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Skilled Independent (subclass 189)

skilled-independentThis points-based visa is for skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer, state/territory, or a member of their family. The visa-holder visa can permanently work and live in the country, and  can generally bring other members of the family.

189 visa criteria

  • be invited to apply after a successful Expression of Interest

  • have a profession/occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

  • have your credentials/skills successfully assessed by the assigned Australian assessing authority. This information is in the Skilled Occupation Lists beside each occupation.

  • be under the age of 50 at the time you receive your invitation to apply

  • have a ‘competent’ level of English proficiency

  • achieve at least 60 on the points test


Applying for the Visa

Once your Expression of Interest application is successful, you will receive an ‘invitation letter’ which will tell you the next steps for your application. You only have 60 days to complete it online, so do not waste any time! You can apply for your visa from outside or inside Australia.

The checklist of documents will help you gather all the paperwork you need for the application. Start collecting them as soon as possible.


To see the fee for the visa application, click here. It must be paid by credit card.


The SkillSelect website runs through the steps for application, but remember that you cannot apply for any SkillSelect visa without lodging an Expression of Interest, and then receiving your invitation letter.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more detailed information about applying for this visa.