The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia after being nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.
It allows them to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
An individual might be eligible to apply for this visa if they are invited. When sent a letter of invitation, they must also have:
- Nominated an occupation that is on the relevant Skilled occupation list
- Obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
- Not yet turned 50 years of age
- Achieved the score specified in the letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
- At least competent English
- Been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.
What this visa allows for:
This permanent residence visa allows the individual and any of their family members who have also been granted this visa:
- Stay in Australia indefinitely
- Work and study in Australia
- Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- Apply for Australian citizenship(if they are eligible)
- Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, they will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).
To be able to apply for this visa, an individual must first submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect. If they receive an invitation, they will have 60 days to apply online for the visa. During that time, they cannot change the information in their expression of interest.
When the individual has submitted their expression of interest, a state or territory government will examine it and decide whether to nominate them to apply for a visa. State and territory authorities have their own criteria for deciding who to nominate. Each state or territory government agency have different processes for nominating expressions of interests, some will contact the individual first and others may wait for the individual to contact them.
The visa application is likely to require extensive supporting documents, as listed in the document checklist.
Nomination by a state or territory government
State and territory government agencies can view an individuals expression of interest in SkillSelect and decide whether to nominate them for a visa. Each state or territory has a list of occupations that guides the types of skills they are looking for.
In their expression of interest, they can indicate their interest in just one state or territory, or they can choose to be available to all of them. If the individual accepts a nomination, the states and territories may require them to:
- Live in the nominating state or territory for a specified minimum time
- Tell the state or territory your address, both before and after you arrive in Australia
- Be prepared to complete surveys and providing other post-arrival information they ask for
- Meet any of their other requirements.
Each state or territory government agency has its own process for nominating expressions of interest. Some agencies contact people directly and others wait for people to contact them.
If an individual is invited to apply for this visa, they will have 60 days to do so. Invitations are based on claims made in their expression of interest, so their application must be consistent with the information they provided in their expression of interest and it must be supported by evidence.
An individual must score at least 60 points against points test factors to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa.
In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, there are other factors and criteria to be taken into consideration.