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 – Skilled Independent

New Zealand Stream – Unchanged

  • 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

Hong Kong Stream

This visa lets eligible Hong Kong or British National (Overseas) passport holders who have demonstrated commitment to Australia, live and work in Australia permanently.

  • You must hold a Hong Kong passport or a British National (Overseas) passport
  • You must hold an eligible visa and complied with the conditions of that visa
  • You must have usually resided in Australia for at least 4 years

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