Skilled – Independent (sub-class 189) visa
Once an applicant has lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) and has met the required point score independently and received an invitation to lodge a visa application this is one of the permanent skilled visa options.
This visa is for those applicants who have an occupation on the MLTSSL (old SOL) and are able to meet the required minimum 60 points without any State or territory nomination or family sponsored points.
As an independent skilled visa, once granted, this permanent skilled visa has no restrictions. This means the primary visa holder is able to live and work anywhere for an employer of choice. Adult dependents who are members of the primary visa holder ‘s family unit and who also hold a permanent visa, have no restrictions.
The age limit for the Skilled Independent SC189 visa is now 45 years and a separate New Zealand stream has now been introduced into this category – subject to residential and income conditions (see NZ Citizens).