Skilled – Independent (189)

Skilled Independent visa subclass 189 is a permanent visa for 5 years, which gives you the rights to live in Australia indefinitely.

After you move to Australia you will have an options wither to apply for Australian citizenship in 4 years or to get another permanent visa for another 5 years.

The applicants should meet the following requirements:

 

The process to obtain a Skilled Independent visa subclass 189 is a 4 stage process:

 

1.     English language test

At the moment there are 5 tests accepted by DIABP. The minimum score is IELTS 6 in each component, but certain occupations will require higher score

 

Alternative test scores benchmarked as against the IELTS band scale

English Language
Competent  level

Test component

IELTS

TOEFL
iBT

PTE
Academic

Cambridge English:
Advanced (CAE)*

OET

 

Listening

6.0

12

50

169

B

 

Reading

6.0

13

50

169

B

 

Writing

6.0

21

50

169

B

 

Speaking

6.0

18

50

169

B

 

2.     Skills assessment

Applicant’s skills should be assessed by the relevant authority. The assessment varies between assessing authorities and may include assessment of qualification and post-qualification experience. Certain skills require higher English language score.

 

3.     Expression of  Interest

The System Skill select will automatically select the candidates with the highest score and sends the invitation to apply for a visa. For certain occupation groups the competition may be high and more than 60 points could be required to get the invitation.

4.     Invitation to apply for a visa

Once the applicant invited to lodge the visa application, there are 2 months to lodge a visa application and to pay the visa fee.