The skilled nomination visa (subclass 190 visa) is a Point-Based permanent residency skill migration visa focused on professional skill workers. The visa allows applicants sponsored by the Australian state or territory government to stay and work in Australia as a permanent residence.
The 190 visa is invite-based only, to apply for the visa applicant has to first submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the Department of Home Affairs. SkillSelect accepts the submissions of Expression of interest throughout Australia. After submission, the applicant will be issued points based on their application. The candidates with the required ranking will be invited to apply for the 190 visa.
Once the candidate is invited, they must have to apply within 60 days, or the invitation will have lapsed. You must prepare all required documentation to lodge your application as soon as possible when you get the invitation.
The visa 190 comes with a lot of benefits for the applicant and dependent or family member of the main applicant. Some of the benefits are:
- The applicant can live in Australia for an indefinite time with a 190 permanent visa:
- The applicant can have their family with them in Australia.
- Can study in Australia if the applicant wants to.
- The applicant can Register for Medicare, (Australia’s scheme for Health Care).
- Offer sponsorship to the eligible family member or relatives.
- Travel in or outside Australia for upto 5 years from the date visa 109 is permitted.
- Can apply for citizenship if eligible.
The Requirement for Skilled Nomination (Subclass 190)
To apply for a 190 visa you must have to fulfil the requirement mentioned below:
- Lodge an EOI and wait for getting Invite
- Required to have a relevant occupation on the 190 visa skilled occupation list.
- Required Work experience on the specified nominated occupation list.
- Complete Skills Assessment on the relevant Skilled Occupations List
- You must meet the minimum points test score which is 65 for now.
- The applicant is required to get nominated by the state or territory government agency. (not external agencies).
- Be aged between 18 and 49 inclusive
- Have Competent English Language Proficiency (6 bands in IELTS each module) or higher
- Meet health and character requirements
- The applicant can be in Australia or overseas when applying for a Subclass 190 Visa.
- Applicants can include their dependent family members with their application.
- The applicant can include his/her partner and dependent children with their application
State And Territory Nomination Requirements
All states and territory government agencies have their own requirement criteria of different occupations to decide the nominated applicant. However, the basic requirements are the same in all state and territory. Although, the specified requirement may vary state to state on which occupation is required by the particular state or territory.
Below are the lists of state and territories that can nominate the applicant. You can contact the agency directly to find out more about the nomination process and requirement. We recommend you to contact the migration agent to ease your worries.
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Application Process for 190 visa
Step 1: Check if your Skill is on the Skilled Occupation Lists.
This is only open to applicants who will fill a position with this list of Skilled Occupation List
Step 2: Be sure you meet all the eligibility conditions.
The applicant must have to meet the following prerequisites to be able to apply for a 190 visa:
- Must be under 45 years of age
- Competent English language Proficiency skills
- Must Meet the Health requirements.
- Must Meet the character requirements
- The applicant must not have any remaining debts to the Australian government
Step 3: Complete Skills Assessment
You have to complete a Skills Assessment and get a suitable score to be qualified for the Subclass 190 visa. Your score needs to fulfil that specified in your letter of invitation
Step 4: Submit an Expression of Interest.
After completing the skill assessment, you have to submit an expression of interest through SkillSelect. The SkillSelect program will ask you numerous queries related to your background, skills, and relevant history of your employment.
Step 5: Obtain a government nomination.
The Skilled Visas requires to be nominated by a state or territory government. Once your EOI will be submitted. It can be accessible by the Australian government Authorities. If government authorities are on the lookout for a person of your skill-set to employ, they might send you the invitation letter to apply for the 190 visa.
A country or territory government may also direct you by utilizing this program.
Step 6: Apply for the Skilled Nominated Work Visa.
As soon as you find a host, you’ll need to have them nominate you to get your visa. You can then apply for a 190 visa online through the DHA system. You have required to complete certain documents listed on the document checklist for 190 visa to complete the application.
Step 7: Wait for a Decision
It can take several months for the DHA to produce a determination on your Visa application. In 2016 the processing period for the 190 visa was 3 months.
Step 8: Receive your visa and start working
Once your application is accepted, you will get your visa and will start work in Australia.
190 Visa Processing Time
According to the department of home affairs, every single application will be determined accordingly, the department will assess the applications one by one which makes no actual processing time to determine for 190 visa application processing. The processing time will get late due to some factors including:
- Whether your application is complete including required supporting documents.
- how quickly you respond to additional information requests by Home Affairs
- The time to perform required checks on the supporting information
- The time to receive additional information from external sources, Mainly health, character, and national security requirements
- how many places are available in the migration program
Check out our 190 visa points calculator to test your score.