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189 Skilled Independent Visa

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The 189 visa is a permanent application allowing the applicants to remain indefinitely in Australia with full work rights. It does not require sponsorship by a State/Territory Government or relative in Australia.

Subclass 189 applications (independent skilled) are currently only open to occupations listed in the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and the focus is on those in Australia who are employed in their nominated occupation.

Requirements for 189 Visa

In order to qualify for a Subclass 189 visa, you would need to:

Steps involved in applying for a 189 Visa

Pass Mark

The current pass mark for an invitation is 65 points however this fluctuates dependent on the volume and quality of candidates applying. Some occupations require a much higher pass mark, please access ‘Latest invitation round GSM‘.

Extra Points for Partner skill Qualification

You may wish to consider additional 5 points on your partner’s skills. They will have to meet the following criteria:

Skills Assessments and English test results

Skill Assessments and English test results are valid for three years for migration purpose.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Once you have completed your EOI, it is stored in Skill Select and is valid for two years. After this, you will have to submit a new EOI.

189 Visa Cost

This will vary depending on the number of dependants included in your application and their age.
Please be aware that the cost of visas changes from time to time.


Is 189 Visa closed due to the coronavirus Pandemic?

You can still start your application with the skills assessment and Expression of Interest; however whilst Australia’s international borders remain closed and if you are offshore, you will not receive an invitation for any Subclass 189 application as the focus is on those in Australia who are employed in their nominated occupation.

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas? Can I include Family Members on my visa application?

You can apply either onshore or offshore of Australia and you can include dependent family members such as spouse/partner and dependent children.

What happens after I submit my 189 Visa application?

Once your 189 visa application is allocated to a case officer, they may undertake id checks and assess your claimed information such as employment, character and health before making a decision on your visa application.

Please be aware that a case officer may refuse your visa application without requesting further information or documents. Therefore, it is crucial you provide all relevant documents at the time of the lodgement of your application.

Duration and Conditions

Once you receive your Permanent Residency through the 189 Visa, you are entitled to:

Becoming an Australian Citizen

After a certain time, you might be eligible for Australian citizenship.

189 Visa Success Story

Elham- Iran

189 Visa for a Registered Nurse

Elham’s permanent residency has permitted her to not only reside with her brother in Australia but has also greatly increased her job opportunities. Elham maintains that when comparing Australia to countries in Europe and the Middle East, Australia is the ideal place to reside.

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