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Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

Australia offers a host of learning opportunities for independent skilled workers. Australia is renowned for its high standards of employment and benefits for overseas professionals, and this is the reason we deal in skilled independent visa!

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

Skilled Independent Visa

Work Independently in Australia

The job market in Australia is gaining recognition since it caters to leading industries and businesses in the global market. Skilled professionals and workers who are not sponsored by a company, employer, family or a territory are eligible to apply for Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 189. Basic requirements such as English language proficiency apply to this visa.


The skilled professional or worker will avail the following benefits:

  • They will be allowed to reside, work and pursue studies in Australia for an indefinite period
  • They will be eligible to enrol with Medicare – a healthcare and expenses scheme by the Government of Australia.
  • Can obtain Australian Citizenship, if eligible.
  • Can sponsor eligible family members or relatives and obtain permanent residency for them in Australia upon fulfilling requirements.

Key Eligibility Requirements

  • Skill Assessment in nominated occupation
  • Age under 45 years
  • Minimum English proficiency requirement

One needs to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and nominate occupation. A visa invitation is required in order to lodge a skilled visa.


Please note that the above-mentioned is not an exhaustive list of requirements. This content is for general information purposes only, it is not immigration advice and must not be construed as such. While due care has been taken to ensure that the content is kept up-to-date and correct, the currency and thus accuracy of the information cannot be guarantee due to the frequent changes in migration law.
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FAQs About Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

This visa grants you permanent residency in Australia. This means you can:

  • Live and work anywhere in Australia
  • Enroll in Medicare, Australia's healthcare scheme
  • Sponsor family members for migration
  • Apply for Australian citizenship after meeting residency requirements

The main difference is that the Subclass 189 visa is independent of any state nomination, whereas the Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa requires nomination from an Australian state or territory government.

Processing times can vary, but it typically takes several months to receive an invitation to apply, and then further processing time for the visa application itself.