Skilled Independent 189

Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa

In order to apply for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, you must first lodge an Expression of interest through SkillSelect and be invited by the Department of Immigration to apply.

Once you are invited to apply for a skilled visa, you must lodge your application within 60 days, otherwise the invitation lapses. Accordingly, it is very important that you have all required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible after receiving the invitation.

The Criteria

In order to qualify for a Subclass 189 visa, you will be required to:

  • Meet the pass mark in the points test. 60 points is the current passing mark.
  • Obtain suitable skills assessment result in an occupation in the Skilled Occupation List
  • Have at least competent English
  • Lodge an EOI and be invited to apply
  • Must not have turned 50
  • Meet health and character requirements

Family members included such as partner, children and other dependant family members must meet English, health and character requirements.

What does this visa let me do?

Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Skilled Independent visa become permanent residents of Australia.

Australian permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

Why Choose Seek Migration

Seek Migration specializes in Employer Sponsored visas, as it is the core of our practice. We have significant amount of experience in assisting employers and employees throughout the whole process of obtaining Permanent Residency.

Please contact us for more information.

Contact Us

Free Initial Online Assessment

Want to know if you are eligible to apply for Skilled Migration? Click on the link below to complete our online form or send in your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. Our team will conduct an assessment and provide you with a recommendation letter outlining the visa pathway, fees, our terms and processing times at no cost.

Online Assessment