Australia Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

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Applications are by invitation only. To be invited to apply, a person must:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest
  • Have an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • Be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  • Meet the English language requirements
  • Be able to score at least 60 on the points test

Expression of interest is submitted through Skill Select. This can be done from anywhere. If you are invited to apply for this visa you need to lodge an application within 60 days. Skill select has been designed to resolve the current skill shortages of Australia. You have to score 60 points in the following categories to get the visa

Age, Qualification , Work Experience, English Language ability , Partner Skills, Australia Study and/ Or Work Experience , Community Language 


What does this visa let you do?

This visa allows you and dependents included in your visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.

As a permanent resident of Australia, you can:

  • Live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
  • Study in Australia at school, Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector or university
  • Receive subsidized healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
  • Be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
  • Sponsor people for permanent residence



Applications are by strictly by invitation. To be invited to apply, you must-

  • Submit an expression of interest
  • Meet the English language requirement.
  • Be less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issued
  • Have an occupation that is on the skilled occupation list*
  • Be a certified professional
  • Able to score 60 points in the test conducted by Skill Select
  • Meet health and character requirements

Expression of interest is submitted through Skill Select. This can be done from anywhere. If you are invited to apply for this visa you need to lodge an application within 60 days. Skill select has been designed to resolve the current skill shortages of Australia. You have to score 65 points in the following categories to get the visa

  • Age                                                                                         
  • English language                                                                     
  • Nominated Skilled occupation                                                
  • Skills Assessment                                                                   
  • Location                                                                                 
  • Health
  • Character
  • Australian Values Statement                                                   
  • Overseas and Australian Skilled Employment                        
  • Australian Study Requirement                                                
  • Educational Qualifications                                                      
  • Credentialed Community Language                                        
  • Regional Australia Study                                                        
  • Partner Skills             
  • Professional year

Note: Along with IELTS; TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic tests would be accepted from applicants from November 2014.

Australia Skilled Occupation List


Visa Fee

Applicant in Australia or outside Australia:

Base Application Charge: $3520

Additional Applicant Charge (18 and over): A$1760

Additional Applicant Charge (Under 18): A$880

For applicants who have turned 18 at the time of application and who are assessed as not having functional English the second

installment is $4885. For any other applicant, the second installment is nil.

Disclaimer: Visa fees are subjected to change without prior notice. All charges shown above are in AUD.


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Fees, Cost and Refund Policy

Our Service fee is Competitive & among the best in the industry. At any given time, our state-of-the-art Processing Centre, processes over 5000 active cases from across the world. Your visa application is processed by one of the best and experienced hands.

The Prices are standard across all our offices. We guarantee the lowest and most reasonable price for our services.

You may have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, English language tests, skill assessments and police certificates, if required.

General Skilled Migration cost remains the same.


Opulentus Services

Opulentus offers advice and guidance for best possible documentation. We assist and guide you at each step till you get your visa.

  • Expert advice on complete process stage wise
  • Visa documentation*
  • Provide you the document checklist stage-wise and assisting you with the requisites and the alternatives upon receiving the signed service agreement copy
  • Provide documents samples and assist you with inputs wherever necessary
  • Corresponding with the department, on your behalf, if required
  • Post landing, traveling and settling assistance

*Documentation service differs from country to country. Please refer your Service Agreement for further details.


Post landing and resettlement services

  • Relocation assistance
  • Accommodation, travel and settling assistance
  • Pick up at Airport – extra charges
  • Details on local Indian communities
  • Guidance on local transports and other settlement related advices


Country profile

Australia derived from Latin means south. It is also referred by some as Southern land of Holy Spirit. It is a land of varied landscape and weather.

Australia is a wealthy country, with high GDP per capita and low poverty. It is ranked third in index of economic freedom. The country is ranked second in United Nation Human Development index.

Education is compulsory throughout Australia. Literacy rate is 99%. Australia has 37 government funded universities and two private universities.

Health in Australia is given high importance. Australia stands forth in highest life expectancy in the world – 79.5 years for males and 84 years for females. Total expenditure on health is 90% of GDP. It is nominally funded by income tax surcharge, known as Medicare levy.

The major concern of Australia is scarcity of skilled persons. What Australia looks for is skilled and talented professionals, and has amended its migration policy to fulfill the skill shortage in the country.




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