Skilled Nominated Visa

The Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) lets migrants with nomination by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as permanent residents.

MORE ABOUT THE SKILLED NOMINATED VISA

WHAT THIS VISA ALLOWS:

Skilled Nominated Visa holders can:

  • Live anywhere in Australia permanently
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Travel and to from Australia for five years
  • Become an Australian citizen if eligible

THE REQUIREMENTS:

To apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa, candidates must:

  • Be under the age of 45
  • Work in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation lists
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • Have nomination from an Australian state or territory
  • Score 65 points or more
  • Have competent English
  • Meet Australia’s health and character requirements

THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

The Skilled Nominated Visa application process has seven steps:

Any immigration should always start with an eligibility assessment to determine if the prospective migrant meets Australia’s work visa requirements.

The next step in the process, if the migrant is eligible to live and work in Australia, is completing a skills assessment and English test.

The skills assessment is a process to test your qualifications and work experience, and it’s done by the relevant skills assessing authorities.

Many skills assessments only require paper-based evidence, for example, evidence of previous work experience and education. However, some may also entail a practical or technical interview, where you’ll have to show your skills.

English tests are a way to prove your English language skills. Most English tests have four parts that test your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Migrants most often use the IELTS, but other tests are also available.

With the skills assessment and English test completed, the migrant will submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect. The EOI is the way in which a migrant shows their interest in applying for a skilled migrant visa.

EOIs include the following details:

  • Personal information, for example given names and surname, date of birth, countries of citizenship and/or residence
  • The nominated occupation
  • Work experience and employment history
  • English language proficiency
  • Any information pertaining to a state or territory nomination

Australia's Department of Home Affairs will use the information to calculate the migrant's ability to meet the points test for the Subclass 190 visa.

It isn't necessary to submit paperwork at this stage or to have a nomination from a state or territory. The migrant can update their EOI once they're nominated.

States and territories regularly review the EOIs in SkillSelect to find candidates that can supply the skills they need.

The states and territories will nominate those candidates for a Skilled Nomination Visa.

Nominated migrants will then get an Invitation to Apply and progress to the next step of the application process.

Nominated migrants receive Invitations to Apply, which include the following information:

  • The visa subclass under which the migrant is getting an invitation to apply
  • The time frame within which the migrant must submit their visa application
  • Any additional information the Department of Home Affairs wants, if applicable

The migrant prepares and completes their visa application with all necessary paperwork and submits their application. The migrant can apply from overseas or while in Australia.

The migrant gets the outcome of their visa. They can be in or outside Australia while Home Affairs decides on their application.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Each of Australia's eight states and territories has its own skill shortage list and State Nomination program. The skill shortage lists are updated on a regular basis.

Find out more on the official websites of the states and territories: 

The Skilled Independent Visa is a permanent residency visa, meaning successful applicants can live and work in Australia indefinitely.

Subclass 190 Visa applicants can include their immediate family in their application.

Family members can get included:

  • when the principal applicant lodges their visa application, or
  • after the principal applicant lodges their visa application but before the Department of Home Affairs decide on the visa.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

The answer would depend on the migrant's unique circumstances and what they want to achieve with their immigration.

The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 190) is a points-based visa that grants permanent residence to migrants with state or territory nominations.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) is also a points-based visa, but it's a pathway to residence. Eligible Subclass 491 visa holders can apply for permanent residence three years after Home Affairs grants their visa.

Furthermore, Subclass 491 visa holders must have state or territory nomination or sponsorship from an eligible family member. The final major requirement is that Subclass 491 visa holders must work in designated regional areas of Australia.

The main difference between the  Skilled Nomination Visa (Subclass 190) and the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is the requirement for sponsorship from an Australian State or Territory.

Only the 190 visa requires that an Australian State or Territory sponsors the migrant, thereby introducing additional criteria the migrant must meet to be eligible for the visa.

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