The 189 Permanent Visa
Australia’s three skilled visas remain one of the best ways for trained foreign workers to live and work in Australia. For example, have you checked out the 189 Skilled Permanent visa as a possible entry vehicle for yourself?* Here are some basic facts about the 189 visa for you to consider:
–This visa currently has 44,000 reserved places in the total number of Australian visas allotted each year.
–The points tested stream of the 189 visa allows you to “work and study anywhere in Australia” and to “sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence”. Source: The Department of Home Affairs.
–Potential applicants for the 189 visa first file an expression of interest. The Department of Home Affairs judges this expression by its points test system. The current pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is 65 points. If you reach or exceed this test mark, the Department of Home Affairs can invite you to apply for a 189 visa.
–Applicants for the Skilled Independent 189 visa DO NOT require sponsorship from an employer or nomination by any organization or state government.
–Applicants must be under the age of 45.
–The 189 permanent visa is a pathway towards Australian citizenship.
–Most importantly, a 189 applicant’s occupation must be on the Australian Government’s Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Please read carefully through this list to see if your occupation is on it. If it is, this is an opportunity for you to request to be invited to apply for this permanent visa. We repeat: Those foreign workers invited to apply for the 189 visa do not need sponsorship from an employer. But also remember that any expressions of interest are rigorously points tested. Read the combined current list of eligible skilled occupations.
*Please be aware that the government at times changes its Occupations lists. See these changes from mid March, 2019.
Many Australian Permanent Residence Visas Not Taken Each Year
In regard to the 189 visa, the SBS news service recently announced that there were “No takers for thousands of Australian permanent residency visas” The SBS article continued that “Australia is among the most sought-after immigration destinations across the world with tens of thousands of people trying their luck to migrate down under every year as skilled migrants. While many skills are experiencing long queues of visa applicants, there are some that have found absolutely no takers at all.”
SBS noted that “in some other occupations, no invites were issued during the last financial year.
“Sheet metal trade workers, cabinet makers, glaziers, panel beaters and barristers and some health diagnostic and promotion professionals – together accounting for over 5,300 visa places – saw just one applicant receiving an invite for each of the six occupations.”
If your occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills Occupation List (MLTSSL), and especially if it is one of those noted above as having few of no invitations, contact Migration Ways to seek advice on your best path forward regarding this possible visa opportunity. Please be aware that there are important stipulations regarding the 189 visa, such as the rigorous points testing, that have to be satisfied.