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Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

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Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

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This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.

It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Requirements

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
  • at least competent English.

 

​Submit an expression of interest

The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

What this Visa Lets you do..

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enroll in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

 

Submit an expression of interest

The Skilled-Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is for skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in specified regional areas in Australia for four years.

There are two pathways for this visa:

  • the Invited Pathway
  • the Extended Stay Pathway – you must hold a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

For members of your family unit who are included in your visa application (in either visa pathways), they must be a member of the family unit of someone who already holds this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

More information

More information is available from Workers.

Invited Pathway

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited and you are either:

  • nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, or
  • sponsored by an eligible relative living in a Designated area of Australia.

When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • been nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area
  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list 
  • a suitable skills assessment for that occupation,
  • not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
  • at least competent English.

Your invitation is based on the claims made in your expression of interest. Your application must achieve at least the score specified in your invitation to apply when assessed against the points test.

 

You can get this visa if..

Nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list , obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation ,not yet turned 50 years of age ,achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test , at least 6 Bands each in IELTS or minimum test scores in each of the four test components: 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking, TOEFL iBT, You have achieved a test score of at least 50 each in PTE Academic that has been undertaken in the three years, been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

 

About this visa..

The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. Points are awarded for  Age, English language ability, Skilled employment, Qualifications , Australian study requirement, Specialist Education Qualification, Other factors