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Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

May 27, 2024
By MaxiMax

What is a Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)?

The Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) is a pathway to permanent residency in Australia for skilled workers nominated by a specific state or territory. Here's a breakdown of the key points:

  • Target Audience: Skilled workers seeking permanent residency in a designated region of Australia
  • Nomination Requirement: Applicants must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government


  • Permanent residency in Australia
  • Ability to live and work in the nominating state or territory

If you're a skilled worker with qualifications in high-demand occupations, the Skilled Nominated Visa could be an attractive option for immigrating to Australia. Let's explore the eligibility criteria and application process in more detail!

Overview of the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

Visa Benefits:

  • The visa permits you to remain in Australia permanently.
  • You are free to work and study there, as well as enroll in the country's public health care system, Medicare.
  • Additionally, you have the choice to sponsor your family members' migration to Australia.
  • The visa grants a 5-year travel allowance for entering and exiting Australia.
  • If qualified, you can seek Australian citizenship.
  • However, new residents may need to wait before accessing specific payments and benefits from the Australian Government.

Duration of Stay:

  • The visa provides permanent residence, permitting you to remain in Australia indefinitely.
  • The travel part of the visa is valid for 5 years from the date it was granted.

Including Family Members:

  • You have the option to add your family members to your visa application.
  • Your family members are required to fulfill health and character criteria.
  • Even if they are not joining you in Australia, they may still be obligated to meet the health and character standards.


  • The main applicant needs to pay AUD 4,640.00 for the visa application fee.
  • There are additional charges for each family member applying with you.
  • The Visa Pricing Estimator can help calculate the total cost.
  • Extra expenses might be incurred for health checks, police certificates, and biometrics.

Processing Times:

Visa application processing times are:

  • 25% of applications take 63 days
  • 50% of applications take 78 days
  • 75% of applications take four months
  • 90% of applications take eight months.

Individual circumstances can cause variations in processing times, and each application is evaluated on its own merits.

State Nomination and Eligibility

The first step to securing a Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) involves researching state/territory nomination. Each region in Australia has its unique requirements and lists of in-demand occupations.

Here's how it works:

  • Research: Identify the state or territory that nominates your chosen occupation.
  • Check Eligibility: Ensure you meet their specific requirements.
  • SkillSelect EOI: Submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect, indicating your desired visa (Subclass 190) and preferred nominating state/territory.

If your EOI aligns with their needs and your occupation is in high demand, you might receive a nomination from your chosen state or territory, bringing you a step closer to permanent residency in Australia!

Points Test and Skill Assessment

The Australian Government has offered a point test calculator that anyone can use. Simply google ‘Points test calculator’ and open the official website. There fill out our information and the points will be calculated for you.

Application Process 190 Visa

Step 1: Before Applying

Step 1.1: Before Submitting Your EOI

  • Check if your job is listed on the eligible skilled occupations inventory for the Subclass 190 visa.
  • Acquire an appropriate skills evaluation from a designated authority for your occupation within the previous three years.
  • Medical professionals are required to present proof of registration issued by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Lawyers must demonstrate admission to practice as a solicitor or barrister in an Australian state or territory.
  • Confirm that you can obtain at least 65 points on the points test and satisfy all other eligibility requirements.

Step 1.2: Submitting Your EOI

  • Submit your Expression of Interest using SkillSelect, whether you are in Australia or outside.
  • Choose the subclass 190 visa for skilled nomination.
  • There is no charge for submitting an EOI, and you will receive an email to confirm its submission.

Step 1.3: After Submitting Your EOI

  • SkillSelect calculates your points score using the details in your EOI.
  • An estimated score of 65 points is required to receive an invitation to apply for the visa.
  • If your skills align with their requirements, state or territory governments can nominate you for the visa application process.
  • If nominated, an invitation will be extended to you to proceed with the visa application.

Step 1.4: Receiving an Invitation to Apply for a Visa

  • Once you receive an invitation, you are required to apply for the visa within 60 calendar days. Please note that this timeframe cannot be prolonged.
  • Invitations can be received up to 2 years after submitting your EOI.
  • The invitation will indicate the necessary points score based on your EOI claims.
  • After applying, it is essential to demonstrate that you meet the points score and all other eligibility criteria.
  • Failure to apply the following two invitations will lead to the removal of your EOI from SkillSelect.
  • If you are 45 years old at the time of invitation, your visa application will not be processed.

Step 2: Gathering Documents

Remember, providing accurate information is essential. Failing to do so could lead to consequences, such as the inability to verify your identity or facing issues if false information is provided. Be sure to double-check all details before submitting your EOI.

By following these steps and ensuring accurate information, you can increase your chances of receiving a nomination from your chosen state or territory, bringing you a step closer to permanent residency in Australia.

Here's a list of documents you might need:

  • Identification papers
  • Relationship records
  • Character references
  • Evidence of proficient English at the time of invitation for this visa.
  • Partner-related documentation
  • Documents for dependents under 18
  • Papers for dependents over 18
  • Records related to skills assessment
  • Expression of Interest materials

Step 3: Applying For the Visa

If your EOI is successful, you'll receive an invitation to apply for the Subclass 190 visa online. This application can be completed from anywhere, whether you're in Australia or abroad.

Be mindful of the 60-day timeframe from the invitation date to lodge your complete visa application. Accuracy remains crucial throughout this process, so ensure all details you provide are precise.

Step 4: After You Apply

If you are approved for a bridging visa, you will be informed of your visa being granted.

Pathway to Permanent Residency

The Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) is a pathway to permanent residency in Australia for skilled workers seeking to live and work in a specific region. To secure this visa, you'll need to research which states or territories nominate your chosen occupation and meet their specific requirements. The process involves submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect, indicating your desired visa and nominating state/territory. Remember to gather all necessary documents to support your claims in the EOI.

Providing accurate information is crucial throughout the process. If your EOI is successful, you'll receive an invitation to apply for the Subclass 190 visa online within 60 days. This application can be completed from anywhere in the world. Ensure all details you provide are precise, as accuracy is essential for approval.

Ultimately, the Skilled Nominated Visa offers a valuable opportunity for skilled professionals with in-demand qualifications to secure permanent residency and build a future in Australia, contributing to the country's diverse workforce.

Frequently Asked Questions

To qualify for state nomination, you must fulfill the particular prerequisites of the state or territory, which include occupation demand and skill criteria.

The point system assesses your eligibility based on criteria such as age, English proficiency, employment history, educational background, and additional factors. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 65 points to meet the requirements.

A skills assessment is necessary to show that your qualifications and skills align with the requirements of your chosen occupation.

The process of applying includes submitting an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect, obtaining a state nomination, and then proceeding to apply for the visa within the given timeframe.

The Subclass 190 visa enables permanent residency in Australia, entitling holders to work, study, and access healthcare benefits through Medicare. Meeting specific residency requirements is necessary to uphold the visa's validity.

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