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Your Easy Guide: Steps to Secure the Australian 189 Visa

The Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa is a part of the 'General Skilled Migration' category and permits applicants to live and work in Australia indefinitely without a sponsor. Due to its attractive features, it attracts a large number of applicants annually.

The steps for a 189 visa

Key Features:

  • Permanent residence: Work and live anywhere in Australia.

  • Eligibility for Medicare

  • No requirement for sponsorship from a business, state, or individual.

  • Priority to applicants with high point scores.


189 Visa Requirements:

  • Eligibility: Must not have any previous Australian visa cancelled or refused, no outstanding debts to the Australian government, below 45 years of age, and possess skills listed on the eligible occupations list.

  • Points: Score at least 65 on the points test (though higher scores are usually needed). Points can be accrued based on age, English proficiency, work experience, and education among others.

  • Skills Assessment: Ensure your skills are verified by a relevant assessment authority, specific to your occupation.

  • English Proficiency: Prove your English competency through tests like IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL.

  • Medical Test: Conducted by a clinic approved by the Australian immigration department.

  • Police Check: You may be asked to provide a police certificate from every country you lived in. You will usually only be asked if you are over 17 and lived in any of the listed countries, including Australia, for at least 12 months in the past 10 years.

Cost & Processing Times:

  • Immigration Visa Application Fee: Starts at AUD $4,640

  • English Language Exam: AUD $330 - $363

  • Police Check: AUD $222.50 - $265.70

  • Processing Time: 90% of 189 visas are processed within 8 months (As of September 2023), but lodging a decision-ready application can potentially expedite the process.

  • Health Examinations: Starts at AUD $441.70

  • Budget: Approximately $200 for translations or other costs relating to official documents.


Steps to Follow:

Step 1 - Before You Apply:

#1 – Check Your Eligibility for the 189 Visa:

Begin by confirming you meet the eligibility requirements for the 189 visa. If you're uncertain about your eligibility, book a consultation with us here, so we can help you through the process.

#2 – Determine Your Occupation’s Status: Begin by verifying if your profession is on the relevant skilled occupation list.

#3 – Calculate Your Point Score: Your points determine your competitiveness. The more you have, the better chance you have to receive an invitation. Skylark Migration offers assistance in ensuring you claim all the points you’re eligible for, and to advise you of your chances of actually receiving an invitation.

#4 – Submit Your Expression of Interest (EOI): Your EOI is not a visa application, but instead a request to be invited to submit a visa application. You must meet all the eligibility requirements for your EOI to be successful, and receiving an invite can take up to 2 years. To submit your EOI, it must be provided through the SkillSelect website.

#5 – Gather Evidence and Documents: Upon receiving your invite, you must back your EOI claims with concrete evidence. This includes identity documents, relationship and character documents, English competency proof, partner documents, dependents' documents, and skills assessment documents. Skylark Migration simplifies this for you with a comprehensive document assistance service.

Step 2 - When You Apply:

#6 – Fill in the Visa Application Online: To fill out your visa application online, first, log into your SkillSelect account. Once you're in SkillSelect, click on the 'Apply for visa' button. This will take you to an online system called ImmiAccount. Create/log in to your ImmiAccount and attach your documents. Once you have attached your documents, you will need to pay the application charge. Be sure to note down your transaction reference number (TRN) for future reference.

Step 3 - After You Apply:

#7 – Await Response from the Department: Patience is key. 90% of applications for the 189 visa are processed within 8 months. (As of September 2023)

If you feel that this process sounds overwhelming, the Skylark team has a combined 57+ years of experience helping people apply for the 189 skilled independent visa, and proudly maintains a 100% success rate for 189 visas since 2015. Contact us to book a consultation so we can help you with your 189 visa application.

For unparalleled service and affordable rates in Australian migration assistance, choose Skylark Migration. We're here to support you on your journey to making your Australian migration dreams a reality!


Why Choose Skylark Migration for Your 189 Visa Application?

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