The Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) 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. 

MAIN REQUIREMENTS 

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

  • be under 45 years of age
  • have competent English i.e.
    hold a valid passport issued by the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland (and you are a citizen of that country) OR
    an IELTS test score of at least 6 in EACH test component OR
    an OET test score of at least B in EACH test component OR
    a TOEFL iBT test score of at least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking OR
    a PTE test score of at least 50 in EACH test component OR
    a CAE test score of at least 169 in EACH test component
    In each case, the test must have been undertaken within the last three years (with the exception of the CAE test, which must be dated on or after 1 January 2015)
  • nominate an occupation that is included on the Skilled Occupation List 
  • score at least 65 on the relevant points test (which takes into account your age, English competency, qualifications and work experience, amongst other factors)
  • have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian skills assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation

 

 

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