Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) – Expression of Interest – GSM – SkillSelect (c) Border.gov.au
Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 07:15 Written by Australian Immigration Visas Monday, 17 August 2015 07:15
This Visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.
It allows you to live and work in Australia as a Permanent Resident.
To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).
To be able to apply for this visa, you must first submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect. If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply online for the visa. During that time, you cannot change the information in your expression of interest.
To submit a complete expression of interest, you must have competent English language skills and a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation (or Job Ready program, if applicable).
DIBP Base Application Charge $3,600, Additional applicant charge 18 and over $1,800, Additional applicant charge under 18 $900.
This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189).
If you are invited to apply for this visa, you will have 60 days to do so. Invitations are based on claims made in your expression of interest, so your application must be consistent with the information you provided in your expression of interest and it must be supported by evidence.
You are eligible to apply for this visa if you have been invited. At the time we invite you to apply for this visa, you must have:
- nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
- obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
- not yet turned 50 years of age
- achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
- at least competent English.
You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
This applies to you and any dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This applies to you and all the dependent family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must score at least 60 points against points test factors to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa.
If you are invited to apply, you must achieve at least the score specified in your letter of invitation.
Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.
An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. An EOI is not a visa application.
You will be asked to provide a range of information in your EOI depending on the visa you want to be considered for, such as:
- basic personal information
- nominated occupation
- work experience
- study and education
- level of English skills
- details of a skills assessment, related to your nominated occupation
- business and investment experience.
The following five visas must be applied for following submission of a successful Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect:
- Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)
- Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled – Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
If you have researched your visa options and prepared the information required, you are ready to make an EOI. All EOIs must be completed online using SkillSelect. There is no fee to create or submit an EOI in SkillSelect.
For the points based skilled migration programs, such as the independent skilled program, you will be ranked according to your score on the appropriate points test. You will be able to complete an EOI even if you do not meet the pass mark, however, you will not be eligible to be invited to apply for a visa.
When you submit your EOI, you will be shown your points score but will not be able to view your ranking position. This is because your ranking will change as people enter and leave SkillSelect.
For information about how to calculate the points test for skilled migration, visit the points test webpage of the relevant visa subclass page.
Visit the Skilled Occupations Lists page to see if your occupation is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or Consolidated Occupation List (CSOL). If you are intending to apply for a Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa, you will need an occupation on the current SOL. For all state and territory nominated visa subclasses, Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visas and Temporary Work (subclass 457) visas you will need an occupation on the CSOL.
Once you have completed your EOI, it is stored in SkillSelect and is valid for two years.
Incomplete EOIs will also be stored for two years, but will not be eligible to receive an invitation. EOIs that do not comply with the terms and conditions of SkillSelect can be removed at any time. You will be asked to read and agree to the terms and conditions when you register for a SkillSelect account.
An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of the general skilled migration programme. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations.
Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.
Due to high levels of demand, the below three occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year:
- ICT Business and System Analysts
- Software and Applications Programmers
The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2015-2016 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations issued for each occupation in the current programme year to date:
Occupation ceilings for the 2015-16 programme year
|Occupation ID||Description||Ceiling Value||Results to date|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1000||4|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1410||9|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||1000||610|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1000||7|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1000||4|
|2312||Marine Transport Professionals||1000||8|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||1650||46|
|2322||Cartographers and Surveyors||1000||11|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1000||72|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||2970||171|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||1788||229|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||1000||171|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1000||21|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1362||18|
|2349||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||1000||4|
|2411||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||1980||25|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||8352||80|
|2415||Special Education Teachers||1158||3|
|2512||Medical Imaging Professionals||1092||24|
|2513||Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals||1578||14|
|2514||Optometrists and Orthoptists||1000||2|
|2521||Chiropractors and Osteopaths||1000||4|
|2527||Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1000||10|
|2531||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||3558||55|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1000||7|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1000||64|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts||1536||256|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||5364||894|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||1986||304|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1000||83|
|3122||Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||11|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||1|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1000||2|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1000||0|
|3223||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||4416||7|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||8070||8|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1000||1|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1656||11|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||7290||38|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||2802||6|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1284||2|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1038||4|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1000||3|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||2076||10|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1000||0|
|4112||Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists||1000||7|
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