Stage 1: Expression of Interest (only applicable to the Point tested stream)
All applicants must be invited in order to apply for Subclass 189 for the Point Tested stream.
Prior to the lodgement of an application, the visa applicant must first lodge an expression of interest (EOI) through the Department prescribed facility SkillSelect (For more information, please visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect)
Within the SkillSelect EOI form, the applicant will need to complete identify and passport details for themselves and anyone whom they wish to include in their application.
Validity of the EOI and changing Points on the EOI
EOI will remain to be valid for two years (unless the applicant has been invited to apply for a visa within 2 years). Prior to invitation, the applications can always update their relevant details on the website in order to claim more points and increase their opportunities to be invited.
Visa applicant would not be able to change their scores once they have been invited to apply for a Subclass 189 Visa
Stage 2: Receives an invitation (Point tested stream only)
Visa applicant needs to be invited by the Department in order to apply for a Subclass 189 visa.
Prospective visa applicants can indicate their Expression of Interests (EOI) to apply for those visas by filling in an online form in SkillSelect which contains a series of questions about the skills of the visa applicant, depending on the visa subclass one elects.
Applicant will also be assessed of one’s points at the stage of EOI and be determined whether he or she has met the minimum points tests required for certain visas.
Points are awarded and allocated based on the applicant’s age, English level, past employment history, qualifications, past Australian study requirement, any specialist education qualification and other factors including regional studies, partner skill qualifications or community language.
The EOI will be automatically removed from SkillSelect System after 2 years from the date of initial submission, regardless of whether the visa applicant has withdrawn his or her previous EOI or received an invitation.
There is a maximum number of invitations the Department can send out for particular occupation, this is called the occupational ceiling. Once the annual occupational ceiling has been reached for a particular occupation, no further invitations will be issued. In addition, due to high levels of demand, some occupations are subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.
If two (2) or more applicants have the same points, they will be ranked against the date and time they have submitted all eligibility factors. The time and date will be amended every time the applicants updates the Expression of Interest and their points.
Invitation rounds for Subclass 189 run once a month, on the 11th day of each month. This date is determined by the Department. Dates for the rounds are subject to change. Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department. The Invitation round for each state differ and there is not set date for each date.
Stage 3: Visa Application
All streams are required to satisfy the following requirements:
All applicants need to be invited by the Department to lodge an Expression of interest (EOI) through Skill Select
Obtain a positive invitation from the Department
Must not have an outstanding debt to the Australian government.
All public interest criteria are met, particularly the health and character requirement