Permanent Skilled Independent Visas

Permanent Skilled Independent Visas

Permanently skilled independent visas allow individuals to permanently stay and work in Australia.

Skilled Independent
Visa Subclass 189
(Points-tested) stream

This Visa stream 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.

For the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you need to submit an expression of interest.
If you are a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you must:

  • be invited to apply for the visa
  • have an occupation that is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations
  • have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • satisfy a points test requirement
  • be under 45 years of age.
  • have Competent English.
  • You must be able to meet these eligibility criteria at the time you are invited to apply for the visa. Other visa criteria also apply.

Length of Visa

Permanently

Skilled Nominated
Visa Subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190 allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190 you must:

  • be nominated by an Australian state or territory.
  • be invited to apply for the visa
  • have an occupation that is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations
  • have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • satisfy a points test requirement
  • be under 45 years of age
  • have Competent English.
  • You must be able to meet these eligibility criteria at the time you are invited to apply for the visa. Other visa criteria also apply.

Length of Visa

Permanent

Permanent Residence Skilled Regional
Visa Subclass 191

This visa is for people who have lived, worked and studied in designated regional area Australia on a previous, eligible visa.

With this visa you can:

  • stay permanently
  • work and study anywhere in Australia
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

You must:

  • hold an eligible visa
  • have lived for at least 3 years and┬áhave a taxable income at or above a specific income threshold for at least three years
  • both primary and secondary applicants have complied with the conditions of the eligible visa you hold or have help.

Length of Visa

Permanent

Distinguished Talent
Visa Subclass 124

This visa is for people with a distinguished talent and allows you to permanently live in Australia.

Eligibility

You might be able to get this visa if you have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession.
  • a sport.
  • the arts.
  • academia and research.

Length of Stay

5 years

Distinguished Talent
Visa Subclass 858

This visa is for people with a distinguished talent. It lets you live permanently in Australia.

Eligibility

You might be able to get this visa if you have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession.
  • a sport.
  • the arts.
  • academia and research.

Length of Stay

5 years

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