The Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa is the way to Permanent Residency by getting nominated by a State or Territory Government and is a very popular choice for immigrants who want to live in Australia permanently.
This is a permanent visa, so benefits there are:
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- travel to and from Australia for five years
- apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.
The pathway to the 190 visa is also on the other perspective, a harrowing process for some people as the paperwork can be excessive, and the details needed frustrating if you do not feel confident tacking this by yourself, contact us today to see how we can help!
In the meantime, this is what you need to know in getting your 190 visa started!
# Research, Research, Research!
I always feel like a broken record telling people this but when it becomes between you and thousands of other people, how else are you going to ensure that your application is as good as it can be?
A place for quality and accurate information regarding your visa is the Australian Governments Department of Home Affairs; I always recommend following any advice and instructions they give to the letter as they are of course the people who are also reviewing your application.
# A match made in heaven…
Saving yourself time and money, believe me, always go through the requirements step by step to ensure that you match the criteria required for this visa before applying for an EOI (Expression of Interest).
The main requirements for this particular visa 190 needs are:
- Have a State or Territory Government that has nominated you
- Pass Skills Assessment in an occupation for the 190 visa on the Combined list of eligible skilled occupations
- Ensure that you have at least 65 points by testing on the Points calculator
- That you are applying independently (do not need a sponsor or partner etc.)
- You are over the age of 18 and under the age of 45 years
- You have a genuine intent to work in Australia and live here permanently
- Meet the minimum experience requirements for the occupation
- You have competent English
- You meet the Health requirements
- You have good Character
- You have no debts to the Australian Government
- You have no previous cancelled or refused visas while in Australia (in some instances)
For more information on how these criteria can be met, contact our friendly team today for more in-depth advice.
# No mates rates here…
Ensure you won’t be short for cash as there are no discounts on things like this.
All costs are estimated In Australia NSW
(costs may vary per person/country/state/territory/circumstances)
State/Territory Fee = AUD $300 – $330
English test (IELTS) = AUD $330 – $363
Health test (medical exam) = AUD $222.50 – $265.70
Character test (police check) = AUD $42.00
Visa Application = AUD $3,670
# Nomination is my middle name
When applying for the 190 Visa, you need to have a State or Territory of Australia that decides to nominate you when you submit your EOI (Expression of Interest).
The states and territories in Australia are incredibly helpful with information regarding nominations so depending on what state/territory you want to live in, see the websites:
- New South Wales State Government (see also FAQs about 190 Visa for NSW)
- Queensland State Government
- Northern Territory Government
- South Australia Government
- Western Australia Government
- ACT State Government
- Victoria State Government
- Tasmania State Government
Once your EOI has been viewed by the state or territory and they nominate you, then you will be invited to apply for the visa 190.
# Points, I win!
The point system is the way that the government assesses your eligibility for the visa, it’s also a way you can check if you are eligible as well before submitting your Expression of Interest (EOI).
You will need to make up a minimum of 65 points, though sometimes the Government will require more depending on your circumstances.
Your points can be education, experience etc.
You can calculate your points here.
# Express yourself
When submitting your EOI (Expression of Interest), you can create an account on SkillSelect, its free and will take you through a step by step process.
Make sure you have the key elements included in your EOI such as
- Skill assessment results (by a relevant assessing authority)
- Your points (at least 65 points)
- The results of your IELTS exam (at least a score of 7 overall)
Submitting an EOI through SkillSelect with details of your nominated occupation, skills and qualifications will enable SkillSelect to estimate a points score, If scoring high enough, government agencies will be able to view your EOI and decide if they want to nominate you, which is the ultimate goal.
If you are nominated by a state or territory government agency, you will then be invited to apply for the 190 visa.
# Be time conscious
So you have been sent an invitation now from the Government to apply for this visa? Great!
You can lodge your visa application on the SkillSelect site using the link that is provided in your letter of invitation.
See more information about invitations here
# Patience is key my friend
Waiting to hear about your visa application results can be lengthy, but the more documentation you add the quicker the process will be, the average waiting time is best described in the table below.
|75 per cent of applications processed||90 per cent of applications processed|
|6 months||10 months|
You can keep up to date with the process by contacting the case officer (person handling your application in the Government) or by logging into your SkillSelect account online.
Or alternatively if you go through us we will gladly be the middle man and consistently work on your application while constantly keeping you informed of all and any progress.
If your visa is approved then you will then have a visa grant letter sent with the details of your initial entry date or the deadline date you must enter the country which will activate your permanent residency. You only need to stay a few days if need be just to activate your residency and complete the visa grant letter requirements, and then you can come back and organize the big move!
This sounds like a big process but you don’t need to go through this alone, contact us today for a free consultation from our friendly migration agents