The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 175) closed to new applications on 1 July 2012. This visa is subject to the cap and cease arrangement that took place on 22 September 2015. Visa applications that were not decided by 22 September 2015 are taken not to have been made.
For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to
Cap and Cease arrangements. There is a visa finder function located at
Workers which outlines the requirements of all current skilled migration visas. This function will assist you to identify visa subclass(es) which suit your personal circumstances.
The Skilled–Independent visa (subclass 175) closed to new applications on 1 July 2012. This visa was subject to cap and cease arrangements on 22 September 2015. Any application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 is taken not to have been made. For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to
Cap and Cease arrangements.
This information is for people who have been granted a Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 175). 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 lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa:
- 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.
Report changes in circumstances
You must 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.
Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:
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.