Australia lowers maximum age for Subclass 189 visa

May 22, 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that it will be lowering the maximum age for applicants under the Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 to applicants who are under 45 years of age.

Under the current Subclass 189 visa, applicants can be up to 49 years of age at the time of invitation to apply. The new update will only apply to applications lodged after 1 July 2017.

Subclass 189 is designed to accommodate foreign skilled workers wishing to permanently work and live in the country. Applicants do not require sponsorship by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member to qualify for this program.

At this stage, there has been no announcement as to whether the age limit will also be lowered for the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 or the Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa Subclass 489.

Speak with one of our registered migration consultants if you have any questions or additional concerns about the Subclass 189 visa. You can also take the free online assessment to determine your eligibility for a Work Visa to Australia.