Australian immigration is a point-based immigration process that allows the immigrants with the required skill-sets and credentials to move to country down under – Australia and apply for Australia skilled independent. Skilled independent visa subclass 189 is the most popular way for skilled immigrants to move to Australia. With the visa subclass 189, its holder can live and work permanently anywhere in the country with their accompanying family members.
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.
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.
There are requirements/eligibility criteria that applicants need to fulfill and they are as follows:
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.
Eligible candidate can apply for the Skilled Independent Visa 189 based on 3 stage application process:
The very first stage for the Australian immigration process involves getting the credentials assessed by a relevant government body. Skill-set of the candidate and their credential enables the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to judge if the candidate’s skills are of the required level that will allow them to practice the chosen occupation in Australia.
Once the candidates get the positive assessment from the concerned institution, they need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skillselect. For this candidate can either be residing in Australia or outside the country.
Once the candidate is able to get the Invitation to Apply (ITA), they can continue to DIBP stage of application, where candidate can submit final and complete application to be approved by DIBP so the 189 visa Australia can be granted.
Under this process, priority processing is applied. Priority processing determines the order in which the department considers the applications irrespective of the time the application has been submitted.
Candidate who is able to get their hands on the visa subclass 189, they are given 5 year multiple entry visa to live and work in Australia. Candidates only need to live in country for minimum 2 years of the 5 years to have the visa re-issued for further 5 years. Alternatively, if the candidate spends 4 consecutive years in country then they are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.
Candidates with 189 visa subclass and their accompanying family members can avail the following benefits:
In terms of accompanying family member, candidate can include following family members in skilled independent visa 189 application:
Visa fees for applying for the skilled independent visa subclass 189 are as follows:
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