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All you need to know about Australian Skilled Visa Subclass 189

All you need to know about Australian Skilled Visa Subclass 189



The Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 is a visa best suited for skilled workers who are yet to be offered or receive sponsorship from a family member or relative. Also, neither have they been sponsored by an employer or an organization nor by an Australian state or territory for that matter. A person can also include their members of the family, whoever eligible, as part of the application. Experts at Immigration Services Perth are qualified and experienced to address all queries related to its process and can help obtain the Visa Subclass 189 for Australian visa aspirants.

A look at the basic requirements visa subclass 189

Let’s look at the basic requirements to apply for the visa-

  • You must have been invited to apply

  • you cannot be more than 45 years old when you are invited

  • You must have a skill matching a qualification on the MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List) for which someone has to nominate you

  • You should be proficient in the English language

  • Your test score in the points test should be a minimum of 60 points

  • You should clear the character and health assessments about the visa

Application Process

Once the above is cleared, we would now move to the application process. The application process goes through three stages as follows:

  • The first one is for completion of the skills assessment relevant to the government body dealing with the visa. The applicant’s assessment result facilitates the decision of DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) that the occupation selected by the applicant is corresponding to the level of skills required in Australia mandatorily.

  • The second one follows when the skills assessment of the visa applicant comes out positive. Here is when an EOI or Expression of Interest must be submitted by you on ‘SkillSelect’.

  • The third one is about moving from the second stage after you are invited to apply for the visa. This would enable you to submit your application with complete details to the DIBP for their approval so that you can be issued the visa.

The 189 visa streams

  • Points test

  • You are invited for the skills you have to help you get this visa for staying permanently and working in Australia

  • You don’t need a sponsor or a nominator to obtain this visa

  • You cannot apply without an invitation

  • You cannot be over the age of 45 years

  • This visa would cost from AUD4045

  • It can take approximately eight months for the visa application to be processed

  • NZ stream (for New Zealand citizens)

  • You must have a visa subclass 444, also known as New Zealand Special Category Visa

  • You must have lived in Australia for at least the previous 5 years

  • You should have started your stay in Australia before February 19th, 2016

  • You must pay the cost of the visa in two installments, the first would be while lodging the application and the next before receiving the visa. The cost starts at AUD4045.

  • The visa subclass 189 for Australia gets processed in 21 months for most applications

You can study and work in Australia post receipt of the visa. Relatives eligible for a PR or permanent residency can be sponsored by you with this visa and they can also become Australian citizens if they fulfill the criteria for eligibility.

Must-haves for Points Testing stream applicants for skilled visa 189:

  • Your chosen occupation must be from Australia’s ‘Skilled Occupation List’

  • Your skills assessment must be suitable as per the occupation

  • You must have an invite to apply for the visa

  • You must score the minimum requirement of the points system

Must-haves for the New Zealand stream for skilled visa 189

  • You should have a Visa subclass 444

  • You should be staying in Australia for at least the previous 5 years

  • Your stay in Australia should have begun on or before February 19th, 2016

  • You must have a taxable income equal or more to the specified income as a prescribed threshold every year out of the total income of the four years before the application


Post successful application of your visa, you would be permitted multiple entries, which allows working and living in Australia for 5 years. To get this visa issued for another 5 years you would have to live in Australia for at least two years of the 5 years allowed earlier. You would have to file an RRV (Resident Return Visa) before the expiration of your original visa. This would let you go out of Australia and return if you are not looking for citizenship. The online assessment related to the Visa Subclass 189 has to be cleared to prove your skills. There is an option to migrate for skilled workers under the General Skilled Migration program. It is the sole way of migration and for proceeding with it you can reach out to the Migration Services Perth and understand the requirements.

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