Skilled - Nominated
Permanent(subclass 190) visa
The Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) is a permanent work visa for individuals
who have the qualifications or skills that are needed by the Australian economy,
but cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent
This category is also open to applicants who are able to satisfy the pass mark but
wish to access priority processing which applies once state/territory sponsorship
is offered by a participating state/territory government agency.
Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) applicants are required to obtain a minimum
of 60 points on a points assessment and must obtain nomination from a participating
State or Territory government. The assessment is such that applicants are required
to be under 50 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they have a qualification
or the skills of an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set specific basic requirements
that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a visa in the General Skilled
Migration program. To qualify for a Skilled visa, applicants (or their partner)
must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language
ability, occupation, skills, qualification, health and character.
In addition, applicants must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas
related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills
and other bonus categories. To be nominated by a State or Territory government,
applicants must satisfy specific criteria, as set by the particular State or Territory.
These may include:
- Having an occupation on the skills shortage list in that State or Territory or
- Demonstrating specialized skills in a particular region of that State or Territory.
On 1 July 2012, the skilled migration program switched to a new online system called
"SkillSelect" which will require prospective skilled migrants to submit an Expression
of Interest (EOI). Once an EOI is submitted, these details can be viewed by Australian
employers, state and territory governments and by the Australian Government who
have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application. There is no
guarantee that submitting an EOI will result in an invitation to apply for a visa.
If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed timeframe within which
the visa application must then be formally lodged with DIAC.
Australian State Sponsored Visa Application Process
The Skilled - Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is based on a three stage application
The first stage of the application process involves completing a skills assessment
with the relevant government body. Your skills assessment enables the Department
of Immigration and Citizenship ( DIAC) to judge if you have the required level of
skill in your chosen occupation to practice in Australia.
Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you will need to submit an
Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.
You will then also need to apply for state sponsorship with an Australian state
/ territory. This will require that you meet the sponsorship requirements and have
work experience in a position listed on one of their State Migration Plans.
Once you have been issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA), you can continue to the
DIAC stage of the application, where you can submit your final, complete application
to be approved by DIAC so your visa can be granted. Priority processing arrangements
apply to this visa. They determine the order in which the department considers applications
regardless of when they have been lodged.
Your Australian State or Territory Sponsor
Nominees are selected by States/Territories in Australia to meet the skills shortages
in those States/Territories and you are expected to live in your nominated State/Territory
for the first two years of your new life in Australia
If you were successful in applying under this category, you would
have to undertake the following obligations:
- Live in the nominating State/Territory for at least two years.
- Keep immigration authorities informed of changes to your address and
- Take part in surveys as required.
Each participating State/Territory maintains a list of occupations in demand as
part of their State Migration Plan whereby nomination may be a possibility.
Australian State Sponsored Visa Conditions
A successful applicant is given a 5 year multiple entry visa to live and work in
Australia. You only need to live in Australia for 2 of the 5 years to have the visa
reissued for a further 5 years. Alternatively, you can spend 4 consecutive years
in Australia and be eligible for citizenship.
If you choose not to gain citizenship, however, you must apply for a Resident Return
Visa before the original one expires in order to travel to and from Australia. To
qualify for this you must demonstrate that you have spent 2 years lawfully living
in Australia or that you have significant personal, cultural or business ties to