About Skilled Visa (Subclass 189 and 190)
This is a permanent skilled visa for individuals who pass a points-based test. When applying for the Skilled Independent visa, you can be in or out of Australia. To be eligible for this visa, you must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect and then be invited to apply.
It is a permanent visa that, once granted, allows you to do the following:Stay in Australia indefinitely; work and study in Australia; enrol in Medicare Australia’s health-care and expenses scheme; apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible); sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence; travel to and from Australia for a period of five years beginning on the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).
Requirements for eligibilty:
Nominated an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
Obtained a skills assessment for the occupation
Be under 50 years old
Achieved the score specified in the letter of invitation based on the points test factors