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Australia also announced points based system for skilled workers as compare to other countries. Australia introduce Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Visa, In these categories you do not need job offer / employer sponsor / family sponsor to eligible for getting permanent residence status.
The name of visa indicates that you are independent to work & live anywhere in Australia. You are not bound to stay in specific state or Territories. You can also include your spouse and children in your application.
In Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Visa, those who interested to apply under these head needs to registered their EOI (Expression of Interest). You also need to fulfil the basic requirements of DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship).
The Basic requirements are 1) you are not more than 50 years of age when you received invitation 2) you need to score 6 Bands in IELTS in each module 3) Your Occupation must be in SOL (Skilled Occupation List) provided by Australian Government 4) You need to score at least 60 for qualifying under these visa category.
Apart from above you need positive skilled assessment the occupation which you are applying. The requirement of skilled assessment varies from assessing authorities. So you must fulfil the necessities of both bodies.
When you invited to apply then you have 60 days to lodge your application online, all process is well explained in the invitation letter. You needs to pay online 3060 AUS $ at the time of lodgement of your application.
Apart from that, your spouse & child age more than 18 years needs to give IELTS and have to secure 4.5 Bands. If not getting required score you need to pay additional 4250 AUS $ per person fees to Australian Government for Adult Migrant English Program.