Australia Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) is a permanent resident visa for skilled workers. It is designed to attract individuals who have the skills and qualifications to fill the skill shortages in Australia. It is essentially for individuals who are not sponsored by employers or family members and not recommended by the State or Territory governments. It permits the migrants to live and work in Australia as permanent residents.

Eligibility Conditions

You need to be invited to apply for this visa. When the letter of invitation is sent, you must:

Have an occupation that is featured on the relevant Skilled Occupation List (SOL) Have acquired a suitable skills assessment for the occupation you have nominated Be under 50 years of age at the time of invitation Have necessary English language abilities Have obtained the specified score in the points test

Apart from the basic requirements mentioned above, a few others have to be met at the time or as a part of the visa application process

Health requirements

Australia boasts of one of the best health standards in the world. Since this visa is a permanent residence visa, in order to uphold these health standards, all applicants are obliged to meet certain health requirements to be granted this visa. It is mandatory for these applicants to go through health examinations as part of the visa application process. Though some visa subclasses allow a health waiver to be exercised in certain circumstances, the Subclass 189 doesnít allow one.

Character requirements

You are also obliged to meet certain character requirements. At the time of applying for your visa, you are required to provide a police clearance certificate from each and every country that you have lived in for 12 months or more. The certificate should be produced for the previous past 10 years, after you completed 16 years of age. This is applicable to all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

Points required

This visa mandates you to achieve a score of at least 60 points in the points test to be eligible to be invited And if you are invited to apply, you must attain the score stated in your letter of invitation

Benefits to the Aspirant

The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) enables you and your family members (who have also been granted this visa) to:

Permanently reside in Australia Study and work in Australia Get enrolled in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health care and related expenditure Apply for Australian citizenship provided that you are eligible Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency in Australia Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date of issue of the visa

Including Family members in your visa application

You can include these below mentioned family members in your visa application:

Your partner - married or de facto (same or opposite sex) Your or your partnerís dependent children Other dependent family members

Your application must contain evidence of their relationship to you. Also, your family members must be able to meet the health and character requirements mentioned under the Eligibility Conditions section.

How the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) works

Before you apply for this visa, you need to first submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) through the online service SkillSelect. If you are eligible, you will receive an invitation asking you to apply for the visa from the SkillSelect system itself. If and when you receive an invitation, you have to submit a visa application online. You will subsequently have 60 days from the date of invitation to do so before the invitation expires. During this time, you are not allowed to modify the information in your EOI. You can apply for this visa in or outside Australia. The same condition applies when the visa is granted too.

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