Skilled Independent Visa
Immigrants who are granted the Subclass-189 Skilled Independent Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Australia can live and work in Australia for an unlimited period of time in any of the Australian States or Territories; enroll in Australia’s public Medicare health system; study at educational institutions in Australia; sponsor family members for an Australian visa; get social security benefits (if eligible) after a certain period of time; travel to and from Australia; have the option to open a business; be permitted to purchase a home or other property in Australia; and apply to become an Australian citizen after living in Australia four years and satisfying other criteria.
The Subclass-189 Skilled Independent PR Visa to Australia does not require the foreign worker to be sponsored or nominated by an employer, State, Territory, or family member.
The foreign worker must receive at least 65 points for his/her overall score, which is based on points that are given for age, English language abilities, skilled work experience, educational qualifications, partner skills (if relevant), and additional factors. Other requirements include: having an occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List for this Australian visa subclass; receiving a suitable Skills Assessment; having at least “Competent” English language abilities; submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) containing their required details; being less than 45 years of age when the Invitation to Apply (ITA) is given; satisfying the criteria for good character and good health; filing the Australian Visa Application, including all of the required documents, within the 60-day time limit; paying the Australian Visa Application Fee; and signing the Australian Values Statement.