Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

This visa lets you live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. This is a points tested stream where you are awarded points for your age, qualifications, experience and English Language skills.

This is an invitation based visa, where invitations are issued to clients who have the skills that are in demand in Australia.

Invitations are issued once every month.

Eligibility

Points Score

you must score atleast 65 points or more to be eligible to apply for this visa.  

The score on your invitation letter is based on the information in your EOI.

Age

you must be less than 45 years of age to receive an invitation.

if you turn 45 after receiving the invitation, you can still apply for this visa. However, if you turn 45 after submitting an EOI and before an invitation is issued, you won’t be invited.

Occupation in MLTSSL

you must have  your nominated occupation on the 189 occupation List (MLTSSL)

Skill Assessment

you must be able to provide a copy of your skill assessment with your application.

skill assessment is conducted by relevant assessing authority based on your industry.

your skill assessment must be less than 3 years old before the invitation date.

Way2Oz Migration can assist in getting your skill assessment done.

English language

you must either provide an evidence of your English language skills when you apply for this visa or show that you hold a valid passport from UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand or Republic of Ireland.

Generally the evidence is an English language test result. e.g. IELTS, PTE, TOEFL etc. The test results must not be more than 3 years old and you must have scored an overall score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component in IELTS (or equivalent).

Previous Visa Cancellations & Refusals

you might not be eligible for this visa if you have had  a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

Health requirement

you and any family members who apply for this visa with you must meet Australia’s health requirement. The Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Character requirement

you and any family members who apply for this visa with you must meet Australia’s character requirement. The Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Visa

Visa cost starts from AUD 4,045. You can include family members in this visa application, but an additional charge applies for each of the members included in the application.

there might be an extra charge for any family member 18 years or older who has not been able to score a minimum of 4 bands in each component of IELTS and an overall score of 4 (or equivalent). This charge is the 2nd installment and the Department only asks for this if it is going to grant you a visa.

Application

you can apply for this visa either onshore or offshore, but you must not be in immigration clearance at the time of the decision.

The Process:

  • Check if yopu meet all eligibility criteria
  • Complete Skills Asssessment of your nominated occupation
  • Lodge EOI
  • Get invited to apply for Visa
  • Lodge Visa
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