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Skilled Independent (189) Visa

The Skilled Independent 189 Visa gives permanent residency to points-tested skilled individuals who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by an Australian state or territory.

Migrate 2 Oz is an Australian visa consultancy since 2007.

We offer expert advice and services related to immigration. Our consultants know everything there is to know about Australian immigration laws and will make sure that your visa application has the best chance of being approved.

What does "skilled independent" mean?

The skilled independent 189 visa does not rely on sponsorship by a company, family member or state in Australia, hence it is called “skilled independent". It relies solely on the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Skilled Independent (189) Visa Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the skilled independent 189 visa you must;

  • Not sponsored by an employer, family member or nominated by an Australian state.
  • Be under 45 years of age.
  • Obtain suitable skills assessment for their occupation.
  • Achieve a passing score set by the points test.
  • Meet the relevant English language criteria.

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

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • yours or your partner’s dependent children
    other dependent relatives.

Health Requirements:

You must meet certain health requirements which will depend on personal circumstances e.g. time spent in another country during the last five years, country of citizenship and intended activities in Australia.

Health examinations are valid for 12 months.

Character Requirements:

You must meet certain character requirements. You must provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.

Skilled Independent 189 Visa Obligations

When you are granted a 189 visa, you and your partner can;

  • Stay, work and study in Australia permanently.
  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses.
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (when you are eligible).
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.
  • Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted, unless you become an Australian citizen.

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Skilled Visa Assessment

Our free online assessment form is quick and easy for you to complete.

We will provide free advice on your visa eligibility, visa options, and the next key steps.

Complete our free assessment form

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