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189 Visa - Comprehensive guide

The 189 visa is back!

The 189 visas have a new potential channel to migrate to Australia. The 189 visa has been ignored during the pandemic.

Lots of skilled migrants didn’t even have the intention to apply for 189 visas even though it was always open.

This was due to the high points required for some occupations and the invitation process being super slow.

However, the new government has a preference for PR visas and there are severe skills shortages.  

The 189 is now the main visa option to attract skilled migrants.


Have a deep understanding about 189 visa rules and the process by watching the video below:



What is a 189 Visa?

Let’s look at more details of the 189 visa.

This is a purely points-based visa that does not require sponsorship and gives a direct PR grant.

For other skilled visas like 190, 491 or 482, 189 visas will need to have a state, employer, or even family member to sponsor.

This is the most popular program for migrants onshore and offshore which do not specifically require work experience or a high English score.

They can bring their family and there is no restriction on the location of work and life.


Eligibility Criteria:


To be eligible for the 189 visa, you must be under the age of 45.

You must also have a relevant skill assessment for an eligible occupation.

Your occupation must be listed in the Medium and Long term Strategic skilled list.

Popular occupations are including those in accounting, health, teaching, ICT, STEM majors and some trades occupations (chef, carpenter…)

English language proficiency is required with minimum Competent English which is IELTS 6 each band or PTE 50 each band.

Finally, you must meet the health and character requirements, which include a police check and medical examination.


Australian PR Points System:


The Visa 189 is assessed based on a points system.

Points are awarded for various factors, such as age, education, work experience, and English language proficiency.

All factors are shown here on the side.

To be eligible for the visa, you must score a minimum of 65 points on the assessment.

However, it is worth noting that the actual points required for visa grants may vary on each occupation.

This normally picks the highest scores in the pool for the invitation.

Please watch our video link above on how to maximize your PR points in Australia.


Invitation process:


There are many factors that could influence the process except for points which includes:

-       Demand of the occupations at the time

-       The occupation ceiling

-       The lodgement date of the application

This is why there were a huge amount of invitations have been sent out in December 2022.


Application Process:


So, you meet the eligibility criteria and have scored enough points. What's next?

The next step is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Department of Home Affairs Skill Select portal.

Many people have been stuck in this step.

We suggest maximizing your points and looking at the invitation round for the invited points of your occupation.

Once you receive an invitation to apply, you will have 60 days to submit a complete visa application.

The application must include all required documents, such as your skill assessment, English language test results, and police check.

It's also important to provide a detailed and accurate application, as any mistakes or omissions can result in a delay or even refusal of your visa.


Timeframe and Costs:


It's important to note that the processing time for a Visa 189 application can also vary.

Currently, the average processing time is around 9-12 months, but this can change at any time.

In terms of costs, there are fees associated with both the visa application and the grant.

These fees include the visa application fee, skills assessment fee, and English language test fee and health examination fee.

If you have family members to include in the application, please also calculate for your best fund preparation.

It's important to check the most up-to-date fees and ensure you have the necessary funds before submitting your application.

You can check your fee in the link provided in our website page.


Post-Visa Grant:


So, you've received the good news that your visa has been granted. What now?

Firstly, congratulations! You are now a permanent resident of Australia.

However, there are still a few more steps you need to take before you can fully settle in.

You must provide your tax file number, enrol in Medicare, and obtain a social security number.

Once you have PR you can consider the next step of Australian citizenship.

To do so, you must meet the eligibility criteria, which includes meeting the residency requirements and passing the citizenship test.


The 189 visa is a go-to option for most skilled workers looking to migrate to Australia and make it their permanent home.

By understanding the eligibility criteria, points system, application process, timeframe and costs, and post-visa grant requirements, you can give yourself the best chance of success in your visa application.

You can also find further information:




If you still have questions about the 189 visa, please contact us.




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