Skilled Independent Visa - To work and live in Australia permanently
The skilled migrant visa for Australia is referred to as the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). It falls within the general skilled migration category.
This visa is for you if:
- You want permanent residency in Australia.
- You want to work in Australia on your arrival.
About the Skilled Independent visa
The skilled independent visa is a points-based visa for individuals:
- who do not have a job offer;
- with a relative to sponsor them; and
- who wish to work and live in Australia permanently.
What are you allowed to do while on the Skilled Independent visa?
The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residency visa and allows you and your family members to:
- Stay in Australia for an indefinite period of time.
- Travel for a period of 5 years after the visa has been granted (both to and from Australia).
- Enroll in Australia's Medicare scheme.
- Work and/or study in Australia.
- Apply for Australian citizenship, if you're eligble.
- Sponsor eligible relatives with their own permanent residency applications.
Important points to note
You must meet the following basic criteria to qualify for a skilled independent visa:
There a number of other considerations, but if you do not meet the criteria above, your application will not be successful.
The Skilled Independent visa application process
The application process must comply with the skill select process and can be broken down into four steps:
Should you get assistance with your application?
Our advice? Yes, absolutely!
The reality is that Australian immigration rules are complex and detailed. A mistake at the first stage , i.e. the assessment, will come back to haunt you.
For instance, you may have passed your assessment, successfully submitted your Expression of Interest and subsequently received an invitation to apply.
However, your application will be refused if the points score is less than the claimed score in your Expression of Interest, even if you are able to pass the points test or meet other criteria.
In short, you will be denied a visa and lose all the money you spent.