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Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)


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Benefits of the visa 189

  • Grant permanent residency, allowing you to live, work, and study in the country without time limitations.
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Access to a wide range of social benefits, including healthcare through Medicare and certain social security advantages.
  • Bring your family member to Australia with you
  • Apply for Australian citizenship if eligible


  • You must be aged under 45 when you receive an invitation to apply
  • Your occupation must be on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation on the MLTSSL
  • You must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Skill Select and be invited to apply for this visa
  • You must have an estimated score of at least 65 points to be invited to apply for this visa
  • You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency
  • At the time of invitation, you must have at leastCompetent English (IELTS 6.0 or PTE 50)

Visa Fee Charge

  • From AUD4,640.00
  • There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

Processing Time

  • 90% of the visas are processed in 10 Months

Your Obligations

  • 8515: Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entry

How to Apply for an Australian visa?

  • Step 1: Check the eligibility criteria on the skilled occupation list
  • Step 2: Submit your skill assessment and get a positive outcome
  • Step 3: Submit your expression of interest (EOI)
  • Step 4: Receive an invitation to apply for visa
  • Step 5: Gather your documents (identity, Skills assessment documents, EOI documents, etc)
  • Step 6: Complete the Visa Application Form via the online IMMI Account within 60 days of the invitation
  • Step 7: Pay the Visa Application Fee
  • Step 8: Complete the biometrics collection and health examination

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I calculate my points for the Subclass 189 visa application in Australia?

Points are awarded based on factors such as age, English language proficiency, skilled work experience, education, andother criteria. The points-based system is designed to assess your eligibility for the visa. You can use the Points Calculator available on the official Australian government website to determine your points score

Do I need a job offer to apply for the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) in Australia?

No, you do not need a job offer to apply for the Subclass 189 visa. It is designed for skilled workers who have the qualifications and experience in an occupation on the skilled occupation list and who can meet the required points threshold

I am currently 45 years old, could I have any chance to be invited?

You can still apply for the visa if you turn 45 after we invite you to apply.If you turn 45 after you submit your EOI but before we invite you to apply, you will not be invited to apply

What English language proficiency tests are accepted for the Subclass 189 visa in Australia?

The accepted English language tests for the Subclass 189 visa include IELTS (At least 6 for each of the 4 components), OET(At least B for each of the 4 components), TOEFL iBT – taken on or before 25 July 2023 (At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking), PTE Academic (At least 50 for each of the 4 components)

Are there any limits on the number of Subclass 189 visas granted each year in Australia?

While there is no fixed quota for Subclass 189 visas, the Australian government sets an annual planning level for the General Skilled Migration program, which includes the Subclass 189 visa. This planning level can influence the number of invitations issued

Can I change my nominated occupation after receiving an invitation for Subclass 189 in Australia?

Once you receive an invitation to apply, you cannot change your nominated occupation. It is crucial to ensure that your occupation is accurate and corresponds to your skills and qualification

Is there an appeal process if my Subclass 189 visa application is rejected in Australia?

Yes, there is an appeal process available if your visa application is rejected. You can seek a review by the AdministrativeAppeals Tribunal (AAT) if your application is refused

Can I seek state or territory sponsorship for the Subclass 189 visa application in Australia?

The Subclass 189 visa is not sponsored by a specific state or territory. However, some states and territories may offer nomination pathways for other skilled migration visas, such as the Subclass 190 visa

How does the Subclass 189 visa differ from other skilled migration visas in Australia?

Unlike other skilled migration visas that require sponsorship from an employer or a state/territory government, theSubclass 189 visa is designed for skilled workers who do not have employer or state sponsorship and want to migrate independently to Australia

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