Sponsored Skilled Visa (190 Visa) (Subclass 190)

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Sponsored Skilled Visa (190 Visa)

This visa is a permanent residence visa nominated by State and Territory governments. The skills are dependent on the needs of the State and Territory governments however any occupation nominated will either be on the MLTSSL or Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (the STSOL).

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Each State and Territory will have their own State or Territory list of occupations that they will agree to sponsor. Each State or Territory Government may impose their own requirements over and above those legislated by the department.

The 190 Visa Requirements

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa is a visa that is sponsored or nominated by a State or Territory Government based on an assessment of their own labour market needs.

 

  • State or Territory governments nominate an applicant.
  • If the applicant is invited, he/she must apply within 60 days of invitation.
  • The applicant lodge an application online.
  • At time of invitation, the applicant must:
    • be under 45 years old;
    • have skill, already assessed, on the Combined MLTSSL & STSOL;
    • have Competent English; and
    • meet the points test (currently 65 points)  – not less than score in the invitation.
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The State or Territory governments may want their applicants to have a certain level of experience, or a higher level of English skills, or some financial savings, before they will nominate that applicants. If candidates meet their requirements, the State or Territory government could nominate the candidate. The applicant must meet the threshold requirements of having competent English (IELTS 6 or PTE 50) unless the applicant is from one of the five exempt countries and the applicant meets the gazetted points test (currently 65 points).

NSW Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa)

The key steps involved for NSW nomination for a 190 visa are as followed:

 

  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
    The applicant must meet 190 visa criteria
    The applicant record his/her details in an EOI in SkillSelect
    The appllicant indicates his/her interest for NSW nomination for a 190 visa
    The applicant does not need to contact NSW after submitting your EOI
  • Regularly check emails to see if the applicant has been invited by NSW.
    There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. The applicant should be aware that invitations are not guaranteed.
  • If selected, the applicant will receive an invitation to  apply for NSW nomination by email
  • Recheck your eligibility
    If the applicant applies, he/she must be able to demonstrate that he/she meets the claims that were in their EOI when the applicant were invited.
  • Submit an application for NSW nomination and wait for the outcome
    The applicants must submit an online application within 14 days of receiving the invitation to apply.
    NSW nomination applications usually take 12 weeks to process. Note: application fees are not refundable.
  • If nominated, the applicant will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the 190 visa.
  • Apply for the 190 visa to the Department of Home Affairs
    The applicant submits a visa application within 60 days of being nominated by NSW.
  • The Department of Home Affairs will advise you of the decision on your visa application.
  • If your visa is granted, move to NSW and commence your two year commitment to live and work in the state.

QLD Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa)

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) criteria requires the applicant to:

  • have an occupation on the QSOL ‘Working in Queensland’ list
  • provide evidence of full-time employment (post-qualification) in the applicant’s nominated occupation for the past 6 months in Queensland (190 visa).
  • provide evidence of ongoing employment with a Queensland employer registered in Australia for a further 12 months (minimum of 35 hours per week).
  • commit to living and working in Queensland for 2 years from visa grant.

 

Application process

 

Step 1: Review eligibility criteria. Ensure the applicant must meet both the HA criteria and BSMQ criteria and has all his/her documentation (including proof of registration if required) ready.

Step 2: Submit an EOI with SkillSelect.

Step 3: BSMQ assesses all EOIs that meet the HA and BSMQ criteria. If the applicant is successful, he/she will receive an email invitation to lodge an application and be requested to provide the BSMQ required documents.  BSMQ no longer accept attachments sent by email. The applicant can only upload one document per file. Then pay the non-refundable application fee to BSMQ in order to finalise the application.

SA Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa)

SA State nomination requirements include:

  1. Commitment to South Australia – The applicant needs to commit to living and working in South Australia for two years from when the applicant arrives, with a view to long-term settlement
  2. Age – under 45 years at the time of nomination
  3. Occupation – this must be listed on the SA State Nominated Occupation List as available.  Access to a supplementary occupation list and ‘special conditions apply’ occupations are available in some circumstances.
  4. Skills Assessment – a positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority
  5. Work experience – at least one year of skilled work experience in the last three years. Some occupations have a higher work experience requirement. If you are an international graduate of South Australia, you may be able to access a work experience waiver
  6. English – ability to meet Immigration SA’s minimum English language requirement for your occupation. The applicants from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand are not required to provide an English test result.
  7. Financial capacity – sufficient funds to settle in South Australia
  8. SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) – The applicant needs to have an EOI which meets the Department of Home Affairs criteria and Immigration SA nomination requirements.

 

Application process

 

Step 1: Review eligibility criteria. Ensure the applicant must meet both the HA criteria and BSMQ criteria and has all his/her documentation (including proof of registration if required) ready.

Step 2: Submit an EOI with SkillSelect.

Step 3: BSMQ assesses all EOIs that meet the HA and BSMQ criteria. If the applicant is successful, he/she will receive an email invitation to lodge an application and be requested to provide the BSMQ required documents.  BSMQ no longer accept attachments sent by email. The applicant can only upload one document per file. Then pay the non-refundable application fee to BSMQ in order to finalise the application.

VIC Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa)

In order to receive a  VIC Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), the applicant will need to meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

Age: The applicant must be below age 45 to lodge an application for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

English language: Meet the English language requirements as specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6 in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state nomination – these occupations are specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists. Applicants who are currently working in their nominated occupation in Victoria and have been for at least six months, may be exempt from meeting higher English language requirements and should apply for nomination.   

Alternative English language tests are accepted: OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

Occupation: must be listed on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

Exemption: If the applicant is from the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, the applicant is not required to submit an English language test.

 

International PhD graduates

The Victorian Government offers a pathway for visa nomination for international PhD graduates. Applications will be processed within 12 weeks and applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to apply.

Finances: The applicant has enought financial resources available for himself/herself and any family memebrs who are dependent on the applicant.

WA Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa)

The WA Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa) process for obtaining State nomination is as follows.

 

Submit an eligible Expression of Interest (EOI)

 

  • Score at least 65 in​ the Department of Home Affairs points test.
  • Have evidence of a skills assessment suitable for permanent migration in your nominated occupation.
  • Have an available nominated occupation for the applicant intended visa subclass on the Western Australian skilled migration oc​cupation list​ (WASMOL) if the applicant is using the general stream or the Graduate occupation list (GOL) if the applicant is using the graduate stream.If using the graduate stream, the applicant’s occupation must also be available for your qualification type (PhD and Masters graduates, or Bachelors and higher degree graduates.)
  • If the applicant is intending to use the the graduate stream, the details of his/her Western Australian study, including the address and postcode of the Western Australian university or campus must be included in your EOI.
  • Competent English: Have demonstrated at least the minimum English language requirements in all four components in a single test applicable to your occupation and stream through an approved English test*.
  • English Score Exemption: If the applicant is from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, the applicant is not required to sit an English exam to be eligible for Western Australian State nomination.
  • Age: younger than 45 years
  • Work Experience: Be able to claim and give evidence of work experience in the Expression of Interest. If the applicant has completed a Masters or PhD in Western Australia and are applying through the graduate stream the work experience is waived for Western Australian State nomination.
  • Have selected ‘Western Australia’ or ‘any state or territory’ as your preferred s​tate.

 

If the applicant is selected to receive an invitation, WA Migration Services will email the applicant with a link to the State nomination application form. The applicant has up to 28 days to complete the application. The application includes 3 multiple choice questionnaires which test the applicant’s knowledge of Western Australia.

To be successful, applications must meet the State nomination criteria​​​​​, which includes additional requirements depending on the stream the applicant intends to apply through. The applicant will provide evidence to demonstrate the applicant meets all the State nomination criteria. The applicant may provide further information during the processing of your application if requested. A ​$200 non-refundable application fee applies.

 

3 If your application is successful, WA Migration Services nominates the applicant in SkillSelect and the applicant automatically rece​ive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to lodge his/her visa application.

All successful applicants are required to:

  • register their arrival with the Settlemen​t Services team​​;
  • bring sufficient funds (for at least three months) into the State to cover settlement costs if not currently residing in Western Australia;
  • live and work in Western Australia for 2 years upon arrival; and
  • complete a settlement survey every six months for this two year period.

NT Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa)

The NT Government nominates the applicant as a skilled migrant if the applicant has an occupation on the NT Migration Occupation List.

The NT Government can nominate the applicant if the applicant’s occupation is not on the NT Migration Occupation List but it is on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations and the applicant has:

  • skills and experience relevant to the NT
  • strong evidence of positive employment prospects in the NT either in the applicant’s skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation
  • a demonstrated commitment to living and working in the NT or if the applicant has been living and working in the NT for the specified period

A condition of NT Government nomination is that the applicant looks for work, live and settle for at least 2 years in the NT after the visa has been granted.

 

Eligibility

To migrate to Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) under an NT Government nomination the applicant must:

  • meet the Australian Government requirements to be granted the visa
  • be nominated by the NT Government
  • be able to meet all other Australian Government visa requirements for permanent residence including age, health and character if applicable

The NT Government will consider the application for nomination if one of the following applies and the applicant meets the NT residency and work requirements (if the applicant is living in Australia).

  • The skilled occupation is on the NT Migration Occupation List
  • The applicant has a skilled occupation that is on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations but not on the NT Migration Occupation List  and the applicant provides strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT in his/her skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation
  • The applicant  has successfully completed an eligible enrolled course – full-time and for at least 2 years at a college or university in the NT
  • The applicant  has a skilled occupation on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations and the applicant can demonstrate strong, well established family connections in the NT

 

All applicants

The applicant must provide:

  • a completed online application for the Northern Territory (NT) Government Subclass 489 and 190 nomination
  • a clear colour copy of skills assessment, from the relevant Australian skills assessment and assessing authority, for the skilled occupation the applicant has nominated
  • a detailed current copy of curriculum vitae or resume
  • evidence of recent employment
  • clear colour copies of qualifications, technical certificates and academic transcripts
  • clear colour copies of passport
  • where required, verifiable evidence of your English proficiency
  • copies of documents showing strong evidence that the applicant can be easily employed in the NT, which could include:
    • a statement describing that shows the applicant’s understanding of the NT employment market for that occupation / industry and how the applicant’s skills and experience are in line with NT employer needs
    • evidence of the occupation has been advertised in the NT multiple times and explanations of how the applicant’s qualifications and experience match the selection criteria for real job examples
    • real feedback from NT employers
    • a letter of offer of employment and / or signed employment contract from an NT employer
  • a written statement about the applicant’s commitment to the NT

 

If The applicant is living in the NT

The applicant must provide:

  • bank statements for the 6 month before applying that clearly show day-to-day spending in the NT as evidence the applicant has been living in the NT, and
  • payslips for 6 months from a NT employer – this is not required for applicants who have completed their eligible studies in the NT.

 

If the applicant is applying from outside Australia

The applicant must provide:

  • verifiable evidence of full-time employment in the nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months or evidence that the applicant has Australian qualifications.
  • evidence that the applicant has done detailed research into living and working in the NT to show that the applicant has a realistic knowledge of the NT including climate, relocation costs and living expenses.

 

If the applicant is not an NT resident or NT graduate

The applicant must provide:

  • evidence of financial capacity to settle in the NT including net assets
  • information about any support networks the applicant have in the NT, as these may be considered.

The table of minimum value of net assets

 

Family composition Minimum value of net assets
Individual applicant AU$35 000
Applicant and spouse AU$50 000
Applicant and spouse plus one child AU$60 000
Applicant and spouse plus two children AU$65 000

 

The applicant must provide a list of all your financial assets in Australian dollars. The applicant must provide evidence of those assets.

 

Commitments with the Northern Territory Government

When the applicant accepts a nomination from Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) Government the applicant is agreeing to do all of the following:

  • live and work in the NT in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for at least 2 years from when the visa is granted or from when the applicant arrives in the NT
  • let the NT Government know the status of your visa application
  • provide current contact details to the NT Government for a 2 year period
  • participate in surveys conducted by the NT Government to allow outcomes to be assessed.

TAS Skilled Nominated Migration (190 Visa)

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa. State nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides the applicant with 5 additional points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points. The applicnat must live in Tasmania for 2 years after the visa has been granted.

 

How to apply

The Tasmanian Government and the Department of Home Affairs assesses the application. The processing time is affected by the overall quality and thoroughness of the application. It is recommended that that applicant prepares as much of the necessary documentation prior to applying. Other factors may impact on processing times such as changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, and complex cases. The usual processing time for Tasmanian Government state nomination is up to 3 months.

 

The process

  1. Eligibility: The applicant must meet the key eligibility requirements set by the Department of Home Affairs for skilled migration.
  2. Requirements: The applicant must meet the additional nomination requirements set by the Tasmanian Government.
  3. Expression of interest: Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI is not a visa application and is only an indication that you will like to be considered for a skilled visa.
  4. Document checklist: The applicant has all the required documents prepared prior to applying.
  5. Apply for nomination: Apply for nomination from the Tasmanian Government through this website.
  6. Apply for visa: If the Tasmanian Government offers the applicant nomination, the applicant will receive a notification of outcome and an invitation to apply for the visa through Skillselect. The applicant will then be able to apply for his/her visa with the Department of Home Affairs.
  7. Maintain obligations: If the applicant has been granted a visa, ensure that the applicant maintains his/her obligations to the Tasmanian Government.

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