Skilled Independent Subclass 885 (On-shore) Visa

If you have firmly established

  • that your nominated occupation is on the current SOL and
  • that you are likely to score at least 65 points on the Points Test, and
  • that you are going to apply from within Australia,

it is likely that you will meet all the requirements for the subclass 885 Skilled Independent Visa (see below), except perhaps for the requirement that -

  1. you must have a satisfactory IELTS score and
  2. you must have a skills assessment.


The former is not likely to present a problem, since you are applying from within Australia, though you may have to sit again for the IELTS Test if you took the test more than 2 years ago. If you do, you should register for the IELTS well before you start planning your visa application. The timing and the results of the IELTS test are entirely within your control.

Skills Assessment

The Skills Assessment, on the other hand, does create some uncertainty: it is usually the first stage of the visa aplication process and as such the outcome cannot be predicted. In the vast majority of cases, however, if you have scored 65 points on the Points Test and as long as your application follows the rules and the supporting documentation is perfect, it is unlikely that your skills assessment will be negative. In the unlikely event that this should happen, most Assessment Authorities allow an application to be submitted more than once.

Double-check your Eligibility

To be eligible for a Permanent Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 885)


Are you familiar with the IELTS Test?
If not, click here to find out all about the IELTS.


Do you know what Skills Assessment involves?
If not, click here to find out all about Skills Assessment.


Do you know what the Points Test involves?
If not, click here to find out how points are allocated in the Points Test.