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Australia Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

This visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

The Australian Skilled - Independent Visa (subclass 189) is an Australian skilled visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Certain family members can be included in the application.

To be eligible for a Subclass 189 visa you first need to hold an occupation from SOL (Skilled Occupation List) of Australia and then submit the online EOI (Expression of Interest). If your profile is selected, you will get the invitation to apply for visa within the period of 60 days.

A successful applicant is given a 5 year multiple entry visa to live and work in Australia. You only need to live in Australia for 2 of the 5 years to have the visa reissued for a further 5 years. Alternatively, you can spend 4 consecutive years in Australia and be eligible for citizenship.

Key Requirements of Subclass 189 Visa

To apply for this visa an applicant must:-

  • Be invited to apply
  • Score at least 65 points based on his/her profile factors, i.e. Age, Qualification, Experience, English proficiency and other such components if applicable.
  • Be under 50 years of age when you are invited to apply.
  • Have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation.
  • Have at least competent English.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
  • Meet the health and character requirements.


  • Length of stay – Permanently
  • This is a permanent visa – it lasts indefinitely.
  • Cost- Please refer to our costing table
  • Global processing times - 75 per cent of applications processed in 9 months & 90 per cent of applications processed in 12 months
  • Length of stay - Permanently
  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Enroll in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Travel to & from Australia for 5 Years
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship
  • You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for five years after the visa is granted.
  • You can include your partner and your or your partner’s child or step-child in your application.
  • Family members who are granted the visa have the same rights and can do the same things as you.
  • This is a permanent visa – it lasts indefinitely.
  • You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when a decision is made.

Applicants Cost

For Main Applicants

Factors Cost
Department of Immigration Visa Application Charge $ 3,755
Skills Assessment Application Fee from $300 to $1,050 for most occupations
IELTS Test (if required) 12600 INR till 31st March & 13250 INR from April onward

For Dependents

Factors Cost
The Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 190)
This fee includes the spouse of the primary visa applicant and any other secondary applicants who are aged above 18.
AUS $1835
The Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 190)
This fee includes per kid of the primary visa applicant who is aged under 18.
AUS $920

Other Costs (If Applicable)

Factors Cost
Medical Examination
This fee is payable for each person included in your application and must be paid directly to the doctor conducting your examination.
Variable (Depending upon the type of Medical Test and Examination required)
Character Clearance (Police Check)
This fee is payable to the police authorities in the countries where you have lived for 12 months or more.
Certification/Translation of Documents
Certification/Translation of Documents.


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