The Australia 189 Visa is the most popular visa category among the immigrants across the world. Every year thousands of people apply for this visa and immigrate to Australia after the approval of the visa. The 189 visa also known as Skilled Independent Visa is a Australian permanent Residency visa program comes under the General Skilled Migration Program that allows an individual to live and work anywhere in Australia.  The candidates who have no nomination from Australian state/territory government or family members who are Permanent Residents in Australia can apply for this visa program. As per the latest changes made by the Australian Government, there are some changes made in the Subclass 189 visa. Let’s take a look at the changes:

Check here:  Full information about Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

a) Change in Points-based System

As per the new changes, minimum point requirement has been changed from 60 to 65 points. The candidates have to attain 65 Points on Australia Points Calculator in order to be eligible to apply for this visa. From 1st July onwards, candidates have to get 65 points to get in the 189 visa.

Read: Latest changes made in the Australia Point system

b) Changes in the Fees

The current cost of the Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 is AUD 3,755 for the main applicant. However, the cost of the additional applicant (more than 18 years of age) is AUD 1,875 and for the applicant who is less than 18 years of age is AUD 940.

Read: Check out the latest information about Fee structure and cost of Australian Subclasses.

c) Addition or removal of occupations from the Medium and Long-term Skills Strategic List

To apply for subclass 189 visa, you need to nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long-term Skills Strategic List. The MLLTSSL list consists of the 176 occupations that are highly in demand in Australia. The Medium and Long-term Skills Strategic List has been recently updated. So, before applying for the 189 visa, you must ensure that your occupation is mentioned in the list.

Read: Check out the Latest Medium and Long-term Skills Strategic List

d) Invitation Round Results for Subclass 189 Visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection manages the Invitation round results after every 15 days. Now, the candidates will able to know about the Invitation results for the subclass 189 visa.  The candidates with the highest score will receive the Invitation to apply (ITA) from the DIBP.

e) Reduction in Age Limit for Skilled Partner

As per the new changes, the age for the skilled partner under Australia permanent visas has been reduced to 45 years for which the candidates can claim supplementary points in the Australia point test.

One should be updated about the recent changes made in Subclass 189 visa in order to avoid delays or inconsistency. If you have plans to settle in Australia through Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189, you may contact Make Visas, the best immigration consultants in India. From documentation to visa filing, the Australia Immigration experts will help you out at every step. To get in touch with the experts, you can dial official helpline +91-7042184185 or you may write your queries on You may visit our nearest office for counseling.

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