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Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA (SUBCLASS 189)​

This visa allows an immigrant to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. It is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply. With this visa, you and your family members who have also been granted this visa can:

  • Stay, work and study in Australia indefinitely
  • Get enrollment into Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • Get an Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

With this visa,
you can

 

  • work and study anywhere in Australia
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen

You Must

  • have an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply for this visa
  • satisfy the points test

Process of Application

  • Check your occupation on skill occupation list, if you have 65 point you are eligible
  • Submit and expression of interest on skill select
  • Wait for the invitation to apply
  • Gather your documents
  • Apply for visa within 60 days of invitation

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility

You can only apply for this visa if you are invited. To get invited you need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to let Department of Immigration and Border Protection know that, you would like to apply for the visa.

After you have submitted an EOI, you will be ranked against other intending applicants and might be invited to apply for the visa.

To submit EOI you need to

  • Have a suitable skills assessment
  • You must be aged under 45
  • Be able to score 65 points or more
  • Have this level of competent English language
  • Meet the skills requirement
  • Meet health requirement
  • Meet character requirement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

To check full eligibiliy visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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