189 visa

Visa Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent Visa

This is a permanent resident visa that relies heavily on the Expression of Interest (EOI) points system. This visa does not require state nomination and state nomination cannot help the applicant for this subclass in anyways. You are allowed to work and study with no limitation after this visa is granted. You will be able to permanently stay in Australia. You will need to able to score at least 65 of EOI points, however, this visa has a large number of applicants all over Australia therefore, 65 points is usually not enough to get you invited as you will need to get as high as possible to compete with other applicants.

Requirement of this visa:

Be Under 45 Years Old

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You will not be eligible for this visa after you have turned 45, however, you are still able to apply if you submit your EOI before you turn 45 but you are invited after you have turned 45.

Skills Assessment

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You must have a valid skills assessment for a nominated occupation that is eligible for this visa.

Your Occupation Must Be Eligible

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You can check if your occupation is eligible from here.

English Proficency

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You will need at least a competent level of English proficicency shown on your English test score report (IELTS 6 each components / PTE 50 each components). We recommend that you aim to get either proficient or superior for better chance of invitation.

Be Invited

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After the EOI submission, you will need to wait to get invited before you can apply for subclass 189. You can use our points calculator to see how well you are performing so far.

Applicant Priority

The department will prioritise applicants with the highest EOI points so you will need to be able to compete with other applicants. You should consider a backup plan and take a look at other subclasses if you are unable to be invited.