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SkillSelect - Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The Skilled Independent Visa is a permanent residence visa for individuals who have the qualifications and skills required to fill Australia’s skill shortages and are not sponsored by an employer, family member or nominated by a State or Territory Government.

SkillSelect – Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Requirements:

To successfully apply for this skilled migration visa, you need to first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) online and then be invited to apply for the visa.

Once you have been invited to apply, you must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements to qualify for a visa in the General Skilled Migration program.

You must:

Applicants are assessed against the point’s test in which points can be claimed in the following areas:

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The Points Table

SkillSelect Points Test

Points are awarded on the basis of the factors listed in the following table. All factors are assessed as they are at the time you are invited to apply for this visa.

Overview

Points criteria are assessed at the time of invitation.
AgePoints
At least 18 but less than 25 years25
At least 25 but less than 33 years30
At least 33 but less than 40 years25
At least 40 but less than 45 years25
Overseas skilled employment – (outside Australia)Points
Less than 3 years0
At least 3 but less than 5 years5
At least 5 but less than 8 years10
At least 8 years15
Australian skilled employment – (in Australia)Points
Less than 1 year0
At least 1 but less than 3 years5
At least 3 but less than 5 years10
At least 5 but less than 8 years15
At least 8 years20
EnglishPoints
Competent English0
Proficient English10
Superior English20

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Employed means engaged in an occupation for remuneration for at least 20 hours a week.

Closely-related occupations must be:

Under the points test there is a cap on the number of points that can be awarded for employment experience. The maximum number of points that can be awarded is 20, this means that even if you score more than 20 combined points for your employment experience only 20 points will be awarded.
Educational qualificationsPoints
A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.20
At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.15
A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution.10
Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation.10

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For points based migration you will receive points for your highest qualification only.

Recognition of your qualifications

The authority undertaking your skills assessment may determine if your qualifications are comparable to the relevant Australian qualification. Assessing authorities are listed against your occupation in the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations. You must have obtained this recognition at the time you are invited to apply for a visa.

If you hold an overseas qualification at bachelor level or above and your skills assessing authority did not offer an opinion on that qualification, then we can assist you as part of our visa services, to get your overseas qualification assessed.

Doctoral requirements (PhD)

You can only be awarded points for a doctoral degree if you have completed a qualification at the relevant level, that is, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). You cannot claim these points for the award of other qualifications that give you the right to use to the title of Doctor (that is, general practitioner, dentist, vet).
Specialist education qualificationPoints
A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least 2 academic years study in a relevant field. The postgraduate degree by research (doctorate or masters) must be awarded from an Australian education institution after at least 2 academic years of study in the following science, technology, engineering, mathematics or specified information and communication technology (ICT) fields:10

Eligible fields

Information technology
Natural and physical sciences
Engineering and related technologies
To determine whether your qualification is eligible, see the CRICOS website.
Australian study requirementPoints
Meet the Australian study requirement. You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that meets the Australian study requirement.5
Professional Year in AustraliaPoints
Completion of a Professional Year in Australia.5

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Recognition of your qualifications

At the time of invitation to apply, you had completed a Professional Year. To be eligible for the award of these points your Professional Year must have been in Accounting, ICT/Computing or Engineering, and:
Credentialed community languagePoints
Hold a recognised qualification in a credentialed community language. To be credentialed in a community language and eligible for the award of points you must have been accredited at the paraprofessional level or above, certified at the certified provisional level or above, or have a community language credential for interpreting or translating by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.5
Study in regional AustraliaPoints
You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia.
To be eligible for the award of points your educational qualification:
  • must meet the Australian study requirement
  • have been obtained while you lived in, and studied at a campus in, a designated regional area
  • not include study undertaken by distance education
5
Partner skillsPoints
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and skill criteria.
For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence that when you were invited to apply for this visa that they:
  • Were under 45 years’ old
  • Had competent English
  • Had nominated a skilled occupation that is on the same skilled occupation list as your nominated skilled occupation
  • Had a suitable skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated skilled occupation, and the assessment wasn’t for a Subclass 485 visa.
10
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English.
For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen
5
You are single or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.10

Entitlements of the SkillSelect – Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

The Skilled Nominated Visa will grant you permanent residency in Australia. This will entitle you and your eligible family members to:
To find out whether you qualify for a skilled migration visa, get in touch with our Australian Migration Expert by booking appointment.

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