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Subclass 189: Partner Points

Migration law and 189 visa requirements are constantly changing. Staying at the forefront of updates and news is the most effective way to ensure that your application is as strong as possible.

At Modern Migration Australia, our registered Perth migration agents regularly put together updates and briefs on changes to visas and migration law, ensuring that you’re fully informed over revisions that might affect you.


New Changes to the Points Test and Partner Age

On 8 June 2018, the Department issued a new Legislative Instrument to amend the Age Condition on Schedule 6D. The Schedule relates to the Subclass 189 Visa, the Subclass 190 State Sponsored Visa and the rarely seen Subclass 489 Provisional Visa.

Previously, in July 2017, the Department amended the Age Requirements for 189, 190 and 489 Visas by reducing the maximum age of these Skilled Visas from 50 years to under 45. These changes impacted the Primary Applicant and, as a result, applicants for a skilled migration visa can only claim points in the general points test if their spouse or partner is under 45 years of age instead of 50.


Why it Was Introduced

The amendment was introduced to close a loophole in relation to secondary applicants where spouses and de-facto partners also qualified for points under the Points Test Scheme and could claim five points in the general points test.

The Department sees the purpose of the amendment as a solution to the oversights in the Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 3) Regulations 2017 – coming into effect on 1 July 2017. The intention of the amendment is to ensure that the maximum age at which points can be claimed based on age under the general points test is consistent for primary applicants and their skilled partners.


Who it Affects

The amendment applies to Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) Visas in the Points-Tested Stream, Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated) Visas and Subclass 489 (Skilled Regional) Visas. It brings into line the ages of secondary applicants to match the age of the primary applicant – less than 45 years.


Expert Advice on 189 Visa Requirements in Australia

At Modern Migration Australia, we provide specialised advice on 189 Visa requirements and processes in Australia. Our Perth-based migration agents help you strengthen your application and ensure that you’re fully aware of any changes or updates in application requirements or processes.

Get expert advice on the 189 Visa in Australia. Contact us on 08 6555 7718 today.