Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

189 visa Navigation:

  1. checklist
  2. occupation list
  3. points table
  4. 189 visa invitation round
  5. 189 visa cost
  6. processing time
  7. 189 visa holder rights/obligations

189 visa

A. Where can I find the 189 checklist?

Please follow the link below to get a generic checklist.

B. Where can I find the 189 occupation list?

For a complete list of the occupations available for the 189 visa, see the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List here.
You can also use our search tool for the lists, here.

C. How many points can I get based on the 189 points table?

Try our skilled points calculator for the 189, 190 and new regional visas to calculate how many points you can obtain based on your qualifications and details.

If you would like to see the points table as an overview, you can do so here.

Remember: you need to be able to score a minimum of 65 points. However, you will probably need higher points in order to receive an invitation – see the invitation round details.

D. How many people receive invitations in each round?

These invitation rounds run once a month, and the details are published on the Department’s website here.

These pages will tell you about:

  • The invitations by points score each month
  • The cut offs for certain occupations subject to pro rata arrangements (Accountants, Auditors, certain Engineers)

Current round

Invitations issued on 18 December 2023

The table below shows the number of invitations issued, and the tie break month, in the SkillSelect invitation round on 18 December 2023.

Visa subclass Number Tie break / date of effect month
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 8,300 11/2023
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 79 12/2023


E. How much does a 189 application cost?

As of the beginning of January 2023, the cost is from $4640 Australian dollars.

Read more for 189 visa cost.

F. What is the189 processing time?

As of 2023.07:

  • 25% of applications: 4 Months
  • 50% of applications: 4 Months
  • 75% of applications: 5 Months
  • 90% of applications: 6 Months

Read more for 189 visa processing time:

G. Does a 189 holder have any obligations or conditions?

Ensure you have valid visa and passport before entering Australia.

You and your family members must obey Australian laws.

As a 189 visa holder, you can:

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