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Skilled Independent Visa (189)

  • This visa uses a points test and allows you to migrate to Australia if you have competent English language and other skills and attributes which will contribute the most to the Australian economy.
  • You do not require sponsorship to apply for this visa.

This visa is for you if you

  • Are under 50 years of age
  • Have competent English language skills
  • Have the skills and qualifications that meet the Australian standard for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
  1. 1
    The SOL is a list of skilled occupations of high value to the Australian labour market.
  2. 2
    This visa allows you and any secondary applicants included in your visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.

Australian permanent residents can

  • Live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
  • Study in Australia at school, Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector or university
  • Receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
  • Be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
  • Sponsor people for permanent residence.


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