The Skilled – Independent visa (subclass 885) closed to new applications on 1 January 2013.
You must be in Australia when the visa is granted.
This information is for people who have already applied for a Skilled – Independent visa (subclass 885).
You cannot lodge a new application for this visa but if no decision has been made on your visa, family members can lodge a combined application.
Health and character requirements
We will contact you when you need to provide health or character documents.
Debts to the Australian Government
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
After you have applied
After you have lodged the application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.
We will also assign you a case officer who will consider your application and can request an interview, ask for more information and make a decision.
Wait for a decision
We have visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you would be able to get a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
Provide more information
You can provide more information to us, in writing, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
- Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99 kB PDF).
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
Report changes in circumstances
Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
- Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
- Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
Withdrawing your application
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. If you know it, you should also include the number we gave you when you applied – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
- when you can use the visa
- the visa grant number
- any conditions attached to the visa.
You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
- why the visa was refused
- your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
- the time limit for lodging an appeal.
This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled – Independent visa (subclass 885). It explains your rights and obligations.
You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
What this visa lets you do
This is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
- apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.