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Skilled Independent Visa (SUBCLASS 189)

The Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa is a point-based immigration option tailored for foreign skilled individuals sought after in various Australian states. This visa enables qualified professionals to relocate and establish residence in Australia without the requirement of familial sponsorship or endorsement from a state or territory government.

Benefits Of Having A Skilled Independent Visa

  • Live, study or work in Australia for an indefinite period
  • Enrol in Medicare
  • Get eligible for Australian citizenship
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency
  • Leave and re-enter Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted

General Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this visa, you must:
  • Age that is 45 years. It is the visa age limit
  • Nominate an occupation from Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Be Proficient in At least Competent English
  • Have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority
  • Achieve the score specified in your visa application
  • Meet the health and character requirements

Health & Character Requirements

You and all the family members are required to:
  • Apply for the visa within 12 months of undergoing medical examinations
  • Police certificates from each country you lived in for 12 months in the last ten years (after you turned 16 years of age)

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Debts To The Australian Government

You should be free from any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before the visa is granted.

Eligible Family Members

When lodging a visa application, you can include following family members in your visa application:
  • Your Partner or spouse
  • Your or your partner’s child/step child