Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa
- This points-based visa is for
skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory,
or a family member.
- A visa holder can live and work
permanently anywhere in Australia.
- Certain family members can be
included in the application.
Applications are by invitation only. To be invited to apply,
a person must:
- Submit an Expression of Interest
- Have an occupation that is on
the relevant skilled occupation list
- Have a suitable skills assessment
for that occupation
- Be less than 50 years of age when
the invitation is issued
- Meet the English language requirements
- Be able to score at least 60 on
the points test
How this visa works
To be able to lodge a valid application for this visa you
need to first submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You
can do this in or outside Australia.
There are basic requirements you must meet to apply for this
visa. You must:
- Be invited to apply
- Be younger than 50 years of age
when you are invited to apply
- Nominate an occupation that matches
your skills and qualifications and is on the relevant skilled occupation
- Have your skills assessed by the
relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
- Have at least competent English
- Score at least 60 on the points
- Meet the health and character
Include family members
You can include the following family members in your visa
- Your partner
- Your or your partner's dependent
- Your or your partner's dependent
These family members must meet certain requirements. See Including
dependent family members in your application and proof of dependency for
What the visa costs
The charge for lodging this visa application is AUD3060. This
payment covers you and all dependent family members included in your application.
There is an extra charge that applies only to the people on your application
who have less than functional English and are 18 years of age or older.
The charge is AUD4250 per person. It must be paid before a visa can be
granted. The payment covers up to three years of English language instruction
through the Adult Migrant English Program.
Proof of functional English explains how your dependants can demonstrate
their language ability.
You are responsible for any other costs that you may incur in preparing
your application, such as those associated with obtaining skills and English
language assessments, health examinations and police certificates.
There are limited circumstances in which visa application charges can
be refunded. You will not get a refund if you change your mind about applying.
This visa allows you and your accompanying family members
- Live and work permanently in Australia
- Study in Australia
- Enrol in Medicare, Australia's
scheme for health-related care and expenses
- Access certain social security
payments (subject to waiting periods)
- Apply for Australian citizenship
(subject to residency criteria)
- Sponsor family members for permanent
Applying for this visa
If you are invited to apply for this visa, you will then have
60 days in which to lodge your online application. Your invitation letter
will explain the lodgment process you should follow. You can be in or
outside Australia when you lodge your application.
Invitations are based on claims made in your Expression of Interest at
the time you are invited to apply. Your application must reflect the information
provided in your Expression of Interest, and be supported by relevant
If after receiving two invitations to apply for a visa you do not make
a visa application your Expression of Interest will be removed from SkillSelect.
Meet health requirements
You and all members of your family unit must meet certain health requirements.
The department will tell you when to arrange health examinations.
Meet character requirements
You and all members of your family unit must meet certain character requirements.
This means you and each of your dependants (whether migrating or not)
who are aged 16 years or older must provide police certificates. These
need to be obtained from each country you and your family members have
lived in for 12 months or more over the last 10 years or, in the case
of those younger than 26 years or age, since each person turned 16 years
The department will tell you when to arrange police certificates.
You may be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification)
as part of your application. Countries and visa subclasses included in
the biometrics program has more information.
If you are outside Australia when this visa is granted, the department
will specify the date by which you must enter Australia.