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Skilled Nominated Visa (190)

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The Skilled Nominated visa offers a pathway for highly skilled individuals to secure permanent residency in Australia, granting them the opportunity to establish indefinite residence and employment in the country. Eligibility extends to all occupations listed on either the short or medium to long-term skilled occupation lists.

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What is a Skilled Nominated visa?

While the 190 and 189 visas share many similarities, a pivotal distinction lies in the 190 visa's requirement for State or Territory nomination. Both visas operate on a points-based assessment system administered through SkillSelect, necessitating candidates to await an invitation to apply. Additionally, applicants must undergo skills assessment by the relevant authority.

Notably, applicants need not be present in Australia to pursue the 190 visa, facilitating direct application for permanent residency. The application may encompass family members of the primary applicant, affording them equivalent privileges of permanent residency.

Eligibility criteria for a 190 visa in Australia

To secure approval for a subclass 190 visa, applicants must meet a series of stringent criteria:

  • Attain a minimum score of 65 points in SkillSelect.
  • Fulfill the requirements set forth by the State or Territory government agency for nomination.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect, specifying the 190 visa and preferred States, and await an invitation to apply.
  • Possess a valid skills assessment corresponding to the nominated occupation.
  • Ensure the nominated occupation features on either the short or medium to long-term strategic skills list issued by the Australian government.
  • Be under the age of 45 at the time of receiving the invitation to apply.
  • Hold all requisite qualifications and/or licenses pertinent to the occupation.
  • Satisfy the prescribed English language proficiency standards.
  • Meet the stipulated health and character prerequisites.

Benefits of the Skilled Nominated Visa

The Skilled Nominated visa, offering a pathway to indefinite stay in Australia and eventual citizenship upon meeting requirements, presents numerous advantages.

Primarily, the 190 visa streamlines the journey to permanent residency by eliminating the need for employer sponsorship and imposing fewer work limitations post-approval, enabling engagement in diverse occupations and with various employers. Additional perks for 190 visa holders encompass unrestricted rights in work, study, and travel for both primary and secondary applicants, facilitating seamless movement in and out of Australia, access to medical services through Medicare, subsidized study opportunities, and the inclusion of family members in the application process for permanent residency.

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Skilled Nominated 190 Visa checklist

As a permanent visa, the 190 visa application requires a substantial array of evidence, much of which overlaps with materials requested during the Expression of Interest and state nomination process. However, there are distinct requirements to heed. Accuracy in the application is paramount, as errors could lead to significant delays. Considering the time it takes to secure state nomination post-EOI submission, any discrepancies may go unnoticed for an extended period. Moreover, applicants have a narrow 60-day window post-invitation to lodge their visa application, emphasizing the importance of readiness. To assist applicants, we've crafted a thorough checklist ensuring completeness and success. Below is a summary of the documentation needed.

  • Passport
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Divorce/death certificate for previous spouse (if applicable)
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • National identity card (if applicable)
  • Birth certificates
  • Current CV or resume
  • Evidence of relevant qualifications
  • Skills assessment outcome
  • Evidence of registration or licencing (if applicable)
  • Reference letters from former employers
  • Military service record or discharge papers (if applicable)
  • Medical checks 
  • Police clearance certificates from former countries of residence 
  • English test results

How the Skilled Nominated 190 visa works

Applying for the subclass 190 visa offers flexibility, allowing both onshore and offshore applications without prior Australian visa holding or nomination by an Australian entity. The process unfolds in two primary stages:

In the initial phase, applicants submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect, awaiting nomination from a State or Territory government. Upon securing nomination, typically followed by an invitation to apply for the visa, applicants proceed to the second stage. Applicants should ensure that they have their English test results and skills assessment before lodging their EOI.

Upon receiving the invitation, applicants have a 60-day window to complete their visa application. The invitation provides a direct link to the application portal within the Immi account, where applicants furnish evidence akin to their EOI, ensuring alignment between claims made in the EOI and the visa application.

Benefits of using a registered migration agent

As migration agents, we possess a deep understanding of the pertinent policies and legislation concerning 190 visas.

At Australian Migration Agents, we offer invaluable guidance and support to streamline the entire process. With a track record of high success rates, we've navigated a diverse range of complex occupations and scenarios.

Our team of accredited Australian Migration Agents leverages their expertise to provide clear and precise advice on all relevant requirements and strategies for your case. We uphold the responsibility to ensure your application aligns with legislative mandates, thereby enhancing your prospects of success. From initial applications to visa grants, we provide comprehensive assistance, including addressing any additional requests from the Department of Home Affairs.

  • Consultation and engagement
  • Preparation and support
  • Submission and communication
  • Representation and success

Skilled Nominated visa subclass costs

There are two primary expenses involved in a 190 visa application.

Professional fees paid to Australian Migration Agents for application preparation:

Our fees are determined based on the complexity of your application and will be quoted accordingly. We operate on a fixed-fee basis to provide transparency and ensure clients know the total costs upfront. Additionally, we offer payment plans tailored to financial circumstances. Schedule a free consultation with one of our qualified agents for a personalized quote.

Department fees:

The Department of Home Affairs application fee for a 190 visa is $4,640. Additionally, there are fees for the skills assessment, which vary depending on the assessing authority. Notably, there are no fees for lodging an EOI in SkillSelect.

Visa application steps

The visa application process can be challenging and time-consuming, but our team at Australian Migration Agents handles this daily and understands the requirements needed for successful outcomes. Get in touch to discuss your eligibility and explore the most budget-friendly services available to you.

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Step 1

Consultation and engagement

Organise a consultation time to speak with one of our agents. You can meet with us in person, via Zoom or telephone. Following this, we will send you paperwork that confirms our engagement to represent you.

Step 2

Preparation and submission

We will prepare written submissions in support of your visa application. This will be based on your individual circumstances, and supported by evidence where appropriate. We then submit your application to the relevant body (Department of Home Affairs, courts or tribunal)

Step 3

Representation and success

We will keep you informed about your application, and notify you of the outcome. If you receive an unfavourable outcome and we can reapply, we will!

190 Visa Processing times

The processing period for a 190 visa typically ranges from 11 to 12 months. Delays may occur due to factors such as waiting for State nomination and invitation to apply, as well as the complexity of your case and the Department's workload. At Australian Migration Agents, we prioritize submitting thorough applications to minimize delays and increase the likelihood of success.

Skilled Nominated Visa Considerations

At Australian Migration Agents, our team comprises skilled practitioners specializing in the Australian migration system. While we cannot guarantee visa approval, our expertise allows us to present the strongest possible case for a favorable outcome, leveraging our deep understanding of the law.

We prioritize accessibility and transparency:

  • Initial consultations are often complimentary, and subsequent services are offered at a fixed fee.
  • Our online consultation platform allows for convenient access from anywhere in Australia.
  • Regardless of your stage in the 189 visa process, we provide comprehensive assistance, covering skills assessments, EOIs, and visa applications.
  • Collaborating closely with both you and your sponsor ensures consistency and excellence throughout the entire application journey.

Australia-wide services

Our skilled team offers in-person and virtual appointments, which means we can provide immigration assistance and advice regardless of where you live in Australia.  

Frequently asked questions

Read our most frequently asked questions

What is a skilled nominated 190 visa?

The Skilled Nominated visa subclass offers skilled foreign workers the opportunity for permanent residency in Australia, granting them the freedom to live, work, and study in the country indefinitely. While the 190 visa shares similarities with the 189 visa, it has a distinct feature: eligibility for a wider array of occupations. However, unlike the 189 visa, the 190 visa necessitates nomination from a State or Territory authority.

How long does it take to get 190 visa after nomination?

Once you are nominated, you will generally receive an invitation to apply for the visa within a few weeks. You may then apply for the visa.

Once you have applied, the 190 visa can take up to 12 months to be approved. The timeframe will depend on many factors, including the demand in your occupation, the quality of your application, and the Department’s current workload.

What are the conditions for skilled visa 190?

As a permanent visa, the subclass 190 visa typically carries no specific conditions. However, if the applicant is offshore upon visa grant, they must enter Australia by a specified date. Additionally, secondary applicants offshore during the grant may not enter a relationship before arrival. While there's an expectation to live and work in the nominating State or Territory for at least two years, it's not technically a visa condition. Non-compliance usually doesn't lead to visa cancellation, but adhering to this expectation is advisable to avoid complications with future applications, as false information may be perceived.

What is the difference between 189 and 190 visas in Australia?

The 189 visa is sought independently, while the 190 necessitates nomination from Australian State or Territory government agencies. Other notable contrasts between the two encompass:

The 190 visa encompasses occupations on both the short and medium to long-term skilled occupation list, unlike the 189, which is exclusively for the latter list.

For the 189 visa, meeting nomination requirements varies among different States or Territories.

You must receive nomination by a State or Territory before being invited to apply for the 190.

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