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Points-tested stream

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

Points-tested stream

This visa lets invited workers with skills we need live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.




From AUD4,115

Processing times

75% of applications: 17 months

90% of applications: 30 months

With this visa, you can

  • work and study anywhere in Australia
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen

You must

  • have an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply for this visa
  • satisfy the points test

Help with your visa

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