What is Subclass 189 Skilled Nominated visa

This visa lets nominated skilled workers live and work in Australia on PR


Under Subclass 189 you can

a)     work and study in Australia

b)     stay in Australia permanently

c)     enrol in Australia's public health care scheme, 

d)     sponsor your relatives to come to Australia

e)     travel to and from Australia for 5 years

f)      if eligible, become an Australian citizen

New arrived residents can wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits. 

How long you one can stay on this visa

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. The visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant.

You become a PR holder on the day we grant the visa.


For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:


a)     visa is grant, if you are in Australia

b)     you enter Australia on this visa, if you are outside Australia

Include family


You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:


a)     include them when you lodge your visa application

b)     add them after you lodge your application but before we decide on your visa. 


Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet our health and character requirements.


If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, to assist us in processing your visa please tell us the reason why.


What is cost of Subclass 189 Skilled Nominated visa

Pl. contact your travel agent to know more about the cost of

Application fees of this starts from AUD4,045 for the main applicant.


The Visa Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.


From where can apply for Australia Subclass 189 Skilled Nominated visa

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when we decide your application but not in immigration clearance.


What is the processing times for Australia Subclass 189 Skilled Nominated visa

These applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program


when can you travel to Australia under Subclass 189 Skilled Nominated visa

You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant the visa. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

When the visa label is endorsed on passport under Australia Subclass 189 Skilled Nominated visa


It is digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.


Pl. contact the best visa consultant Kiwi Immigration Services for further assistance on this.