Australian Visas:

The Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190

How Visa Jobs makes the 190 Visa process effortless

Applying for Permanent Residency is the biggest step for any migrant whose ultimate goal is to stay in Australia long term. The Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190 has the additional complexity of requiring a state or territory to nominate you, each having their own occupation lists and requirements. 

Visa Jobs eases the stress of applying for a 190 Visa by assessing your points score and checking which states and territories might be an option for you. Our experienced team will discuss your best options, help you meet the visa requirements and submit your Expression of Interest. We will then lodge your visa application once invited and keep you up to date with how the application is going.

About the Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190 is a very popular visa for skilled workers wanting to migrate to Australia. Mainly as like the Skilled Independent Visa subclass 189, it is a permanent visa, allowing visa holders to live and work in Australia indefinitely. The main difference between these two visas is that for a 190 Visa you must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government. This is not a requirement for the 189 visa.  

Points test

The 190 Visa like the 189 and 491 Visa, is a points tested visa, which means in order to be eligible you will need to score the minimum passmark, which is currently 65 points. The pass mark could increase for certain occupations if there are a large number of high quality applicants.

Must be on state or territory occupation lists 

In addition to passing the points test, your occupation must be on the relevant Skilled Occupation List as well as on one of the state or territory occupation lists. Each Australian State and territory will publish a list of occupations that they struggle to find skilled workers for, in their region. Not only will the occupation list vary for each state or territory but specific requirements such as your level of English, experience or skills may also vary. It’s therefore recommended to check the occupation lists and requirements for each state or territory before submitting your Expression of interest (EOI)

Visa application by invite only

When you submit your EOI through SkillsSelect, your point score will be calculated. As long as you pass the points test, Australian states and territory government agencies will be able to view your EOI and point score, and decide if they wish to nominate you. They generally have an allocated number of invitations they can issue per month or period. They therefore allocate their invitations according to occupations they have skill shortages for and then to applicants with the highest point score.

When applying for a 190 Visa you can include dependent family members in your visa application either at the time of lodgement or once approved. Applying for this visa can be lodged whilst you are onshore in Australia or if you are offshore.

With the 190 Visa you can

Stay in Australia permanently
Live, work and study anywhere in your nominated state or territory
Enrol for medicare (Australia’s public health care program) 
Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence 
Apply for Australian Citizenship (if eligible)

190 Visa requirements 

Be under the age of 45 at the time of being invited to apply for the visa
Your chosen occupation must be on the relevant Skilled Occupation List and on one of the state or territory occupation lists
Have a positive and valid Skills Assessment in your nominated occupation*
Be nominated by an Australian state or territory government
Lodge an EOI and be invited to apply for the visa 
Qualify for the points test (currently 65 points)
Demonstrate a Competent Level of English or higher
Meet the health and character requirements

*There are some exemptions for applicants who are legal or medical practitioners, contact us for more information.

Occupations available through the 190 Visa

You will only be able to apply for the 190 Visa if your occupation is listed below and then also on one of the state or territory occupation lists. If your occupation is not listed below then the 190 visa will not be an option and you may want to check if alternative visas such as the TSS, 407 or Student visa are suitable.

Australian state and territory occupation lists and requirements

You can learn more about each state or territories current occupation list, any additional requirements and other helpful information about living and working in each state or territory, through their websites listed below:


How long you are required to stay in your nominated state or territory for

Most Australian states or territory governments will request a two year commitment from you to live and work within their state or territory in order for them to nominate you.

The 190 Visa points test 

Once you submit your EOI you will be given an indicative points score based on the information you provide. If you do not score a minimum of 65 points you will not qualify and will not receive an invitation to apply for the visa, so it’s important you calculate your points score before submitting your EOI.

You can calculate your points score by using the general skilled self-assessment test, below explains how each section is scored. Calculating your own points should only be used as a guideline, it is always recommended to use a Registered Migration Agent who will be able to do a thorough assessment of your points and advise accordingly.

Calculating your point score

To calculate your current point score, answer the questions for each section below, keep a note of the points you score for each section and then add them up at the end. 

It’s important to remember that your final points score will be calculated at the time you are invited to apply for the visa. Therefore, the score you calculate today should only be used as an estimate as your answers for each question may change by the time you receive an invitation to apply for the visa.

Section 1: Visa Subclass

Which of the following visas are you planning on applying for?

Maximum score = 15 points

Section 2: Age

Which age bracket do you fall into?

Maximum score = 30 points

Section 3: English Language Skills

What is your English language ability?

Maximum score = 20 points

Section 4: Employment history

Part 1. Overseas Skilled Employed Experience

In the last 10 years, how many years of experience (from outside of Australia), do you have in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation?

Maximum score = 15 points

Part 2. Australian Skilled Employment Experience

In the last 10 years, how many years of Australian work experience do you have in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation?

Maximum score = 20 points

Note. You can only score a maximum score of 20 points in this section ‘Employment History.’ That means if your combined score for Part 1 and Part 2 is over 20 points, you will only be awarded 20 points.

Section 5: Educational Qualifications

What is your highest level of recognised qualification completed in Australia or from overseas?

Maximum score = 20 points

Section 6: Australian Study Requirement

Have you successfully completed studies in Australia for a degree, diploma, advanced diploma or trade qualification(s) that is relevant to your nominated occupation? The course must have taken a minimum of two years to complete, have been taught on a full-time basis and in English.

Maximum score = 5 points

Section 7: Study in Regional Australia or a low population growth area

Have you completed and been awarded a degree, diploma, advanced diploma or trade qualification(s), where the course took a minimum of two years to complete, was full-time, the campus of your institute was located in a regional area of Australia and you also lived in a regional area during the two years of study?

Maximum score = 5 points

Section 8: Specialist Education Qualification

Have you completed a Masters by research or PhD (Doctorate degree) by an Australian educational institute which included a minimum of two years of study in a specialist field (currently STEM and ICT)?

Maximum score = 10 points

Section 9: Professional Year in Australia

Since finishing studying, have you completed a professional year in Australia in your nominated occupation? Currently this is only available for Engineers, Accountants and ICT professionals, and must have been completed within four years of you being invited to apply for the visa.

Maximum score = 5 points

Section 10: Credentialed community language

Do you hold a recognised qualification in a credentialed community language? 

Recognised qualifications must be for translating or interpreting by the National Accreditation Authority for translators and Interpreters and include being;

  • accredited at a paraprofessional level or above, or
  • having a community language credential, or 
  • having been certified at a certified provisional level or above.

Maximum score = 5 points

Section 11: Partner skills

Which of the following applies to you:

Maximum score = 10 points

The 190 Visa process

The main costs for the 190 Visa

Visa Processing times for the 190 Visa

As for all Australian visas the processing times fluctuates each month based on a number of different factors such as volume, complexity and the time of year. The Department updates the estimated processing times for each visa every month but should only be used as a guideline.

To see the Department’s most up to date processing times for all visas, visit the Global Visa Processing Times page.

Updated: September 2020


Contact Visa Jobs for help getting your 190 Visa

If you are interested in learning more about the Skilled Work Visa subclass 190 feel free to contact us today. We can send you more information about the visa and help you decide if it’s the best option for you. We can also assist you with gathering your documents, completing the skills assessment and lodging your EOI.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) – About the Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190 

Can I apply for the 190 Visa if I am outside of Australia?

Yes, you can submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) and visa application either whilst in Australia or overseas.

Can I apply for the 190 Visa if I am older than 45?

You will not be able to apply for this visa if you are older than 45 years old. You must receive your invitation to apply for the visa before turning 45 years old.

Once my visa is approved will I have permanent residency?

Yes, once your visa has been approved you will have permanent residency status in Australia.

Do I ever need to renew my permanent residency visa?

No, this is a permanent residency visa meaning you can stay in Australia permanently. However, once approved the 190 Visa does come with a 5 year travel authority allowing you to travel in and out of Australia as much as you like. To renew your travel authority you will need to apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) which has its own requirements.

How long do I have to live in my nominated state for?

When you apply for a state nomination you make a commitment to stay in that state for two years. If you decide to move before the two years it is worth contacting a Registered Migration Agent to make sure it won’t affect your visa.

Is a medical examination required for a 190 Visa?

Yes, you will be required to undergo a medical examination when applying for a 190 Visa. Medical examinations are valid for one year, so it is worth checking how long the estimated processing times are prior to lodging your application.

Can my family or partner be included?

You are allowed to include your spouse, de facto partner, dependent children or other family members who are financially dependent on you.

If I include family members or a partner will they be able to work?

Any family members included will have full work rights meaning they are able to for any employer, in any occupation if they wish to work.

If I am invited to apply for the visa, how long is the invitation valid for?

Once you have been invited to apply you have 60 days to submit your visa application. It’s therefore very important you have gathered all of the necessary documents and completed your Skills Assessment.

How long will the visa take to process?

As with all Australian visas processing times vary depending on factors such as the number of applications lodged and the complexity of them. Each month the processing times are updated to reflect the previous months processing times. You can check the current processing times here.

What happens if your circumstances or point score changes after you have lodged your EOI?

Once you have submitted your EOI you are able to update your application. This may be required if your points have increased due to taking an English test, gaining extra experience or including a partner who makes you eligible for extra points.

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