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Subclass 189/190 Visas May Be a Good Option!

2 August 2017

Following the substantial effects of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s changes to immigration law reform on the 1st of July, many people wishing to migrate to Australia are still wondering what the best visa strategy is for them.

The impact of these changes had a significant impact on the Employer Nomination Scheme (186 visa) as well as the Regional Migration Scheme (187 visa) including changes to the English language and Skills requirements. Given these changes, it is important to consider other alternative pathways which offer permanent residence to Australia including General Skilled Migration as well as family and special category schemes.

Australia’s subclass 189 visa is a popular option amongst skilled migrants wishing to establish a life in Australia as permanent residents. The biggest advantage that attracts people towards this visa is the fact that you do not need an employer to sponsor you. However, the good news doesn’t stop there.

If you meet the relevant eligibility criteria, the subclass 189 visa also offers a potential pathway to Australian Citizenship. Similar to the 189 visa, the subclass 190 visa is also a viable option for many skilled migrants. This visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state of territory Government to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. Skilled visa pathways however are not the only option.

It is important to consider other permanent options such as family as well as business skills visas. If you are concerned about what visa is right for you, consider contacting Alliance International Migration Services.

Our friendly team at AIMS consists of a team of expert Registered Migration Agents and Solicitors who can explore all permanent options to get you settled into Australia on a permanent basis. For more information or to set up a consultation with one of our migration agents, feel free to give us a call on 03- 9078 6819 or alternatively, email us at

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