What is Australia Visa subclass 189 visa (Skilled Independent Visa)?
Australia Skilled Independent Visa (Australia visa subclass 189) is an Australian skilled visa that allows the skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member to move to the country. Visa holders are able to live and work anywhere in Australia. Immigrants can also include certain family members in their application for 189 visa Australia. This Visa allows its holder to remain in country on permanent basis with full work rights.
Skilled Independent Australia visa subclass 189 replaced both the offshore Skilled Independent Subclass 175 visa and the onshore Subclass 88 visas in 2012-2013.
What are the eligibility criteria to move to Australia as a skilled immigrant?
To be eligible to apply under Australia skilled independent visa candidates need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skillselect. For this process, candidate can be residing in or outside Australia.Nominate an occupation that matches candidate’s skills and qualification and is listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Candidate needs to be younger than 45 years of age
Candidate’s skills need to be assessed by relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
Need to competent in English Language.
Must score at least 65 points in the Point test.
Candidate must be able to meet the health and character requirements.
Once the candidate is invited to apply for the 189 visa subclass, they have 60 days to submit their online application. It is very important for the candidate’s to submit Expression of Interest (EOI), through Skillselect program. EOI must contain the information regarding positive skills evaluation from the respective assessing body/institution, and also the details that are related to the IELTS test score.
What are the benefits of Australia Skilled Independent Visa for Indians?
Candidates with 189 visa subclass and their accompanying family members can avail the following benefits:Live and work permanently in Australia
Study In Australia
Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
Access certain social security payment
Holder after certain period of time can apply for Australian citizenship
Holder can sponsor a family member for permanent or temporary residency in Australia
In terms of accompanying family member, candidate can include following family members in skilled independent visa 189 application:Candidate’s partner
Candidate’s or Candidate partner’s dependent child
Candidate’s or Candidate partner’s dependent relative
What are the costs related to applying for Australia skilled Independent Visa 189?
Visa fees for applying for the skilled independent visa subclass 189 are as follows:For Primary Applicant – $3755 AUD
For dependent applicant fees 18 and over – $1875 AUD
For dependent applicant fees under 18 years – $940 AUD