189 Visa Points Calculator

Check your eligibility to migrate

Check out how many points you may score for Australia under the General Skilled Migration Category, specifically for the 189 visa subclass. You need at least 65 points to be invited to apply for any of these visas by the Federal Government, but 65 points or more does not guarantee an invitation (that’s the fine print).

189 Visa - Skilled Independent Visa

Feature 491 Visa 189 Visa 190 Visa
Visa Type Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Skilled Independent Visa Skilled Nominated Visa
Primary Purpose Regional skilled work Independent skilled work State or territory nominated skilled work
Validity Period 5 years Permanent Permanent
Pathway to Permanent Residency Yes, can apply for Permanent Residency after 3 years N/A (Already permanent) N/A (Already permanent)
State Nomination Requirement Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory No, independent visa Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory
Work and Residency Requirement Must live, work, or study in regional area No specific residency requirement Must live and work in the nominating state or territory

How does the 189 visa differ from other General Skilled Migration visa types like 190 and 491?

The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) is distinct from other General Skilled Migration visas, such as the subclass 190 and 491, primarily because it does not require state or territory nomination or sponsorship. The subclass 189 visa allows successful applicants to live and work anywhere in Australia as permanent residents from the outset.

In contrast, the subclass 190 visa, known as the Skilled Nominated visa, requires applicants to be nominated by an Australian state or territory and to commit to living and working in the nominating region.

The subclass 491 visa, or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, is also state-nominated but is a provisional visa that requires applicants to live, work, or study in regional Australia, with a pathway to permanent residency after a specified period.

189 Visa Eligibility

    1. Age: The primary applicant must be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation.

    2. English Language Proficiency: Competent English language skills are required, which usually means passing an approved English language test.

    3. Skilled Occupation: Applicants must nominate an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list for the 189 visa.

    4. Skills Assessment: A positive skills assessment in the nominated occupation from an authorized assessing authority is necessary.

    5. Points Test: Applicants must score enough points on the Australian immigration points test, which considers factors like age, English proficiency, skilled employment experience, educational qualifications, and others.

    6. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI): Applicants must submit an EOI through the SkillSelect system and be invited to apply for the visa.

    7. Health and Character: Meeting health and character requirements is essential, which includes undergoing medical examinations and providing police certificates.

    8. No Previous Visa Cancellation or Refusal: Having a visa previously cancelled or an application refused while in Australia could affect eligibility.

189 Visa Benefits:

  1. Permanent Residency: It grants permanent residency in Australia, allowing visa holders to live, work, and study in Australia indefinitely.

  2. Work and Study Anywhere: Unlike some other visas, the 189 visa doesn't restrict you to specific regions or states; you can work and study anywhere in Australia.

  3. Inclusion of Family Members: You can include family members in your visa application, such as your partner and dependent children.

  4. Access to Healthcare: Visa holders have access to Medicare, Australia's comprehensive public healthcare system.

  5. Social Security Benefits: After serving waiting periods, you may be eligible for certain social security payments.

  6. Eligibility for Australian Citizenship: Once you meet the residency and other criteria, you can apply for Australian citizenship.

  7. Sponsor Family Members: You can sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency.

  8. No Sponsorship Required: Unlike employer-sponsored visas, you don't need a job offer or state sponsorship to apply.

  9. Travel Rights: You can travel to and from Australia for five years from the visa grant date; afterwards, a Resident Return Visa is needed for re-entry.

These benefits make the 189 visa a highly sought-after pathway for skilled professionals seeking long-term opportunities and stability in Australia.

189 Visa Processing Time

The processing time for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) can vary significantly. As per the latest available data:

  • 25% of applications are processed within approximately 4 months.
  • 50% of applications are processed within approximately 4 months.
  • 75% of applications are processed within approximately 5 months.
  • 90% of applications are processed within approximately 19 months.

These processing times are indicative and can change due to various factors such as application volume, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and the completeness of the application. For the most current processing times, applicants should refer to the official Australian Department of Home Affairs visa processing times page.

189 Visa Cost

The application cost for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) for the main applicant is generally around AUD 4,115. Additional charges apply for each family member who applies with the main applicant. It's important to note that these fees are subject to change, so applicants should verify the current fees on the Australian Department of Home Affairs visa pricing table for the most up-to-date information.