Difference Between Subclass 189 and a Subclass 190

This is, in fact, one of the most frequently asked question asked by migrants heading to Australia, and one with a fairly straightforward answer.

The truth is, there isn’t much to discern between the 189 and the 190 visa, aside from a few noticeable aspects.

In a nutshell: A subclass 189 is the ‘independent’ visa, and the 190 is state-sponsored.

Both visas are part of the General Skilled Migration scheme, the processes and application types are highly similar and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Visa Application charges to lodge are the same.

So, these are the main differences between the visas with regards to the application process:

Subclass 189 Independent Skilled Visa:

  • Step One: Skill Assessment
  • Step Two: Expression Of Interest
  • Step Three: DIBP Visa application

Subclass 190 State-sponsored Skilled Visa:

  • Step One: Skill Assessment
  • Step Two: Expression of Interest
  • Step Three: State Sponsorship Application
  • Step Four: DIBP Visa Application

It all boils down to the state-sponsorship application being the big difference – but there are some key points worth noting. State sponsorship is not the same as the sponsorship that an employee would get from a company or firm, as the potential employee will not be getting a job – what they will get is the nomination of an Australian state, for points purposes as the applicant’s skills are in demand in that particular state.

Another important difference between the two visas focuses upon the Skilled Occupation Lists.


The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) usually refers to the skilled list with occupations that can apply for a 189 visa

The CSOL or Consolidated Skilled Occupation List is a list of occupations eligible for visas under the following sub classes: 186, 189, 190, 402, 457 and 489.

If you are applying for a skilled visa and your occupation is on the CSOL and not the SOL, you will require the nomination of a state to be eligible for a visa in addition to having the minimum required points.

To summarize: 

190 is a sponsored VISA where a sponsorship from a State or a Territory Government is required. Should you be granted a VISA under this subclass there are obligations to undertake, such as that candidate needs to live and work for minimum of two years in the nominating state and to participate in surveys conducted by the state and so forth.

189 is an independent VISA where the candidate does not need sponsorship, and if the candidate is granted a VISA under 189, they can live and work anywhere in Australia.

 read via http://www.workingin-australia.com/visa/information/difference-between-a-subclass-189-and-a-subclass-190-visa#.V0qnKvl97IU 


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