189 Visa Points Tested

Subclass 189 Visa Points Tested Stream

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen

Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. The Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant.

You become a permanent resident on the day the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream).

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residence starts on the day:

  • The case officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) if you are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include them when you lodge your visa application
  • add them after you lodge your application but before The case officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide on your visa.

Family members who apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) must meet The department of Home Affairs health and character requirements.

If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, tell the department of Home Affairs the reason why (for example, they already hold Australian citizenship or are a permanent resident).

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Cost

The Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) with you.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is the second instalment. Pay it only when the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs ask you to. The case officers at the Department of Home Affairs ask for the charge only if they are going to grant the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream).

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,885.

The Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) and when the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide on your application, but not in immigration clearance.

If you apply in Australia, you must hold a substantive or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa, otherwise your application will not be processed.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Processing times

The case officers at the Department of Home Affairs assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Travel

You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream). After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Visa label

The case officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Be invited to apply

You can only apply for this visa if the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs invite you to apply. See before you apply.

Submit an expression of interest (EOI) to let the department of Home Affairs know you would like to apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream).

After you have submitted an EOI, you will be ranked against other intending applicants and might be invited to apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream).

Invitations are issued regularly through SkillSelect.

Have a suitable skills assessment

For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation.

You will need to provide a copy of this skills assessment with your application.

For medical and legal practitioners, the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs also accept the following as proof of a skills assessment:

  • full or unconditional or general medical registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • conditional specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This only allows you to practise in your speciality. You need no further training or supervision
  • admission to practice law in the relevant state or territory

Your skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation. If the assessment was for a shorter period, that period must not have passed.

If your skills were assessed on the basis of a qualification you got in Australia when you held a student visa, the qualification must be from studying a course registered on CRICOS.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Age

You must be aged under 45 when you are invited to apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream).

You can still apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) if you turn 45 after you are invited to apply.

If you turn 45 after you submit your EOI, you will not be invited to apply.

Be able to score 65 points or more

This is a points-tested visa.

When you submit your EOI in SkillSelect you will be given an indicative points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of 65 points you will not be invited to apply for this visa.

If you are invited to apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream), your invitation will state the number of points that you must score when the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs assess your application for grant of the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) (this score may be higher than 65 points, depending on your claims in the EOI).

When you lodge your application, you must provide evidence supporting your claims.

To calculate how many points you may score use the points calculator.

Have this level of English language

 

At the time of invitation, you must have at least competent English.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Meet the skills requirement

 

Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) Point-Tested stream.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Meet health requirement

 

You and any family who apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) with you must meet The department of Home Affairs health requirement.

If requested, family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet The department of Home Affairs health requirement.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Meet character requirement

 

You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) with you must meet character requirement.

Family members not accompanying you to Australia must also meet the character requirement.

Have paid back your debt to the Australian government

 

If you or any family members (including those who do not apply for the Subclass 189 visa (Points-tested Stream) with you) owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.

Subclass 189 visa Points-tested Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Sign the Australian values statement

 

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

 

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-independent-189/points-tested#Overview