This is a permanent visa which is evaluated on the basis of applicant's skills.
This specific visa is designed for foreign students who graduated in the past six months. Note that this visa is independent of sponsorship and other requirements – it is granted on the basis of the applicants’ skills only.
Am I is eligible for an Independent Skilled Visa (189)?
This visa is dedicated to skilled professionals currently in Australia or abroad, who obtain satisfying result in the point test. You may only apply if you are invited and you have to lodge an Expression of Interest as well as obtain satisfying result in the point test .
Remaining Requirements for an Independent Skilled Visa
At the time of making application you have to be younger than 50 and you need to possess adequate level of English. You also have to have a level of skills and qualifications complying with the Australian Qualification in a skilled occupation which is one of the occupations listed on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL).
This visa is evaluated on the basis of a points system. The minimum of 60 points is required for you to pass the test and become legally eligible for this visa, providing you also meet the standard requirements .
You are awarded points for the following nine categories:
- English Language
- Australian and Overseas Work Experience
- Australian Study
- Community Language
- Regional Australian Study
- Spouse Skills
- Professional Year
Advantages of being a holder of the Independent Skilled Visa
This visa immediately grants the applicant and their immediate family accompanying them on their application the status of Australian permanent resident.
There are 2 instalments for payment of this visa:
- 1st instalment of $3,060.00 (AUD) which has to be paid at the time of making the application.
- 2nd instalment of $4,250.00 (AUD which has to be paid before the visa is issued if there is a person relying on your support who is 18 or older and whose English is less than functional.