Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)
The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. This visa are for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.
Points are given to each applicant for their skills, age, English language ability, occupation, Australian work experience and Australian qualifications.
In order to apply for this visa, you need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply. SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration programme.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.
- nominated an occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists.
- not yet turned 50 years of age.
- achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test.
- at least competent English. This means that you have achieved a score of at least 6 in each component in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or equivalent results in another approved English language test, which has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.