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Migration Expert Australia is a private immigration firm providing immigration advice & representation, and is not affiliated with the Australian Government. All decisions for granting a visa remain with the relevant Government Authority subject to the applicant lodging a valid application and meeting the relevant criteria. If you do not wish to obtain immigration advice or representation you can make your application directly to relevant government authority without paying any additional fees.
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Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Information

How Do I Know If I Qualify for a Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) to Australia?

  • By completing the Free Eligibility Assessment you will a have better understanding of your eligibility to apply for a Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189).


  • For a detailed assessment of your eligibility you may purchase one of our Migration Services. By doing this, a Registered Australian Migration Consultant will be assigned to your profile to provide you with more personalised service.

What are the Processing Times and Costs?

Our Fees
Premium Migration Service***
Premium Migration Service Put your visa application in the hands of professionals

Put your Visa application in the hands of our professionals. Using their exhaustive knowledge of Australian immigration law, our Registered Migration Consultants will manage your application from start to finish, with the attention to detail that only experts with years of experience can provide. 

US$1999 Select
Advanced Migration Service**
Advanced Migration Service Professional guidance you need to take charge of your visa application

Get the professional guidance you need to take charge of your visa application. Our Registered Migration Consultants will make a detailed assessment of your profile and give you step-by-step advice. This service includes a telephone consultation and access to our Online Migration Specialist service. 

US$399 Select
Online Migration Specialist
Online Migration Specialist Receive personalised guidance and advice online

Receive personalised guidance and advice online from Registered Migration Consultants. Ask any questions you have about your application whenever it suits you, day or night. 

US$150 Select
Telephone Consultation
Telephone Consultation Speak to our migration experts over the phone

Speak directly with a Registered Migration Consultant. They will explain the visa application process, answer your questions, and provide professional advice on your best way forward. 

US$75 Select
Face to Face Consultation
Face-to-Face Consultation Meet with our experienced Registered Migration Consultants.

Talk over your visa application options with a Registered Migration Consultant at our office in Melbourne. They will explain the visa application process, answer your questions, and provide professional advice on your best way forward. Bring in any documentation you have, and our Migration Consultant will check it with you. 

US$75 Select

Government Fees and Processing Times All fees and processing times are obtained from government sources
Application Fee A$3520
Partner Application Fee A$1760
Dependents Application Fee 18 years or older C$1760
Under 18 years C$880
Second Instalment (click for details) A$4885
Processing Times 12 to 36 months

What Steps Should I Take to Apply for a Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)?

  1. Take the Free Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Eligibility Assessment
  2. Complete the Australian Migration Interview
  3. Commence the Visa application process
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