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Skilled Independent Visa

You can enter Australia as a skilled worker under the many subclasses provided, you meet the eligibility requirements. The skilled independent visa for Australian immigration is a category most suited for skilled workers. Skilled people who do not have any state nomination, or sponsorship from an employer or relative can opt for this visa subclass.

What is Skilled Visa 189?

This is a point-based visa wherein you submit your application to get invited by the Australian government. Once your application is submitted you get points based on the skills and information you provided. If you score the necessary points, you will get invited to immigrate to Australia. The biggest attraction point of the AU 189 Visa is that whoever successfully receives a nomination gets to permanently stay in Australia for an indefinite amount of time. The only conditions that a candidate needs to fulfill are:

  • Be invited by the country

  • Qualify under one of the Skilled Occupation List

  • Score necessary points

Requirements for Skilled Independent Visa

To enter Australia under this subclass the candidate must meet minimum requirements of different aspects. These are:

  • Must have a positive skills assessment by a verified skill assessing authority

  • Successful submission of Expression of Interest following a point allocation

  • Candidate must be under 45 years of age

  • Score minimum required points to show English Language Proficiency

  • Meet the Australian Government's skills, health, and character requirements

What is the eligibility criterion?

1. Receive an invitation

After submitting an Expression of Interest you will receive certain points based on which you will receive an invitation to permanently migrate to Australia. This invitation is very important to live or work in Australia under this visa subclass.

2. Get a positive skill assessment

Obtaining a positive skills assessment means classifying your job as an eligible occupation in Australia. For this, you need to check if your work or job profile falls under the skilled occupation list of Australia.

3. Be a certain age

To apply for this visa subclass, you need to be less than 45 years of age. Any applicant crossing the 45 years mark will be deemed ineligible to apply or receive a nomination.

4. Score 65 points

Based on the information that you have provided at the time of submitting your application, you will be given certain points. If you can receive at least 65 points then you have a good chance of receiving a positive nomination.

5. Meet the English language requirements

The test for language proficiency cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation. You also need to score a minimum level of points to apply for visa 189.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic or General Training): At least 6 for each of the 4 components

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing, and 18 for speaking

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): At least 50 for each of the 4 components

6. Obtain a positive health and character certificate

Apart from fulfilling other requirements, you must also submit a positive health report and pass on their character test to get a successful nomination to permanently live and work in Australia.

Benefits of Visa 189

This visa subclass allows you and your family to:

  • Stay and work in Australia indefinitely and become a permanent resident

  • You also have the option to study full time at any grade of learning whether it is school, graduate, post-graduate, or vocational education

  • You can also avail the benefits of subsidized health care facilities

  • Get certain social security benefits/ payments

  • You have the freedom to apply for Australian citizenship after spending a specific time

  • Sponsor a family member to live with you in Australia for permanent or temporary residency


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