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Skilled - Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The Skilled – Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is the preferred visa for applicants who wish to migrate to Australia and who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. Once the visa is approved the applicant and family can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

NEW PASS MARK 65 POINTS:

The offshore Skilled - Independent visa is assessed on a points based system which requires the principal applicant  to obtain minimum 60 points on the Points Test to be eligible for Skilled – Independent visa to Australia.

Applicants will be selected to submit an application based on the points they score in a number of selection criteria.  Applicants will be given points for the age, English language ability, work experience, and education.  You can view the points table and the factors on which the points are awarded here: https://www.bilimoriaassociate.com/immigration-to-detail.php?cId=2&rId=119&c=c

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants will need to first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then be invited by the Immigration department to make an application.   For an applicant to be eligible to apply for a Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must meet the points test threshold of atleast 60 points
  • Applicant must be under 49 years of age at the time of application.  Applicants aged 44 or more will not gain any points on age.
  • Applicant must have sufficient ability in the English language and should meet requirement threshold of competent / proficient English.
  • Applicant is required to have a (usually university or a trade) and the applicant’s skills must have been assessed by the relevant Skills assessment body in Australia.
  • Applicant and the family members must meet the Medical and character requirements.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

The Skilled - Independent Visa (subclass 189) application process involves three major steps.

  • Skills assessment: First step of the application process is to complete the skills assessment with the relevant Skills assessment body.  The skills assessment report helps the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to evaluate if the applicant has the required level of skill in the chosen occupation to work in Australia.
  • Expression of Interest: After having a positive Skills assessment report and the language test results, which meets the requirement an applicant will need to submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect.
  • Permanent Residence application: When an applicant is invited to apply, the Immigration department will give 60 days time to the applicant for submitting an application. While submitting the application the applicant must include all evidences to support the claims made in the Expression of Interest application to be approved by DIBP so the  visa can be granted.

FAMILY MEMBERS:

An applicant can include the spouse, dependent children and other dependent family members – Eg. Parents who live with you and are financially dependent.

RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS:

Applicants will have the following rights and obligations when Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is granted.

  • Applicant can live and work permanently in Australia
  • Applicant can study in Australia
  • Applicant can enroll in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • Applicant can have access to certain social security payments
  • Applicant can apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible, based on the residency criteria)
  • Applicant can sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • From the date the visa is granted, the applicant will be given a 5 year multiple entry visa to live and work in Australia.  The applicant needs to live in Australia for 2 of the 5 years to have the visa reissued for a further 5 years. Alternatively, you can spend 4 consecutive years in Australia and be eligible for citizenship.

Bilimoria & Associate liaisoning with members  of Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) Representatives and strive to achieve the highest possible standards of professional service.

Applicants interested in migrating to Australia, please send us your resume and your spouse’s resume to assess your eligibility.   We will write back to you within 48 working hours and guide you accordingly on how to proceed further.

For further clarifications you can write to us at:  neville@bilimoriaassociate.com or call our office at      +91 44 28227222 / 28239229 / 43508191 during Business Hours:  Monday to Saturday: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm (Lunch: 1.00- 2.00 pm)   for consultation or for an appointment.

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