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Australia Skilled Independent Visa (subclass - 189)

Australia Skilled Independent Visa (subclass - 189) Australia Skilled Independent Visa (subclass - 189)

Australia awards Skilled Independent visas to eligible skilled workers who can contribute most to the Australian economy. This visa doesn’t need a sponsorship by a particular employer, or by a state or territory, not even by a family member. It allows skilled workers and members of their family to live and work in Australia permanently.


Features of Australia Skilled Independent program:


  • This points-based visa is granted to skilled workers who are not nominated by an employer or governmental body.
  • Skilled Independent Visa holders can live and work in any part of the country making you a Permanent Resident in Australia
  • Permanent Residents can choose to work under any employer under any field. Also they can choose to set up their business.
  • Permanent residents under the Australia Skilled Independent program have access to certain social security payments along with health care benefits.
  • Permanent residents under the program are eligible for Australian citizenship after three years of stay in the country. Dependent family members can accompany the visa holder.
  • Applicants can sponsor their family for permanent residence.
  • This visa is a multiple entry visa issued for a period of five years


Dependents for Australia Skilled Independent program:


The following can be considered as dependents:


  •  Partner
  • A dependent child of you or your partner
  • A dependent relative of you or your partner


Secondary applicants must meet all of the following requirements:


  • Location
  • English Language Ability
  • Health
  • Character
  • Australian Values Statement


Eligibility for Australia Skilled Independent Program:


The program falls under the Australia Immigration points-based system. The applicant has to score a minimum of 60 points and the points are granted based on the following criteria:


  • Age : Between 18-49 years
  • English language: Test results proving that you have English language of competent or vocational level. Or you must be a citizen of countries like United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America and Republic of Ireland holding a valid passport.
  • Nominated Skilled occupation: Applicant should nominate an occupation listed in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and which matches with the skills, work experience and qualifications.
  • Skills Assessment: Applicant should get a positive skill assessment for the nominated occupation before lodging the visa application.  


The applicant for the Australia Skilled Immigration Program can claim points for having


  • Recognized qualifications at a bachelor’s/ higher education/ PhD level/ holding qualifications evaluated by the assessing body during the skills assessment.
  • Three to eight years of overseas experience in a nominated occupation within last ten years.
  • Australian study for a qualification which is a course of a minimum two Academic years.
  • If the Australian study requirement of living and studying in a regional low population growth metropolitan area in the country is for a minimum of two years.
  • Legal, full time, paid employment experience for more than a year in one of the occupations listed on the SQL.


Additional points can also be claimed if the partner satisfies the minimum requirements of age, qualifications, language ability in English along with nominated occupation with a skills assessment. Positive skills assessments form from a relevant assessing authority and IELTS of 6 in each band should be possessed by the partner. Spouse nominated occupation to be eligible for same visa subclass as the primary applicant.



Other Health and Character Requirements for Australia Skilled Independent Program


Both the applicant and dependent are expected to meet health and character requirements to move to Australia.


  • Health Requirement – The Australian government approved doctor’s panel will conduct a medical examination.
  • Character Requirements – Police clearance certificates from countries in which the applicant lived for over 12 months cumulative or over a unbroken period in the last 10 years leading up to the application, a should be produced.
  • English Language: Secondary applicants, included in the application, with 18 years or more are to produce evidence of owning at least functional English. In case the applicants do not own functional English, a second installment fee should be paid so that they can attend English tuitions in Australia.


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