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190 Visa – Skilled Nominated Visa


Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448
Updated May 2024
Sponsored Skilled Visa Subclass 190

What is a 190 visa?

The Skilled Nomination Visa (subclass 190), also known as the 190 visa, is for nominated skilled workers and allows them to live and work in Australia as Permanent Residents (PR) in a particular Australian State or Territory. The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is an excellent alternative for skilled workers who want to migrate to Australia but cannot satisfy the 189 visa point requirements. Arm yourself with the complete information on 190 visa requirements, cost, processing time, and skills assessment here.


Requirements To Apply For Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

In order for you to get a 190 visa, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have an occupation on the relevant skilled list.
  • You must have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation.
  • You must be invited to apply for this visa.
  • You must be nominated by a state or territory government agency.
  • You must be able to score 65 points or more in your EOI.
  • You must be under 45 years old.
  • You must have at least competent English.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.

Benefits for Subclass 190 Visa Holder

There are five main benefits of obtaining a Skilled Nominated Visa or 190 visa. Those benefits are:

  • You can live, work and study in Australia indefinitely;
  • You can sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence;
  • You can become an Australian citizen if you qualify for that.
  • You can enrol in Medicare.
  • You can travel in and out of Australia for five years without limitation.

How to Apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)?

To apply for the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190), you must follow the following 5 steps:

Step 1: Skills Assessment

The first step in applying for a 190 Visa is obtaining a positive Skills Assessment. The Skills Assessment is mandatory. It is to prove that you have the required qualifications and skills to perform your occupation in Australia.

You must obtain the Skills Assessment from the relevant Skill Assessing Authority. In this case, you must choose your nominated occupation first. You can check your nominated occupation and the relevant Skill Assessing Authority here.

Step 2: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) Application

After having your Skills Assessment completed, you can move to the next step, which is submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) application. You must submit the EOI application through the Government’s official site, SkillSelect.

The purpose of the EOI application is to show the Government your interest in being considered for the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190). You must provide the following information in your EOI application:

  • Personal details;
  • Occupation you wish to nominate;
  • Work experience;
  • Education background;
  • English proficiency;
  • Skills Assessment;
  • Details of your spouse (if any); etc.

You must score at least 65 points in your EOI application. The points are derived from all aspects that you’ve completed in your EOI application, such as your English proficiency, qualifications, study history, etc. You can use our 190 Visa points calculator to calculate your test score.

Step 3: Submit State Nomination Application

State Nomination application is mandatory for a Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190). Please note that each state or territory has different occupation lists and requirements that you should fulfil. You can find the state requirements and state occupation list on the following links:

If your targeted state or territory requires you to lodge a Registration of Interest (ROI), ensure that you submit the application before the state or territory government closes the ROI submission.

Step 4: Waiting for the Invitation

After submitting the EOI and ROI application, you’ll need to wait for the invitation to submit the 190 Visa. The invitation will come from the state or territory Government.

While waiting for the invitation, you may do the following:

  • Updating your details;
  • Improving your score by reaching the highest English proficiency level, etc.;
  • Ensuring all documents are still valid

Step 5: Submit 190 Visa Application

Once you’ve received the invitation, you can submit your 190 Visa application. You will have 60 days since receiving the invitation to submit a valid 190 Visa application. You can simply transfer your data and information in your EOI application to your IMMIAccount. However, ensure all information and documents are updated.

Submitting a 190 Visa application with expired information or documents will only delay your application.

After submitting the 190 Visa application, you’ll need to wait for the decision. The current 190 Visa processing time is 12 – 15 months.


Should I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the 190 Visa. If you lodge the 190 Visa application in Australia, you must hold a valid substantive visa or a Bridging Visa (A, B or C). Once you apply from within Australia, you will receive a Bridging Visa that allows you to remain in Australia legally until you receive the decision of your 190 Visa application.

If you have a history of refusal, cancellation, or overstay, you may not be eligible to lodge the 190 Visa in Australia.


What is the ROI for Visa 190?

The 190 Visa is a points-based skilled visa that allows skilled workers to live and work in Australia only after being invited by a state or territory Government. Thus, to apply for the 190 Visa, applicants must first obtain an invitation from a state or territory Government.

Some states and territories require the 190 Visa candidates to submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) to further assess their eligibility. The following states and territories require an ROI application to get their invitation:

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT), for both onshore and offshore application
  • Northern Territory (NT), for both onshore and offshore application
  • South Australia (SA), for onshore and offshore (HIghly Talented stream only) application
  • Tasmania, for onshore and offshore application
  • Victoria, for onshore and offshore application

Skill Assessment and Occupation Selection For Skilled Nominated Visa

You can obtain a Skills Assessment with the assessing authority listed against your nominated occupation in the relevant skill occupation list. Please make sure you complete it within 3 years before the date of your invitation.

If your skills were assessed based on a qualification you obtained in Australia while holding a student visa, the qualification must have been obtained from studying a course registered on CRICOS.

Ensure that your nominated occupation is relevant to your qualifications. If you’re having issues deciding on your nominated occupation, our Registered Migration Agent can assist you. Our Registered Migration Agent has a deep understanding of assessing occupations across the qualifications that the candidates hold. We can also assist you with the Skills Assessment, ensuring you obtain a positive result for the best chance of a successful application.


How long can I stay in Australia with a 190 Visa?

190 Visa is a permanent visa, so you can stay in Australia indefinitely. The 190 Visa also comes with a travel facility that is valid for 5 years. So, you can travel from and to Australia as many times as you want for 5 years. After that, you must obtain a Resident Return Visa (subclass 155/157) to travel as an Australian Permanent Resident.


Can I include my family in this visa application?

You can include your partner and/or dependent children in your application, either when you lodge the visa application or add them afterwards, but before the Department finalises your application.


How much does a Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) visa cost?

Skilled Nominated Visa 190 Australia costs AUD $4,640 for the main applicant, and there will be an additional charge if you include your partner and/or dependent children.

If your family members have turned 18 at the time of application and are assessed as not having functional English, you might have to pay the second instalment, which is AUD $4,885.

The above cost is as of July 2023 and will increase every July each year.


190 Visa Conditions After Granted

The following visa conditions may apply to your 190 Visa after granted:

  • 8504 – Initial entry date
  • 8515 – Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entry

What’s the difference between 189 and 190 visa?

The principal difference between the 189 and 190 Visa Australia is the invitation process. With the 189 visa, you are invited by the Federal government through SkillSelect, whereas with the visa 190 Australia, you are invited by an Australian State or Territory Government agency. Since visa 190 Australia requires you to be nominated by an Australian State or Territory, there will be additional requirements as set by the State or Territory.

Another significant difference between the 189 and visa 190 Australia is the occupation lists for the nominated occupation. The 189 visa only requires you to nominate an occupation on the MLTSSL (Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skilled List). For the visa 190 Australia, your occupation must be on the individual State or Territory’s occupation list, as the different regions will have their own skilled occupation lists.


Which visa is better, 189 or 190 Visa?

The 189 is considered to be the most sought-after visa because it allows you to live and work anywhere in Australia. However, because competition for the 189 is so high, the points minimum to be granted may change at times.

As applicants for visa 190 Australia are only competing in a state or territory context, it is not a points race where only applicants with the highest amount are accepted unless it is in a state like visa 190 NSW or Victoria, where there will be more candidates applying, and only higher scores will be accepted.

So, generally, you will have better chances with the visa 190 Australia unless it is the visa 190 NSW. These state programs are much more popular, as Sydney is in NSW and Melbourne is in Victoria, which makes them more attractive to potential applicants. This is why the visa 190 NSW and Victoria are more competitive.


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Subclass 190 Visa

ONE derland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent, Indah Melindasari, B.Com (MARN 0961 448) is here to answer your Skilled Nominated subclass 190 visa questions!

  • How to check my occupation? Does my occupation have to be listed?
    • You may refer to the Skilled Occupation List from the Department of Home Affairs website; your nominated occupation must be on the list.
  • How to calculate my points?
    • Points may come from your age, English language requirements, work experience (inside and outside Australia), recognised qualification, partner skills, State or Territory nomination, and regional study.
    • We have a system made for you to see the bigger picture of your points. Please click here.
  • Is there any minimum age to apply for the 190 visa in Australia?
    • To apply for visa 190 Australia, you must be under 45 years old or turn 45 after being invited.
  • Can I leave Australia while waiting for a 190 Visa?
    • Yes, you can leave Australia while your 190 Visa application is still being processed. You must obtain a Bridging Visa B first, as only Bridging Visa B allows you to leave and re-enter Australia while waiting for a decision.
  • How long can I be out of Australia with permanent residency?
    • It’s strongly advised not to leave Australia with permanent residency for more than 12 months, as this will only endanger your status. If you’re outside of Australia for more than 12 months, you may need to re-enrol upon your return to Australia, and the process is very complex.

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