The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence (PR) visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. The list of occupations (SOL) which qualify for this visa is here. The next step in the process is to get positive assessment for your occupation. There are other factors involved too but the focus of today’s blog is to share with you the points calculator so I will keep the blog focussed on that.
To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply. This is a great way to enter Australia as this visa lets you whatever you want to do (of course, legally!) unlike USA where you have to work in your profession even if you have worked there for decades!!
You need to score at least 60 points against points test factors to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa as mentioned above. If you are invited to apply, you must achieve at least the score specified in your letter of invitation.
Here is the points test table, which is used to calculate your eligible points. Please keep in mind that this table is for general calculation only and even if you reckon that you score 60 points, it does not mean that you will get the visa. Some professions have higher threshold for qualifying for the invitation. For example, as of writing of this blog accountants need 70 points to get the invitation.
|Points Test for 189 Visa|
|English language ability
Test results must be no older than three years immediately before the day on which the visa application was made.
Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of skilled employment in and outside Australia
|Outside Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation|
|In Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation|
|Qualifications||Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard||20|
|At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard||15|
|Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia||10|
|An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation||10|
|Australian study requirement||One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement||5|
|Specialist Education Qualification||Post Graduate Degree by Research through a course or courses taken for at least two academic years at an Australian educational institution||5|
|Other factors||Credentialled community language qualifications||5|
|Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education)||5|
|Partner skill qualifications||5|
|Professional year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply||5|
|Nomination/sponsorship (where required)||Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190only)||5|
|Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only)|
Source: Australian Government Immigration website (www.border.com.au)
The above point system was valid on the date of writing this blog. Please contact us to check your eligibility as many changes have occurred since then.
The two main changes were:
1. Minimum points needed to apply has now been raised to 65.
2. Age cut-off is now 45 years. So, you are no more eligible to apply once you become 45 years old.
VERY IMPORTANT: This is NOT immigration advice.