Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

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Skilled Independent Visa

This visa is for invited workers and New Zealand citizens with skills we need, to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

The 189 Visa

Visa Stream

The 189 Visa has 2 types of entry streams:

Points Tested Stream
This visa lets invited workers with skills we need live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

  • ​​​​You don’t need a sponsor or nominator
  • You must be invited to apply
  • You must be under 45 to be invited

New Zealand Stream 
This visa lets eligible New Zealand citizens who have demonstrated commitment and contribution to Australia, 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 the last 5 years
  • You must have started living here on or before 19 February 2016

How to apply?

In order to apply for the 189 Visa you must:

  • Have an occupation that is on the list of eligible skilled occupations.
  • Have a skills assessment for the occupation, unless exempt.
  • Be invited to apply for this visa.
  • Have a suitable points test.

What can you do?

With a granted 186 Visa you can:

  • Stay in Australia Permanently
  • Live, work and study in Australia indefinitely.
  • Sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia.
  • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

The Process

Make your desiered visa a reality with our easy 4-step process. Our expert, registered migration agents will handle all the nitty gritty, just sit back and relax untill a decision is made!

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