Australian 189 visas

How To Qualify For An 189 Visa

Australian Immigration offers an 189 visa for people with skills in demand in Australia, they grade the eligibility of candidates in a points-based system, a person must achieve a minimum of 60 points to qualify for a visa.

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Once a person skills, qualification and experience have been verified by one of the various skills assessing bodies in Australia dependent on those skills being assessed a person may apply for a visa. This is not as simple as filing a case but will require a person to submit an expression of interest, which means the person is put into a global pool of similarly talented people. Australia will then select those they would like and offer them an invitation to apply for a visa.

Aside from a person's skills, Australia will assess their age, English language ability and other minor factors to determine a person's eligibility. If a person does not meet the grade and achieve 60 points in the assessment process. Here we list the various immigration criteria employed to managed the qualifying criteria for 189 visas.

If you would like to know if your skills are in demand in Australia view our complete list on this page below our points calculations table to see if you are a potential  189 visa candidate.

We are always ready to answer any questions you may have on 189 visas, so please feel free to ask us for advice.

Australia Visas Points Calculator

Factor

Description

Points

Age

18–24 years

25

25–32 years

30

33–39 years

25

40–44 years

15

45–49 years

0

English language ability

Test results must be no older than three years immediately before the day on which the visa application was made.

Competent English

0

Proficient English

10

Superior English

20

Skilled employment

Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of skilled employment in and outside Australia

Outside Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

 
  • In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)


5

  • In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)

10

  • In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)

15

In Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

 
  • In skilled employment for at least one but less than three years (of the past 10 years)

5

  • In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)

10

  • In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)

15

  • In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)

20

Qualifications

Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or another doctorate of a recognised standard

20

At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or another degree of a recognised standard

15

Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia

10

An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation

10

Australian study requirement

One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement

5

Specialist Education Qualification

Post Graduate Degree by Research through a course or courses taken for at least two academic years at an Australian educational institution

5

Other factors

Credentialled community language qualifications

5

Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education)

5

Partner skill qualifications

5

Professional year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply

5

Nomination/sponsorship (where required)

Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190 only)

5

Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only)

10

Skills In Demand In Australia

Skilled Occupations List for applications made on or after 1 July 2016 
  
OccupationANZSCO Code
Construction Project Manager133111
Project Builder133112
Engineering Manager133211
Production Manager (Mining)133513
Child Care Centre Manager134111
Medical Administrator134211
Nursing Clinical Director134212
Primary Health Organisation Manager134213
Welfare Centre Manager134214
Accountant (General)221111
Management Accountant221112
Taxation Accountant221113
External Auditor221213
Internal Auditor221214
Actuary224111
Land Economist224511
Valuer224512
Ship's Engineer231212
Ship's Master231213
Ship's Officer231214
Architect232111
Landscape Architect232112
Cartographer232213
Other Spatial Scientist232214
Surveyor232212
Chemical Engineer233111
Materials Engineer233112
Civil Engineer233211
Geotechnical Engineer233212
Quantity Surveyor233213
Structural Engineer233214
Transport Engineer233215
Electrical Engineer233311
Electronics Engineer233411
Industrial Engineer233511
Mechanical Engineer233512
Production or Plant Engineer233513
Aeronautical Engineer233911
Agricultural Engineer233912
Biomedical Engineer233913
Engineering Technologist233914
Environmental Engineer233915
Naval Architect233916
Agricultural Consultant234111
Agricultural Scientist234112
Forester234113
Medical Laboratory Scientist234611
Veterinarian234711
Physicist (Medical Physicist only)234914
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher241111
Secondary School Teacher241411
Special Needs Teacher241511
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired241512
Teacher of the Sight Impaired241513
Special Education Teachers nec241599
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer251211
Medical Radiation Therapist251212
Nuclear Medicine Technologist251213
Sonographer251214
Optometrist251411
Orthotist or Prosthetist251912
Chiropractor252111
Osteopath252112
Occupational Therapist252411
Physiotherapist252511
Podiatrist252611
Audiologist252711
Speech Pathologist252712
General Practitioner253111
Anaesthetist253211
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)253311
Cardiologist253312
Clinical Haematologist253313
Medical Oncologist253314
Endocrinologist253315
Gastroenterologist253316
Intensive Care Specialist253317
Neurologist253318
Paediatrician253321
Renal Medicine Specialist253322
Rheumatologist253323
Thoracic Medicine Specialist253324
Specialist Physicians nec253399
Psychiatrist253411
Surgeon (General)253511
Cardiothoracic Surgeon253512
Neurosurgeon253513
Orthopaedic Surgeon253514
Otorhinolaryngologist253515
Paediatric Surgeon253516
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon253517
Urologist253518
Vascular Surgeon253521
Dermatologist253911
Emergency Medicine Specialist253912
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist253913
Ophthalmologist253914
Pathologist253915
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist253917
Radiation Oncologist253918
Medical Practitioners nec253999
Midwife254111
Nurse Practitioner254411
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)254412
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)254413
Registered Nurse (Community Health)254414
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)254415
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)254416
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)254417
Registered Nurse (Medical)254418
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)254421
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)254422
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)254423
Registered Nurse (Surgical)254424
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)254425
Registered Nurses nec254499
ICT business Analyst261111
Systems Analyst261112
Analyst Programmer261311
Developer Programmer261312
Software Engineer261313
Computer Network and Systems Engineer263111
Telecommunications Engineer263311
Telecommunications Network Engineer263312
Barrister271111
Solicitor271311
Clinical Psychologist272311
Educational Psychologist272312
Organisational Psychologist272313
Psychotherapist272314
Psychologists nec272399
Social Worker272511
Civil Engineering Draftsperson312211
Civil Engineering Technician312212
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson312311
Electrical Engineering Technician312312
Radio Communications Technician313211
Telecommunications Field Engineer313212
Telecommunications Network Planner313213
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist313214
Automotive Electrician321111
Motor Mechanic (General)321211
Diesel Motor Mechanic321212
Motorcycle Mechanic321213
Small Engine Mechanic321214
Sheetmetal Trades Worker322211
Metal Fabricator322311
Pressure Welder322312
Welder (First Class)322313
Fitter (General)323211
Fitter and Turner323212
Fitter-Welder323213
Metal Machinist (First Class)323214
Locksmith323313
Panelbeater324111
Bricklayer331111
Stonemason331112
Carpenter and Joiner331211
Carpenter331212
Joiner331213
Painting trades workers332211
Glazier333111
Fibrous Plasterer333211
Solid Plasterer333212
Wall and Floor Tiler333411
Plumber (General)334111
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber334112
Drainer334113
Gasfitter334114
Roof plumber334115
Electrician (General)341111
Electrician (Special Class)341112
Lift Mechanic341113
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic342111
Electrical Linesworker342211
Technical Cable Jointer342212
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker342313
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)342314
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)342315
Chef***351311
Cabinetmaker394111
Boat Builder and Repairer399111
Shipwright399112

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