The Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa is a type of Australian Visa designed for skilled workers who have the qualifications and skills needed to fill specific roles in the Australian labor market. This visa is part of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program and is points-tested, meaning applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria and accumulate a minimum number of points based on the elements like age, educational background, professional history, proficiency in the English language, and additional criteria.
Here’s more information about the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa:
Eligibility for Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa:
- Occupation: You must nominate an occupation that is on the relevant Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) and have the skills and qualifications required for that occupation.
- Age: You must be under the age of 45 when you receive an invitation to apply for the visa.
- Skills Assessment: You must have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation. This assessment ensures that you meet the skill requirements for the occupation.
- English Language Proficiency: You must demonstrate a competent level of English language proficiency by providing test results from an approved English language test (e.g., IELTS, PTE, TOEFL).
- Expression of Interest (EOI): You must submit an Expression of Interest through the Skill Select system, where you’ll provide details about your skills, qualifications, and other relevant information. You’ll also be assigned points score based on this information.
- Invitation: You must receive an invitation to apply for the visa. Invitations are typically issued to the highest-ranking candidates based on their points score. Having a higher score increases your chances of receiving an invitation.
Processing Time for Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa:
The processing time for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa can vary depending on a range of factors, including the number of applications being processed at the time, the completeness of your application, and whether you were invited to apply. It is important to check the current processing times on the official website of the Department of Home Affairs, as they can change over time.
Steps to Apply for Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa:
- Skill Assessment: Before you submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), you should have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation.
- Expression of Interest (EOI): Create an EOI on the SkillSelect system, providing accurate and up-to-date information about your skills, qualifications, and work experience. Ensure you achieve the required minimum points to be eligible for an invitation.
- Wait for an Invitation: After submitting your EOI, you’ll need to wait for an invitation to apply for the visa. Invitations are typically issued periodically based on points scores and occupation demand.
- Lodge Your Visa Application: Once you receive an invitation, you can proceed to lodge your Subclass 189 visa application. Ensure all required documentation and information are complete and accurate.
- Health and Character Checks: You will need to undergo health and character checks as part of the visa application process.
- Visa Grant: If your application is successful, you will receive a notification of visa grant, and you can then travel to Australia as a permanent resident.
It’s important to note that the Subclass 189 visa is a highly competitive visa, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation. The points system and demand for specific occupations can change, so it’s essential to stay informed about the latest updates and requirements on the Department of Home Affairs website or consult with a registered migration agent for personalized guidance.