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Skilled Regional Provisional Visa

The Skilled Independent Visa is a points-tested stream that invites skilled professionals to live and work in Australia permanently. This visa is for workers who are not sponsored by any territory or employer or a family member living in the country.

The visa makes you eligible to:

  • Live & work anywhere in Australia
  • Become an Australian citizen
  • Enrol in the public healthcare scheme
  • Sponsor skilled family members for PR
Benefits

Benefits of Australia's Skilled Independent Visa Program

Australia is a developed and beautiful country with a welcoming environment for everyone coming to the country.

Here are the benefits you can reap while holding the Subclass 189 visa:

  • You can work and study in Australia,
  • You and your dependents can enrol in Medicare,
  • You can enter and exit Australia multiple times,
  • You can sponsor a family member to get PR,
  • You can apply for citizenship, if applicable

You can reside in Australia permanently.

Processing Time

Processing Time for Subclass 189 Visa

The processing time depends on your score, occupation and number of applicants applying under your occupation code.

However, you will have sixty days to apply for the visa after receiving the ITA. After applying, the Department of immigration will start processing the application. The average duration for processing the visa is eight months for 75% of applications.

Points Requirement

Points Requirement for Skilled Independent Visa

The application for this visa is by invite only.

To receive the invitation, you must:

  • File the Expression of Interest(EOI) document
  • Have experience in an occupation listed in Australia's Skilled Occupations List
  • Be less than 45 years of age
  • Have sufficient English language skills
  • Satisfy the character and medical conditions and
  • Meet the minimum cut-off score of 65 under the points stream.

As per the information filled in the EOI, your profile will be awarded points on the criteria as follows:

Points required

Points Requirement for Skilled Independent Visa

Age : This visa program is only for applicants under 45 years and over 18 years when receiving the Invitation to Apply.

Age

Points

18-25 years

25

25-33 years

30

33-40 years

25

40-45 years

15

English Skills: You must have sufficient English language skills measured by your score in the OET, PTE, TOEFL or IELTS test.

English

Points

Competent

0

Proficient

10

Superior

20

Education : The points under education are awarded based on your highest qualification in comparison to the relevant Australian qualification.

Qualification

Points

Doctorate

20

Bachelor/Master's Degree

15

Diploma

10

Award or Qualification for Skilled Occupation

10

Experience : Your experience can also fetch you points if it is relevant to the occupations list.

Experience

Points

Less Than 3 Years

0

3-4 Years

5

5-7 Years

10

At Least 8 Years

15

Skilled Employment in Australia

Experience

Points

Less Than 1 Year

0

1-2 Years

5

3-4 Years

10

5-7 Years

15

At Least 8 Years

20

Partner Skills The Australian government can consider your spouse's/partner's skills for rewarding you an additional 5 points if your partner:

  • Is under 45 years of age,
  • Has competent English language skills,
  • Is assessed and found to have skills related to their nominated occupation under SOL,
  • Is accompanying you to the country and
  • Is not a permanent residence holder or citizen of Australia.
Documents Required

Documents Required for Subclass 189 Visa

Documents play a vital role in receiving the Subclass 189 visa.

Here is a checklist of documents required to apply for the visa:

  • Subclass 189 visa application form
  • Two coloured passport-sized photographs
  • Proof of identification
  • English skills test scores
  • Educational qualification documents
  • Skill assessment report
  • Document to prove the skills
  • Reference letter from employer(s)
  • Character certificate from the police
  • Medical check certificate
  • Australian study requirement proof & documents to show proof of study (if applicable)
  • Partner's English proficiency proof
  • Proof of relationship status
  • Any other documents as requested during the process
Cost

Cost of Subclass 189 Visa

The Skilled Independent visa cost can differ based on the number and age of dependents included in the application.

Immigrant

Fees (in AUD)

Main Applicant

$4115

Partner

$2055

Additional Dependent (Under 18)

$1030

Note: There can be additional factors to the cost like Spouse's English skills, health examination and more. Moreover, the fee can change without any intimation.

Occupation List

Occupation List for Australia Skilled Independent Visa

Any aspirant wishing to apply for the Subclass 189 visa must choose an occupation related to those under the Skilled Occupation List.

This list is updated annually by Australia's Department of Home Affairs based on the latest demands in the country's labour market.

Things to Do

Things to Do Before Applying for a Skilled Independent Visa

Before you apply for the Subclass 189 visa, you must:

  • Ensure you meet the cut-off score for eligibility (65 points),
  • Check your occupation with Skilled Occupations List,
  • Get your skills assessed with the relevant authorities and
  • Check that you meet the other eligibility criteria.
After invitation?

What to Do After Getting the Visa invitation?

When you receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Department of Home Affairs, your application is about 90% through the process.

At this stage, you have to:

  • Undergo health checks,
  • Provide biometrics, if requested,
  • Provide additional documents, if needed,
  • Add members of your family and

Update your information (if any).

Things to Do

Things to Do Before Applying for a Skilled Independent Visa

Before you apply for the Subclass 189 visa, you must:

  • Ensure you meet the cut-off score for eligibility (65 points),
  • Check your occupation with Skilled Occupations List,
  • Get your skills assessed with the relevant authorities and
  • Check that you meet the other eligibility criteria.
Medical Requirements for Skilled Independent Visa

Medical Requirements for Skilled Independent Visa

Australian citizens enjoy some of the world's health standards. To maintain these standards, all PR applicants must meet the minimum medical requirements for a visa.

Here are the Australia PR medical tests required for the applicant, their partner and dependents.

Age

Tests Required

Under 2 Years

Medical Examination

2-11 Years

Medical Examination TB Screening Test

11-15 Years

Medical Examination Chest X-Ray

15 or More Years

Medical Examination Chest X-Ray

HIV Test

Reasons You are Not Invited

Reasons You are Not Invited For Subclass 189 Visa

Australia is a popular choice for people wanting to move to another country. Moving to the country with a PR visa has many benefits.

However, not all applicants are accepted for the PR program.

Here are the reasons why some PR applications are rejected:

  • Failing to meet application conditions
  • Violating condition of previous visas
  • Providing incomplete or false information
  • Failing to meet health requirements
  • Lacking sufficient funds
  • Failing to meet character requirements
  • Scoring low on English test
  • Failing to clear verification
Partner/ Family Requirements for Subclass 189 Visa

Partner/ Family Requirements for Subclass 189 Visa

Your partner's skills can be an added advantage to your visa points score.

You can claim the additional 5 points under 'Partner Skills' if your partner is:

  • Included in the same visa application as the applicant
  • Not an Australian citizen or PR holder
  • Assessed by an authority for an occupation under SOL
  • Competent in English
  • Experienced in a skilled

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