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Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
The Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications and skills required to fill Australia's skill shortages.
Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 60 points on a point assessment. The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 50 years of age and be able demonstrate that they have a qualification and/or skills in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Applicants for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) do not require sponsorship.
Skilled Independent Visa Eligibility Assessment
The Free Visa Eligibility Assessment from Migration Expert lets you know if you meet the basic requirements to apply for a Skilled Independent visa to Australia. To ensure that your assessment gives you a realistic result, ensure that the information you provide is as accurate as possible.
Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Basic Requirements
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has set specific basic requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a visa in the General Skilled Migration program.
To qualify for a Skilled visa, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualification, health and character.
In addition, applicants for a Skilled visa must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.
The current pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is 60 points.
On 1 July 2012, the skilled migration program switched to a new online system called "SkillSelect" which will require prospective skilled migrants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Once an EOI is submitted, these details can be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments and by the Australian Government who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application.
There is no guarantee that submitting an EOI will result in an invitation to apply for a visa. If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed timeframe within which the visa application must then be formally lodged with DIBP.
Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Entitlements
Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) become permanent residents of Australia. Australian permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.
To see a full listing of our fees and services,Skilled Independent Visa processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.
- Other Work Visas
Individuals who do not meet the pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa may be eligible to be sponsored by a participating State or Territory government (Subclass 190). This category is also available to applicants who are able to meet the pass mark but wish to access priority processing.
Individuals who agree to live and work in a specified regional area of Australia and are sponsored may be eligible to apply for a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489).
The Employer Nomination Scheme enables Australian employers to sponsor highly skilled workers to live and work permanently in Australia. This category also allows similar opportunities for regional employers to sponsor highly skilled workers to regional areas of Australia.
A Temporary Business 457 Work visa entitles approved skilled workers to work temporarily in Australia if they are sponsored by an employer.
A Working Holiday visa provides 18 - 30 year olds the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy an extended holiday in Australia combined with short term employment.
The Work and Holiday visa program provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for people between 18 and 30 from certain countries to holiday in Australia and earn money to supplement their travel funds.
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