Skilled independent visa (Subclass 189)

This is skilled independent visa. You do not need a sponsor or nominator for this visa.

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely, enrol in Australia's public health care scheme, if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship.

This Visa subclass 189 have two streams, Point tested stream and New Zealand stream.

Point tested stream

  • Must have an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Must have a suitable skills assessment on that occupation
  • Must be aged under 45 when we invite you to apply for the visa
  • Obtain at least 65 points
  • Be invited to apply
  • Must have Competent English
  • Meet health and character requirements.

New Zealand stream

This stream is for Zealand citizens who is living in Australia.

  • Must hold Special Category (subclass 444) visa
  • Must have lived in Australia for at least the last 5 years
  • Must have started living in Australia on or before 19 February 2016
  • Satisfy the income requirement or exemptions applied
  • Meet health and character requirements.
Include family:

You can include members of the family unit with your visa application at the time of your application, before application decision have been made or after you have granted your visa. There is no age requirement for this visa, but all family members aged 18 years or older must either have functional English or should pay a Second VAC.

All family members who apply for the visa must meet the Health and Character Requirements of the Australian Government.


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