SUBCLASS 189

skilled independent visa

What is a subclass 189 visa?

The Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa is suitable for skilled workers with occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List and is suitable for individuals might not qualify for state or family sponsorship. There is also a designated stream for New Zealand citizens as well.

Available Streams

Points – Tested Stream

New Zealand Stream

points – tested stream

To be eligible for the Subclass 189 Skill – Independent Visa under this stream, you will need to attain points through the following conditions:

Occupation on the MLTSSL

English Language Requirement

Relevant Skills Assessement

Specialist Education

Education Qualifications

Work Experience

Partner Skills & Qualification

Single Applicant

Australian Study Requirement

Regional Study

NAATI Accreditation

Professional Year Accreditation

application process 

1

Skills assessment

The first step for a Subclass 189 is to attain a positive skills assessment. In order to do so, we first need to identify the most suitable occupation and provide evidence for any work experience.

 

2

Expression of interest

After attaining a positive skills assessment, we would need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) claiming the points that are relevant to you. The Department will then assess and issue an invitation if they have ranked you to be higher than other intending migrants.

     

    3

    VISA APPLICATION

    Once you have received a formal invitation from the Department of Immigration, you will be eligible to prepare and lodge your visa application. It is at this stage you would need to prove the points claimed in your EOI.

     

    new zealand stream

    To be eligible for the Subclass 189 Skill – Independent Visa under this stream, you will need to attain points through the following conditions:

    Be a New Zealand Citizen

    Continuously resided in Australia for 5 years

    Meet taxable income threshold for the last 4 years

    What benefits are you entitled?

    Successful applicants and holders of Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa will enjoy the following privileges and benefits:

    permanent residency

    Full work & study rights

    Ability to sponsor

    Partner or immediate family

    government subsidies

    Medicare & Social Security

    Citizenship eligible

    As long as requirements are met to apply

    where can you apply for subclass 189?

    You can be inside or outside Australia when you submit your EOI, Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa or when a decision is made on your application. There is no limitation on this.

    To be able to lodge from within Australia, you would need to hold a substantive visa or a Bridging Visa A, B or C. Once you apply from within Australia, you will receive a bridging visa that will allow you to remain in Australia during processing of your visa application.

    If your current visa is refused or cancelled however, you might not be eligible to apply for the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa while you were in Australia. 

     

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