Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 189

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    Visa Subclass 189

    There are two streams under a subclass 189: Points tested stream for professionals / skilled applicants and New Zealand stream for New Zealand citizens.

    Points tested stream

    You’d like to come to Australia and you have professional or trade skills that may qualify you for Permanent Residency. The General Skilled Migration Program is based on meeting a points test, currently set at 65, and does not require sponsorship from an employer.

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    New Zealand stream

    You are a New Zealander currently in Australia on a subclass 444 visa and you came here on or before 19 February 2016. You have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years. For each of the 4 most recently completed income years, your taxable income was at or above a specific income threshold.

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    How This Visa Works

    You can either be in Australia or overseas when you apply for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa. In order to lodge from within Australia, you would need to hold a substantive visa or a Bridging A, B or C visa. Once you apply from within Australia, you would receive a bridging visa allowing you to remain in Australia until your visa is assessed.

     

    Who Is Eligible For This Visa?

    General Requirements:

    • Your occupation is on a relevant occupation list
    • You meet the required points for the visa you intend to lodge (65 points is the minimum).
    • Points are comprised of a number of factors such as age, qualifications, English fluency, work experience in Australia and overseas, qualifications obtained in Australia, state sponsorship, partner’s qualifications.
    • Your age must be between 18 and 45 inclusive. Different points are awarded to different age groups.
    • You have a positive skills assessment (valid for three years) of your qualifications.
    • Undertook an English language test (IELTS, OET, TOEFL, iBT, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced) and achieved the required score.

     

    Steps in the process

    • Lodgement of the Expression of Interest (EOI) – The EOI is a system which gives the Government the tools to prioritise and rank prospective migrants in order of merit, selecting the ‘brightest and best’ migrants and/or candidates to fill labour market shortages. It also gives the Government the tools to tweak the type of occupations most needed, curb those occupations where there are too many applications and manage the general mix of occupations accepted in each program year.
    • Receive an invitation from the Department of Immigration;
    • Lodgement of the Visa application within 60 days of receiving the invitation

     

    About Skill-Select

    It is important to understand that an Expression of Interest (EOI) is not a visa application and will not result in a bridging visa in Australia. Furthermore, any claims made in an EOI which cannot be substantiated in a visa application, for example, English fluency, qualifications, work experience, will lead to a refusal of the visa application.


    What Does Visa Let You Do?

    You can include the following types of family members in your application:

    • Spouse, de-facto partner (including the same-sex partners)
    • Dependent children up to 23yo unless they are financially dependent on you as they are not able to work due to their physical or mental condition.

    This is a Permanent Visa. It lets you:

    • stay in Australia indefinitely
    • work and study in Australia
    • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
    • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
    • travel to and from Australia for five years
    • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

    Skilled work visas are complex. Please contact our team of experienced registered migration experts for immediate advice and assistance.


    Frequently asked questions

    • What is an Expression of Interest (EOI)?

      An EOI is not a visa application, it is an application that you would like to be invited to apply for a skilled visa. It’s an online form, with no fee which asks you a series of questions about how you intend to score your points for a subclass 189, 190 or 491 visa application. It is imperative that your points are calculated accurately so that when a visa application is lodged after being granted an invitation, the points in the visa application are the same as the points claimed in the EOI. An EOI does not result in a bridging visa.

    • I have lodged an EOI. Does that mean I will get an invitation?

      No, not necessarily. You must obtain a minimum of 65 points to lodge an Expression of Interest. The higher the points, the more likely it is that you will receive an invitation to lodge a visa application.

      However, depending on the volume of applications with the same occupation received by the Department of Home Affairs, a higher score than 65 is usually required to be granted an invitation to lodge a visa application. As an example, accountants may require 90 points or more to be granted an invitation whereas high school teachers may only require 80 points. The way the Department of Home Affairs will issue an invitation depends on a lot of factors, which could be what occupations are in most need at that point in time, such as medical occupations in the covid – 19 era receive the most invitations.

    • I am a holder of a subclass 491 visa. Can I apply for a subclass 189 or 190?
      If you are a holder of a subclass 491 or 494 you must have held that visa for at least 3 years before you can lodge an application for a subclass 189 or 190. You will have to meet all criteria of that visa subclass in order to be granted the new visa.

    Client Story

    NICHOLAS YANG

    Nicholas was an engineering professional in Singapore. He applied for the Skilled Migration visa and his permanent resident visa was granted on June 2012.

    I was introduced to AustraliaMigrate by my sister. Prior to my application, two of my family members was engaged with AustraliaMigrate in visa applications.

    What motivated me the most to carry out the visa application was my 4 siblings who are currently residing in Sydney. Initially, I tried to conduct my visa application through some company online but I deemed them to be unsuccessful due to weak and frustrating support they provide.

    Why AustraliaMigrate?

    “AustraliaMigrate Pty Ltd has been helping people around the world successfully apply for Australian visas for over 20 years.
    Our professional specialists are highly experienced in the migration environment.”

    We guide individuals and businesses through the complex migration process to Australia. With long years of industry experience, our immigration specialists have built a reputation of providing accessible, accurate and genuine advice to our esteemed clients.

    Our specialists assist in preparing and reviewing your documents and forms before submitting for successful approval. We strive to make the whole immigration process hassle-free for you.

    We have a very high success rate of visa approval and a solid reputation resulting in a large amount of repeat business. We provide immigration services to individuals, families and companies, whether they are small or public companies and in any industry.

    Immigration is the only thing we do so we are highly specialized in it.

    What our clients have to say about us

    B. SISSING

    Thank you Ian. Fabulous news. Thanks to you and your team’s effort and work. Great service.

    C. DAVIES

    Thank you SO so much for all of your patience and work on this. Still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m actually free! Once again, massive thanks to both you and Mariola!!

    CAMILA & CHRISTIAN

    Thanks so much for this excellent news. I’m impressed how fast and smooth it all went, which is a result of excellence in services. Thanks so much for all the attention.

    M. MOBIN

    Thank you Ian ,I highly appreciate your kind efforts. Its a big day for me and my family and you make it possible. May you live long with health, wealth and peace.

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