Skilled Independent VISA (Subclass 189)

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VISA Duration


Work Hours

No Limit

Average Processing

3 to 5 months after successful completion of application.*


The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is a highly sought-after visa option for skilled workers looking to obtain permanent residency in Australia. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the key aspects of this visa, including its benefits, eligibility requirements, application process, and pathway to Australian citizenship.

Benefits of the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189):

The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) offers a range of advantages for skilled workers seeking permanent residency in Australia. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Permanent Residency: This visa grants you and your eligible family members the opportunity to live and work in Australia indefinitely.

  • Flexibility in Employment: With the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189), you have the freedom to choose employment in any occupation and location within Australia. As you do not require a nomination to be approved e.g. have a contract with an Australian business.

  • Access to Medicare: As a permanent resident, you are eligible for Australia’s healthcare system, Medicare, which provides medical benefits and subsidized healthcare services.

  • Educational Opportunities: Permanent residents have access to quality education and training opportunities in Australia, including eligibility for domestic student fees.

Work Hours:

The purpose of this VISA is for skilled labour which means while holding the Skilled Independent VISA (Subclass 189), you are allowed to work as many hour detailed in the contract provided by your employer.


To be eligible for the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189), you must meet certain criteria, which may include but are not limited to the following:

Skills Assessment

Your nominated occupation must be on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), and you must have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority.

Points-Based System

The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) application is based on a points system, taking into account factors such as age, English language proficiency, work experience, and education qualifications.

Health and Character Requirements

Meeting the health and character requirements set by the Australian government is mandatory for all visa applicants.

Visa's & Migration

Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect system is the first step. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have a competitive points score, you may receive an invitation to apply.

At OZI Immigration Services, we understand the complexities of the visa application process. Our experienced team will guide you through each step, ensuring that your application meets all the necessary requirements for a successful outcome.

important things you should know

Questions And Answers

Australia offers various types of visas, including tourist visas, student visas, work visas, skilled visas, partner visas, and more. The specific visa you need depends on your purpose of travel and eligibility.

To apply for an Australian visa, you typically need to complete an online application through the Department of Home Affairs’ website. The application will require you to provide personal information, supporting documents, and pay the required fees.

The processing time for an Australian visa can vary depending on the type of visa and individual circumstances. It can range from a few days to several months. It’s advisable to apply well in advance of your intended travel date.

It depends on the type of visa you hold. Visitors to Australia on tourist visas are not required to have health insurance. However, it’s highly recommended to have adequate health insurance coverage as healthcare costs in Australia can be high.

In some cases, it is possible to extend your stay in Australia. However, it depends on the type of visa you hold and the specific circumstances. It’s important to check the conditions of your visa and consult with the Department of Home Affairs or a registered migration agent for guidance.

The cost of an Australian visa varies depending on the type of visa and the duration of your stay. The fees can range from AUD 140 for a tourist visa to several thousand dollars for more complex visas like skilled migration visas. It’s best to check the Department of Home Affairs’ website for the specific fees.

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