Skilled independent visa – The Best Way for Skilled Migrants to Settle in Australia


Skilled Independent or subclass 189 visa is a type of visa that does not require any nomination or sponsorship from a state or employer in Australia. Most Indian migrants use the subclass 189 Australian skilled independent visa. The subclass 189 is a part of General Skilled Migration or GSM.

How to apply for skilled independent visa

The GSM is a method of points based assessment of the applicant’s age, educational qualification, relevant work experience, skill in speaking, reading and writing English language. Any candidate who wishes to apply for subclass 189 type of visa can nominate an occupation from the selected occupation list and thereafter submit an EOI or Expression of Interest. This submission is made through the Skill Select system. However at this time some documents are needed.

Any applicant wishing to put forth an EOI must have in hand

·         IELTs test score showing proficiency in English with minimum Band 6 in speaking, reading, writing and listening.

·         Skill Assessment Report  from a certified and credible authority
An applicant’s chances are brighter if they have a three year degree and abut 4-5 years of work experience.

Skill Select Immigration System

The Australian immigration system does not pay any attention to an applicant’s gender, religion, country of origin and other discriminatory factors. The selection is based on the merits of the Expression of Intent (EOI)and depends on –

·         What is the quota of the particular skill in that year in SOL.

·         What is the applicant’s position (on basis of points) in the queue of those who have submitted a application.

You have to score a minimum of 60 points to be eligible. The score is based on your age, educational qualification, work experience, professional skills, proficiency in English and other factors.
Those who receive a PR visa can live and work in Australia without any restriction. They can also sponsor their relatives for PR visa. Children of PR visa holders who are born in Australia are by birth Australian citizens. 

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