The Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications and experience required to fill Australia's skill shortages.
Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) applicants are must obtain a minimum of 65 points on a points assessment.
Applicants must be under 45 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they have the qualifications and skills for an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Applicants for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) do not require sponsorship.
Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Basic Requirements
In order to apply for a Skilled Independent Visa, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualifications, health and character.
Additionally, applicants 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 65 points.
Prospective skilled migrants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the online system called "SkillSelect." 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 for applicants to formally lodge the visa application with the Department of Home Affairs.
Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Entitlements
Successful applicants of an Australian Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) become permanent residents of Australia; allowing them to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residency include access to government-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.
Managed Visa Application Service
When you purchase the Managed Visa Application Service with Migration Expert Australia, our service includes:
|Service Name||Processing Time||Service Price|
|Managed Visa Application Service||8 to 11 months||US$2,999.00|
Government Fees and Processing Time
|Partner Application Fee||AU$1875.00|
|Dependents Application fee||
|Processing Times||8 to 11 months|