The Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government to live and work in Australia as permanent residents.

This visa does not require employer sponsorship but it is points-tested. If you’re applying for a 190 visa, you need to be able to accrue 65 points before you apply. This visa involves submitting an expression of interest to an Australian State or Territory, and then waiting to be invited to apply for the visa by the State or Territory. Let’s take a look at the eligibility requirements and the visa application process.


Before applying, ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for the 190 visa. Th

is includes having a relevant occupation listed on the skilled occupation list, obtaining a suitable skills assessment for that occupation, and scoring enough points on the points test.

Your Skills:

Check the Skilled Occupation List. Your profession or trade must ap

pear on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The SOL has links to job definitions and descriptions to each occupation listed. Check which occupation best describes what you do. The years of experience you have in your occupation will affect your points.

Skills Assessment:

You’ll need to submit a skills assessment which is assessed by the Australian Government Trade Recognition Authority. This verifies your training and qualifications to confirm they match Australian equivalent standards.


You must be under 45 years of age before you are invited to apply for a visa.  Your age contributes to your points.

English Language:

As a minimum you will need to show you have competent English. However the better your overall English language proficiency, the more points you will accrue.

Health Checks:

You will need to undergo a health check

Character Check:

Like other skilled visas, you’ll need to provide a police clearance.

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How to get 65 Points


From the get go, which age bracket you fit in is worth different amounts of points.


Skilled Employment

The number of years you have been professionally employed in your nominated occupation outside or inside of Australia is worth different amounts of points. The Department of Home Affairs defines employment as being paid in an occupation for a minimum of 20 hours a week.

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English Language

The basic English language requirement for the 190 visa is competent English. Proving you have superior English is worth a significant number of points.

Read more about English Language requirements here.

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University doctorates, degrees and trade qualifications are worth different amount of points. 

Other ways you can accrue some points include your partner’s occupation and language capabilities, whether you’ve studied in regional Australia and whether you hold a “credentialled community language”.

Applying for the 190 Visa Process

Step 1. Submit Expression of Interest

When you submit your EOI, indicate the States or Territories you are interested in for nomination. Our registered migration agent can advise you on which States or Territories offer the best chance of success for your occupation. When you submit your EOI, ensure you have all the required documents relating to your skills, work experience, education prepared and in the right format.

Step 2. State Nomination

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may receive a nomination from a state or territory government. The nomination contributes to your points.

Step 3. Receive Invitation:

Once you have been nominated by a state or territory government, you may receive an invitation to apply for the 190 visa. Invitations are issued based on the points you score in the points test, with higher-scoring candidates receiving priority.

Step 4. Apply for the Visa:

After receiving an invitation, you can proceed to apply for the 190 visa. Include all required documents, such as identity documents, skill assessment results, proof of English proficiency, health assessments, character documents, and other supporting evidence. And make sure they are in the right format.

Step 5. Wait for Processing:

After submitting your application, it will be processed by the Department of Home Affairs. Processing times can vary depending on various factors such as the completeness of your application, the number of applications received, and any additional checks required.

Step 6. Step Visa Decision:

Once your application is processed, you will receive a decision on your visa application. If approved, you will be granted a Subclass 190 visa, allowing you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Migrate to Australia:

Upon receiving your visa grant, you can make arrangements to move to Australia. Make sure to comply with any conditions attached to your visa and fulfill any requirements specified by the Department of Home Affairs.


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