Skilled – Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
Australian immigration is a point-based immigration process that allows the immigrants with the required skill-sets and credentials to move to the country down under – Australia and apply for Australia skilled independent. Skilled independent visa subclass 189 is the most popular way for skilled immigrants to move to Australia. With the visa subclass 189, its holder can live and work permanently anywhere in the country with their accompanying family members.
WHAT IS AUSTRALIA VISA SUBCLASS 189 VISA (SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA)?
Australia Skilled Independent Visa (Australia visa subclass 189) is an Australian skilled visa that allows the skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member to move to the country. Visa holders are able to live and work anywhere in Australia. Immigrant’s can also include certain family members in their application for 189 visa Australia. This Visa allows its holder to remain in country on a permanent basis with full work rights.
Skilled Independent Australia visa subclass 189 replaced both the offshore Skilled Independent Subclass 175 visa and the onshore Subclass 88 visas in 2012-2013.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO MOVE TO AUSTRALIA AS A SKILLED IMMIGRANT?
To be eligible to apply under Australia skilled independent visa candidate’s needs to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skillselect. For this process, the candidate can be residing in or outside Australia.
There are requirements/eligibility criteria that applicants need to fulfill and they are as follows:
- Nominate an occupation that matches the candidate’s skills and qualification and is listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
- The candidate needs to be younger than 45 years of age
- Candidate’s skills need to be assessed by the relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
- Need for competence in English Language.
- Must score at least 65 points in the Point test.
- Candidate must be able to meet the health and character requirements.
Once the candidate is invited to apply for the 189 visa subclass, they have 60 days to submit their online application. It is very important for the candidate’s to submit Expression of Interest (EOI), through Skillselect program. EOI must contain the information regarding positive skills evaluation of the respective assessing body/institution, and also the details that are related to the IELTS test score.
IMPORTANT: Check Your Australia Immigration Eligibility By Calculating Your 65 Points.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO APPLY FOR AUSTRALIA VISA SUBCLASS 189?
Eligible candidates can apply for the Skilled Independent Visa 189 based on the 3 stage application process:
The very first stage of the Australian immigration process involves getting the credentials assessed by a relevant government body. Skill-set of the candidate and their credential enables the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to judge if the candidate’s skills are of the required level that will allow them to practice the chosen occupation in Australia.
Once the candidates get the positive assessment of the concerned institution, they need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skillselect. For this candidate can either be residing in Australia or outside the country.
Once the candidate is able to get the Invitation to Apply (ITA), they can continue to DIBP stage of application, where candidates can submit final and complete application to be approved by DIBP so the 189 visa Australia can be granted.
Under this process, priority processing is applied. Priority processing determines the order in which the department considers the applications irrespective of the time the application has been submitted.
A candidate who is able to get their hands on the visa subclass 189, they are given 5 year multiple entry visa to live and work in Australia. Candidates only need to live in country for minimum 2 years of the 5 years to have the visa re-issued for further 5 years. Alternatively, if the candidate spends 4 consecutive years in country, then they are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AUSTRALIA SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA FOR INDIANS?
Candidates with 189 visa subclass and their accompanying family members can avail the following benefits:
- Live and work permanently in Australia
- Study In Australia
- Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- To access certain social security payment
- Holder after a certain period of time can apply for Australian citizenship
- The holder can sponsor a family member for permanent or temporary residency in Australia
In terms of accompanying family members, candidate can include following family members in skilled independent visa 189 application:
- Candidate’s partner
- Candidate’s or Candidate partner’s dependent child
- Candidate’s or Candidate partner’s dependent relative
WHAT ARE THE COSTS RELATED TO APPLYING FOR AUSTRALIA SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA 189?
Visa fees for applying for the skilled independent visa subclass 189 are as follows:
- For Primary Applicant – $3755 AUD
- For dependent applicant fees 18 and over – $1875 AUD
- For dependent applicant fees under 18 years – $940 AUD
You may also call the Australia PR Visa expert directly to book a free appointment.