Skilled Independent Visa subclass 189 isan off- spring of the General Skilled Migration Program. It is a point based visa designed to attract skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian employer, a state or territory or a family member. It is a permanent visa that allows you to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Eligible family members are also allowed to be included in your application. This visa furthersplits into 2 streams:
Points tested stream (This is for the international invited workers):
On the Point test stream you are required to score at least 65 points to be eligible for this visa.This Skilled Independent Visa subclass 189 for invited workers was introduced in 2012-2013 to replace two visas: Offshore Skilled-Independent visa subclass 175 and the Onshore subclass 885 visa.
New Zealand Stream:
The Skilled -Independent visa subclass 189 for New Zealand Stream is designed for the eligible New Zealand citizens who are highly skilled and who haveshowcased commitment and contribution to the Australian economy to live and work in Australia.