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    189 Visa

    189 Visa

    The 189 Visa is one of the most desirable visas in the World. Holders of the 189 Visa have Permanent Residency status in Australia, which can also convert to full Australian Citizenship and Dual Nationality.

    189 Visa Holders can do the following:

    • Live and Work in Australia
    • Choose to reside anywhere in Australia
    • Access Education for Children
    • Enter and leave without the need for further visas
    • Access Medicare
    • Own property and land
    • Access Education for children
    • Run an Australian Company
    • Access benefits after 2-years
    • Sponsor family members after 2-years
    • Convert PR to full Citizenship

    Australia 189 Visa

    The 189 Visa Australia is one of the most sought after Australia Visas. Selection for the 189 is done on a federal basis.

    Every year the Australian Government publishes a list of occupations in demand across Australia. This list is called the MLTSSL. Individuals with an occupation on the MLTSSL may be eligible for the 189 Visa.

    The most up-to-date 189 Visa list includes:

    construction project manager133111VETASSESS
    engineering manager133211(a) Engineers Australia; or (b) AIM
    child care centre manager134111TRA
    nursing clinical director134212ANMAC
    primary health organisation manager134213VETASSESS
    welfare centre manager134214ACWA
    accountant (general)221111(a) CPAA; or (b) CAANZ; or (c) IPA
    management accountant221112(a) CPAA; or (b) CAANZ; or (c) IPA
    taxation accountant221113(a) CPAA; or (b) CAANZ; or (c) IPA
    external auditor221213(a) CPAA; or (b) CAANZ; or (c) IPA
    internal auditor221214VETASSESS
    land economist224511VETASSESS
    management consultant224711VETASSESS
    landscape architect232112VETASSESS
    other spatial scientist232214VETASSESS
    chemical engineer233111Engineers Australia
    materials engineer233112Engineers Australia
    civil engineer233211Engineers Australia
    geotechnical engineer233212Engineers Australia
    quantity surveyor233213AIQS
    structural engineer233214Engineers Australia
    transport engineer233215Engineers Australia
    electrical engineer233311Engineers Australia
    electronics engineer233411Engineers Australia
    industrial engineer233511Engineers Australia
    mechanical engineer233512Engineers Australia
    production or plant engineer233513Engineers Australia
    aeronautical engineer233911Engineers Australia
    agricultural engineer233912Engineers Australia
    biomedical engineer233913Engineers Australia
    engineering technologist233914Engineers Australia
    environmental engineer233915Engineers Australia
    naval architect233916Engineers Australia
    agricultural consultant234111VETASSESS
    agricultural scientist234112VETASSESS
    medical laboratory scientist234611AIMS
    physicist (medical physicist only)234914ACPSEM
    early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher241111AITSL
    secondary school teacher241411AITSL
    special needs teacher241511AITSL
    teacher of the hearing impaired241512AITSL
    teacher of the sight impaired241513AITSL
    special education teachers (nec)241599AITSL
    medical diagnostic radiographer251211ASMIRT
    medical radiation therapist251212ASMIRT
    nuclear medicine technologist251213ANZSNM
    orthotist or prosthetist251912AOPA
    occupational therapist252411OTC
    podiatrist252611(a) APodA; or (b) ANZPAC
    speech pathologist252712SPA
    general practitioner253111MedBA
    specialist physician (general medicine)253311MedBA
    clinical haematologist253313MedBA
    medical oncologist253314MedBA
    intensive care specialist253317MedBA
    renal medicine specialist253322MedBA
    thoracic medicine specialist253324MedBA
    specialist physicians (nec)253399MedBA
    surgeon (general)253511MedBA
    cardiothoracic surgeon253512MedBA
    orthopaedic surgeon253514MedBA
    paediatric surgeon253516MedBA
    plastic and reconstructive surgeon253517MedBA
    vascular surgeon253521MedBA
    emergency medicine specialist253912MedBA
    obstetrician and gynaecologist253913MedBA
    diagnostic and interventional radiologist253917MedBA
    radiation oncologist253918MedBA
    medical practitioners (nec)253999MedBA
    nurse practitioner254411ANMAC
    registered nurse (aged care)254412ANMAC
    registered nurse (child and family health)254413ANMAC
    registered nurse (community health)254414ANMAC
    registered nurse (critical care and emergency)254415ANMAC
    registered nurse (developmental disability)254416ANMAC
    registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)254417ANMAC
    registered nurse (medical)254418ANMAC
    registered nurse (medical practice)254421ANMAC
    registered nurse (mental health)254422ANMAC
    registered nurse (perioperative)254423ANMAC
    registered nurse (surgical)254424ANMAC
    registered nurse (paediatrics)254425ANMAC
    registered nurses (nec)254499ANMAC
    ICT business analyst261111ACS
    systems analyst261112ACS
    analyst programmer261311ACS
    developer programmer261312ACS
    software engineer261313ACS
    ICT security specialist262112ACS
    computer network and systems engineer263111ACS
    telecommunications engineer263311Engineers Australia
    telecommunications network engineer263312Engineers Australia
    barrister271111a legal admissions authority of a State or Territory
    solicitor271311a legal admissions authority of a State or Territory
    clinical psychologist272311APS
    educational psychologist272312APS
    organisational psychologist272313APS
    psychologists (nec)272399APS
    social worker272511AASW
    civil engineering draftsperson312211(a) Engineers Australia; or (b) VETASSESS
    civil engineering technician312212VETASSESS
    electrical engineering draftsperson312311Engineers Australia
    electrical engineering technician312312TRA
    radio communications technician313211TRA
    telecommunications field engineer313212Engineers Australia
    telecommunications network planner313213Engineers Australia
    telecommunications technical officer or technologist313214Engineers Australia
    automotive electrician321111TRA
    motor mechanic (general)321211TRA
    diesel motor mechanic321212TRA
    motorcycle mechanic321213TRA
    small engine mechanic321214TRA
    sheetmetal trades worker322211TRA
    metal fabricator322311TRA
    pressure welder322312TRA
    welder (first class)322313TRA
    fitter (general)323211TRA
    fitter and turner323212TRA
    metal machinist (first class)323214TRA
    carpenter and joiner331211TRA
    painting trades worker332211TRA
    fibrous plasterer333211TRA
    solid plasterer333212TRA
    wall and floor tiler333411TRA
    plumber (general)334111TRA
    airconditioning and mechanical services plumber334112TRA
    roof plumber334115TRA
    electrician (general)341111TRA
    electrician (special class)341112TRA
    lift mechanic341113TRA
    airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic342111TRA
    technical cable jointer342212TRA
    electronic equipment trades worker342313TRA
    electronic instrument trades worker (general)342314TRA
    electronic instrument trades worker (special class)342315TRA
    boat builder and repairer399111TRA

    If an occupation is not listed on the MLTSSL occupation list then there is no eligibility for the 189 Visa and individuals should check the STSOL list for 190 visa requirements.

    189 Visa Points

    In addition to having an occupation on the MLTSSL a prospective 189 visa applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

    • Be aged under 45 years
    • Score a minimum of 65 on the 189 Points Calculator
    • Hold a Positive Skills Assessment
    • Be of good character
    • Pass a medical examination

    189 Visa Process

    189 Visa Process

    189 Visa Fees

    Current fees and costs associated with a 189 visa application are:

    189 Visa for Family

    The following family members can be included in a 189 Visa application:

    • your partner
    • your or your partner’s dependent child
    • your or your partner’s dependent relative.

    189 Skilled Visa

    As stipulated in the migration rules, potential 189 Visa candidates must obtain a mandatory points score before submitting an expression of interest, and the current score is 65 points. However, current trends show that achieving the basic assessment is no longer a prerequisite for obtaining an invitation to a subclass 189 visa.

    189 Visa Invitation Round History

    Most recent 189 Visa invitation round details:

    Recent 189 Visa Invitation RoundsMinimum points scoreMonth
    Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)90Jul-20
    Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)85Jun-20
    Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)85May-20
    Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)95Apr-20
    Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)90Mar-20
    Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)90Feb-20

    189 Visa Processing Time

    189 visa applications are currently taking between 18 and 34 months to process (for 78-92% of applications).

    189 Visa: Invited to Apply

    If you receive an invitation to apply for the visa 189 Australia you have 60 days in which to accept, pay the fees and submit an online application.

    Invitations for the 189 are based on claims made during Expression of Interest and your formal 189 visa pplication application must reflect the information accurately, and be backed up by documented evidence.

    You will also be issued with a HAP code to get a medical and at this stage will be required to complete police and background checks.

    189 Skilled Visa

    189 Visa vs 190 Visa

    189 VisaVs190 Visa
    Live and work in AustraliaLive and work in Australia
    Live and work anywhere in AustraliaLive and work in a Sponsoring State for 2 years
    Own propertyOwn property
    Benefits after 2-yearsBenefits after 2-years
    Converts to Australian CitizenshipConverts to Australian Citizenship
    No need for further visasNo need for further visas