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Skilled Independent Visa


Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 189 (Point-tested stream) is a skilled independent visa. You can study, live and work anywhere in Australia without any restrictions.

This visa comes in two streams:
1. Point-tested Stream
2. New-Zealand Stream

Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 189 (Point-tested Stream)

It is a point based General Skilled Migration Visa. This stream is for the skilled worker, who does not have a family or employer sponsorship in Australia. This stream requires the applicant to lodge the Expression of Interest (EOI)

Who Can Apply Visa 189?

To apply this visa:

Occupation must in the MLTSSL List specified the subclass 189 visa subclass
Skills must be assessed for the same occupation
Must lodged an EOI and have been invited by the department to lodge the visa
Must accrue 65 points as of October 2019
Age must be between 18 to 44
Must have minimum 6 band in each for IELTS of equivalent
Must meet the health and character requirements
Must satisfy the points test

What Next?

Step 1 – Check if your occupation is in MLTSSL List and you have accrued 65 points, you can contact us for a preliminary assessment
Step 2 – Then, you can submit the expression of interest
Step 3 – Wait for the invitation
Step 4 – Collect all your documents
Step 5 – Apply for the visa within 60 days of your invitation

Duration of Stay

Subclass 189 visa is granted for 5 years

Visa Fee

Primary applicant fee - $4045
Secondary applicant over 18 - $2020
Additional applicant under 18 - $1015

If the additional family member does not have functional English, then second installment of $4885 will be required.

Application Processing Time

75% of applications: 10 months
90% of applications: 27 months

English Requirements

IELTS - You must have overall score at least 6 with no less than 6 bands in each 4 parts or equivalent
PTE – You must have overall score of 50 with no less than 50 in each 4 parts or equivalent

What Rights Will You Have?

Full work rights, you can live anywhere you want in Australia
Fully Study rights
Unlimited travel rights for the main applicant and the member of family units for five years
Apply for Australian Citizenship after 5 years if eligible


You can be in or outside Australia at the time of visa lodgment

As a holder of this visa, you and your family members must adhere with the Australian Law and the Visa condition.

Visa Condition

This visa comes with condition 8515 which means that you cannot marry or enter in a de facto relationship before entering in Australia.
WE at AEC GLOBAL, can provide you services for the following:

Lodge your skill assessment
Assist in relative sponsorship application
Assist in the Bridging Visa Application

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

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