Visa 189

Visa 189

This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.

This is a permanent visa category assessed against the applicant’s skills.

It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

You may be eligible to apply for this visa if so invited by the Department. In addition to the invitation to apply for the visa from the Department, you must also:

  • have nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list;
  • have obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation ;
  • have not yet turned 50 years of age;
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test;
  • have a Competent English level as endorsed by IELTS; and
  • meet certain health and character requirements.

The Process

Refer to the 3 stage process applicable to all Points Based Skilled Migration visas (described above).

Invitations are based on claims that you make in your EOI, so your application must include evidence to support your claims.

You must score at least 60 points against points test factors to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa. Points are awarded on the basis of several specific factors, such as age, qualifications, English language ability.

If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply online for the visa. During that time, you cannot change the information in your expression of interest.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

Contour Migration are able to advise you on the requirements of this visa and the prospect of your success in applying for this visa.


There is a base fee of $3,520 for applicants wishing to apply for a subclass 189 visa.

There are further fees involved where eligible dependents are a part of the application.

You may also be required to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests.

Our consultants can provide further information applicable to your circumstances.

Visa Processing times

3 months