Subclass 189

The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications or skills required to fill Australia's skilled worker shortages.

This visa category is open to applicants who are able to satisfy the Australian Department of Border Protection visa assessment by achieving the pass mark of 60 points.  Applicants for this visa do not require any Australian state or territory sponsorship.

Applicants must also be under 50 years of age at the time of application and have a qualification or the skills of an occupation that is listed on the current on the Skilled Occupations List (also known as the SOL). Applicants must have obtained suitable skills assessment for their occupation and must also demonstrate competent English language skills.

Subclass 189 Visa Entitlements

Australian Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) visa holders become automatically become permanent residents of Australia.  Permanent residents are entitled to live, work, study, and retire in Australia on a permanent basis.  Primary benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to Australian Medicare (government subsidized healthcare scheme for people of all ages), designated social security benefits, subsidized education at all levels and including the university level, and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

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