Skilled Nomination Visa Subclass 190

Skilled Nomination Visa Subclass 190

The Skilled Nomination Visa Subclass 190 is a permanent visa, which allows skilled workers to live in Australia, based on nomination by an Australian State or Territory Government.

Applicants must be skilled workers who are qualified and experienced to fill Australia’s current skill shortages, based on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL), and migrate to Australia.

To be eligible for this visa, applicants must receive nomination from an Australian State or Territory Government.

How do I qualify for a Subclass 190 Visa?

The Subclass 190 visa is available to applicants who are skilled in an occupation on a state of territory occupation list. Each state or territory has it’s own individual list, depending on the skill shortages in that area.

To be eligible to apply for a Skilled Nomination Subclass 190 Visa, you must meet a minimum score on a points test. Once this test is met, the applicant will then need to complete a successful migration skills assessment in their chosen occupation.

Applicants must also be under 45 years of age and meet health, character and English language requirements.

What this Visa allows you to do:

Once granted, the Skilled Nomination Visa is a permanent visa which allows the applicant and accompanying family members to:

  • Live and work anywhere in Australia indefinitely, with no restrictions
  • Study in Australia, with access to subsidised education
  • Access to Medicare
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (after meeting appropriate requirements)
  • Be able to sponsor family members for certain visas
  • Apply for social security payments
  • Travel in and out of Australia for 5 years

Note: Although the visa is granted based on the holder being skilled in a specific occupation, once granted the holder is not required to seek or maintain employment in this occupation.

How do I apply for a Subclass 190 Visa?

There are 2 stages to the Skilled Nomination Visa application process:

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Applicants are required to first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for this visa, through SkillSelect. If they receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs, applicants can then proceed to apply for the visa, in the given time frame.

Applicants for this visa must also be issued with a nomination by their chosen state or territory. Both the requirements of which are dependent on the relevant state or territory , as well as the following application process. Some states, for example, may require a separate application for state nomination through their website, whereas some may require applicants to declare they are seeking nomination in their EOI. A registered migration agent will be able to advise on this detail.

Once invited to apply, applicants must lodge their application within 60 days. It is therefore important that applicants have all of the required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible, once receiving an invitation.

Note: there is no guarantee of invitation once submitting an EOI. As the SkillSelect system is designed to fill Australia’s current skill shortages, there is a quota for each appropriate occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) who are invited in each quarter-yearly.


To be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent Visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet 60 points in the points test
  • Be skilled and experienced in an occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)
  • Complete a positive Skills Assessment test
  • Demonstrate minimum ‘competent’ English language ability
  • Be less than 50 years of age

Note: you can lodge this visa application either inside or outside of Australia.

Visa Charges

The government charges for visa applications can be found here.

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