General Skilled Migration

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The Points-tested stream of the Skilled – Independent visa allows highly skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, State or Territory of Australia, or family member to live and work permanently in Australia.

If you wish to apply for this visa under the Points-tested stream, you must first obtain a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation, and then lodge an Expression of Interest. If this is successful, you will be invited to lodge a visa application.

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa Requirements

At the time that you are invited to apply for this visa, you must

  • be under 45 years of age.
  • nominate an occupation that is included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
  • have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian skills assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation.
  • demonstrate competent English.
  • score at least 65 on the relevant points test.

Anyone who wishes to apply for this visa must first be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency before they can be invited to lodge an application by the Department of Home Affairs. In order to qualify for State/Territory nomination and an invitation to apply for this visa, you must lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI), which sets out how you meet the requirements for the Subclass 190 (State Nominated) Permanent Skilled visa.

Subclass 190 (State-Nominated) Permanent Skilled Visa

The subclass 190 visa allows highly skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory to live and work permanently in Australia. Applicants must nominate an eligible occupation that is included on the current Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Application Process

In order to qualify for an invitation to apply for this visa, you must first lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) which sets out how you meet the requirements for the Subclass 189/190 General Skilled Migration Visa.

Step 1: Initial Eligibility Assessment

Our first step is to conduct an initial assessment of your eligibility to apply for a skilled visa.  This process includes –

  • your qualifications and work experience are assessed to determine which MLTSSL occupation(s) you may be eligible to nominate.
  • your eligibility for a skills assessment (see below) is assessed with reference to relevant assessing authority criteria.
  • your ability to meet the points test threshold is determined.
  • your immigration status is checked on VEVO (onshore clients only).
  • review of your English language and other circumstances, to establish whether or not you are likely to meet the relevant requirements.

Your skilled visa eligibility is confirmed by a Registered Migration Agent. Eligible clients receive advice on the cost, procedure, estimated timeframes, and any other relevant matters.

Step 2: Skills Assessment

Skills assessments are issued by relevant authorities who determine whether your skills meet the standards they set to work in a relevant occupation. For each skilled occupation listed on the STSOL and MLTSSL, the Department of Home Affairs has specified the authorities that must carry out skills assessments for that occupation.

Subclass 190 visa applicants must obtain a positive skill assessment in an occupation on the relevant Skilled occupation list.

Step 3: Expression of Interest

In order to qualify for an invitation to apply for this visa, you must first lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) which sets out how you meet the requirements for the Subclass 180 (Skilled-Independent) or the Subclass 190 (State Nominated) Permanent Skilled Visa.

SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers or business persons from overseas to express their interest in migrating to Australia. Invitations to apply for a skilled migration visa are sent through SkillSelct, and are based upon a ranking of the attributes of the applicants.

 

Minimum requirement Skilled Independent (189), Skilled Nominated (190) and
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (491)
189 Skilled Independent 190 State/Territory nominated 491 State/Territory nominated 491 Regional sponsored
Age <45 <45 <45 <45
Occupation MLTSSL STSOL/MLTSSL STSOL/MLTSSL/ ROL MLTSSL
Skills assessment Required Required Required Required
English language ability Competent and valid Competent and valid Competent and valid Competent and valid
Points Test Yes Yes Yes Yes
State/Territory government nomination No Yes Yes No
Family sponsorship No No No Yes
Willingness to reside in regional Australia No No Yes Yes

Step 4: State/Territory Nomination

Anyone who wishes to apply for the Subclass 190 (State-Nominated) visa must be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency before they can be invited to lodge an application by the Department of Home Affairs.

Once your EOI has been lodged, the government agency of the State or Territory that you have chosen will review your EOI to determine whether or not you meet their criteria for nomination. Invitations are issued on an ongoing basis with the top ranking candidates in each occupation being invited to apply. To receive an invitation to apply for this visa, you must lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI), which sets out how you meet the requirements for the Subclass 190 (State Nominated) Permanent Skilled visa.

Step 5: Visa Application

You can submit your visa application once you have obtained a State/Territory nomination, and the Department of Home Affairs has invited you to apply for your General Skilled Migration visa. Your visa application must be logded within the validity period specified in the invitation issued in SkillSelect.

Immigration Advice

Please book an appointment to discuss your visa application with a Registered Migration Agent.