Skilled-Sponsored (190)


The Australian Skilled – Nominated Visa (subclass 190). This Australian state sponsored visa is an Australian skilled migration visa for competent workers who are assigned by a state or territory. A visa holder can work and live on a permanent basis in Australia  and certain family members may be included in the application program. To be pertinent for this visa, you must pass the Points Test with a score of at least 60.

Applying for the Skilled – Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

To be able to submit a valid application for this visa you need to in the first place comply an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. This can be done in or outside Australia.

If you are appointed by a state or territory and satisfy the primary requirements for this visa, you will then obtain an Invitation to Apply.

To apply for this visa type you must:

– Have an invitation to apply;
– Have, at the minimum, competent English skills;
– Be less than 50 years old;
– Excerpt the line of work that matches your professional skills and qualifications and is included in the applicable Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or State/Territory SOL;
– Submit to a skills assessment by an authority applicable to your selected occupation;
– Have, at the minimum, competent English skills;
– Receive a minimum score of 60 on the Points Test; and
– Meet the minimum health and character requirements.

Australian State Sponsored Visa Application Process

The Skilled – Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is based on a stage application process of 3 stages:

Stage 1
The initial stage of the application process includes an assessment of your skills by a relevant government agency.
Your qualifications assessment enables the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to judge whether you meet the required skill level in your chosen occupation to work in Australia.

Stage 2
After receiving an acceptable skills assessment, you must submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. It can be done in or outside Australia. You will then also need to apply for government sponsorship with an Australian territory/state. It is required that you meet the sponsorship requirements and are experienced in a position listed on one of their State Migration Plans.

Stage 3
After an invitation has been issued, To Apply (ITA), you can continue to the DIBP stage of the application, where you can submit your final, complete application to be approved by DIBP so your visa can be granted. Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa. They assign the order in which the department considers applications irrespective of when they have been submitted.

Your Australian State or Territory Sponsor
Applicants are expected by States/Territories in Australia to meet the skills minimum requirements in those States/Territories and it is expected that you live in your nominated State/Territory in Australia for the initial two years of your new life.

If you are successful in applying under this category, you must fulfill the following commitments:

– Live in the nominating State/Territory for at least two years;
– Keep immigration authorities informed of your residential address; and
– Participate in required surveys.

Each participating State/Territory maintains a list of in demand occupations as part of their State Migration Plan whereby there may be a possibility of nomination.

Australian State Sponsored Visa Conditions

A 5 year multiple entry visa is issued to a successful applicant to live and work in Australia. It is only needed that you live in Australia for 2 of the 5 years and have the visa reissued for consecutively 5 years. As an alternative, you can spend 4 consecutive years in Australia and be pertinent for citizenship.

If it is chosen 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 be qualified for this you must prove that you have spent 2 years legitimately living in Australia or that you possess significant personal, cultural or business connections to Australia.