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189 Visa

The 189 visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian employer

The Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian employer, family member or nominated by a state or territory.

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) applicants must obtain a minimum of 65 points on the point assessment.

To apply for this visa, you must submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect.

Upon receiving an invitation to apply for this visa, you have 60 days to submit your application.

Once the 189 Visa (Skilled Independent) Visa has been granted, the visa holder and accompanying family members are are able to live, work and study in Australia as permanent residents.

Applying for a 189 Visa
To be eligible to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent Visa, applicants must:

• have an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
• complete a successful skill assessment for the relevant occupation
• have at least competent English
• score at least 65 points. Calculate your points
• be invited to apply

You may be eligible for the Skilled Independent Visa

You may be able to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent Visa if you meet the following requirements:

OCCUPATION & SKILLS
Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

You must perform a successful skill assessment through the authorised assessing authority to show that you have the skills and qualifications to work in your chosen occupation.

POINTS TEST & INVITATION
You must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply for this visa

You must score a minimum of 65 points to be invited to apply, however, invitations are often issued to applicants with more than 65 points.

The most recent invitation round outlines the point scores which attracted invitations. There are also some occupations which require more than 65 points to be considered.

You must meet the points score eligibility at the time you are invited to apply for the visa.

Calculate your points

ENGLISH
You can provide evidence of at least competent English, however, additional points will be awarded for proficient and superior English scores

Improve your English score through an Online English Academy

AGE
You are under 45 when you receive an invitation to apply.

HEALTH & CHARACTER
You must meet the health & character requirements