Australian Skilled Visas (189) Visa Guide

Are You A Worthy Candidate For Instant Permanent Residency?

The 189 visa is the premier visa Australia has to offer. That is why they are very protective of who is offered an invitation to apply for such a visa. That is right you need to be invited based on several criteria and tests set by the Australian Government. Ranging from your skills and experience, family history to your character and health. Australia is clear in who they will invite and even though each case is unique and dealt with on its own unique, individual merits how a case must be present to the Australian government remains paramount to its success.

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When you are applying for this visa remember Australia owes you nothing and operates their immigration policy for skilled migrants the same way a successful company would operate their recruitment policy. They are looking for the very best candidates from a global pool of talent. In return, they know they are able to offer one of the highest standards of living in the world and have no shortage of applicants. They are also aware that people are prepared to pay for the privilege of becoming a permanent resident of Australia and therefore, will charge for issuing a visa. This can deter those who are not serious or do not have the resources to ensure they will not be a burden on the public purse after arrival.

Each profession has a limited requirement and once Australia has secured the number of skilled workers they require they stop issuing further visas. If your skills are on the SOL list currently, you can afford to emigrate and you want to live in Australia we recommend you take the opportunity while your skills remain in demand. Many people we speak to contact us months after our first conversation only to discover their profession is no longer in demand and therefore, they can not emigrate.

Why Your Application Needs To Be Perfect

The 189 visa requires every case to be "visa ready" prior to submission. To apply a person must achieve 60 points on the skilled visa calculator (our assessment will calculate your points) they must also have a profession in demand and listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Then their case is entered into a competitive pool of similar candidates all hoping to be selected for an 189 visa. There is no room for "horse trading" with the immigration officer who is deciding on who to select from the pool and who to leave behind. An officer will simply put a case to one side and move on to the next if they are not satisfied with everything they see on their first inspection. This visa allows people like you to live and work freely in Australia and allows them to take employment of their choice.  It also allows them to bring their immediate family who can enjoy all the advantages of Australian life. Competition and demand is high.


The Australian General Skilled Immigration System works on a points based system which take into account several factors.
  •     Age   
  •    Qualifications
  •     English Language Ability
  •     Experience In Your Profession
  •     Record Of Prior Learning In Australia And Off Shore
  •     Previous Study or Employment In Australia
  •     Your Spouse Skills If Applicable
  •     Your skills must be in demand - To find out if your skills are on the list click here
Based on these criteria a person will earn points and will be required to achieve 60 points to be eligible to submit an expression of interest to emigrate.  If you do not achieve 60 points you may like to apply for a State Sponsored visa or 190 visa.

Skilled Worker Statistics:

  • 190,000 places available this year across Australia for Skilled workers
  • 68% of migrants arrive in Australia on this visa
  • 42% of all visa applications are rejected
  • 32% of migrant workers arrive on a Family class visa

Costs & Fees

You will be required to pay for your visa, skills assessment, English test, medical tests and Police reports. Here is a guide to the costs, which are subject to change.

Visa Fees

  • $3,600 for the main applicant
  • $18,000 for any partner
  • $900 per child

Police Reports

  • £49 per person over 15 years old

Medical Report

  • £250 per person

English Language Test

  • £160

Skills Assessment

  • ranges from $500 - $3,500 depending on several factors, including your profession, if you need a practical test, current qualifications, etc...

This is a lot of money to risk on a case that is not properly prepared which could end in failure. That is why we recommend you take advice from an expert and protect your future.


There are of course a number of factors you can not affect regardless of how effective we are at developing a perfect case.  Age is the obvious one but the others are always possible to improve no matter how good your case; with a little effort we can always make it better.  The following are ways we have improved cases that have fallen short prior to putting in some effort.  To find out more about our international employment solutions click here.


A classic one is completing an English Test if you hold a UK passport, or some others, you may not need to complete an English test to qualify to enter Australia however if you do complete your test to a superior level this action provides an immediate additional 20 points to your case.  Many cases can achieve 60 points easily just from securing the additional points.  We assist our clients in finding the right test centre and providing guidance on ensuring they achieve maximum points.


This area is the most complex of all and carries a large number of issues, pitfalls and dangers but likewise, it also has huge opportunities for improvement.  Often our clients are fantastic in their role and know how to do their job way above the Australian standards.  Like many exams it is not necessarily what you have done previously, or even what you know, but how you present that knowledge to the assessors.  Our team work hard in this area as we understand it is the foundation of everything that comes later in your 189 visa case.  There is little point being amazing if you fail to present the facts in a clear and impressive way.  Assessors are busy people and they will not give the benefit of the doubt.


It is not enough to have a glowing reference but again it matters what that reference says and how it is presented.  We have had many calls over the years from people who could not understand why their assessment was rejected or why they could not attract an Australian Employer, one look at their references allowed us to see the issues.  Never assume a reference meets the Australian employer's requirements or the Australian Immigration needs.  A CV is a document often embellished without documentary evidence to support each claim made.  It is important for Australian Immigration purposes that we prepare your references, not only to support your CV but to enhance it.

Other Factors

This is where the internet falls over a little as we start to go into specific needs of individual cases.  No two cases are ever the same and each case holds specific details which can help us develop the case and strengthen our hand or have an adverse effect on the outcome if not managed correctly.  In this area, many cases are made or broken and many people only become aware of the issues after it is too late.  When Immigration matters to you, do not rush in; take your time to ensure you work to your strengths and avoid any future issues.

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Thank you for everything you were amazing and I would not have been able to secure my visa without you. I am really excited about emigrating it is really happening now. Jake and Holly are both looking forward to their new school who have been really helpful. Julie Windsor
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