Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

If your occupation is on 'Medium and Long-Term Strategic List then you can apply for Skilled Migration under any of the Subclass 189, Subclass 190 or Subclass 491 visa. This visa allows a visa holder to live and work anywhere in Australia.

Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 Details

Skilled Independent Visa (Class SI) (Subclass 189)

The visa 189 is for invited skilled workers with skills Australia need, to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia, and New Zealand citizens who have demonstrated commitment and contribution to Australia.

Subclass 189 Points Tested Stream

If you have skills, qualifications and experience that is in demand in Australia as per Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List', then you can apply for visa 189 under this stream.

Subclass 189 New Zealand Stream

New Zealand citizens who have demonstrated commitment and contribution to Australia can lodge permanent visa application under this stream. You must hold 'New Zealand Special Category Subclass 444 Visa', and must have lived in Australia for 5 years atleast since 19 Feb 2016.

Skilled Independent Visa Subsequent Entrant

If you have spouse or partner and kids, they can also be included in your application, before a decision is made on the application. Once the visa has been granted then the spouse or partner will need to lodge either 'Partner Subclass 309 Visa' or 'Partner Subclass 820 Visa' depending on whether the applicant is in Australia or outside at the time lodgement. Any kids with need to lodge either 'Child Subclass 101 Visa' or 'Child Subclass 802 Visa' depending on whether the applicant is in Australia or outside at the time lodgement.

189 vs 190 Visa

Subclass 189 visa allows you to live and work anywhere in Australia. Whereas Subclass 190 visa holder must live and work only in their nominating state for the first 2 years.

Skilled Independent 189 Visa Fees

Base application charge: A$4,115, Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: A$2,055, Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: A$1,030.

Skilled Independent 189 Visa Processing Time

Subclass 189 processing time Points Test Stream: 75% of applications in 18 Months, 90% of applications in 29 months; New Zealand Citizen Stream: 75% of applications in 15 Months, 90% of applications in 16 months.

Skilled Independent 189 Visa Requirements

Skilled Independent Visa Points

This is a points-tested visa. When you submit your EOI in SkillSelect you will be given an indicative points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of 65 points you will not be invited to apply for this visa. The actual score might be higher.

189 Visa Australia Age

You must be aged under 45 when you are invited to apply for this visa. You can still apply for the visa if you turn 45 after you have been invited to apply. However, If you turn 45 after your EOI has been submitted, but before you are invited to apply, then you will not be invited to apply.

Subclass 189 Skilled Occupation List

Your nominated occupation must be on the 'Medium and Long Term Shortage Skills List'. There are 212 different occupations that are available for Skilled Independent Migration to Australia. 189 visa occupation list.

189 Visa Skills Assessment

For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation. You will need to provide a copy of this skills assessment with your application. Your skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation.

You Must be Invited to Apply

You can only apply for this visa if you are invited to apply. To be invited to apply you need to lodge an expression of interest (EOI). After you have lodged an EOI, you will be ranked against other intending applicants and might be invited to apply for the visa.

Visa 189 Australia Minimum English Language Requirement

IELTS (At least 6 for each of the 4 components) or TOEFL iBT (At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking) or CAE (At least 169 in each of the 4 components) or PTE (At least 50 for each of the 4 components) or OET (a score of at least B for each test component of the OET).

Subclass 189 Visa Points Calculator

You can assess points calculator 189 here: 'General Skilled Migration Points Test'.

Subclass 189 Invitation Round

Subclass 189 Invitation Round

189 visa invitation rounds are run quarterly and occupations on 'Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List' are invited at this stage so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19.

Occupation Ceilings for Invitation Rounds

An occupation ceiling may be applied to invitations being issued for Skilled Independent visas. This ensures that skilled migration program stays balanced and invites prospective migrants from across a variety of skilled occupations.

Invitations Issued in October 2021

Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

200

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491

200

Invitation Cut off Points and Dates

Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

90 Points - Nov 2020

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491

80 Points - Apr 2020

Visa 189 New Zealand Stream

Primary 189 NZ Stream Applicant

The primary New Zealand applicant is the applicant who is seeking to satisfy the primary criteria for the grant of Subclass 189 visa in New Zealand Stream.

Residence Requirement for 189 New Zealand Stream

The primary applicant must have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of atleast 5 years immediately before the date of the application, and that continous period of usual residence in Australia started on or before 19 February 2016.

Usually Resident in Australia for 189 Visa NZ Stream

The place that a person is 'usually resident' at is decided by taking into account their physical residence and the person's intention to make that place their home. The factors that may be considered are; the place where a person maintains a home to live, eat and sleep; owns property, business or other interests in Australia; have family or other ties in Australia; work or do business in Australia.

Income Requirement for Subclass 189 NZ Stream

For applications made before 1 July 2021, the primary applicant must provide copies of Notice of Assessment (NOA) for last 4 years as proof of their income. For applications made after 1 July 2021, the primary applicant must provide copies of Notice of Assessment (NOA) for last 3 years as proof of their income. The applicant's taxable income as shown of Notice of Assessments (NOA) must not be less than the minimum amount specified for this requirement, unless the applicant is exempt from this requirement.

Exemption from Income Requirement for New Zealand Stream Visa 189

Exemption to the income requirement apply to applicants who hold a Subclass 444 visa and have the following:
- an Australian court has assigned the primary care of a child to the applicant and placed restrictions on the removal of the child from Australia; or
- applicant who have the primary care of a child with a parenting plan and understanding that the child will remain in Australia with access to all parents; or
- applicant who is receiving compensation for an injury which prevents them from earning at or above income threshold.
- applicant who is on an approved period of parental (maternity or paternity) leave from their usual employment.
- for the year 2019 - 2020 and 2020 - 2021, the applicant could not meet the requirement because of the effects of the COVID‑19 pandemic on the Australian economy.

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa News

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Subclass 189 Visa Document Checklist

For all Applicants to be included in the application

1. Identity documents such as passport, birth certificate, proof of name change such as marriage or divorce certificate.
2. If you are or have been married, widowed, divorced or permanently separated, provide proof such as marriage certificates, divorce documents, death certificates, separation documents or statutory declarations.
3. Provide an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16, any military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country.
4. Passport size photographs.

For Primary Applicant

5. All academic certificates and transcripts.
6. COE's of your course completed from Australia; and Course completion letter.
7. English test results such as IELTS or PTE Academic or TOEFL or OET.
8. Professional Year certificate (If you have).
9. NAATI Certificate (If you have).
10. Any professional registration or license certificate.
11 Employment reference letters and evidence of payslips, bank statements, tax records and superannuation record.
12. Your curriculum vitae or resume that includes your full employment and educational history, including dates and positions held within last ten years.
13. Skills assessment outcome letter (if you have already obtained one).

All documents are to be color pdf files. Where documents are not in english, an authorised translated version needs to be provided.