Audio Podcast about A Complete Step-by-Step Guide for Subclass 189

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Hello everyone! My name is Nasir Nawaz and I’m a registered migration agent in Australia. Today I’m talking about subclass 189 which is a permanent visa. I'll discuss its guidelines, the required documents, which processes are involved in this visa, and the points required to be eligible for it.

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Subclass 189, many people have heard about this but for those who don’t know about it, Subclass 189 is a Skilled Independent Visa of Australia which is permanent residency. This visa has a permanent nature, so if you’re granted one, you’ll be referred to as a permanent resident.

One who holds this visa can stay indefinitely in Australia. Currently, at this time, this visa fee by the Department is AUD 4,115. The processing time for subclass 189 varies. Nowadays the processing time of this visa has gotten too long. The reason is that there are very few seats available in the current fiscal year. In the next fiscal year, the number of seats will increase by three times. So there're a lot of chances that its processing time may be reduced.

How long one can stay in Australia with subclass 189? So, as I’ve already said that 189 visa holders can stay indefinitely in Australia. There comes an expiry date on your visa but that is your travel rights expiry date and not your visa expiry date.

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Can you include your family members in subclass 189? Yes, definitely you can. You can include your members of the family unit in subclass 189 which includes your spouse and children as well.

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If you want to apply for subclass 189, should you be living in Australia or offshore? So, for subclass 189 which is permanent residency, you can apply for it whether you’re in or outside Australia. You can apply within Australia and be granted this visa. You can be outside Australia and be granted a visa when you come to Australia. So, at the time of application and at the time of the decision, you can be in or outside Australia.

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When this visa is granted, does it come with a visa label? No, there’s not any sticker. Australia doesn’t usually provide any visa sticker or put a sticker on your passport. All it does is that it gets linked to your passport details. You’ve the visa grant letter which is sent through email and your passport details are attached with it digitally. So the department already has this information and there’s no visa label for it.

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What are the eligibility criteria for subclass 189? So firstly we’ll talk about the age requirement. You must be under 45 years of age. It means you must be above 18 or below 45 years of age as the main applicant. If your age is below 18, members of the family unit can also be added.

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It’s points-based. It means that people aged between 18 and 25 get 25 points, people aged between 25 and 33 get 30 points, people aged between 33 and 40 get 25 points, and those between 40 and 45 get 15 points. So, your age must be under 45. In the past, the minimum age requirement was 50, but now it is 45.

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Step two is that you must have a skills assessment. So which type of skills assessment? You must have a full skills assessment, not a provisional skills assessment for most occupations. If someone studied a trade course, they already have a provisional skills assessment for the job-ready program, but they need a full skills assessment. Anyone who has studied a trade course already has a provisional skills assessment for the job-ready program, which is the first step. He then needs a full skills assessment.

Likewise, IT requires a provisional skills assessment, you need a full skills assessment for this. So, you must have a full skills assessment for your occupation. No matter if you’ve done a master’s or bachelor’s, you need a skills assessment from the assessing body, then you can apply for it.

The invitation is very important for this. If you receive the invitation then you can’t apply for it (189 visa). Few people think that if they’ve submitted the Expression of Interest (EOI), they’ll get a visa. But Expression means that you’re interested. You tell the Australian Govt. that you’re interested in this visa. So, if the government invites you, then you can apply for it. To apply, you must have the invitation.

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What’s the minimum point’s requirement for this? So, you must score at least 65 points to apply for a 189 visa. It includes your age points, study points, points for being single or married, professional year, or work experience. So, by putting together different points, you need at least 65 points to be eligible.

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You must meet the skills requirement. It means if your skills aren’t assessed by any assessing body, you can’t apply for it as I’ve already told you. For this (visa 189), you must meet the health requirement. It means if you apply for any Australian visa, you’re usually asked for the health requirement. In terms of the health requirement, you get examined. There’re many penal doctors in and outside Australia.

You can get a health examination from the penal doctors of Australia. You need to pass that health examination. Not qualifying for the health examination could be problematic for the applicant.

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Character requirement is very important. To apply for a 189 visa, a character check is mandatory. If you’ve lived in any country for more than 12 months, Australia asks you for a character check or a police check. So, it’s very important to clear that police check.

However, in some cases, let’s say if anyone is guilty of an offense, but got quashed or acquitted later, he has to explain. But if he’s convicted, it’ll depend on what kind of offense he committed. All these things are inspected in Australia as well. So, passing the character check is also compulsory.

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Another important point is that you don’t owe any debts to the Australian Government. However, it doesn’t include any private contracts, or private loans. But if you’ve to pay the Australian debts, it could be problematic.

To apply for this visa, you’ve to sign the Values Statement that you’ll comply and agree with Australia’s laws, policies, society and values. So when you apply for it, as I’ve already explained that all these things are important such as skills assessment etc. Well, firstly what you need to do is submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to tell that you’re interested.

So, what documents do you need for it? They include your identity documents and academic documents. Identity documents include your passport, ID card, and birth certificate. While academic documents consist of your degree, transcript, intermediate and year 10, 12. All these documents are compulsory. If you’re married, you need your marriage certificate, family registration certificate. Apart from this, your photographs, chat history, address history, and character certificate, for English proficiency like PTE/IELTS are all required.

So all these documents must be attested or scanned. Try to provide your documents in colored 300 DPI and submit them to the Department. It’s very important because if you take pictures from your phone so, this won’t be a proper way. You’ll annoy the case officer so it’s better to provide them with scanned documents.

When you’ve submitted all documents, you’ve received your invitation, you applied for a visa. After applying, if you applied onshore, you’ll be granted a bridging visa. If you apply from offshore, you’ll not get a bridging visa.

Which bridging visa holders can apply from onshore? Bridging Visa A, B, C, or substantive visa holders can apply for it. Other than this, you never have had a visa cancellation before. Taking a look at section 48, it includes a lot of things. If section 48 applies to you, you can’t apply for it onshore but offshore. In the case of 4020, you’ve to wait a little longer. Many other factors are involved in this as well.

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So you’ve applied for a visa. Upon grant of the visa, you can travel from and to Australia any time while your travel rights aren’t expired yet and are still active. If they aren't active, you can apply again. These are a few processes. I tried to provide general information about subclass 189. Many people were asking about this. I almost covered everything about subclass 189. Still, if you’ve any queries, you can share your comments in the comment box.

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Audio Podcast about A Complete Step-by-Step Guide for Subclass 189

Many of you are interested in learning more about this skill visa and how you might travel to Australia as a skilled worker and reside there permanently.

It allows eligible skilled employees to work in Australia permanently. Skilled and experienced employees can live and work in any region of Australia. It’s a points-tested stream. Skilled workers have to score 65 points in the points test to obtain visa 189. However, the applicant does not need any nominator or sponsor to apply for this visa.