Applicant documents

If you intend to lodge an application under the Direct Entry stream for:

you must attach the documents listed below to your online application in ImmiAccount.

Important: your visa application will be refused if it is indicated below that the document(s) must be provided at the time of application and you have failed to do so.

Identity documents

  • Copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a copy of evidence of the name change.

Skills and qualifications

  • Your curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Copies of all qualifications and work experience (for example, employment references).
  • Evidence of registration, licensing or professional membership, if required for your occupation in the state or territory in which you will be working. Documents from the relevant Australian registration and licensing authorities that show you hold, or will be able to meet, necessary registration and licensing requirements. The documents must specify both of the following:
    • the type of registration or licensing held
    • the name and contact details for the registration or licensing authority.

Skills assessment

If you are lodging an application in the Direct Entry stream and you are required to complete a formal skills assessment, you must also provide a positive skills assessment with your visa application - see: Age, Skill and English requirements and exemptions. A skills assessment provided after you have applied for your visa cannot be accepted.

Some skills assessments are issued for the purpose of a subclass 485 visa. Skills assessments which have been obtained for the purposes of the subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant's work experience. As a result, these types of skills assessments are not appropriate to demonstrate skills under these visa programs.

Applicants exempt from this requirement must provide the following where applicable:

  • evidence that you are a researcher, scientist or technical specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 who is going to be employed by an Australian government research agency.
  • evidence that you are an academic employed at academic level A, B, C, D or E by a university in Australia.
  • if you have been in Australia as the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461) and have been working with your nominator for a period of at least two years before applying:
    • a detailed statement from the employer declaring that you have worked for them for at least two years (the letter should cover employment period, details of paid leave taken, details of unpaid leave taken, details of any overseas trips for training or work)
    • evidence of tax assessment notices for the two-year period
    • PAYG payment summaries for the period of employment
    • pay slips
    • extracts of leave records.

Competent English language ability – primary applicant

You must provide evidence of the results of a specific English language test that you took less than three years before lodging your application and showing that you have at least competent English, unless you are exempt from this requirement - see Age, Skill and English requirements and exemptions.

This evidence must be provided with your application. It cannot be accepted afterwards.

English language ability – exempt primary applicants and dependant applicants

For primary applicants who are exempt from providing evidence of competent English language ability (see above) and for each of your dependants aged 18 years or older at the time you apply, they must provide one of the following:

  • evidence that they have functional English - see How can I prove I have functional English? or
  • if they do not have functional English, a statement indicating that you intend to pay the second visa application charge.

This evidence is not required to be demonstrated at the time you lodge your application. Your application will not, however, be finalised until this evidence is provided or payment is made.

Your family relationships

  • A copy of your birth certificate showing both parents’ names. If you do not have a birth certificate and are unable to get one, you must provide a copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following documents:
    • family book showing both parents’ names
    • identification document issued by the government
    • court-issued documents that verify your identity.
  • If you are unable to provide one of the above documents, you must provide other acceptable evidence that you are who you claim to be.
  • Copies of marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you and anyone else included in your application, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
  • If you are living in a de facto relationship: independent evidence that your relationship is genuine and continuing (for example, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names or joint ownership of major assets).
  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.

Your children

  • Copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your children.
  • If any child included in the application is adopted: copies of the adoption papers.
  • For anyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older and is not your partner, you should provide Form 47a - Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (238 kB PDF).
  • Evidence of financial dependency for all your children aged 18 to 23:
    • a copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
    • proof that they live in your household
    • proof that they have been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.

    Note: You do not need to provide this if your family members currently have a TSS or subclass 457 visa that was granted to them on the basis that you are the primary holder of a TSS or subclass 457 visa.

  • If you want to bring a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child’s other parent is not included in the application: documentary evidence that you have the legal right to bring that child to Australia, such as:

For detailed information about members of your family unit see including family members in your application.

Character requirements

  • For each person included in the application who is 16 years of age or older Form 80 - Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment (373 kB pdf).
  • Police checks for you and everyone included in your application, whether they are migrating or not, who is at least 16 years of age. When required, you must provide a scanned colour copy:
    • of an Australian national police check for anyone who has spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
    • of police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.
  • If you or anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country, a scanned colour copy of military service record or discharge papers.