Australia Immigration announced Priority Visa Processing for Skilled Independent Visa Subclass (189)


The Migration Program's Skilled Stream is intended to draw immigrants who significantly contribute to the Australian economy and fill open positions for which there are no Australian workers available. Due to their extremely high rates of employment, skilled immigrants contribute to economic growth and the creation of new jobs.

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The skilled stream contributes significantly to regional development by offering labor and skills that cannot be found locally, as well as by fostering investment and boosting local business.

Eligibility  Requirement for a 189 visa

You would need to: in order to be eligible for a Subclass 189 visa.

  1. Verify that the Medium and Long-Term Skilled Occupation List includes your profession.
  2. Pass the skilled migration points test with a passing score.
  3. 18 to 44 can apply
  4. Get a favorable Skills Assessment from the appropriate assessing authority.
  5. have at least proficient English
  6. satisfies the character and fitness requirements

Steps to applying for a 189 visa after lodging an EOI and receiving an invitation to do so

  1. Request a skills assessment.
  2. Post a statement of interest (EOI)
  3. Having the necessary English language proficiency
  4. To apply for a skilled visa, wait for your invitation.
  5. Register for a visa

Minimum Eligibility Points

The current cut-off point for submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) is 65 points, but the more points you have, the stronger your application will be and the more likely you are to be invited to an interview. Several professions have substantially higher point requirements than others, and some are not admitted in every round.

New Zealand receives priority processing.

Temporarily closed to new applications is the New Zealand stream of the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa. As a result, no new applications will be accepted from 10 December 2022 to 1 July 2023.

This is a brief suspension of new applications as the government examines potential avenues for New Zealanders to immigrate to and obtain citizenship in Australia, reflecting the close relations between our two countries.

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The Department of Home Affairs has created a specific team to give processing of this caseload priority and will attempt to complete the majority of the on-hand New Zealand stream applications during this time.

Due to the small number of spots recently allotted to this group, the majority of New Zealand stream candidates have been waiting several years for the completion of their visa applications.

The following streamlining measures are adopted to recognize that this group of New Zealanders has lived in Australia for a long time, has been employed there, and has helped the country's economy recover during the COVID-19 epidemic. Among them is the elimination of the prerequisites that applicants for the New Zealand stream on hand must meet in relation to:

  1. the time spent living in Australia;
  2. the required income;
  3. and the individual's health, considering that Medicare is available to New Zealanders who have already migrated to Australia.

The issuance of New Zealand stream visas during the 2022–23 Program Year will enable visa holders to take advantage of the advantages of permanent residence more quickly, particularly the automatic acquisition of Australian citizenship at birth for their children born in Australia and immediate access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Also Read:

💡 What are the key requirements for Subclass 189 Visa?

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