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Top 5 Facts of Subclass 189 Visa - (Actual) PR visa of Australia

Point-based Skilled Permanent Residency Visa Work in Australia with this PR work visa, a points-based visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. Read on.

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Australia skilled independent visa or sub class is one of the favourite visa category of skilled professionals of India and abroad. The best advantage of this visa is that it doesn't need sponsorship from an employer /state/ relative and you get an unlimited access to Australia (and New Zealand).

Although this is a popular visa permit, yet not everyone qualifies for this visa. Here are top 5 facts of Australia's PR visa that you should know before you apply.

1. What are the eligibility requirements for a Subclass 189 visa?

Below are the major requirements of the Australia's 189 visa.You need to get invited to apply for the visa.

  • Should not be older than 45 years when receiving the invitation to apply
  • You need to have an occupation matching the skills and educational qualifications. Also, the occupation has to be in the demand list also known as Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MTSSL).
  • You should have skills assessed by a relevant assessing body for your nominated occupation.
  • Must have at least competent level English language proficiency
  • Need to score a minimum of 65 points on Australia Points Calculator
  • Must meet the character and health requirements.

2. What is the step-by-step Process for Subclass 189 visa?

If you have a good experience and occupation listed in the country's in-demand list, then you are undoubtedly get welcomed by the Australian government. To process your application for a skilled independent visa, you need to follow a three-stage application process.

Stage 1: Skill Assessment

You need to get your skills assessed under the Australia point's calculator with the relevant immigration body. For example, an IT professional needs to get their skill assessed by "Australia Computing Society". Similarly, for every occupation has a designated skill assessing body

Based on your skills assessment, the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) will judge whether you hold the required level of skills for Australia or not.

Stage 2: Lodging the application online

After obtaining your skills assessment, you should submit your Express of Interest. This has to be done with SkillSelect. There is no condition like you need to apply this inside of Australia; you can lodge this anywhere in and out of Australia.

Stage 3: Receive invitation and apply for the last stage

Once you have obtained your ITA or the Invitation to apply, you can continue your next stage with DOHA. Here, you can process your final stage and complete the visa application process.

In between each stage, there will be multiple requirements for gathering documents, following procedures, etc. For in-detail information on the Australia immigration process, you can feel free to contact an experienced immigration consultant.

3. What is Skillselect?

To manage the skilled migration programs, the Australian government has employed an online service provider known as SkillSelect. The Skillselect verifies whether the candidate is meeting the economic needs of the program or not.

4. How much does subclass 189 visa cost?

The subclass 189 visa or the Skilled Independent visa is a permanent stay visa program. The visa cost for the subclass 189 visa type is 4,045 in Australian Dollars.

Also, the processing time for the applications varies as per the demand of your occupation. Generally, almost 75% of the applications get processing in 12 months, and 90% of applications get processed in 20 months.

5. What are the benefits ofthe Subclass 189 visa?

By obtaining a Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189), you are very much familiar with many advantages.

Let us now discuss a few of the Australia PR benefits which a visa holder can claim with the subclass 189 visa:

  • You can stay for an indefinite period in the country.
  • You will be eligible to study and work in Australia.
  • In the 5 years visa grant, you are eligible to move to and from Australia.
  • You will be eligible for enrolling into medical care.
  • You can sponsor your relatives for temporary and permanent residence.
  • You will be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship

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