189 Skilled Independent Visa
The Skilled Independent (189) Visa aims to attract skilled migrants with qualifications and professional experience in occupations that are critical to the Australian job market and economy. The Australian government has created a points-based system to rank potential visa applicants. Candidates are ranked based on their points and the highest ranked candidates are invited to apply for a Skilled Independent 189 Visa each time the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) runs an invitation round. A Skilled Independent Visa (189) provides the applicant and their family unit with Permanent Residency rights from the moment the visa is granted and does not require any form of business sponsorship.
There is also a special 189 Visa option for New Zealand Passport Holders.