My Journey on a 489 Visa


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  1. Tom says:

    Very inspiring, bro. God bless 🙂

  2. Sagar says:

    hi, what are basic differences for 190 and 489? Did you encounter any difficulties while on 489 like medical emergency and etc etc?

    • iamisyut says:

      main difference is under 489 you don’t have medicare entitlement. I’ve not had any major difficulties except that getting a good full time job related to my field proved to be challenging. We also had Bupa Health cover the whole time that we were still under 489 for peace of mind.

  3. Joyce says:

    Thanks for the info.. Are yoi assigned to any region

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Joyce,
      I got my 489 visa through South Australia State Nomination if that’s what you’re asking. Basically, since the visa was SA State Nominated I had a moral obligation to live and work in SA for 2 years. The whole State of SA is considered regional that includes their capital city – Adelaide

  4. Islandcross says:

    It is inspiring to see folks succeeded in acquiring their PR through 489 visa. My question is do you have to be working on your nominated skill? And will the employer genuinely honor the visa to land a job . We are currently on the process of lodging our 489 visa and there are tons of question. Your input will be highly appreciated.

    • iamisyut says:

      you don’t have to be working in your nominated skill. any job na full time(at least 35hours a week) for 12 months. it can be two jobs as long as makabuo ka nang 35 hours/wk or 70 hours/fortnight sa payslips mo. Yes, all employer nman will have no issues with 489 visa. Mostly sa kanila walang alam sa mga types of visa so you just have to explain a bit. Also, they can lookup about your visa sa VEVO if they require.
      Just keep your questions coming will be happy to answer. Goodluck! Cheers!

      • Islandcross says:

        Thanks iamsyut. Yeah, we just finish gathering all the docs for submission hopefully maisubmit na namin this week. How long do you reckon is the processing?

        • iamisyut says:

          hi, yung submission nyo ba is lodgement na nang visa application? meron na ba kayung state/relative nomination? which state/region? Yung processing time you can check it out here:
          mag vary pa din yun depending on individual circumstances. Read mo yung link sa DIBP they normally update that page. At least 9 months na ata processing ngayun for State nominated 489.

          • Islandcross says:

            Yes lodgement na ng visa through an agent from Brisbane. We have secured a state nomination from Tas. Thanks for the link, so it will take at least 9 months. Ayos din yan ng makapag prepare pa at makapag ipon pa 🙂 . Salamat iamisyut you are an inspiration. I hope na di ka magsawa sa pagsagot sa mga tanong.

  5. iamisyut says:

    Goodluck sa visa application! I hope you get your visa grant fast! Cheers!

  6. Meera says:

    hi. can I have your email ID. I have some queries. It will be very helpful if you can revert.

  7. Sreeja says:


    I’m searching for your Partner (subsequent entrant 489) story as I too have applied for the same visa class and would like to know your experience. How much time it took for your Partner to get the visa? I lodged mine in Nov 2017 and haven’t got any info yet. Although I know that a Case Officer has been assigned to my case.

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi, sorry I have not yet published the story about my subsequent entrant 489 visa experience.
      It took only a month for my partners application to be approved.
      If you already have a Case Officer a decision is probably on it’s way. Good Luck!

  8. Javed says:

    Hi Iamisyut, Thanks for the helping topic. could you please share your experience regarding the challenges of finding jobs in low populated areas. As I am planning to lodge 489 for NSW, it would be great help if you could tell me that how difficult it is to find job in these areas.

    • iamisyut says:

      In general, it is really challenging to find jobs here in AU not just in low populated areas even in the big cities especially if you are still starting out. My advice is you do research all about the area. Try also doing a web search in This will get you a picture of in demand jobs and other possible jobs that you may qualify.

  9. Jared says:

    Hi guys,

    I am preparing my visa 489 application (Relative Sponsored) just this week. Nag worry lang since when I asked my friend about the status of her application, she told me that parang walang update or nangyari sa application niya. That is why I’m contemplating if I should still apply for a visa subclass 489 or just go for costly one (Student Visa). Any Idea sa processing time for a subclass 489 (Relative Sponsored) application? Thank you!

  10. Kapil says:

    What is the process of PR after completing two years in same state? Do we have to go through 189 or 190 process once again or there is some other process? Please share

    • iamisyut says:

      After 2 years, you apply for PR 887 visa. It just a matter of applying it online and attaching proof of residence for 2 years and evidence of working full-time (35 hour per week) for 12 months. After submitting application for PR 887 visa you’ll be already eligible for Medicare while waiting for PR grant.

  11. Francis says:

    Inspiring story! Kudos!
    Question, why didn’t you go for the Visa 190 ?
    I’m about to submit my EOI for SA (75 points, class 190 ) but I have some hesitations.
    My spouse has no IELTS or PTE yet
    Also she didnt get her skills assessment.

    What do you think, shall I wait for these from my spouse or just go ahead with submitting the EOI fo (75 points, class 190)

    • iamisyut says:

      Thank you.
      Bakit ako di nag 190? Ang sagot nandyan sa story nang blog ko (above) hehe
      Long story short di ako umabot sa points.
      Are you saying na wait mo yung Skills Assessment at IELTS nang wife mo for an addtional 5 points? For me ha, it’s not worth it. If you already have 75 points now submit mo na EOI mo agad by ranking naman yun at ecoconsider din nila yung date of submission na EOI mo. So submit agad then apply for SA Nomination agad. Pag approve na SA Nomination mo automatic ma invite ka.

      • iamisyut says:

        Also, dagdag gastos lang yun. 75 points is ok na.

      • Francis says:

        Thanks a lot! Wala na pala ICT Support Engineer sa visa 190 For SA haha! Last year eligible pa eh. Baka mag visa 489 nalang ako
        or wait till July or Aug sabi nila nagiiba ang eligibilities sa July
        Ingat po dyan SA. Salamat ulit sir

  12. Prachi says:

    I read your story about 489 Visa. I wanted to seek your suggestions.I myself had applied last year for Australia PR for both 189 and 190 visa. Still didn’t get any invitation yet as my score for federal visa 189 is 60 points and for 190 it’s 65 points for software engineer category.

    I still don’t see any hope to get invitation for these two visa’s. Now my consultant told me that I should apply for 489 visa for SA as it will be easy for me per my occupation.

    Should I opt for 489 visa or still wait for nomination under 189/190 visa by improving my score in PTE exam to get 20 points.

  13. Prabhu says:

    Hi Friend,
    Its pleasant reading your story.
    Hope we meet up in Adelaide when I reach there. May be I could take some advice from your experiences.


  14. Alyna says:

    Hi! Can i ask anong IELTS exam for 489 ang kinuha mo? Was it academic or general? Thank you po!

  15. adaa says:

    hi there, my story is almost the same as yours.i applied for 489 visa with 75 points for Queensland and got an invite within two days. After state nomination i applied for the visa in March but still the status of application has not changed from recieved and no case officer appointed as well. the wait is killing me…do they reject the visa even if all my documents are complete?

  16. Elena says:

    Wonderful story and totally same as mine with exactly the same stumbling blocks – age, IELTS and BEng degree under-scored to become an associate degree! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  17. says:

    I just want to ask if my children can avail of the free education if I have 489 visa only?

  18. Duminda says:

    Hi there, i am also gonna apply for this visa type and waiting for skillselect invitation. I have offered Northern Territory (NT) nomination and I only submitted my signed deceleration today. I do have a bit hesitation to go for it since it allows me to stay only for 4 years and i must apply for PR via 887.
    And my other problem is i am still single and to be married soon. But not by the time i lodge the visa application. I found a way that i can request visa for my partner while my application is being processed (with change circumstances document). But my partner is not in a situation to complete Functional English. Will that be a problem for his visa? Will he be offered 489 visa if i submit his details while they process my application ?
    I am really stressed.

    • iamisyut says:

      With a 489 visa you will be eligible to apply for PR through visa 887 as long as you meet the required criteria:
      1) have lived in a specified regional area of Australia for at least two years
      2) have worked full time in a specified regional area for at least one year

      After you get married, you can apply him a “Subsequent entrant visa” tied to your visa. Your partner can present a certificate from school that stating -english as the medium of instruction. Or he can take ielts he just need a functional english test outcome around 4.5 score I think or you can pay the second installment.

      My 2 cents is don’t get stressed out, take things one step at a time and secure first your own visa. I can tell you Australia has been constantly changing the Skilled Migration program. So grab every opportunity and don’t hesitate. Goodluck!

  19. Heaven0905 says:


    Im glad that i found this site and thanks for giving very informative answers esp relating to visa 489. My husband is in Adelaide now trying to find a job. He just arrived yesterday. Madali lang po ba maghanap ng work jan kahit na under 489 visa? Madalas kasi negative or sobrang outdated na info sa ibang sitws :. Im the main applicant ,need nya ba iinform ang australian immigration na nasa Adelaide na sya? Thank you so much and God bless you.


    • iamisyut says:

      Hello, medyo challenging ang paghanap nang work sa Adelaide depende sa industry nang skills nang husband mo. I suggest mag network lang sya, connect to other pinoys and friends here na makaka refer nang jobs sa kanya. SA nominated ba 489 mo? If yes since ikaw ang main applicant sa email mo ipapadala nang SA yung immigration survey. You don’t need to inform DIBP or DHA na nasa adelaide na sya alam na nila yung nung nag entry sya sa bansa. Goodluck po sa husband mo sana maka work sya agad.

  20. Heaven0905 says:

    Hi Thanks for the reply. Nagwork husband ko as logistics dito sa Singapore and May experience din sya sa retail sales. May friend kami na nsa Adelaide din and iniintroduce husband ko sa mga ibang friends nila. Yes ako po ung main applicant and SA nominated po ung 489 namin. Salamat sa tips… yeah really praying na magkawork sya agad.

    Salamat and God bless you!


  21. belle_lontok says:

    Hi! I just want to ask if naghanap pa po kayo ng migration agents to help you with your documents and VISA application? Thank you.

  22. Khaw says:

    Hi. I would like to ask about the financial capacity requirement. Magkano ung dinala mo na pera when u migrate?

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi, I brought 5k with me when I entered AU. Ako lang din kasi mag isa, nag tipid2x while hanap pa nang work. Luckily naka hanap agad ako nang work after a month. Kung hindi I’m di kasya ang 5k.

  23. noel b says:

    I know its been a while since this was posted ,but I hope you’d be able to help
    Cut the long story short, we will be migrating as a family( me ,my wife and 2 children). Initially wehave hopes for a visa 190 but our agent advised for a visa 489. my EOI score is 75 for 190 and it will be 80 if in 489. Our concerns mainly is the processing of 489 to 889 PR visa. I would like to know how was it when you apply for PR? and is not having a medicare or social security a big drawback for these 2 years on a 489 VISA.
    I’d really appreciate any advise you can give us since my wife is opting to wait for any nomination availability for visa 190 and I’m kinda keen on going towards the 489.

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Noel, may I know what occupation you are applying for? I ask this because depending on the availability of your occupation for state nomination in other states. SAs 489 might be your best and fastest option. So decide well.
      During my time I was able to apply for PR 887 after two years, one year of that should be a full time work experience (at least 35 hours a week of work for 12 months) it was straight forward you just need to submit proof of residency in SA and work evidences. It took 3 months before our PR got approved. You are right we are not entitled to medicare yet when on 489. However upon submission of PR 887 application you can have Medicare already while your application is in progress. While we didn’t have medicare I had to pay monthly for private insurance (Bupa) just for peace of mind. But it’s up to you that’s not compulsory.

      • noelbaldelomar says:

        I’m currently assessed as medical laboratory technician and hopefully if ever ill pass the exam of AIMS licensure on march I’d be medical laboratory scientist. but if job searching would be hard then any occupation will do.

  24. noel baldelomar says:

    currently i was assessed as medical laboratory technician and if God willing if i pass AIMS exam nxt year i will be medical laboratory scientist.

  25. Sreeja says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and the positive spirit you have maintained through out! I have received an invitation now for 489. I am the primary applicant and my husband is the co applicant. I am suggesting my husband to go first (after all us have entered the port once),find a job and then me and kid to join , stay for 2 years while me and husband work in the same region.
    Can you please advice if this is something we can do?

    Thanks in advance for guidance!


    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Sreeja,

      I would suggest you enter all at once. Being you as the primary applicant it is you who will be required to comply with the eligibility requirements to apply for PR 887 later on. You will need to live and work in SA for two years, one year of that is full time work at least 35 hours per week.

  26. Suhail says:


    I’ve been granted 489 visa for South australia, my first entry should be before 14th Jan, currently living in dubai.I’m planning to migrate by 2019 end.
    My question is : can i book my ticket to sydney airport and leave australia from there within 4 days or is it necessary to register in south australia about the first entry.

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Suhail, yes you can do that. Also bear in mind, that your visa started the day it was granted. You also need to inform SA that you have arrived. There will be a semi annual survey sent to you from Migration SA to monitor your progress.

  27. Govi says:

    Hi, can we open a company on our name with 489 visa and work for ourselves? Does this count as 12 months experience?whr can i chk for odd jobs till i find a job of my nominated occupation?

    • iamisyut says:

      Yes you can. As long as it is a paid job and you need to collect the necessary documents like, payslips or any proof of compensation. Odd jobs usually by networking with friends or with other migrants.

  28. Prashant says:

    Great story mate. I just received ITA from SA for 489 visa. I currently work as a procurement professional for an IT company in the UK. I have some concerns which may be you could help with:
    1. Cost of living is on the top of my list. We are a young family of 3. UK in itself is quite expensive but it’s been manageable with regular income. I was wondering how much would be enough to live a good life in Adelaide. By how much I mean which salary range which would allow us to lead a healthy and happy life with some potential to save for the rainy day?
    2. Medical insurance: in the UK we are covered by NHS which is our National Health Service. We have private health insurance as well through our jobs which isn’t very expensive and it costs us just about £30 per month. I was wondering how much we’ll need to spend in Aus on insurance as we like to be fully covered.
    3. Child care benefits and schooling: any ideas about this especially on 489 visa. I reckon the story is different with a PR
    4. Jobs: this is the crucial point as everything will revolve around it. I have prepared myself to leave my current industry and take any procurement job. My concern is do you need to be there for the interview or the companies are happy with online interviews as well. How do the organisations think there?


    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Prashant,
      Thanks for reading this blog. As for your queries, I’ll try my best if I can share you some info.
      1.) Cost of living would really depend how you manage. If you earn around $1500-$2000 a week would probably be substantial I would think and still be able to save some.
      2.) A private health insurance for a family of 3 can range around 200-300 aud a month with hospital coverage. You can shop around and compare their quotes. The top providers are as follows: Bupa, Medibank, HCF, Australian unity, AHM. I am using Bupa for years now.
      3) I don’t think you get childcare benefits when on 489. I don’t have kids so not really sure about this sorry.
      4) Mostly you probably would need to be here to do some interviews. But you can try applying for jobs and let them know you are offshore and if they are really interested or if they really need your skills they would probably consider.

      Goodluck to you and your family!

  29. Selvapriya Mahalingam says:

    Is it mandatory for primary applicant to fulfill the eligibility requirements of 887 or secondary applicant can also do this?

  30. Tiana says:

    Hello.You are very helpful and I hope you can also help me out.I’m a kidney transplant recipient.The person I’m engaged with recently got 489 visa.Am I able to get visa, considering my physical condition?Will health checkup reject me? Is there any medical benefit for me when on 489 visa?and if not then how can I manage the total cost in best possible way?

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Tiana,

      I hope this finds you well. I would imagine that they will most likely reject those individuals with communicable disease e.g, HIV but yours is not that. So, I would think positively that they will consider your application of course.

      When you are on a 489 visa you are not eligible for Medicare but when you transition to PR you can then get Medicare. So, my advise is since you have a known medical condition when your 489 visa gets granted and you are in australia be sure to get a private insurance to cover you in case of any emergency.

      Best of luck!

  31. Grant says:

    Hello everyone!

    I want to ask about our chance of receiving invitation for having 70 points under Visa subclass 489. Is it worth giving it a try?

    Thank you in advance for all the replies.

    • iamisyut says:

      Yes. You should try! What your occupation? Are applying SA sponsorship?
      If you applied SA sponsorship and your occupation is listed available in SA list of occupation, when they approve your SA sponsorship you will automatically receive an invitation to apply or ITA.

  32. Hikari says:

    Hello Everyone,

    Could please enlighten me about 489 SA, can I work in any area in SA include Adelaide city itself?

    Thank you “iamisyut”for your inspiring blog.

    • iamisyut says:

      Yes, you can work anywhere in SA including Adelaide as the entire State is considered regional. And you can also work on any job not necessarily the skilled occupation you were nominated for.

  33. singh says:

    I have submitted my EOI for 189 visa with 65 points and thinking of applying for 190. As iam a software engineer which state would be a good choice for me?

    • iamisyut says:

      It will depend on what your occupation code is. You need to visit each State and Territory Migration website and check the current list of occupations that are open in that particular State or Territory. When you find your occupation in the list, then you will need to read through their eligibility criteria and submit an application for State Nomination after you have assessed that you are eligible.

  34. Arun says:

    Hi I leave in sydney and I have been granted with Queensland 489 visa on 29/03/19 . When should I need to shift from sydney to Queensland . When should I quit my current job

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Arun, Congratulations on your visa grant!
      In order to be eligible for PR 887 later on (the PR pathway from 489) you need to:

      1) lived for at least 2 years in a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area
      2) must have lived and worked full-time (at least 35 hours a week) for at least 12 months

      There is a list of areas in Australia which are considered regional you can check them out here:

      Those 2 are the major residency and work requirement so you can apply PR 887 visa after two year of holding 489 visa.

      So, in consideration to this I would suggest move as soon as possible. You can also try your luck by applying for jobs in QLD while you are still in Sydney that way when you move to QLD you already have a job.

  35. Arun says:

    Hi I leave in sydney and I have been granted with Queensland 489 visa on 29/03/19 . When should I need to shift from sydney to Queensland . When should I quit my current job. Will there be any specific time to move on .

  36. Krunal says:

    489 to 887 is possible .??? Any success story..?…I heard is tough to tr to pr….and ielts is requare again when apply for 887

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Krunal,
      489 to 887? Yes it is very possible! I know several success stories and I’m one of those. You can use the same IELTS report that you submitted during 489 visa application.

  37. Krunal says:

    Sir do you get pr ? And job ie available in regional area and what about 491 change ???

  38. Janz says:

    Hi Sir. Your story is very inspiring and Praise God. I am in the same situation now. I couldn’t get all band 7 for ielts and pte. I’ve taken it several times already. Ask ko lang po inaaccept bah nang SA ang band 6 sa provisional 489 for 261313 Software Engineer. I have positive result for ACS. Appreciate your reply. Maraming salamat po and God Bless.

    • iamisyut says:

      Hi Janz, the requirement for 261313 here in South Australia is Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) it means dapat naka 7.5 ang Over-all score mo sa IELTS mo or 73 in PTE.

      Also, yung occupation code mo is naka Special conditions apply. Not generally open and it’s only available for certain conditions. You can check the site from time to time baka sakaling mag open ulit or check mo sa ibang states if open sila. Goodluck!

  39. ravi says:

    I applied for Tasmania 489 and got invitation within 2 months with 70 points. No its been more then 3 month that my case is in embassy. Can anyone suggest here how much more time it would take ?.


    • iamisyut says:

      I’ve checked the DHA website and there are no standard processing time. So I guess you’ll just have to be patient and wait for any feedback. Goodluck!

  40. memeh says:

    Hello sir, how long (timeline) would it take after lodging the application for nurses? for SA? thank u sir God bless.

    • iamisyut says:

      Did you mean lodging an SA State nomination for nurses? If so, the processing time according to SA migration website is 7 weeks for 489/190.

  41. Grace says:

    @iamisyut, thanks for sharing your story. What were your challenges when you were looking for job? Although you were able to get one after a month. For Business Analyst- are there good opportunities in Adelaide now? I can see there are job opportunities via SEEK.AU but would be good to hear from those who are there now.

    • iamisyut says:

      As Adelaide is less populated compared to Melbourne or Sydney job opportunities are also not that many. I am not really sure about job opportunities in that area you’ll just have to keep looking at

  42. Anuradha Gakhar says:

    In o e of it.vomments you mentioned that ‘it’s my moral obligation to stay in SA coz it nominated me’. I need a clarification… Is it mandatory to live in the sponsored state or you can live anywhere in regional Australia?

    • iamisyut says:

      You can live and work in any area as long as it is regional or low population growth. But not really sure if the criteria’s going to change. I think the best and safest way (to avoid any future complications) is to stay and work in the state that sponsored you. And if you really can’t find a job after exerting all your efforts you can email SA migration to get their advice.

  43. Nishan says:

    Hi friend, nice ideas you have given,
    In my case pls help me,
    1,im software engineer have 65 points in points test, for 190 category won’t that be enough? I checked with Tasmania , it says not enough. Do you have an idea of other states cut off marks ?
    2. ,if I applying under 489 and got visa can I bring spouses along with me?
    3. Can spouse live and work that province fulltime without primary applicant is present in australia ?
    That means I have to come back to take care of kids letting the spouse to work there.
    If so can spouse get pr after 4 years and can sponsor us?

    • iamisyut says:

      1) Sorry I am not really familiar with Tasmania migration criterias. But I am sure 65 points is the current passmark as per DHA.
      2) Yes you can bring your spouse with you. You need to include your spouse in your application
      3) Yes to all your questions

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