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189 Skilled Independent Visa

Visa Requirements | Application Steps | Pass Mark | Skill Assessment & English Test | Cost | FAQ | Citizenship

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.

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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 to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) is 65 points however the more points you have, the stronger your application will be and the more likely it is for you to receive an invitation. Some occupations require a much higher pass mark and not all occupations are invited on each round. Please review ‘Latest invitation round GSM‘.

How To Gain More Points

You may wish to consider the following key sectors to increase your points and maximise your chance on receiving an invitation for Subclass 189:

Skills Assessments and English test results

Skill Assessments are valid for three years unless otherwise stated and English language results are valid for three years. It is important to make certain your Skills Assessment and English language results remain valid, as they must be valid at the time you receive an invitation.

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

The current government application fee starts from AUD4,640. This will vary depending on the number of dependants included in your application and their age.
Our consultancy fee will be dependent on your individual circumstances.


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, language and qualifications 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.

Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa | Success Story

Elham | Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa

Elham, a passionate registered nurse, chose Australia for its excellent nursing opportunities and vibrant multicultural environment. She found valuable support from Migration Downunder, who guided her to secure her Permanent Residency Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189). Now enjoying her life here, Elham looks forward to advancing her nursing career and exploring Australia.

“I have found Julie very kind and honest after I contacted her. She was so patient and she always answered my emails promptly and I knew she can help me to get my Permanent Residency. I have got peace of mind as I should not be worried about visa issue any more.”


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