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Skilled Migration Visas

189 - Skilled Independent Visa

Points Tested Stream

The Skilled Independent Visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government agency. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.


  • Have a relevant occupation (Must be on the skilled occupation list)
  • Must do a skills assessment for the occupation in which you are applying for
  • Meet the points test mark of 65 points
  • Be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
  • Have competent English
  • Meet Health and Character requirements
  • No outstanding debts to the Australian Government
  • No cancelled Visas
  • Be invited to apply


Check your occupation is on skilled occupation list (65 points needed to be eligible)

Submit an EOI

Wait for an invitation to apply for the visa

Gather your documents + Apply for visa within 60 days of invitation

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect with details of your nominated occupation, skills and qualifications. If you are ranked high enough and there are places available for your nominated occupation, you will be invited to apply for the visa.

Processing Time: 7 months (75 % of applications) | 8 months (90% of applications)

Cost/Fee: $4,045

Location: You can be in or outside Australia when you apply

What you can do with this visa

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Enrol in Medicare
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Travel to and from Australia for five years
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship if eligible

New Zealand stream

This visa lets eligible New Zealand citizens with a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa live and work in Australia permanently.


  • You must hold a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa
  • You must have lived in Australia for at least 5 years
  • have started living here on or before 19 February 2016
  • In most cases, have a taxable income at or above a specific income threshold for each of the four completed income years prior to lodging an application

Stay: Permanent

Cost: AUD 4,045. The visa application charge is paid in two instalments (20% at time of lodgment and 80% as a second instalment before the visa is granted.)

Processing Time

  • 75% of applications: 14 months
  • 90% of applications: 18 months

With this visa, you can

  • work and study anywhere in Australia
  • sponsor eligible family members for permanent residence
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen

IELTS & PTE Coaching with SIEC


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The PTE exam is a computer based English language test which helps migrants and international students in non-native English speaking countries to gain the required English proficiency required to study or work overseas. It tests individuals on four components, including Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.


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Latest News

Australia introduces NEW Regional Migration visas!
Good news for International Skilled workers, as Australia is set to introduce two new Skilled Regional visas, which launch on 16 November 2019. An additional permanent visa pathway will also become active from November 2022.

The new skilled regional visas will enable skilled migrants and dependent family members to live and work in regional Australia for upto 5 years.


Australian Annual Migration Cap lowered
In an effort to curb overpopulation in major Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the government has announced that it plans to reduce the annual permanent migration cap from 190,000 down to 160,000 from July 2019. This is nearly a 15% decrease from the previous year. Of the 160,000 applications accepted, 70% will be in the skilled migration stream (110,000 places), while 30% will be from family migration (47,000 places). Employer sponsored visa will offer 39,000 places, and State and Territory Nominated categories will offer 38,968 places in 2019/20. The government plans to keep this cap in place for at least the next 3 years.



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