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Overview

Skilled Independent visa
(subclass 189)

The visa is designed for invited workers, eligible New Zealand citizens, and eligible Hong Kong or British National (Overseas) passport holders with necessary skills. It allows them to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

Eligibility 

  • Specific to the relevant stream. The Skilled Independent (subclass 189) (New Zealand stream) visa permanently closed to new applications on 1 July 2023

Streams

Points Tested Stream

  • For invited workers with required skills

  • No need for a sponsor or nominator

  • Applicants must be invited to apply and be under 45 years of age

New Zealand Stream

  • For eligible New Zealand citizens demonstrating commitment and contribution to Australia

Hong Kong Stream

  • For eligible Hong Kong or British National (Overseas) passport holders demonstrating commitment to Australia

  • Must hold a Hong Kong passport or a British National (Overseas) passport

  • Must meet certain visa and residence requirements

  • Must meet certain visa and residence requirements.

Costs

From AUD4,640.00 (specific to the stream)

Common Reasons for Visa Denials

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