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Australian 189 Skilled Independent Visa Age Threshold Lowered

Are you effected by the Australian visa age threshold changes?

The Australian Government has introduced new changes for the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visas resulting in applicants aged over 45 years will no longer qualify to apply under the 189 Skilled Visa Stream.

New age ceiling for subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa

The new requirement for applicants to be under age 45 will be implemented on 1 July 2017. This change will not affect you if:

  • You have received an Invitation to Apply from SkillSelect before 1 July 2017, and you have submitted the visa application before 1 July 2017.
  • You are applying as a secondary applicant

All applicants will need to be below 45 years of age to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Ae you affected? Let us know in our comments!

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. Good day,
    We are in the process of applying for the 189 visa. My fear is my husband the primary visa applicant turns 45 on the 23 March, 2018.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Much appreciated.

    Thanks you

  2. HI Mark , it seems that they have updated the list again to be implemented from 1st july 2017 wih further 12 occupations removed. Are you aware of any other changes being made for the Invitaions to be sent out.
    I applied in Dec 2016 as an industrial engineer for Visa 189

  3. Hi Mark,
    I am an Iranian experienced civil engineer with 60 points, regarding the policy before 1st July 2017.
    How will changes affect me?
    there would be any chance for me after that time?

    • Hi Ali, are you over 45 years of age? If so then, for now, I am afraid your choices are limited, unfortunately. Consider speaking to an Australian migration agent to reassess your options. Many agents will give you an initial consultation for free.

  4. Hello Mark. Appreciate for your committed task and helping others who are in great need.
    I am 43 yrs now. I got 55 points at present. I am IT PROFESSIONAL, listed in the Latest SOL, Striving still to get 60 points. On the other hand I do work offshore for an Australian Company – Energy Australia. My sister lives in Australia, Sydney.
    Am i closer to get my dream come true OR should i give it up due to my age factor. Please advice.

    • Hi Raj, the age limit is 45 for most skilled based visa classes so you still have time. There are also a number of technology related roles on the latest skills list so you still have the opportunity to qualify.

  5. Hi mark, i have applied for 189 visa with 60 points in November 2016 and in April 2017 it has updated to 65 points as my experience increased and the same update in EOI now i am with 65 points applied for programmer analyst when can i expect my invitation. please help me out with helpful answer.

      • Hi Faisal. No I’m not saying that. Did you read the article I linked? :)

        I said it was difficult to say because we have no visibility of the other applicants who have applied under the same occupation who are also waiting for an invite.

        If they have more points or have been waiting longer, they will receive an invitation before you do.

        Hope this makes sense


  6. Hello sir can you please tell what are the current optimum points required for getting PR in the field of bachelor of IT and how much time. Please sir if you can give some practical statistics because I have heard that the PR is difficult even at 65… So please if you guarantee a certain points for assured PR.
    Rishi Joshi.

  7. Hi Mark ,
    What are the chances of Ships officer , Ships Master and Ships Engineer being removed from the SOL from 1st of July 2017 under skilled independent visa subclass 189 ?


  8. Hi Mark, will this have any impact on the age points as well?? As of now, the following points are awarded based on the age group invitees fall under.
    Age at time of invitation
    18-24 25 points
    25-32 30 points
    33-39 25 points
    40-44 15 points
    45-49 0 points

    So does this mean only the last row(45-49 age group) from the above table will not be applicable from July 1st and rest of the age groups and the corresponding points will still continue to apply post July 1st??

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