Skilled Independent (Permanent) (Class SI) (Subclass 189) also known as Subclass 189
The Subclass 189 Skilled Independent is a permanent residency for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member(Australia).
About The Skilled Migration Program
The general skilled migration (GSM) program accounts for most of Australia’s permanent visas issued each year and is the main pathway for people looking to migrate to Australia.
With an intake size of 190,000 people each year, the basis of this program is to allow individuals with genuine skills in certain occupations to apply for residency directly without needing to be sponsored by an employer.
Although the skilled migration program has been around for decades, the subclass 189 has only been around for less than 10 years, replacing a previous skilled independent visa subclass.
Criteria to apply for Subclass 189:
Below we have listed the main or ‘primary’ criteria for the grant of this visa. We have paraphrased and simplified the legal clauses to make them easier to understand.
- A positive skill assessment for an occupation that is on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
- Meet or surpass the minimum English language requirement
- Receive an invitation to apply from the Department
- Be less than 45 years of age when the invitation is issued
- Which means that you have at least 65 points in your skilled points test
The skilled migration program is only for main applicants under the age of 45 before at the time when they receive the ‘invitation to apply’ mentioned above.
That means your age is not locked in when you start the process, but only when you have a valid application with the Department of Home Affairs.
Either member of a couple (married or defacto) can be the main applicant, so in the case of one being above 45, you can apply using their partner or spouse instead – as long as they fulfil the criteria mentioned on this page.
It doesn’t matter how old the secondary applicants are, only the main applicant needs to be under 45 years old to qualify
- If you hold multiple recognised qualifications, you can only count points for one of your recognised qualifications (e.g. if you have completed a Bachelor degree and a Diploma degree, you can receive points for the Bachelor degree only).
- Your relevant skills assessment body will generally determine whether any qualifications earned outside Australia are of a standard that is comparable to the relevant Australian qualification.
- You may be able to receive points for a qualification that is not related to your nominated occupation.
- You must have worked at least 20 hours of paid work per week and in your nominated skilled occupation, or a closely related occupation.
- The work must be paid – it cannot be voluntary work.
- You can only count ‘skilled’ employment, that is it the work was undertaken after the applicant meets at least the entry level requirements as set by the relevant assessing authority for that occupation.
- The date on which an applicant becomes ‘skilled’ may be different from the date that an assessing authority finds that the person meets their requirement for a suitable skills assessment. For example, an assessing authority may issue a suitable skill assessment on the basis of attainment of a tertiary qualification but may require a period of post qualification work experience before considering an applicant ‘skilled’ for the purpose of employment points.
The 4 stages for the subclass 189 application are:
- Occupation assessment
- Expression of Interest (EOI) submission
- Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
- Your visa being granted
Novaturient’s experienced experts will help in each and every stage to ensure your application is given the importance it needs. Applying through Novaturient Visas will add the advantage of application being represented by a certified Immigration consultant.
Invitation to Apply (ITA):
When you receive your official invitation from the Department of Home Affairs, your application is about 90% of the way through the process and you are being invited to accept your place in the skilled migration program.
Applicants at this stage would have to:
- Pay their visa fees (main applicants + all other secondary applicants)
- Submit documents validating their claims in their EOI
- Police clearances for every country each applicant above 16 years old has stayed for an accumulated 12 months in the last 10 years
- Medical checks for each person in the application
- Any other documents required by the DHA on a case by case basis
Once all documents have been submitted, your application will go into the process queue for approval.
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