Independent Skilled Visas

Australia’s General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program ensures the delivery of suitably skilled, qualified and job ready independent skilled migrants that meet the needs of the Australian labour market. As independent migrants have the least number of restrictions placed on them, it is the preferred option for eligible applicants who do not have an employer to sponsor them to migrate to Australia. 
SkillSelect is the new gateway for people seeking to migrate to Australia. It is based on an electronic two-stage process whereby prospective migrants first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and may then be invited by the Immigration Department to make a skilled migration visa application. To obtain an invitation, applicants must demonstrate their ability to satisfy the criteria for a permanent GSM visa.

Independent Skilled Visas Subclass

Subclass 189  Subclass 190

 Subclass 489  Subclass 476

 

The Skilled – Independent Visa Subclass 189 is a points based permanent visa for applicants who are not sponsored by an employer or an eligible family member nor nominated by a state or territory government. 

Applications are by invitation only.
To be invited to apply, a person must

  1. submit an Expression of Interest
  2. have an occupation that is on the relevant Occupation List
  3. have a suitable Skills Assessment in their nominated occupation
  4. be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  5. meet the English language requirements
  6. be able to score at least 60 on the Points Test

The Skilled – Independent Visa Subclass 189 is a points based permanent visa for applicants who are not sponsored by an employer or an eligible family member nor nominated by a state or territory government. 

Applications are by invitation only.
To be invited to apply, a person must

  1. submit an Expression of Interest
  2. have an occupation that is on the relevant Occupation List
  3. have a suitable Skills Assessment in their nominated occupation
  4. be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  5. meet the English language requirements
  6. be able to score at least 60 on the Points Test

Requirements:

Each state or Territory has its individual Occupation List and criteria for nomination. Also, there are obligations that the nominating state or territory will require applicants to meet, should they nominate you. These include:

  1. stay in the nominating state or territory for at least two years
  2. keep the nominating state or territory informed of any changes to address
  3. complete surveys and provide information when asked by the nominating state

The Skilled Nominated / Sponsored (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489 is a points based visa for applicants nominated by a state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area in Australia.

Applications are by invitation only.
To be invited to apply, a person must:
  1. submit an Expression of Interest
  2. be nominated by state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative
  3. have an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  4. have a suitable skills assessment in your nominated occupation
  5. be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  6. meet English language requirements
  7. be able to score at least 60 on the points test (including the 5 points for nomination / sponsorship)

Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa.

Requirements:

Nominated by a state or territory

Each state or Territory has its individual Occupation List and criteria for nomination. Also, there are obligations that the nominating state or territory will require applicants to meet, should they nominate you. These include:

  • You must live, study and work in regional and low population-growth metropolitan area and comply with any residential conditions specified by the State or Territory government in your nomination.
  • If you later apply for a permanent residence you will need to prove that you have spent the specified time in a regional and low population-growth metropolitan area.
Sponsored by an eligible family member

You must live, study and work in a designated area. If you plan to apply for permanent residence you will need to prove that you have spent the specified time in a designated area. The visa is valid for four years, and a visa holder must live and work in a specified regional area.

The Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa is a non-points based visa for applicants that have completed an Engineering degree at a recognised institution in the last two years. 

To apply applicants must:
  1. be less than 31 years of age at the time of application
  2. demonstrate that they meet the English language threshold
  3. have completed an eligible degree qualification in Engineering
  4. have graduated from a recognised Institution

This visa allows recent graduates of selected universities to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in occupations in demand in Australia. As a holder of this visa, applicants may apply for permanent residence at any time if they are able to meet the pass-mark on the GSM points test. This visa allows applicants to remain in Australia for up to 18 months with no restrictions on work or study. 
There are no conditions placed on this visa. If granted this visa applicants are able to live and work in any part of Australia and engage in any type of employment.