How to apply to Australia Skilled Independent Immigration Visa Subclass 189 - Skilled Migrant Visa

Skilled Independent (Sub-Class 189) Visa is meant for the professionals and tradespersons willing to apply under independent stream of skilled immigration to Australia. This visa is available only though invite. The process for this visa section starts with submission of expression of interest – EOI in skill select platform. This EOI application is filled with information that includes but is not limited to positive skills assessment and required IELTS score. The EOI submission relies on the exploring of the relevant occupation indicated in Skilled Occupation List – SOL

The most sought after permanent resident visa by immigrants who are looking to immigrate to Australia was introduced to meet the growing demand for skilled workers. The Australian migration department follows a point based score where the applicant must score at least 65 points based on Age, Qualifications, Language Ability, Experience and others. Only if the applicant is able to fulfil the minimum point requirement and also fulfil the requirements mentioned in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) they can apply for immigration to Australia. Applicants fulfilling the minimum criterions do not need to secure sponsorship from the Australian states or territories.

What are Benefits of Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189?

  • A permanent resident has the right to stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Access to all the health care benefits under Medicare as well as certain social security benefits
  • A permanent resident can apply for citizenship after staying in Australia for 4 years
  • A permanent resident can sponsor his/ her family for permanent residency
  • A permanent resident can get dependents if they comply with Australian immigration laws

Eligibility criteria for skilled migrant visa 189

The Australian government follows a point based system which the applicants have to fulfil to be eligible for immigration to Australia – the applicants have to secure a minimum of 65 points. The criterions for the same are mentioned below,

Age: The applicant should not be more than 44 years old

Education: The applicants must provide details of Education

Experience: The applicants must be able to provide details of relevant work experience both inside Australia and outside as per the demands of Nominated occupation

English Language Ability: The applicants must prove that meet the minimum requirements specified by the Australian Immigration department and to prove so they need to submit the score cards from different language assessment examinations like IELTS, TOEFL (ibt), PTE(A) etc.

Skill Assessment: The applicants must secure a positive skill assessment report from the relevant authorities for filing of the application.

Nominated Occupation: The applicants must be able to nominate an occupation in accordance to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as per their skills, qualifications and experience.


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