Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

About this visa:
The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.
To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

You might be eligible to apply for this visa, if you are invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must have:
•nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
•obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
•not yet turned 50 years of age
•achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
•at least competent English.

How to apply:
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189).
Apply for this visa online through SkillSelect, using the link we provided in your letter of invitation.
Invitations are based on claims that you make in your expression of interest, so your application must include evidence to support your claims.
If you are invited to apply for this visa, you will have 60 days to apply. You can be in or outside Australia when you lodge your application.
Prepare your documents
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
Lodge your application online
Pay the initial visa application charge by credit card when you apply.
Upload your documents through your ImmiAccount when you lodge your online application. This will help reduce delays in processing the application.

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