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Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) – All you need to know!

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Skilled Nominated Visa

The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa which allows skilled workers to live in Australia, based on an invitation by an Australian state or territory. 

The Skilled Nominated Visa is available for those who are qualified in a profession available in that specific state. In addition, each state or territory has its own list of professions, requirements, and processes depending on the needs in that specific area.

Benefits of the Skilled Nominated Visa

Holders of the Skilled Nominated Visa have all the benefits of an Australian permanent resident and can extend those to their families. The main privileges are:

  • Working and staying permanently in Australia
  • Studying in Australia without limitations
  • Enrolling in Medicare, the Australian healthcare system
  • Opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship
  • Sponsoring relatives for permanent residency
  • Traveling as you please in and out of Australia

Duration of the Skilled Nominated Visa


The Skilled Nominated visa is a permanent visa. As a result, it will allow you to remain permanently in Australia and has a travel component that expires 5 years from the date of the visa grant.

This means that on the day that you receive your Skilled Nominated visa, you become a permanent resident in Australia. For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the date that the government issues this visa if you are already in Australia, or when you enter the country if you are overseas.

Requirements of the Skilled Nominated Visa

To be qualified for the Skilled Nominated Visa, the applicant needs to have an occupation that is listed in the state’s or territory’s occupation list. However, depending on the shortages in that region, each state or territory establishes its own individual list.

Therefore, it is important to ensure that you meet the following requirements if you want to apply for the Skilled Nominated Visa:

  • Have received a Positive Skill Assessment for an occupation listed in the State Occupations list;
  • Have between 18 and 45 years of age;
  • Receive a nomination by a state to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa;
  • Have a Competent or Proficient English level (Minimum of 6.0 in IELTS or hold an approved passport). In particular, don’t need to complete an English language exam if you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand.
  • Satisfy the health and character requirements;
  • Achieve a minimum of 65 points in the Skilled Migration Points Test. To calculate your points, visit the government’s resource here.

Rounds of Invitation

As the name suggests, the Invitation Rounds are events in which the state or territory invites those who have lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply for their visa.

EOIs are ranked within an occupation in order of:

  • Point Score
  • English Proficiency
  • Years of professional job experience in the profession you have nominated.

The date when you submit our amend your EOI will not affect its ranking. The top-ranking EOIs will receive an invitation to apply until the number of places for a specific occupation has been filled.

Invitation Rounds are ongoing throughout the financial year, meaning there are no scheduled dates for them. 

How to Apply for the Skilled Nominated Visa

Step 1: Check if your occupation is on the Skilled Occupation Lists

Make sure your occupation is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations list and is valid for the Skilled Nominated visa. You can find the skilled occupation list on this link.

What are the lists for each state?

As mentioned above, each state has its own occupational list. Below are the links with the lists for each state:

New South Wales – Skilled Occupation List

Queensland – Skilled Occupation List

Victoria – Skilled Occupation List

Western Australia – Skilled Occupation List

South Australia – Skilled Occupation List

Tasmania – Skilled Migration Program 

Northern Territory – Skilled Occupation List

Step 2: Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements

Before you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect, make sure you meet the criteria of the Skilled Nominated visa.

Each state may require applicants to meet additional requirements other than the ones listed above and for that reason, make sure you review the requirements of each state for your specific position.

Step 3: Complete a Skills Assessment

A skills assessment is an evaluation of your skills and abilities determined by an assessing authority. 

This step is necessary to determine that you have the skills for a profession you are nominating in the skilled occupation list, and that these skills meet the standards of your industry

Each sector has the relevant assessing authority.

You can check the relevant assessing authority for your profession by visiting this link, and looking up your profession.

Step 4: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect

To register your interest in professional migration you will need to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

What is the Expression of Interest (EOI)?

The EOI is a process in which you will respond to a series of questions by the SkillSelect software relating to your experience, talents, and specific job history. 

Make sure you can back your answers with documents and that you have them ready in case the government invites you to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa.

At this stage, you do not have to upload any documents. However, they must already be available and valid. Otherwise, your application may be invalid.

Also, The EOI is not the Skilled Nominated visa application yet. It’s only an indicator that you would like the government to consider you for an invitation to apply.

As stated earlier, you will need to have a positive result on your skill assessment. Also, all of your documentation should be ready to support that you have at least 65 points from the qualified points table.

You must also pick which state you will apply for. Note that at the time you send your EOI, not every state will be available, so you would have to check which states are open to accept EOIs.

The government will ask you which state or territory you wish to seek a nomination from.

Applicants can either choose a specific state or territory to nominate them or select ‘any’ or multiple states for nomination.

Step 5: Obtain a state or territory nomination

As mentioned above, each State or territory government will decide who they wish to nominate.

Once a state or territory decides to nominate you, you will receive an invitation to apply from SkillSelect. 

Step 6: Apply for the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

You will then need to wait to obtain an invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa after you have submitted the State Nomination Application.

In general, it takes about 2 to 8 weeks to obtain an invitation to apply for the 190 visa.

Once you are invited to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa, you will receive an the inviation in SkillSelect.

For this reason, make sure to follow the process and have the documents ready as you will only have 60 days from the invitation date to apply online once you’re invited! In this stage, you will have to submit the evidence to support your Expression of Interest.

If you miss the 60-day timeframe, you will need to wait for another invitation. The data from your previous EOI can be used by the online visa application system, so you don’t need to re-enter any details already given.

Applying from overseas

Both the EOI and the Skilled Nominated visa application can be lodged from inside or outside Australia.

Applying while in Australia

If you are inside Australia, you will need to get a substantive visa or a Bridging Visa so that you can legally stay in Australia while you wait for an invitation or a decision from the government.

Also, you might not be able to apply for the Skilled Nominated Visa from inside Australia if your previous visa has been refused or cancelled.

Can I include someone else in my application?

Yes, you can include your family unit members, including:

  • your spouse;
  • your children; or
  • step-children.

The health and character requirements must be met by family members who apply for the Skilled Nominated visa. Also, if the application does not include your wife or minor children, the government may ask you to clarify the reason why.

How long does it take to receive the Skilled Nominated Visa?

The outcome of the Skilled Nominated Visa will depend on several factors including:

  • the points you have
  • the ceilings for each occupation list
  • whether the government is inviting for your specific profession

As a result, it is impossible to determine how long it will take before you receive an invitation to apply.

Nevertheless, from the moment you are invited to apply, the average processing times for the 190 visa are:

  • 75% of applications: 6 months
  • 90% of applications: 10 months

Cost of the Skilled Nominated Visa (190)

The visa application fee for the main applicant is AU$4,045. Also, if you have family members applying with you, extra charges may apply.

 To calculate the exact cost, make sure to check out the visa price estimator on the government’s website.

In conclusion, the Skilled Nominated Visa (190) can be a great opportunity for those who have the skills needed by a state or territory as it can give the opportunity to transition to a permanent residency. If you need help in applying for this visa, make sure to contact us!

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