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Our professional migration consultant shares helpful information about a Subclass 189 visa


What is a Subclass 189 visa?

This is a permanent visa that allows skilled people with appropriate occupations listed on the skilled occupation list to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. A Skilled Independent VisaSubclass 189 divided into 2 streams:

  • Points Tested Stream
  • New Zealand Stream

189 visa applicants don’t need a nomination from the state and territory government agencies.


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What is a Skilled Independent Visa?


Despite a Subclass 189 visa, there are other Skilled visas you may want to check them out such as a Subclass 190 visa or a Subclass 191 visa.

The benefits of a Subclass 189 visa

  • Staying in Australia permanently.
  • Working and studying in a world – standard country.
  • Getting Australian medicare.
  • Being able to sponsor your relatives to come to Australia.
  • Being able to travel in and out of Australia.
  • Applying for Australian citizenship when you meet requirements.


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Benefits of a Skilled Independent Visa


For more information about the benefits of Subclass 190 visa, contact VEM today. Our professional migration consultant who is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877) will support you to make the best use of these benefits.

The requirements of a Subclass 189 visa

Different from other subclasses for skilled workers, applicants on the Skilled Independent VisaSubclass 189 are not required to have any sponsor/nominator.

However, you (applicant) of each stream must meet following requirements to apply for this visa:

Points tested Stream

  • Must have an invitation from Australian Government.
  • Must pass skills assessment.
  • Must be under 45 years old.
  • Must have at least 65 immigration points.
  • Must meet English, health and character requirements.

New Zealand Stream

  • Must meet the income requirements.
  • Must hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa – Subclass 444.
  • Must have lived in Australia for at least 5 years.
  • Must meet health and character requirements.

The cost of a Subclass 189 visa


The visa application fee is 4,045AUD (not including 1.4% surcharge) for both streams. There are also additional fees for family members who apply with you and for who does not meet the English requirements. Besides, you also need to pay for police and health checks.


Any kind of refund is impossible when your application is rejected. Additionally, when the Department of Home Affairs doesn’t approve your visa for the first time, any visa applications in the future will be much harder and much more complex.

Beside MARN, Mr Phong Cao is a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648), so when working with VEM, clients will also be informed about any new changes or adjustments. Thus, increase their chances of getting a visa approval.

Processing times of a Subclass 189 visa

The processing time is changed each year due to the change in the volume of applications. Each stream has a different processing time:


StreamsProcessing time
Points Tested Stream75% of the applications are processed in 21 months.

90% of the applications are processed in 33 months.

New Zealand Stream75% of the applications are processed in 18 months.

90% of the applications are processed in 14 months.


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Processing time of a Skilled Independent Visa


Moreover, your application might take longer if you are misleading and do not include all the documents that are required or fill it in the wrong way.

It takes the DHA longer to verify your information. Your processing could also not be done by paying the wrong application charge.

VEM will help you step by step with your documents, fees and applications. Do not hesitate to contact us for help. It is our pleasure to assist you!

Step-by-step of a Subclass 189 visa

  • Step 1: Checking if your occupation is on the skilled occupation list and having 65 immigration points.
  • Step 2: Submitting Expression of Interest (EOI) in the SkillSelect.
  • Step 3: Waiting for an invitation to apply for this visa.
  • Step 4: Gathering your documents.
  • Step 5: Applying for the Subclass 189 visa within 60 days of invitation.


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The process of applying for a Skilled Independent Visa


Mr Phong Cao is responsible for providing you with the most accurate and updated information about your visa application process.This is also one of the reasons why many clients have chosen VEM’s services.

They can know exactly the stages of their application process. Therefore, having VEM by your side while applying for a Subclass 189 visa would help increase your chance of getting a visa grant.

Successful client story

If your purpose is getting an Australian citizenship in the future, then you have to choose the right course. Your path must be led by a reliable, knowledgeable consultant. Those things are very important to your future career.

Without a qualified consultant , many students finish their courses and do not know what to do next, then they have to go back to their own country when their visa expires.

The VEM’s team, for example, has an experience with Dang Vu Phong Dan – one of our clients. Even though he has finished 2 master courses in Australia, he still cannot apply for a visa to stay in this country.


Facing his visa expiration, Phong Dan has found us. VEM has shown him clearly step by step and helped him to apply for his new visa. Fortunately, he has been granted a student visa the third time with the right course to stay in Australia.


Besides, he has successfully passed the skills assessment. Our VEM’s team continues to help him to complete his application for Subclass 189 visa.



If there’s any further questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. VEM will contact you as soon as possible.


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