Australian Skilled Visa: Skilled - Independent Visa (subclass 189)
The Australian Skilled- Independent visa (Subclass 189) is an Australian Visa for the skilled foreign workers who are not sponsored by an Australian Employer, a family member or a state or territory. An Australian Skilled Independent visa holder can live and work permanently as a Permanent Resident of Australia. Certain members of the family can be included in the Visa Application.
To be eligible for this visa, an applicant must score at least 60 points on the points test.
Skilled - Independent Visa (subclass 189) - Eligibility Criteria
To be able to file your visa application for the Skilled-Independent Visa, an applicant must submit an Expression of Interest.
How to submit the expression of interest?
The Australian Government provides an online system that allows skilled workers from foreign countries to be considered for a Skilled- Independent Visa.
An EOI or the Expression of Interest is an application which indicates a candidate’s desire to apply for an Australian Permanent Resident Visa. However, a candidate will have to provide some more personal information along with the EOI. The information may include:
- Personal Information;
- Proficiency in the English Language;
- A Skills assessment which is relevant to your Nominated Profession;
After submitting the EOI or the Expression of Interest, candidates will be given a Points Score and ranking by an automatic and objective process. If the candidate is eligible, then the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for the Australian Skilled- Independent Visa (Subclass 189).
Once a candidate receives an invitation to apply, there will be a time period of 60 days to complete the application. The Expression of Interest will remain valid for 2 years, during which the candidate can update their EOI with any new experience and details.
Australian Skilled- Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Benefits
This is a Permanent Resident Visa that lets you:
- Live and work in Australia permanently;
- Enroll for Australian Medicare, Australia’s medical scheme for health related expenses and care;
- Apply for the Australian Citizenship, if you are fulfill the eligibility criteria;
- Sponsor your family members or relatives for the Australian Permanent Residence.
Australia skilled independent visa subclass 189 points calculator
A candidate must obtain at least 60 Points based on the following criteria.
- Skill Assessment includes education and work experience assessment
- English Language Test
- Spouse Skill Assessment (Optional)
Use our free service to find out whether you could qualify for this visa. Fill out the assessment form. Make sure that all information provided is authentic in order to make a proper assessment.
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Latest News for Australia Immigration
Stringent actions against false information provider - Australia Immigration
The Australian Immigration department will impose 10 years visa ban on applicants, who provide false or misleading information while filing their visa application.
The new rule is to come into play on November 18, 2017.
The new rule as per the Migration Legislation Amendment Regulations 2017 will increase review time-period to 10 years, which is currently 12 months, to check if an applicant had given any kind of bogus documentation or false and misleading information to the Australian Government and bar him for 10 years.
The Immigration Minister said that a 10-year review period is a “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” measure to protect the integrity of the visa framework.
These professions are in high demand in Australia
While thinking of immigration, the first question arises in front of us is job. However, if you are immigrating to Australia, job should not be a big concern. This magnificent country offers ample opportunities for immigrants to work and earn good. Skilled workers are in high demand in Australia.
Teaching, Nursing, IT, Engineering, Construction management, and digital marketing are some areas which are greatly in demand of skilled foreign workers.
Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 and Subclass 190 are two ways for skilled immigrants to apply for permanent residency in Australia.
Skilled migration is the major source of skills in the Australian workforce, says Report.
A recent report found skilled migration as the second major source of skills in the workforce in Australia, with 20 per cent of degree-qualified full-time workers born and educated overseas.
The report from Julie McMillan, Daniel Edwards and David Phillips from the Australian Council for Educational Research, found skilled migration had contributed significantly to the available degree-qualified workforce.
Dr Edwards said locally produced graduates and those imported from overseas had contributed to a strong rise in the number of skilled people in the population in recent years. Over the same period there has been major growth in skilled employment.
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