The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.
To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.
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This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:
· stay in Australia indefinitely
· work and study in Australia
· enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
· apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
· sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
· travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).
To be able to apply for this visa, you must first submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect. If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply online for the visa. During that time, you cannot change the information in your expression of interest.
To submit a complete expression of interest, you must have competent English language skills and a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation (or Job Ready program, if applicable).
Your visa application is likely to require extensive supporting documents, as listed in the document checklist. Start compiling your documents early in the process, even before you submit your expression of interest.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.
The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
You must pay a second instalment for each family member included in your application who:
· has turned 18 at the time of application
· does not have functional English.
The charge must be paid before a visa can be granted.
Proof of functional English explains how you can demonstrate your language ability.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.