This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.
You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:
About the Visa
The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.
To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:
To be able to apply for this visa, you must first submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect. If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply online for the visa. During that time, you cannot change the information in your expression of interest.
To submit a complete expression of interest, you must have competent English language skills and a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation (or Job Ready program, if applicable).
Your visa application is likely to require extensive supporting documents, as listed in the document checklist. Start compiling your documents early in the process, even before you submit your expression of interest.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.
You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.
Who could get this visa
You are eligible to apply for this visa if you have been invited. At the time we invite you to apply for this visa, you must have:
You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.This applies to you and any dependent family members included in your application.
You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.
This applies to you and all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
Debts to the Australian Government
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application.Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
Sign the Australian Values Statement
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
Including family in your application
You can include the following people in your visa application:
These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements. You can add your partner and dependent children to your application at any time until your visa is decided.