Subclass 189 visa category is Australian Skilled Independent Visa or Australia permanent residence visa which is granted to skilled workers upon meeting certain eligibility criteria. This visa doesn’t require sponsorship from any employer, a state or territory, or relative residing in Australia. A visa holder has the right to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Specific family members can also be included in the application. In order to be eligible to apply for the visa, you will have to score at least 65 points (the pass mark) on the Points Test.
The popular visa categories for Australia immigration are:
Following are the common qualifying criteria to get eligible for residency in Australia :
Before filing a valid application for the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) you need to complete skill assessment. Once you successfully complete your 1st stage, you need to submit an Expression of Interest through Skill Select. To apply for a subclass 189 visa you must have the following things:
If you are a skilled professional then the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program is the only path for you to immigrate to Australia. For this you will have to meet the Basic Requirements for GSM and pass the Australian immigration Points Test, you can then qualify for a visa to move to Australia. On July 1, 2017, this additional path became a new stream within the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa making it easier for New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia to become permanent residents.
The detailed process of the visa application for Australia skilled visa is described below
The processing time for Australia skilled independent visa can take anything from 8 to 10 months to approve permanent resident grant after you have submitted your application. As an applicant, you will either be entitled a CO (case officer) contact within 3 months or you will get a permanent resident grant at the end of 3 months after you submit your ITA of 189 visa application. After you are provided with the CO contact, your application will be on hold till you submit all the required documents.
189 is a visa procedure of the Australian Government that provides direct entry for skilled migration. Subclass 190, on the other hand, the State Nomination visa process which is sponsored by a particular State. In this category, the visa granted applicants are required to live in the particular State for a period of a minimum of 2 years. People opt for subclass 190 and subclass 491 to gain points if they are not able to meet min point threshold or if their occupation is not on 189 lists but is listed on the subclass 190 lists.
Applicants applying for a Skilled Visa for Australia must obtain a minimum of 65 points. It should also be remembered that scoring these required points does not guarantee an invitation to apply for a visa. However, an applicant who scores 70 to 75 points has a better chance to receive an ITA for Skilled Independent 189 Visa. There are two primary ways to increase your points score; The English Test and State Sponsorship.
It is not very difficult to get an Australian permanent resident with 70 points based on the latest rules of the Australian government. With a Bachelor’s degree, good English score and work experience in Australia’s skills list, you can get Australia’s residency within a year.
The cost of a permanent resident in Australia changes from time to time. The cost of a visa depends upon the date of your application. The visa application cost is charged in Australian dollars (AUD) which can be paid through online account via Debit/Credit card. Following are the cost of Australian permanent resident.
The Australia visa fee in 2021 is:
Documents for Australia permanent resident for the Primary Applicant
To obtain the Australia PR visa subclass 189, one must first check his/her eligibility for this visa. Our Initial Evaluation Service helps aspirants to know their eligibility & their chances for the visa. This Evaluation Service is conducted in assistance of India’s best Evaluation Experts. If you believe that you meet the basic requirements of Australia Immigration & wish to check your eligibility for Australia Skilled Independent visa, our experts can help. You can contact us or leave your details for our Experts to contact you.
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