My Journey on a 489 Visa


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42 Responses

  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!

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