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Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (Points-tested) stream Features

This stream is for Points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. For the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you need to submit an expression of interest.

If you are a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)


You must:

  • 1. have a relevant occupation
  • 2. have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • 3. meet the points test pass mark of 65 points
  • 4. be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
  • 5. have Competent English
  • 6. be invited by us to apply

Length of stay



From AUD 3,755