Skilled Independent visa SC189

What you can do with this visa

  • Let qualified skilled foreign workers and New Zealand citizens live and work anywhere in Australia as permanent residents.

How long you can stay

This is a permanent  visa.


There are two streams:

Points tested Stream-

New Zealand stream –

  • Must earn at, or above the minimum income threshold for each of the 4 completed financial years before applying for this visa (or if you meet the exemption criteria)
  • Must hold a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa
  • Lived in Australia for 5 years

Share criteria

  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Have no debt to the Australian government

Common Visa Conditions

8515 – Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entry

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