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Australia Subclass 189

Features of Subclass 189

This stream is for Points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

For the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you need to submit an expression of interest.

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skill Select with details of your nominated occupation, skills and qualifications. Skill Select will estimate a points score and rank you against other intending migrants.

If you are ranked high enough and there are places available for your nominated occupation, you will be invited to apply for the visa.

If you are invited, you have 60 calendar days to apply for the visa. We will then process your visa application.


Eligibility Criteria:

You must:

  • Have a relevant occupation
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • Meet the points test pass mark of 60 points
  • Be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
  • Have Competent English
  • Be invited by us to apply.


Processing time:

8-9 Months