Understand Australian Visas:

The Skilled Independent
189 Visa

Increase your chances of getting a 189 visa!

The Skilled Independent Visa (189 visa) is the ultimate Australian Permanent Residency visa for skilled workers. As a result, the demand and requirements make it very tough to be invited to apply.

Visa Jobs has partnered with the best MARA Registered Migration Agents who will make the whole process much easier for you. They will explain the 189 visa requirements, assess your point score, gather all of the required documents and complete your skills assessment. Then when ready they will submit your Expression of Interest and visa application. 

Learn about the 189 visa

What is the Skilled Independent Visa subclass 189

The Skilled Independent Visa also known as the 189 visa, is the most sought after Australian visa for skilled workers wanting to apply for Permanent Residency. This visa unlike other Permanent Residency visas such as the 186, 187 or 190 visas, the Skilled Independent Visa does not require the applicant to be nominated by a state or territory, or employer.

However, like the 190 and 491 visa, to apply for the Skilled Independent Visa you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then wait to be invited to apply. Then once approved it allows the visa holder to live anywhere in Australia and work for any employer, indefinitely.

Who is it for

To be eligible to apply for 189 Visa your occupation must be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Therefore, if your occupation isn’t on the MLTSSL then this visa won’t be an option for you but there may be other suitable visas such as the 190491 or TSS visas which you may be eligible for.

Points based visa

The 189 Visa like the 190 and 491 Visa is a points-based visa which means you will need to score the minimum pass mark, which is currently 65 points. However, the pass mark could increase for certain occupations if there are a large number of high-quality applicants.

Visa application by invite only

When you submit your EOI through SkillsSelect, your point score will be calculated. However, even if you score the required pass mark, it doesn’t guarantee you will be invited to apply. As a result of submitting your EOI, your point score will be recorded and you will be ranked according to the scores of other applicants.

Then for each invitation round, invitations to apply are issued to the highest-ranked applicants each month. As a result, the number of issued invitations each round will vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department. To check the number of invitations and required point score for the upcoming round or previous rounds, check the Department’s invitation rounds.

With this visa you can

What you can do with 189 Visa
189 Visa Requirements

189 visa requirements

As with all Australian visas, when applying you must be able to prove that you meet all of the 189 visa requirements. The 189 visa requirements include:

*There are some exemptions for applicants who are legal or medical practitioners, contact us for more information.

Calculate your points to see if you're visa eligible!

To be invited to apply for the Skilled Independent Visa you will need to prove you meet the 189 visa requirements and score a minimum of 65 points. Points are awarded based on various factors such as age, English language ability, work experience, and qualifications. Learn more and calculate your points with Visa Jobs

Visa Jobs 189 visa process

  • Calculate your point score
    01 Understand the visa

    The first step is to understand the 189 visa requirements and calculate your point score. Our friendly team is here to answer any questions and help.

  • Complete your Skills Assessment
    02 Gather your documents

    There are a number of documents you will need to gather for the visa application and to complete the skills assessment. Our experienced Registered Migration Agent (RMA) partners will explain everything.

  • Check documents
    Check elegibility
    Lodge EOI
    03 Submit your EOI

    Our RMA partners will make sure your documents are correct and that you have enough points to be invited to apply. Then they will submit your Expression of Interest (EOI).

  • 04 Lodge your visa application

    Once you have been selected and invited to apply, it's time to lodge your visa application using all of the documents you gathered in step 2. Our RMA partners will take care of all of this so all you have to do is start planning your new life.

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All of the information provided has been gathered and written based on general information that is available at the Department of Home Affairs website.

This information is not legal advice and should be used for general information purposes only. 

We strongly recommend you engage a Registered Migration Agent who can complete a full assessment and advise you accordingly. If you would like to be connected with a Registered Migration Agent, please contact us and we will find an agent to help you.  

Need help getting your 189 visa?

If you need help understanding the 189 visa requirements, calculating your points, understanding which documents to gather, or anything else 189 visa related, get in contact with Visa Jobs.

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