Australia Permanent Residency Skilled Independent Visa 189

Application Fee:

 

AUD $4,045

Processing Time:

 

• 75% of applications: 12 months • 90% of applications: 18 months

Table of Contents

Overview

The visa subclass 189 visa is a permanent residence visa application allowing the applicants to remain indefinitely in Australia with full work rights. This visa subclass does not need any sort of sponsorship from Australian State, Territory or family.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Who is it for

Skilled professionals who wish to migrate to Australia can apply to Australian Skilled Migration (Subclass 189). Applicants must fulfill all the requirements, calculate passing scores and look for availability of their occupations (ANZCSO) before proceeding to apply.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

How to qualify

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

  • Make sure your occupation is available on the relevant Skilled Occupation List
  • Meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test
  • Be aged between 18 and maximum 44
  • Have a positive outcome from the Skills Assessing Authority.
  • Have Competent or higher score in English Language Test
  • Meet the health and character requirements
  • Lodge an EOI and be invited to apply

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The process

Steps involved in applying for a 189 Visa

Eligibility Assessment

The first step for the applicant is to make sure that he or she meets all the requirements. To do this, one can simply check the point test. Applicant must score 65 points in order to be eligible to submit an EOI for 189 visa.

Here is a point test table:

You must score at least 65 to apply for Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190 , 491)

Factor

Description

Points

 

Age
at time of invitation

18–24 (inclusive)

25

 

25–32 (inclusive)

30

 

33–39 (inclusive)

25

 

40–44 (inclusive)

15

 
  

English language ability
at time of invitation

Competent English—IELTS 6 / OET B / PTE / TOEFL iBT

0

 

Proficient English—IELTS 7 / OET B / PTE / TOEFL iBT

10

 

Superior English—IELTS 8 / OET A / PTE / TOEFL iBT

20

 

Skilled employment
at time of invitation

Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of overseas and Australian skilled employment

Overseas employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

Australian employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

Skilled employment outside Australia

At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years)


5

 

At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years)

10

 

At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years)

15

 

Skilled employment in Australia

At least one but less than three years (of past 10 years)


5

 

At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years)

10

 

At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years)

15

 

At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years)

20

 

Educational qualifications
at time of invitation

Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other Doctorate of a recognized standard

20

 

At least a Bachelor degree, including a Bachelor degree with Honours or Masters, from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognized standard

15

 

Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia, or qualification or award of recognized standard

10

 

Australian study requirements
at time of invitation (if study in Australia)

One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian Study Requirement

5

 

Other factors
at time of invitation

Credentialed community language qualifications

5

 

Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education) (if study in Australia)

5

 

Having a skilled spouse or de facto partner

10

 

Having a spouse or de facto partner with competent English

5

 

Being Single

10

 

Professional Year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited  (if study in Australia)

5

 
 

Having specific STEM qualifications (if study in Australia)

10

 

Nomination/Sponsorship
at time of invitation

Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190 only)

5

 

Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member, to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 491 only)

15

 

Applicant must also check whether his or her occupation is available in the Skilled Occupation List.

Apply for your Skills Assessment

If the eligibility is confirmed by the visa applicant then it is time to apply for Skills Assessment. There are certain bodies that are responsible for assessing many different types of occupations. For instance, all engineers must submit at the Institution of Engineers, Australia, general professionals will deal with VETTASSESS, all IT professionals will contact ACS and there are so many other assessing authorities. The assessing authorities basically check the education of the applicants thoroughly. They also assess the work experience and determine if it is done at the appropriate skill level or not.

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Use SkillSelect to make an expression of interest (EOI) if you are a skilled professional or from overseas who wish to settle in Australia. EOIs must be completed online using SkillSelect. Submitting an EOI does not mean submitting a visa application. To apply for a visa, applicant must get invitation in their Skill Select Account.  

While submitting an EOI, the applicant must give details of positive assessment outcome, English test result, personal information, educational and employment history.  

Wait for your invitation to apply for your Skilled Visa

Applicants will get invitation through their skill select account. Getting invitation means the applicant can now submit visa application for Australian permanent residence.

Apply for your visa

Apply your visa 189 online through ImmiAccount. Fill up online form, pay the fees and upload all relevant documents.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The document needed

  • Your personal document to prove your identity
  • Skill assessment report from a recognized assessing authority
  • Proof of age like passport or birth certificate
  • Test results of specified English Language exam like IELTS or PTE
  • 2 color recent passport size photographs
  • Skilled employment documents
  • Educational qualification degree
  • Australian study requirement
  • Partner skills
  • Documents about relationships
  • Married applicants need to provide copy of marriage certificate
  • If in a de-facto relationship, provide evidence that you have been in a relationship for at least 12 months.
  • If divorced/widowed, provide proof such as divorce papers or death certificate
  • Health and Character documents
  • Employment reference
  • Essential application form

 

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Government Fees

From AUD 4,045

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Additional information

Processing Time

  • 75% of applications: 12 months
  • 90% of applications: 18 months

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia