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Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

Australia Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 is a point-based state nominated PR for skilled workers who want to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. However, an applicant first need to get a nomination/sponsorship from the Australian state/territory, to apply for subclass 190. Eligible applicants must obtain a qualifying score of 65 points.



Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 is primarily meant for those skilled workers and trades people who have nominations from an Australian state or territory.

This visa is for applicants who have an occupation in high demand in Australia’s labor market. In order to apply for subclass 190, you first need to choose an occupation from the relevant Australia occupational demand list, after that you need to submit an EOI (Expression Of Interest) through SkillSelect online for confirmation of your visa and subsequently, attain a nomination from a state or territory government agency.

If the government likes your profile, you will get an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for visa subclass 190. You have a minimum time period of 60 days to apply for subclass 190 after receiving the invitation.

Thus, you are also expected to live for at least 2 years inside the State/Territory that nominated you for subclass 190 visa. You also have the right to include the names of some of your family members with visa application.

How do I know whether I qualify for the skilled nominated visa subclass 190?

Australia 190 Visa Benefits

Aspirants through Skilled Nominated 190 of Australia avail exciting privileges and benefits. The top benefits are underlined in the following:

  • You can permanently live and work for an indefinite period of time
  • You can pursue higher study in Australia at any grade of learning.
  • You can enroll healthcare and Medicare facilities.
  • You can receive certain social security assistance.
  • You can apply for Australia citizenship on after living for particular time period.
  • You can sponsor any family relative to become permanent or temporary residents of Australia.

Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 Eligibility/Requirements

To apply for skilled nominated subclass 190, it is essential to check whether you are eligible to apply for visa 190 or not? Eligibility requirement is the basic thing which an applicant needs to check before applying for the state nominated visa. Thus, check for yourself whether you meet the below mentioned eligibility requirements:

  • Check whether your nominated occupation is listed on STSOL Demand list of Australia
    This is a primary necessity to see if your occupation is listed on Australia’s STSOL list or not. This list mentions those occupations which are required in the Australian economy to fill the labor gaps in Australia.
  • Must comply with the minimum eligibility points requirements
    You must score at least 65 points. The points are awarded for your age, educational qualification, work-experience, skills, language requirements etc.
  • Must have a positive skill assessment report
    On the basis of your profile, you must have a skill assessment test done by the relevant authority for an occupation listed on STSOL. A positive skill assessment test report is required to proceed further.
  • Must be nominated by State or Territory government agency
    Since this is a state nominated visa, the prime requirement to be eligible to apply for visa 190 is a nomination by state or territory Australian government agency. The nomination is generally given to those applicant who has a high Australia Immigration point score.
  • Other important requisites
    Besides the above mentioned key criteria, the following requirements are equally important to apply for state nominated visa subclass 190:
    1. Age: You must be under 45 years if and when you are invited to apply
    2. Language Requirement: You must have competent English if and when you are invited to apply. Check language requirement for Australia Permanent Residency.
    3. Work Experience: You must have at least 2 years of working experience if and when you are invited.
    4. Education: You must be a Graduate degree holder (Equivalent to Australian education standards) if and when you are invited to apply for this visa.
    5. Health: You as well as your family members irrespective of them accompanying you to Australia must give health examination test.
    6. Character: if and when invited to apply for this visa, you must submit a proof of bearing a good moral character by successful submission of police certificate for each country, each member has ever lived in, for an accumulative period of 1 year or more over last 10 years.
    7. Debts: you must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debt to the Australian government.
    8. Cancelled Visas: If ever your visa got cancelled or refused while you were still in Australia, you may not be able to apply for visa subclass 190.

How to Apply Skilled Nominated Visa 190?

You can follow the step by step procedure mentioned below to apply for Australia Skilled State Nominated Subclass 190:

STAGE-1: Determine whether your nominated occupation is listed on Australia’s Occupational Demand list or not Visa subclass 190 is only available to the applicants who can fill a position mentioned on MLTSSL (Medium or Long Term Strategic Skill List) or STSOL (Short Term Skilled Occupational List)

STAGE-2: Ensure you meet the required eligibility criteria
The following requirements should be fulfilled in order to apply for visa 190:

  • Should score a minimum of 65 points in the Australia point test
  • Should not be over and above 45 years of age
  • Should hold competent level in English Proficiency Test
  • Should meet the required health requirements
  • Should meet the required character requirements
  • Should not hold any outstanding debts to the Australian government
  • Should be ready to undertake the Australian Values Statement

STAGE-3: Complete Skill Assessment

This stage requires you to do skill assessment test with the relevant assessing body. Your profile will be carefully viewed by the concerned assessing authority on the basis of your qualification and work experience. Your skill assessment enables the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to judge your required level of skill in your chosen occupation to practice in Australia. At this point you get working experience score on the basis of your work duration. In order to move forward, you must get a positive skill assessment report.

STAGE-4: Submission of Expression Of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect online
SkillSelect is an online software that asks you a number of questions which are related to your education and work background, skills & abilities, and other relevant history.

STAGE-5: Obtain a Government Nomination
Visa subclass 190 requires you to get a nomination form Australian State/Territory. After submitting your EOI, it will be viewable by the Australian government authorities. Additionally, you will also need to apply for state sponsorship with an Australian state/territory. If the concerned Australian authority likes your profile, you will receive a letter of Invitation to apply.

There are different nomination programs run by the different states of Australia. These programs are the state nomination programs for the workers who are highly skilled and qualified, and those who can meet the skill shortage of the particular state/territory in which they wish to apply for:

STAGE-6: Apply for the Australia Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190
After receiving Invitation To Apply, you can continue to the DIBP stage of the application, where you can submit your final, complete application to be approved by DIBP.

STAGE-7: Wait for the decision of your 190 subclass
It can take quite a few months to process your application from DIBP side. Thus, it is advisable to be patient and for your decision on 190 visa Australia application

STAGE-8: After final call from DIBP, acknowledge receipt of your visa
Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start your Australia journey thereafter.

Note: Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa. They determine the order in which the department considers applications regardless of when they have been lodged.

190 Visa Processing Time:

General 190 visa processing time as per The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is as follows:

  • Preparing applications for review on your behalf
  • Helping you become released from detention
  • Facilitating your voluntary departure from Australia
  • Advising you of the likelihood of your being able to return to Australia.

NOTE: Rules and regulation of Australia Immigration may change at any time without any prior notice. Thus, it is advisable to keep a regular check on the DIBP website as well as stay connect with the experts of Aptech Global.

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Australia 190 Visa Fees:

The cost may change any time without intimidating. The cost totally depends upon the date your visa application is received. If there is any price increase in between the date of visa lodgment and the date of receiving visa application, you may need to pay the new application charge.

The amount is given in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application. The fees can be paid online through Debit/Credit card.

Fees updated 1st July 2019 AUD$
Nominated (Subclass 190) visa (primary applicant) 4,045$
Dependent Applicant fees 18 and over 2,025$
Dependent Applicant fees 18 and under 1,010$

Additional Fees:

  • Medical Examination: The fees must be paid directly to the concerned doctor doing medical examination
  • police check: this fees would be paid to the corresponding authorities in the respective countries where you have lived more than 6/12 months
  • Spouse English Requirement fee: If by any chance your spouse or dependent applicant above 18 years of age is not giving English language test or unable to meet the functional English requirement, then in that case you have to pay additional fee of AUD $4885



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