Subclass 189 – Independent Skilled Visa

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Subclass 189 – Independent Skilled Visa


Independent Skilled Visa Subclass 189 is for skilled employees invited by the Department of Home Affairs. 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.


Applicant must go through the following process:

  1. Check the eligibility to apply for Subclass 189 by selecting the relevant occupation from skilled occupation list, skill assessment and calculating points of interest in SkillSelect
  2. Submit the EOI if points of Interest are at least 65
  3. Get the invitation to apply for the visa
  4. Apply within the 60 days of invitation

Processing Time

  • 75% of applications take 20 months to get processed.
  • 90% of applications take 31 months to be finalized.

The Department of Home Affairs processes all applications for Australian visas. You must submit complete documents with your visa application. Applications with incomplete documents might take longer to process.


The Department of Home Affairs has set a few eligibility requirements for Independent Skilled Visa Subclass 189.


Applicants for visa 189 must;

  • Have occupation listed on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Obtain a suitable skills assessment for the occupation you’ve chosen
  • Be invited by Home Affairs to apply for visa 189 ( Reasons Why You’re Not Invited For Subclass 189)
  • Satisfy the points test by scoring at least 65 points
  • Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Be under 45 years of age while applying for Independent Skilled Visa 189
  • Have at least competent English
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Have paid all debts back to the Australian Government. Or you must have arranged to pay your debts back.
  • Sign the Australian Values Statement to confirm that you’ll respect Australia’s way of living.


Independent Skilled Visa 189 costs around AUD 4,115. There’re separate charges for anyone applying along with the main applicant.

Stay Period

Subclass 189 is a permanent visa. It allows you to stay and work in Australia permanently.


Independent Skilled Visa 189 offers amazing benefits to skilled employees in Australia. Being an Independent visa holder, you can;

  • Work in the renowned organizations of Australia
  • Enroll in a course study
  • Sponsor your eligible relatives to apply for permanent residence in Australia
  • Apply for Australian citizenship if you’re eligible
  • Travel from and to Australia for 5 years
  • Enroll in Medicare, a public Healthcare scheme of Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

Is 70 Points Enough for 189 Visa?

Yes, 70 points are good for a 189 visa. 65 points are the minimum requirement to apply for a Skilled Independent Visa.

Though, if you score 70 or more, it’ll be great for you.

How Many Points Needed for 189 Visa?

You must score at least 65 in the points test to be eligible for a 189 visa. Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect is also required.

Based on the claims you make in your EOI, you will be given indicative points. If you fail to obtain 65 points, Home Affairs will not invite you to apply for a 189 visa.

How long does 189 Visa take to Process?

The Department of Home Affairs processes:

  • 25% of applications within 59 days.
  • 50% of applications within 5 months.
  • 75% of applications within 24 months.
  • 90% of applications within 35 months.

What is 189 visa in Australia?

A Skilled Independent Visa 189 is for highly qualified workers who’re invited by the Department of Home Affairs. It’s for New Zealand citizens, eligible Hong Kong or British National Overseas passport holders.

189 visa is a permanent visa. You can stay live, study and work in Australia permanently with a visa 189.

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