Skilled – Independent Visa (subclass 189)
Applications under the Skilled Independent Visa category are subject to a points test based on a variety of factors. This visa will allow you to migrate independently to Australia without relying on sponsorship from a state or employer. This is a permanent visa.
In order to be eligible for a skilled independent visa, applicants must:
- have at least 65 points
- be less than 45 years of age at the time of invitation to apply
- meet the health, character and English language requirements
- have a positive skills assessment in an occupation wanted by Australia
If an applicant meets the above requirements, an Expression of Interest (EOI) can be lodged with the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA); once the EOI has been selected and the applicant is invited to apply, an application for migration can be lodged with DOHA.
This is a permanent visa that is valid for five years from the date of the visa grant.
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