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Skilled Independent Work Visa (Subclass 189)

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. With this visa, you can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia and eligible family members can be included in your application. This is a permanent visa and allows visa-holders to remain in Australia indefinitely with full work rights.

The Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa replaced both the offshore Skilled – Independent Subclass 175 visa and the onshore Subclass 885 visa in 2012-2013.

To be able to submit a valid application for this visa you need to first submit an Expression of Interest through Skill Select. You can do this in or outside Australia.

 

Requirements

Applications are by invitation only. To be invited to apply, a person must:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest
  • Have an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • Be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  • Meet the English language requirements
  • Be able to score at least 60 on the points test
  • Expression of interest is submitted through Skill Select. This can be done from anywhere. If you are invited to apply for this visa you need to lodge an application within 60 days. Skill select has been designed to resolve the current skill shortages of Australia. You have to score 60 points in the following categories to get the visa

Age, Qualification , Work Experience, English Language ability , Partner Skills, Australia Study and/ Or Work Experience , Community Language 

 

Benefits of 189

This visa allows you and dependents included in your visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.

As a permanent resident of Australia, you can:

  • Live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
  • Study in Australia at school, Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector or university
  • Receive subsidized healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
  • Be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
  • Sponsor people for permanent residence
  • To get enrolled in Medicare, Scheme of Australia for healthcare related and also expenses
  • The individuals can apply for Australian citizenship
  • The individuals can travel to and also from Australia for 5 years from the date the visa has been granted

The individuals are required to submit their expression of interest and then they must be invited via Skill Select. If the individuals receive an invitation, they would have about 60 days to apply for this particular visa. During that time, the individuals cannot information regarding expression of interest.

 

Eligibility

Applications are should be by strictly by invitation. To be invited to apply, you must-

  • Submit an expression of interest
  • Meet the English language requirement.
  • Be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  • Have an occupation that is on the skilled occupation list*
  • Be a certified professional
  • Able to score 60 points in the test conducted by Skill Select
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Expression of interest is submitted through Skill Select. This can be done from anywhere. If you are invited to apply for this visa you need to lodge an application within 60 days. Skill select has been designed to resolve the current skill shortages of Australia. You have to score 65 points in the following categories to get the visa
  • Age
  • English language
  • Nominated Skilled occupation
  • Skills Assessment
  • Location
  • Health
  • Character
  • Australian Values Statement
  • Overseas and Australian Skilled Employment
  • Australian Study Requirement
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Credentialed Community Language
  • Regional Australia Study
  • Partner Skills
  • Professional year

 

Opulent us Services

Opulent us offers advice and guidance for best possible documentation. We assist and guide you at each step till you get your visa.

  • Expert advice on complete process stage wise
  • Visa documentation*
  • Provide you the document checklist stage-wise and assisting you with the requisites and the alternatives upon receiving the signed service agreement copy
  • Provide documents samples and assist you with inputs wherever necessary
  • Corresponding with the department, on your behalf, if required
  • Post landing, traveling and settling assistance

*Documentation service differs from country to country. Please refer your Service Agreement for further details.

 

Fees & Length of stay

Visa fee for 189 start From AUD3,670. Applicants might have to pay additional costs. Estimate the cost of application.

*Rules can be change as per Australian immigration. Ref link:

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/189-

 

Length of stay- Permanently

Others

Family

You can include the following family members in your visa application:

  • your partner
  • your or your partner’s dependent child
  • your or your partner’s dependent relative.

 

Processing

Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa. They determine the order in which Australian immigration considers applications regardless of when they have been submitted. To find out more about the priority processing arrangements Australian immigration has in place, please see our Priority Processing page.

 

Entitlements

This visa allows you and your accompanying family members to:

  • live and work permanently in Australia
  • Study in Australia
  • Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • Access certain social security payments
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (subject to residency criteria)
  • Sponsor family members for permanent residence

 

Further Information, help, and advice:

Abroad Solution has over five years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. If you feel that you can pass the points test and wish to immigrate to Australia, fill out our free assessment form and one of our representatives will contact you shortly.

For more information and advice on Australian immigration law and Australian visa applications please contact us.

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