Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points tested stream

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points tested stream

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

Key Points

  • You don’t need a sponsor (no state or family sponsorship applies)
  • You must be invited to apply (EOI)
  • You must be under 45 to be invited
  • The Pass Mark (points Test): you need a minimum of 65 points

Note however that many applications will realistically only receive an invite if you are able to claim 70, 75 or even 80 points.


  • have an occupation on the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and fully satisfy the criteria for that occupation
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply for this visa
  • satisfy the points test. Read: Points table for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

Period of Stay



The visa costs AUD 4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is the second instalment. Pay it only when you are asked to do it. This charge will be asked only you are going to be granted the visa.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,885.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Processing Time

75% of applications: 12 months
90% of applications: 20 months

Documents needed

Read: Subclass 189 Document Checklist