Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189), commonly referred to as Visa 189, is an Australian permanent residency visa designed for skilled workers who meet specific eligibility criteria. This visa allows skilled individuals to live and work anywhere in Australia without the need for sponsorship from an employer, a state/territory government, or a family member.
Key points about Visa 189:
- Skilled Occupation List: To be eligible for Visa 189, applicants must nominate an occupation that is listed on the relevant Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) and meet the required skills assessment for that occupation
- Points-Based System: Applicants are assessed based on a points-based system that considers factors such as age, English language proficiency, work experience, education, and other relevant criteria. The minimum point requirement may vary and is subject to change.
- Expression of Interest (EOI): Interested applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the online SkillSelect system. This involves providing information about their skills, qualifications, and other relevant details.
- Invitation to Apply: If an applicant’s EOI meets the eligibility criteria and receives a competitive score, they may receive an invitation from the Australian government to apply for the Visa 189.
- Independent Pathway: Unlike other skilled visas, the Visa 189 does not require sponsorship or nomination by an employer, state/territory government, or family member. This is known as the “independent” pathway.
- Permanent Residency: Once granted, Visa 189 provides the holder and their eligible family members with Australian permanent residency, allowing them to live, work, and study in Australia indefinitely.
- Health and Character Requirements: Applicants and their family members must meet certain health and character requirements as part of the visa application process.