One of the most coveted Aussie visas is the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). This is a permanent residency visa that allows you to live and work in the land Down Under with no restrictions. It’s tough to obtain but using this strategy could make it easier than you’d think.
Why you want a Skilled Independent visa
The Skilled Independent visa is one of the most powerful Aussie visas there is. It is a direct route to permanent residency, which can eventually be converted into full Australian citizenship. All you need to do to be eligible for a Skilled Independent visa is find an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list and score the required number of points on the immigration points test.
The best part about this visa? Once you’ve received it, you are under no obligation to work in Australia in the profession that got you there. That’s right, you can do whatever job you please once you’re Down Under.
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If you don’t have a profession on the list, don’t fret. We have a clever work-around solution that you may be interested in.
Our ingenious solution
One of the ways to get your hands on a Skilled Independent visa is by having a secondary school (what we call high school here in South Africa) teaching qualification under your belt. These are in fact quite easy to obtain.
If you have a university or college degree, all it takes is an extra course, known as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Once you have this qualification, you’re on your way to permanent residency.
Applicants are often surprised to find that experience in teaching isn’t a prerequisite for eligibility for a Skilled Independent visa, so if you’re a recent graduate, or are working towards your degree, this is an excellent opportunity for you.
Post-qualification work experience can, however, help you secure extra points on the visa points test. Remember, this and many other Aussie visas are awarded on a points-based system. Work experience almost always nets you a valuable few extra points.
Remember, you are under no obligation to work as a teacher once you’ve arrived in Australia. From the moment you land you can work in any profession you choose.
More good news for you
The Skilled Independent visa also allows you to bring your dependants, your partner and even your partner’s children or step-children with you to Australia. These family members will have the same rights granted to you by your Skilled Independent visa.
This means they will all be able to work and study in Australia, enrol in Medicare, sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence and eventually apply for Australian citizenship. This visa is really one of the best ways to get a new life started in Australia.
So how do I apply for a Skilled Independent visa?
As mentioned above, this visa works on a points-based immigration system, which awards a specific number of points based on your qualification, age, experience and English language ability.
To apply for the Skilled Independent visa, you will need to:
- Submit an expression of interest to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- Have obtained a skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority
- Meet the points test pass mark of 60 points
- Have had your English language ability assessed
- Have proof that you are under 45 years old
- Meet the health requirement
- Be of good character
An experienced Australian migration agent can help you ensure that you fulfill all the criteria for this visa application. Most Australian visa applications fail not because applicants are not eligible, but rather because documents are submitted incorrectly.
If you’d like to find out whether you’re eligible for an Australian visa, fill in the form on this page and we’ll get back to you. It costs nothing to get in touch with us, so why not give it a go.