Skilled Independent visa 189 Australia – Permanent Resident

Visa 189 Points table for Skilled Independent visa and requirements

What is A visa 189 Australia – Points-tested stream

This visa lets invited workers with the skills we need to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

It doesn’t need a sponsor

It doesn’t need a nominator

Requirements for visa 189 Points-tested applicants -Table

Requirements  Definition
Age Applicants must be less than 45 years of age at the time of invitation.
EOI Invitation validity An application must be lodged not more than 60 calendar days from the date of the invitation issued in SkillSelect.
Assessed score The points test score that a delegate gives an applicant after assessing their application.
English Competent English 
EOI Intending migrants must have submitted an EOI in SkillSelect to receive an invitation to apply for this visa.
ImmiAccount The department’s self-service portal enabling electronic transactions with the Department.
Indicative Points score An intending migrant’s indicative point score is the numerical assessment of their attributes based on information they enter into their EOI.
Invitation The applicant must have been invited to apply for a subclass 189 visa in SkillSelect.
The skilled occupation that the primary Points-tested applicant nominates in their application. the applicant to nominate a skilled occupation that is on the occupational list and their skills have been assessed as suitable.
A skills assessment is the outcome of the assessment made by a relevant assessing authority of the applicant’s skills in relation to their nominated skilled occupation. the applicant declares in the application that the applicant’s skills have been assessed as suitable by the relevant assessing authority

Visa 189 Fee?

The visa  189 fee:
Primary applicant: AUD4,045
An additional adult applicant: AUD 1,875
An additional child: AUD940.

Visa 189 processing time

75% of applications: 3 months

90% of applications: 15 months

3 months processing time
15 months processing time

Primary visa 189 Points-tested applicant

The Points-tested Skilled Visa stream provides a permanent visa for skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.

The Primary Points-tested applicant is the applicant who is seeking to satisfy the primary criteria for the grant of a Skilled-Independent visa 189.

The current pool point is 65.

Skill-related requirements

Nominate a skilled occupation

  • the applicant declares that their skills have been assessed as suitable by the relevant assessing authority and that the assessment is not for a visa 485 (Temporary Graduate) visa.

Skilled occupation

Skills assessment

  •  the skills have been assessed successfully and  that assessment is not for a Subclass 485

Engish language test results

The language test used to demonstrate that the applicant meets the English language requirement – Competent English for a  visa 189 must have been undertaken within the 3-year before the date of the invitation of EOI.

Applicants in Australia at time of application

A valid application for a Skilled-Independent visa 189 by an applicant in Australia at the time of application should hold a Bridging visa or another visa

Points-tested stream secondary applicants

The family members of the applicant.

Secondary applicants:

  • do not need a written invitation to apply
  • do not need to meet an age requirement
  • do not need to nominate a skilled occupation


  • For the Points-tested stream, it is not necessary for a person to have been included in the primary applicant’s EOI to be able to make a valid combined application with the primary applicant.

Adding dependents on visa 189

Applicants can add their partner or children to a Skilled-Independent (Permanent) (Class SI) (Subclass 189) visa application.

However, it has to be after the primary applicant has applied but before that application is decided.

Applicants outside of Australia

Generally, persons who:

  • applied for their Skilled-Independent (Subclass 189) visa while outside Australia and
  • subsequently travel to Australia

They are eligible to apply for a BVA if they held a visa at the time they applied for the visa 189.

Traveling after making a Skilled-Independent visa application

You might able to apply for the BVB with travel rights when you are waiting for the process.

The application government charger is from AUD4,045

No, You don’t need a sponsor or nominator.

Yes, it is a PR. The Skilled Independent visa 189 is a Permanent Residency visa. Once granted, it allows the holder (and any family members included in the application to stay in Australia permanently.

You should have Competent English at least – IELTS 6 EACH

  • Points-tested applicant EOI

    Submit an EOI. After you have submitted an EOI, you will be ranked against other intending applicants and might be invited to apply for the visa.

  • Be able to score 65 points or more

    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

  • Validity period for skills assessments

    Some skills assessing authorities issue skills assessments specifying a period during which the skills assessment is valid. or usually, it is no more than 3 years