Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

Australian Skilled Independent Visa

The Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications and experience required to fill Australia's skill shortages.

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) applicants are must obtain a minimum of 65 points on a points assessment.

Applicants must be under 45 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they have the qualifications and skills for an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Applicants for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) do not require sponsorship.

Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Basic Requirements

In order to apply for a Skilled Independent Visa, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualifications, health and character.

Additionally, applicants must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories. The current pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is 65 points.

Prospective skilled migrants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the online system called "SkillSelect." Once an EOI is submitted, these details can be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments and by the Australian Government who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application.

There is no guarantee that submitting an EOI will result in an invitation to apply for a visa. If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed timeframe for applicants to formally lodge the visa application with the Department of Home Affairs.

Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Entitlements

Successful applicants of an Australian Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) become permanent residents of Australia; allowing them to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residency include access to government-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

Managed Visa Application Service

When you purchase the Managed Visa Application Service with Migration Expert Australia, our service includes:

  • File management by one of our experienced Migration Consultants
  • Guidance and instructions on the specific documentation and forms
  • Submission of the visa application on your behalf
  • Assistance with any government requests for additional information
  • 24/5 Help Desk Support
  • Travel Guide to Australia
  • Secure Client Area access
  • Notification of all government correspondence

Our Fees

Service Name Processing Time Service Price
Managed Visa Application Service 8 to 11 months US$2,999.00

Government Fees and Processing Time

Application Fee AU$3755.00
Partner Application Fee AU$1875.00
Dependents Application fee
  • 18 years or older AU$1875.00
  • Under 18 years AU$940.00
Second Instalment AU$4885.00
Processing Times 8 to 11 months
* All fees and processing time are obtained from government source.