Skilled Independent Subclass 189

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Why 189 Visa?

  • Live in Australia permanently
  • Work in Australia with PR
  • Earn in AUD, 5 times more than your current salary
  • Travel to and from Australia indefinitely
  • Settle in Australia along with your family

Subclass 189 Visas

A skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa is a visa that is issued to skilled workers who have not received any sponsorship from a close family member, an Australian employer, or a territory/state. It is a permanent visa that is points-based.

To receive a Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent visa), the candidate must score a minimum of 65 points in the points test. You will have to give in an EOI (Expression of Interest) along with an invitation from Skill Select, which will make you eligible to apply for the visa. Post receiving an ITA (Invitation to Apply), you will be given a timeframe of 60 days to submit your application.

Upon being issued the 189 Visa (Skilled Independent), the visa holder and his family can reside, find employment, and study in Australia as permanent residents.

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Advantages of Getting a 189 Visa

With an Australian permanent visa, you can –

  • Live in the country for an indefinite time.
  • Study and seek employment in the “Kangaroo Country.”
  • Register for Medicare and expenses, a healthcare scheme offered by Australia.
  • Sponsor close kin for PR.
  • Easily travel to and from Australia for five years.
  • Apply for Australian citizenship when you become eligible.

Subclass 189 Visa Requirements

To become an eligible candidate for the 189 Skilled Independent Visa, you will require the –Possess an occupation that is included in the relevant list of skilled occupations.

  • Complete the skill assessment given for that particular occupation.
  • Maintain good English language proficiency.
  • Score a minimum of 65 points.
  • Have an ITA (Invitation to Apply)

The requirements include the following –

  • A filled Application form
  • Passport
  • Report of Skill assessment
  • Results of English language test in IELTS or PTE
  • Paperwork for Skilled occupation
  • Color passport-sized photocopies
  • Proof of Educational qualification
  • Australian study requirement
  • List of skills possessed by partners or spouses.
  • Paperwork stating evidence of the relationship
  • Health/medical certificates
  • Proof of code of conduct
  • Any reference letters from previous or current employees.

How to Apply for a 189 Visa?

Step 1: Check your eligibility score. You should score 65 points or more

Step 2: Register your Expression of Interest (EOI)

Step 3: Receive an invitation to apply (ITA)

Step 4: Submit the requirements

Step 5: Fly to Australia

Eligibility for 189 Visa?

You must fulfill the requirements given below to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent visa

Occupation & Talents

  •  Your chosen occupation must be included in the eligible skilled occupations list.
  • You must attend the skill assessment test via the assigned authority to prove that you have the skills required to qualify as an employee in your chosen occupation.
  • You will be required to submit an EOI and receive an ITA to apply for the 189 visas.
  • A minimum point of 65 must be scored to receive an ITA.
  • The last round in the assessment process lists the total score that got you the ITA.
  • After receiving an ITA, you must fulfill the score eligibility.
  • Evaluate and tally your points.
  • You must submit proof of English proficiency, and candidates with the highest quality proficiency in English will be given additional points.
  • You can better your score through the online English Academy.
  • AGE
  • You must be below 45 years of age to receive an ITA (Invitation to apply)
  • You must meet the given health and character requirements.
  • If you are a Kiwi with New Zealand citizenship, you stand eligible for the New Zealand Stream 189 Visa instead of the Australia Subclass 189.
  • The tables given below show the estimated costs for 189 visas. The application fee for the Subclass 189 visa is as follows –


Primary adult applicant AUD  4115
Additional adult applicant (18+ years of age) AUD 2055
Dependent child (less than 18 years of age) AUD 1030
  • Other expenses included in the Subclass 189 visa are as follows –
Fee Type Fees to be paid per individual
Education Credentials & Work Assessment (ACS) USD 390
Police Clearance Certificate (varies from one country to another) USD 18
English Proficiency Test USD 200
Medical Examination (varies from one country to another) USD 350


  • Getting an Australian permit can be pretty excruciating and time-consuming. You can pay your application fees online via a debit or credit card.
  • Note that you may have additional charges when making the payment through cards.
  • Processing Time – Subclass 189
  • Many factors contribute to the time taken to process the visa.
  •  Some of the factors include the following:
  • State sponsorship
  • Invitation rounds
  • Skill-assessing authorities
  • Here’s a guide for the Processing Times of Subclass 189 Visa
  • The approximate processing time for Subclass 189 can take around 8-9 months post the submission of your visa application.


189 Visa Processing Time Permanent Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Visa
7 – 12 Working Days Confirm if your occupation or profile is existing in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
0 – 15 days Ensure to meet all the eligibility requirements
2 – 3 Months Finish the Skills Assessment Tests
15 Working Days Submit through Skill Select an EOI
2 Months Lodging Visa Application
15 – 30 Days Await a decision


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