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Diana D souza

189 0r 190 visa?

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Hi everyone

I am seeking some advice, on obtaining the best possible visa for social work which is under the non-pro-rata occupation list.

I am currently on 75 points for the 189 skilled independent visa and make 80 points for the 190 visa which is the state nominated visa. Please advice which option is best to stick with. I don't want to be committed to a state as work opportunities are limited. If I do decide to stick for the 189 visa, any idea what is the wait time to receive an invite?


Any help, much appreciated.


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It's impossible to say what the wait time is for a 189 because it's not a queue, it's a competition.  The applicants with the higher scores get picked first.  If there are lots of high-scoring applications arriving daily, then they will keep leapfrogging over you, and you'll just languish in the queue.   I believe that from time to time, they publish the minimum points score that's needed to get picked - but I don't know where to find it. I'm sure someone will drop in who knows.

Edited by Marisawright

Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Invitation rounds are here:


Note that the processing times for 189 visas are now out at 18-33 months vs 8-9 months for 190s.



Paul Hand

Registered Migration Agent, MARN 1801974

SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. 

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