Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

The 189 visa is a permanent residency visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. If you are highly skilled and have a field of occupation that is required in Australia, you may be invited to apply for a 189 visa by the Immigration Department.

A 189 visa allows you to:

How to apply for a 189 visa

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect and be invited to apply for a 189 visa.

  1. Expression of Interest

You can submit an EOI from outside or inside Australia. Your EOI will need to nominate an occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List. It will also need to show how you meet the minimum score for the occupation based on the Skilled Migration Points Test, where points are awarded according to factors such as:

The minimum score is 60 points. The higher your points, the more likely it is that you will be invited to apply for a visa. For more information about the points test, see the Skilled Migration Points Test.

  1. Invitation to apply

At the time an applicant is invited to apply for a visa, they must:

In order to be granted the visa, the applicant and any eligible family members that have been included in the application must also meet health and character requirements.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive and other criteria may apply. Please consult us for more details.

If you are invited to apply for a 189 visa, you will have 60 days to apply. You can apply from outside Australia or from inside Australia so long as you do not have a ‘No Further Stay’ condition on your Australian visa and you meet any other requirements for your onshore application.

Benefits and common issues with a 189 visa application, and how we can help you

The 189 visa is the main visa for a skilled person who wishes to migrate to Australia permanently and is able to do so on an independent basis (that is, without needing to be nominated or sponsored for a visa). Our team of immigration lawyers can advise you on whether you may be able to qualify for a 189 visa and provide you with comprehensive assistance throughout the entire process. We can assist you with some of the common issues with applying for a 189 visa including:

Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers has extensive experience with assisting skilled professionals to obtain a skilled migration visa to Australia. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our Solicitors and Registered Migration Agents.

This page provides a summary of the 189 visa as at September 2016. Australian immigration law is complex and it changes frequently. We therefore recommend that you contact us to confirm the requirements for a 189 visa and consult with one of our Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents.

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