The Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) is a point-based permanent-residency visa to Australia. Interested applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest to the Department of Home Affairs. Australia. SkillSelect accepts EOI submissions all through the year. The subclass 190 is a state nominated visa. Successful applicants must initially stay in the specific state that has invited him or her.

This is a state nominated permanent residence visa which is granted to highly skilled people to move to Australia for work.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

In order to qualify for a Subclass 190 visa, you would need to:

  • Make sure your occupation is available on the relevant Skilled Occupation List;
  • Meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test;
  • Be aged between 18 and maximum 44;
  • Have a positive outcome from the Skills Assessing Authority.;
  • Have Competent or higher score in English Language Test;
  • Meet the health and character requirements; and
  • Lodge an EOI and be invited to apply to a specific Australian state or territory
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Steps involved in applying for a 190 Visa

Confirm your eligibility

This is a point-tested visa program. You must score the minimum points in order to submit your EOI.

You must score at least 65 to apply for Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190, 491)

Factor Description Points
Age
at time of invitation
18–24 (inclusive) 25
25–32 (inclusive) 30
33–39 (inclusive) 25
40–44 (inclusive) 15
English language ability
at time of invitation
Competent English—IELTS 6 / OET B / PTE / TOEFL iBT 0
Proficient English—IELTS 7 / OET B / PTE / TOEFL iBT 10
Superior English—IELTS 8 / OET A / PTE / TOEFL iBT 20
Skilled employment
at time of invitationOnly 20 points can be awarded for any combination of overseas and Australian skilled employmentOverseas employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

Australian employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

Skilled employment outside Australia

At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years)


5
At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years) 10
At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years) 15
Skilled employment in Australia

At least one but less than three years (of past 10 years)


5
At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years) 10
At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years) 15
At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years) 20
Educational qualifications
at time of invitation
Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other Doctorate of a recognized standard 20
At least a Bachelor degree, including a Bachelor degree with Honours or Masters, from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognized standard 15
Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia, or qualification or award of recognized standard 10
Australian study requirements
at time of invitation (if study in Australia)
One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian Study Requirement 5
Other factors
at time of invitation
Credentialed community language qualifications 5
Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education) (if study in Australia) 5
Having a skilled spouse or de facto partner 10
Having a spouse or de facto partner with competent English 5
Being Single 10
Professional Year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited  (if study in Australia) 5
Having specific STEM qualifications (if study in Australia) 10
Nomination/Sponsorship
at time of invitation
Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190 only) 5
Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member, to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 491 only) 15

Search your ANZCSO

It is very important to search your occupation in the Skilled Occupation List. Everybody cannot be eligible due to unavailability of their occupations in the Skilled Occupation List. So, check and make sure your occupation is available in the demand list.

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Use SkillSelect to make an expression of interest (EOI) if you are a skilled professional or from overseas who wish to settle in Australia. EOIs must be completed online using SkillSelect. Submitting an EOI does not mean submitting a visa application. To apply for a visa, applicant must get invitation in their Skill Select Account.

While submitting an EOI, the applicant must give details of positive assessment outcome, English test result, personal information, educational and employment history.

Wait for your invitation to apply for your Skilled Visa

States like New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland or other will nominate the invite to applicants to apply for state sponsorship. If selected, applicants will be given additional points into their EOI profile. Some states may charge an application fee

Apply for your visa

After getting a successful invitation, you can now apply to lodge your visa application within 60 days from the date an applicant receives EOI invitation.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia
  • Your personal document to prove your identity
  • Skill assessment outcome from an Australian assessing authority
  • Proof of age like passport or birth certificate
  • Test results of specified English Language exam like IELTS or PTE
  • Recent passport size photographs (35X45mm)
  • Skilled employment documents
  • Educational qualification degree
  • Australian study requirement, if applicable
  • Partner skills, if partner wants to share points
  • Marriage documents
  • If divorced/widowed, provide proof such as divorce papers or death certificate
  • Health and Character documents
  • Employment reference letters
  • Essential application forms
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

From AUD 4,045

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Processing Time

  • 75% of applications: 12 months
  • 90% of applications: 18 months
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia