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By Sam Hopwood*
One of the most sought-after Australian visas is the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). This visa allows you and any dependants to live and work in Australia permanently with virtually no restrictions. If your skills are currently in demand in Australia, you might just be able to get your hands on one.
Is your job on the list?
The Australian skilled occupations list is a list of all of the jobs that are currently in demand in Australia. If your occupation is on the list and you meet the relevant criteria, you could be eligible for one of the most coveted permanent residency visas, the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189).
These are five of the most in-demand jobs in Australia right now, so if you have these skills, now is the perfect time to apply for this visa.
- Secondary School Teachers
- ICT Security Specialists
- Construction Project Managers
Depending on your level of expertise in your specific field, you could start earning a tidy sum in Australian Dollars from the moment you get to Australia.
The benefits of the Skilled Independent visa
The Skilled Independent visa is a permanent residence visa, so you can stay in Australia indefinitely once you have been granted this visa. What’s more, you can bring your family with you on this visa and they too will be able to live, work and study in Australia, as well as enrol in Medicare, Australia’s national healthcare scheme.
The Skilled Independent visa route is one of the best ways to get your new life started in Australia. If you have the relevant skills, it’s advisable to apply sooner rather than later, as the DIBP updates the list of eligible skilled occupations on a regular basis.
How to get a Skilled Independent visa
The first thing you will need to do is submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The EOI will need to detail your nominated occupation, skills and qualifications. If your EOI is accepted, you will be invited to apply for the visa. You will have 60 calendar days to apply for the visa after you have been invited.
In the second stage of the application, you will need to:
- Obtain a skills assessment for your occupation
- Meet the immigration points test pass mark of 65 points
- Take the English language test
- Be under 45 years old
- Meet the health requirement
- Be of good character
Most Australian visa applications fail not because applicants are ineligible, but rather due to a lack of documentary evidence. An experienced MARA-registered Australian migration agent can ensure your application is presented correctly, so that you don’t waste time and money on an unsuccessful application.
- Sam Hopwood is the Managing Director of Sable International’s Australian office. He will be in the Cape Town office conducting one-on-one consultations for those interested in their Australian visa options.