Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

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This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. With this visa, you can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia and eligible family members can be included in your application. This is a permanent visa and allows visa-holders to remain in Australia indefinitely with full work rights.

To be able to submit a valid application for this visa you need to first submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.

Application conditions

Applications are by invitation only. To be invited to apply, you must:

  • have experience in a nominated occupation that can be found on one of Australia's Skilled Occupations List, AND;



  • submit an Expression of Interest



Try our free online Australian General Skilled Migration points test to see if you score enough points for this visa.

If you are invited to apply for this visa, you will then have 60 days in which to submit your online application. Your invitation letter will explain the process you should follow. Invitations are based on claims made in your Expression of Interest at the time you are invited to apply. Your application must reflect the information provided in your Expression of Interest, and be supported by relevant evidence.


You can include the following family members in your visa application:

  • your partner

  • your or your partner's dependent child

  • your or your partner's dependent relative.



Processing time: 

75% of applications are processed in 20 months  

90% of applications are processed in 24 months 

Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa. They determine the order in which Australian immigration considers applications regardless of when they have been submitted. To find out more about the priority processing arrangements Australian immigration has in place, please see our Priority Processing page.


This visa allows you and your accompanying family members to:

  • live and work permanently in Australia

  • study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • access certain social security payments

  • apply for Australian citizenship (subject to residency criteria)

  • sponsor family members for permanent residence.

Further Information, help, and advice has over twenty years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. If you feel that you can pass the points test and wish to immigrate to Australia, fill out our free assessment form and one of our representatives will contact you shortly.

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