Skilled Independent Visa is an immigration program of the Australia Skilled Migrant Scheme. This Scheme covers all visas that allow permanent and temporary migration pathways to skilled candidates. During 2012-2013 the Skilled Independent Visa subclass 189 came as a replacement to the offshore skilled independent subclass 175 and onshore subclass 885 visa of the migrant scheme.
The Skilled Independent subclass 189 visa is permanent resident visa offered to candidates who have skills and experience that is most required by Australia. Each year, a set of occupations is released by the Australian Government by the medium of Skilled Occupation List. This list features all occupations that have a short term demand and a long term demand within the Australian States. To be eligible to apply for the subclass 189 visa, every occupation must an experience in any one occupation listed in the Skilled Occupation List. This list has limited ceiling and the applicant is only allowed to apply if his occupation ceiling is open. This list is updated each year according to the requirements of the country. Based on the presence of his occupation in list during each year, a candidate is deemed eligible or ineligible to apply.
Having came into effect during 2012-2013 as a replacement to the offshore skilled independent subclass 175 and onshore subclass 885 visa, the Skilled Independent Visa became the most common pathway for skilled migrants to apply for permanent residency visa of Australia.
If you are a skilled professional who does not have any sponsorship or nomination from an Australian State/region or an eligible relative residing in Australia you can apply for Australian permanent residency through the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189). On the basis of your skills, education and points you will be able to enter Australia and live as a permanent resident.
You are required to score 60 out of 100 points to be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent Visa subclass 189 visa. These points are allotted for factors like age, education, work experience, language skills etc. On successfully meeting the points threshold and eligibility parameters, you have to get your skills assessed by relevant body designated for your occupation.
To obtain a skilled visa of Australia, you need to score 60 out of 100 points on the Australia immigration points grid. Points are allotted for factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency etc. Each factor has a set of points, the highest of which are:
Should you wish you get a detailed segregated view of how points are allotted, visit Points Calculator.
Australia works through a simple pattern of occupational eligibility. The country has designed a Skilled Occupation List which comprises of two sub-list covering both long term and short term requirements of the country. In order to apply for Australia skilled visas, you need to hold experience in any one occupation of either of the lists.
This new concept of two sub-list came of Skilled Occupation List came into effect from April 2017.
Skilled Independent Visa operates through the SkillSelect system. SkillSelect is a platform designed by Department of Immigration & Border Protection to select applicants for permanent residency through draws. Applicants of subclass 189 from worldwide create their profiles with SkillSelect and those with highest scores are chosen for permanent residency. The visa application and approval procedure includes:
Skills Assessment- The occupational skills you hold are only accepted by Australia if they are assessed by authorities. For this, you need to go through the Skills Assessment. This is basically an activity wherein you submit your occupational experience letters to designated authorities of Australia. Each occupation has a designated body who conduct this assessment. On successful assessment, you receive a positive Skills Assessment report. This indicates that the experience you gained is true and relevant to the needs of the Australian economy.
Skills assessment Fees: Varies as per assessing body (approx. 450 AUD to 1050 AUD)
|3670 AUD for primary applicant|
|1835 AUD for spouse|
|920 AUD for each kid|
AUD stands for Australian Dollars-currency of Australia
Note: This does not include fee applicable to Kansas visa process services.
Yes. Proving language efficiency is mandatory in the processing of subclass 190 visa.
The Skilled Nominated Visa or subclass 190 is a part of Skill Select and managed under the same platform. In order to receive a sponsorship of Australian State through subclass 190 visa, one needs to apply for a subclass 189 visa and simultaneously apply for subclass 190 under selected States.
Yes. A surprisingly large number of applicants are unaware how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced and are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on their application or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation. So the moral of the story is to consider seeking the professional guidance before lodging an application for residence. Migration Agents exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze and are highly effective in doing so.
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