Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190)

A great pathway to residence

The Sc 190 Skilled Nominated visa is a fantastic pathway to gaining residence in Australia. Sc 190 visa is a residence class visa designed for skilled migrants who do not have an Australian sponsor, such as an employer or a family member in Australia but are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, to allow them to live and work in Australia indefinitely.

How does the Subclass 190 visa work?

In order to qualify for this visa, the applicants must score at least 65 points on a Points Test and be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

As part of the process the applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect portal and indicate what state/territory they want to seek nomination from. Some states require submission of a separate application for state nomination in addition to the EOI, where others want you to indicate that you are seeking their nomination in your EOI and they will then invite you to apply for it should you be successful.

Once the nomination is approved, the applicant will be issued with an Invitation to Apply for this visa by the Department of Home Affairs and will be required to submit the visa application within sixty days.

Once Sc 190 visa is approved, the principal visa holder and migrating family members will need to enter Australia to validate their visas and will have a 5-year window to relocate to Australia. Once in Australia, the Sc 190 visa holders can live, work and study as permanent residents. Once the initial 5 year travel conditions expire, Sc 190 visa holders can either apply for Australian Citizenship, provided they meet the relevant criteria, or for a Resident Return Visa.

Do I need a Registered Migration Agent to help?

Because attaining the set level of points is dependent on so many factors, it is essential to have your eligibility assessed by a registered migration agent to ensure you will meet Australia immigration requirements and avoid costly disappointment.

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What is the process?

In order to be eligible for this visa, the applicants must:

  • nominate an occupation from either the Medium- and Long-Term Strategic Skills List or Short-Term Skilled Occupations List. Additionally, the nominated occupation must be included in the State Occupations List of the state/territory the nomination is sought from
  • secure a positive skill assessment in the nominated occupation
  • achieve minimum competent level of English through a recognised English test
  • score at least 65 points in the Expression of Interest
  • have approved nomination from one of the Australian states/territories (it's possible to seek nomination from more than one state/territory, provided your occupation is included in the respective State Occupations List and you meet the criteria) and an Invitation to Apply from the Department of Home Affairs
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Typical process timeline

This is the process we follow for most of our offshore clients.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Documentation stage

    Based on our instructions, you collect & send the documents required. We check your documents and provide feedback until you become ‘document-ready’.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Skills assessment stage

    We apply for the skills assessment for you and liaise with the skills assessing authorities on your behalf.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Expression of Interest application

    Congratulations! You have received a positive skills assessment and passed the English test! We prepare and submit your Expression of Interest.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    State Nomination application (mandatory for Sc 190 and Sc 491 (Nominated stream) visas))

    We prepare and submit your nomination application should any of the Australian states/territories invite you to apply for their nomination.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Invitation to Apply and Visa application

    We finalise your documentation, prepare and lodge your visa application. We liaise with the Australian Department of Home Affairs until a decision is made.

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