Skilled independent visa (Subclass 189)

Skilled independent visa (Subclass 189)

Let us talk about Australia Visa 189. The purpose of this visa is to invite eligible New Zealand, Hong Kong, and British National overseas passport holders and workers with relevant skills to work, and live permanently anywhere in Australia.

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

There are three streams of this subclass Australia Visa 189. Let us have a look into it briefly.

Points tested stream

The first one is the point tested stream. In this stream the Australian government invites the people with skills Australia needs. The invited people will go through a point tested process and then be allowed to live and work in Australia.

  1. There is no need for a nominator or sponsor.

  2. You must have an invitation to apply.

  3. You have to be under 45 of age to be eligible for an invitation.

Stay

You can stay in Australia permanently.

Cost

The application will cost you AUD4,115.

Processing Time

The processing time of the application can roughly be from 23 to 39 months or more. If your skill is not found in the critical list of professions, your application may need more processing time. The Critical occupation list gets the highest priority.

New Zealand stream

Under this category if you are a New Zealand citizen and have shown contribution and commitment to Australia, you can work and live in Australia permanently.

  1. You need to hold the subclass 444 visa.

  2. You have lived in Australia for at least 5 years.

  3. Your duration of 5 year stay must have started on or before 19th February of 2016.

Stay

You can permanently live and work in Australia.

Cost

The main applicant has to pay a fee of AUD 4115 for the application processing. You can pay the money in installments of two - 20 percent when you lodge your application and the rest before you can get a visa. This means that you can only get a visa if you clear your full payment.

Processing Time

The processing time of the application can roughly be from 18 to 39 months or more. If your skill is not found in the critical list of professions, your application may need more processing time. The Critical occupation list gets the highest priority.

Hong Kong stream

If you are from Hong Kong or a British national (overseas) passport holder and have shown contribution and commitment to Australia, you can work and live in Australia permanently.

  1. You need to hold a British National (overseas) passport or a Hong Kong passport.

  2. You need to fulfill certain visa and residence requirements.

Stay

You can permanently live and work in Australia.

Cost

The main applicant has to pay a fee of AUD 4115 for the application processing. You can pay the money in installments of two - 20 percent when you lodge your application and the rest before you can get a visa. This means that you can only get a visa if you clear your full payment.

Processing Time

There is not a set amount of time for the processing of an Australia visa 189 application. Applications are considered based on the applicants’ circumstances including:

  1. If you have fully completed your application or not. If your application is partially complete, you will be requested to finish it and provide documents accordingly.

  2. If you can quickly respond to the requests from the authority.

  3. The duration to check the authenticity of each piece of information provided.

  4. The duration of information requested to external authorities or agencies related to character, health, and national security documentations like the police clearance.

  5. If there is any vacancy in the migration program.