lodge your application online via SkillSelect, on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s website (

By indicating Queensland as your first preference, you will ensure your application is assessed by the Queensland Government in the fastest possible time.

The great news is, Queensland is actively seeking skilled workers and business investors from all over the world and will support appropriate candidates.

There has never been a better time to apply.