Skilled Independent Visa (Visa 189)

Visa 189 allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. For the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you need to submit an expression of interest.


What are the requirements for Visa 189?

189 occupation list (MLTSSL):

  • Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

  • You must have a skills assessment that shows you have the skills and qualifications to work in that occupation.

Points score:

You must be able to meet the points score on your invitation letter. This score will be 65 points (as of 1 July 2018) or more.

The points table:

Use the points table to calculate your test score.

Points information (Check if you can claim points for):

Can I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

You can be in or outside Australia when you submit your EOI. You can either be in Australia or overseas when you apply for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa.


What you can do with a 189 visa?

This is a permanent visa. With this visa you may:

  • stay in Australian permanently

  • travel, work and study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.


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