independent visa

The Independent Visa, also known as the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

"Empower Your Journey to Australia with the Independent Visa."

The Independent Visa, also known as the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189), is a type of permanent residency visa for skilled workers who want to live and work in Australia without the need for sponsorship from an employer, state, or family member. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must have an occupation that is listed on the skilled occupation list, meet the relevant skills assessment requirements, and score enough points in the points-based system. This visa allows the holder to live and work anywhere in Australia and includes access to government-funded healthcare and social services. The processing time for the Independent Visa can vary depending on individual circumstances, but typically takes around 8-9 months.

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Eligibility Criteria of independent visa in australia:

  1. Age: The applicant must be under 45 years of age when the visa application is lodged.

  2. Occupation: The applicant must have an occupation listed on the relevant skilled occupation list (SOL) and have a positive skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority.

  3. Language proficiency: The applicant must have competent English language proficiency, which is usually demonstrated through an approved English language test.

  4. Points test: The applicant must score at least 65 points on the points test, which is based on various factors such as age, language proficiency, education, work experience, and other factors.

  5. Health and character requirements: The applicant must meet the health and character requirements set by the Australian government.

  6. Expression of Interest: The applicant must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect system and be invited to apply for the visa.

It is important to note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee the grant of a visa, as there are limited places available and the visa is highly competitive.

The processing times and fees for the Independent Visa (Subclass 189) and Independent Regional Visa (Subclass 491) in Australia:

Visa Subclass Base Application Charge Additional Applicant Charge Processing Time
Subclass 189
AUD 4,045
7-11 months
Subclass 491
AUD 4,315
12-20 months

Note: The processing times listed above are indicative only and are subject to change based on individual circumstances.