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190 Visa (Skilled Nominated Visa)

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The Subclass 190 visa (Skilled Nominated) is a points-based visa that allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. This is a permanent visa that can be lodged from within or outside Australia.  Applicants must first submit an EOI using Skills Select, be nominated by a State or Territory government agency and receive an invitation to apply for the visa.

With a 190 visa, you can:

Applying for a 190 Visa

Skilled Nominated Visa applicants must obtain a minimum of 65 points on a points assessment and must be nominated by a participating State or Territory government in Australia.

To apply for this visa, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply. If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply for the visa.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for a Subclass 190 visa, applicants must have:

Steps involved in Applying for a 190 Visa

  1. Apply for your Skills Assessment
    We can assist and guide you through this process.
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
    Your EOI will be submitted via SkillSelect. SkillSelect will ask you questions related to your work experience, skills, English language ability and age.
  3. Apply for State Nomination
    Select your chosen State or Territory for your visa.
  4. Wait for your invitation to apply for your Skilled Visa
  5. Apply for your visa
    Lodge your visa application within 60 days of invitation with the help of our experienced registered migration agents.

Including Family Members

190 visa applicants may be able to include their spouse and/or dependent children.

Nomination by a State or Territory

Each state government publishes a list of occupations in short supply in their area. The lists are subject to continual change relevant to the needs of each state and territory.

State and Territory governments may nominate people who have an occupation that is in demand in their State or Territory.  These occupations are found in lists which are usually called State and Territory Migration Plans.  These plans change on a regular basis and may specify minimum requirements for work experience, and English language ability.  There are often two lists with different criteria – one that relates to the Subclass 190 visa and the other that relates to the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa.

It is common for the quota for certain occupations to be filled quite quickly.

The process is highly competitive, so the requirements specified by a State or Territory government are often higher than required for visa purposes.  Generally, the State/Territory government will also require applicants to show that they have researched employment opportunities – or have a job offer – or are currently living in the state or territory if onshore.

Visa Commitment

The State Governments will usually request a two-year commitment to living and working in the nominated state or territory before the government considers nominating.

They may conduct an integrity check of continued residence for those nominated for a subclass 190 visa.

190 Visa Processing time

From the lodgement of your visa application, this can vary significantly depending on a number of factors. The guidelines currently provided by The Department of Home Affairs are:


The current government application fee starts from AUD4,240. This will vary depending on the number of dependents included in your application and their age.

Our consultancy fee will be dependent on your individual circumstances.

190 Pass Mark

The current pass mark to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) is 65 points; however, the more points you have, the stronger your application will be and the more likely it is for you to receive an invitation. Some occupations require a much higher passing mark, and not all occupations are invited on each round. Please review ‘Latest Invitation Round GSM’.

How To Gain More Points

You may wish to consider the following key sectors to increase your points and maximise your chance of receiving an invitation for Subclass 189:

Skills Assessment and English test results

Skills Assessments are valid for three years unless otherwise stated, and English language results are valid for three years. It is important to make certain your Skills Assessment and English language results remain valid, as they must be valid at the time you receive an invitation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas? Can I include Family Members On My Visa Application?

You can apply either onshore or offshore of Australia, and you can include dependent family members such as spouse/partner and dependent children.

What Happens After I Submit My 190 Visa Application?

Once your 190 visa application is allocated to a case officer, they may undertake id checks and assess your claimed information, such as employment, character and health, before making a decision on your visa application.

Please be aware that a case officer may refuse your visa application without requesting further information or documents. Therefore it is crucial you provide all relevant documents at the time of lodgement of your application.

Becoming an Australian Citizen

After a certain time, you might be eligible for Australian citizenship. Find out more about Australian citizenship.

190 Visa success story

Andre- Brazil

190 Visa for a Wholesaler

“Andre and his wife Nadia were after a better way of life for their young family. Back home in Brazil, they had a comfortable life where Andre ran his own business, however, the pair was concerned about what the future held for their three young children.”

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