Skilled Independent Permanent (189) Australian Permanent Resident Work Visa.

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Skilled Interdependent Work Visa (Subclass 189)

Australia is a heaven for skilled workers and this is based on statistics. The highest paid professionals on this earth are here in Australia. Skilled Independent work visa (Subclass 189) is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the skills required to fill Australia’s skill shortages. Applicants are required to have a skill in an occupation listed on a minimum score of 60 points on a point assessment to be eligible for this Visa. The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 45 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they have required qualifications and skills to work and live in Australia. Applicants for the Skilled Independent work visa (Subclass 189) do not require sponsorship. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Certain family members can be included in the application.

Over the past few years Australia has been one of the most desired destinations to migrate. The government of Australia frequently brings changes in the List of Occupations based on the requirements of the country.

So why to waste time and opportunity? If your occupation is listed and you fulfill the required criteria of point test, apply as soon as possible. Even if your occupation is not there in MLTSS List, get prepared and show your expression of Interest because you will get an invitation to apply for this visa as soon as your occupation reflects in the new List of occupations. Grasp this opportunity or you will lose this bright chance to work and live in the country which has a lot to offer.

What will you get out of this?

This visa may eventually allow you to become Australian citizen, and you will have the right to stay and work in Australia and get a wide range of benefits.

You will get

  • The stay with your family in Australia indefinitely.
  • The right to work and study in Australia.
  • Leave and return to Australia as many times as you like.
  • Enroll in Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses i.e Medicare.
  • The right to use the free and subsidized legal systems and health services.
  • The right to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.
  • The right to get help and assistance from Australian consulates when you go abroad.
  • Once eligible, you can apply for Australian citizen.
  • For any children born in Australia, they will become Australian Citizens automatically.
How do you go about getting this Visa?

Identify your Occupation and the available choices for Australia Migration. This does give an opportunity for a professional or skilled worker to gain permanent residency in Australia.

To start the ball rolling you must express an interest that you want to apply.

Skills Select

This is a system designed to assess your eligibility for this Programme. You will be asked initially for the following set of information:

  • Your personal information
  • Educational levels and areas of study
  • Your main occupation and your work experience
  • Level of your English language
  • You must be under 45 years of Age
Points Score

This is an important step of the visa application process. However, it does not automatically mean you can apply for a visa, but it is something that needs looking at seriously. The pass mark is 60 points for Skilled Independent Visa application (189).

To look now at this summary:


You can apply if you are in between 18-45 years of age.

You gain maximum 30 points, if you are aged between 25 and 32.

English Language

You have to score at least 6 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System in IELTS test.

Apart from it you can appear in an Occupational English Test (OET), Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test to prove your required English Language skills.

You get maximum of 20 points if you have superior English.

Skilled Employment- outside Australia

If you have worked for three but less than five years during a ten-year period, this will give you only 5 points.

If you have worked between five to eight years you will score 10 points


The maximum points you get is 15, if you have worked for eight years or more..

Skilled Employment- inside Australia

If you have worked in Australia for even one year you will get 5 points.

To achieve the maximum of 20 points, you will need to have worked from eight years in Australia in last 10 years.

Education Qualifications

You get 20 points if you have a doctorate from a recognized foreign University or from an Australian University.

You get 15 points for a recognized bachelor’s degree and 10 points for an award or qualification recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation.

You also get extra 5 points if you have Masters Degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution.

What else could be taken into consideration?

Studying in an area with a low density of population in Australia will give you 5 extra points. This could be either a metropolitan area or in the countryside.

You can also score 5 extra points on your spouse’s skill assessment.


Specified Regional Area

The Australian Government is keen to move permanent immigrant workers to areas where there is work of course, but away from the more crowded urban centres. This will both help in the development of the less crowded parts of the country side, along with other urban areas, and take pressure away from the more popular major cities.

Some other Important Points

Health Requirements

There will be health requirements and checks that will have to be fulfilled for both you and for any dependents you might have. .

Police and Character Checks

If you have lived in any country for 12 months or more over a ten-year period, you must show police checks for each of these countries. In fact, all police check and documentation will probably be needed.

Australian Debts

You must not have any outstanding debt to the Australian Government.

To Conclude:

Go through our free eligibility assessment test and then our team of experts and immigration lawyers would work out on your case and provide you the best and suitable occupation you may be eligible for.

Skilled Occupation List

This should not be a problem for most people as this list is very comprehensive. Australia is looking for people from a wide variety of professions and skills backgrounds. Each profession, trade and occupation has an official assessment authority to check the validity of each occupation.

Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL) effective 1st July, 2017

What to do next


Getting started is simple, just fill out our Free Assessment form, or call us for an assessment for the most suitable visa for you.

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