Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

Subclass 189 Visa is one of the most applied permanent visa categories by the immigration applicants looking to obtain Australia PR Visa. It is a point tested skilled visa under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, which allows successful applicants to live and work permanently in Australia. The best thing about this visa is that you don’t require any sponsorship from an Australian employer or nomination from any state or territory in Australia to apply for this visa.

Since this is a point tested visa, you require obtaining minimum 65 points in online SkillSelect system of Australia based on age, education, English proficiency, work experience, etc. factors.

Click Here to Calculate your 65 Points

Benefits of Subclass 189 Visa

Find below the key benefits of Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa:

  • This vis allows  you to live, work and study in any part of Australia
  • Through this visa, you can sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence in Oz
  • Enroll in Australia s public health care scheme
  • After being in Australia on this visa for a few initial years, you can apply for Australian citizenship.
  • Once you got PR in Australia based on this visa, your children born in Australia will get Citizenship of Australia automatically.

Key Requirements to apply for a Subclass 189 visa?

Here are the key requirements to apply for Australian PR visa, i.e. Subclass 189 visa,

  • You must be aged under 45 to be invited to apply for the visa.
  • You must have competent English (IELTS minimum band Score 6 in all four abilities)
  • Need to have an occupation listed in the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Need to have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • Must score a minimum of 65 points on online SkillSelect system
  • Must get an invitation to apply for this visa
  • Must meet the health and character requirements

Click Here to Check you Eligibility for Subclass 189

Process to Apply for skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa?

Find below the step-by-step process to apply for PR Visa in Australia through Subclass 189 Visa:

  • Collect the required documents, i.e. IELTS test result for English proficiency, Skill Assessment, other basic documents
  • Submit EOI (Expression of Interest) in online SkillSelect system of Australia and score minimum 65 points
  • Get an Invitation to Apply from the Department of Home affairs Australia
  • Apply for the visa within 60 days of receiving the invitation to apply.
  • The DHA will verify your application and documents and if all found correct, you will receive the visa approval.

Also Read: Skilled Occupation List Australia 2020

Processing time of skilled independent Subclass 189 Visa

The processing time indicates the time taken by the department of home affairs Australia for processing the recent application received for this visa. Take a look at the processing time estimated accordingly.



25% of visas processed

50% of visas processed

75% of visas processed

90% of visas processed

189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)


73 days

5 months

18 months

30 months

However, the visa processing time varies based on the following factors: The applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Factors that affect Processing time of skilled independent Subclass 189 Visa

  • Accuracy or validity of your lodged application, as well as the all essential supporting documents
  • How fast you reply to any demands for additional information
  • Time taken by office to perform necessary checks on the supporting information provided
  • Time taken to get additional information from external agencies, predominantly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • How many places are available in the immigration program for permanent migration visa applications

Do you want to apply for Subclass 189? Contact Us

Cost to apply for subclass 189 Visa

Find below the latest visa fees for this visa:

Visa subclass

Base application charge

Additional applicant charge  18 and over

Additional applicant charge under 18

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points tested stream




When you are applying for permanent residency visa in Australia apart from the visa fees there are various other charges you also need to pay during the process. Here are few of these charges involved during the Australia PR process:

Other Charges Applicable:

  • Skill assessment body fee: Approximately, $500 to $1000 depends upon occupation
  • Medical and PCC fees and state nomination fees: Depends upon location.
  • IELTS Test Fee- The fees for English language Proficiency Test is approximately INR 15,500
  • Police clearance certificate (PCC) fee on average per person INR 960 (approximately), however, it may vary depending on the location.

Note: The visa fee and charge mentioned here are subject to change/revise periodically by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Australia. Hence, to know the latest fees or charges before applying, either visit official website or contact our Australia immigration expert  on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 .

Lastly, if you need further details or clarification about the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa or wish to apply for the same, just fill this Free Visa Assessment form or Call us @78-18-000-777 and one of our immigration Expert get back to you shortly. Also, you may send your queries to our E-mail id- Keep visiting this page for latest and updated information regarding this visa.

FAQs- Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

What is Subclass 189 Cut off?

Well, Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Australia, announces the cut off for every fortnightly SkillSelecct invitation round. It depends on various factors, i.e. demand of an occupation, number of applicants in the pool, etc. In the most recent SkillSelect invitation round held on October 6, 2022, DHA dropped the CUT OFF to lowest ever, i.e. just 65 points. 

What is Subclass 189 Cost?

Cost of Subclass 189 includes the visa fees as well as the associated charges. The visa fee for Subclass 189 visa is AUD4,240. The detail of associated charges is mentioned above in the page. 

What are Subclass 189 visa minimum points?

Minimum points to needed to apply for Subclass 189 visa are 65 points. You need to obtain these points in SkillSelect system based on key factors, i.e. age, education, English proficiency, work experience, etc.

Which is subclass 189 occupation list?

The relevant in demand occupations for Subclass 189 visa are listed in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) of Australia.

Free Visa Assessment Form