22 Jan 2016

Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

You can live and work in Australia permanently if you’re nominated by a territory or government agency or Australian state. You then need to submit a Skilled Nomination visa (subclass 190). Let us take you through the ins and outs of nomination and application of what can sometimes be a confusing process.

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for points-test skilled workers who have been nominated by a territory government agency or an Australian state.

Before you are nominated, you must first express an interest through SkillSelect by submitting a form aptly titled Expression of Interest, so that state and territory government agencies can view your interest. You can specify your interest in just one state or territory, or to all of them.

If you accept a nomination, you may be required to live for a specified minimum time in the nominating territory or state, prepare to complete surveys, provide any information they ask for post-arrival, provide an address of where you lived before and after you arrive in Australia, and to meet other requirements a state or territory specifies.

Who is it for?

Skilled workers who have been invited to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) are eligible applicants.

At the time of invitation applicants must:
• Be nominated by a territory government agency or an Australian state
• Be nominated for an occupation that is included in the Skilled Occupation List
• Obtain a suitable skills assessment for the occupation they have been nominated for
• Be below 50 years of age
• Achieve the score specified on the letter of invitation

What are the requirements?

Aside from the requirements necessary to meet nomination, an applicant must also meet:
• Health requirements
• Character requirements
• Biometrics
• No debts to the Australian government

What is a successful applicant entitled to?

Once a visa is approved, an individual can enjoy:
• Indefinite stay in Australia
• Application for Australian citizenship, depending on eligibility
• Work and study in Australia
• Enrol in Medicare
• Sponsor relatives for permanent residence, if eligible
• Travel to and from Australia within five years from the date a visa is granted

How much does it cost?

Fees and charges for a visa application depend on the current price upon the time of lodgement.
• Surcharges may apply when using a credit card or debit card in paying a visa application.
• Second instalment applies if you include a family member in your application who is 18 years of age or older or has less than functional English. Charges apply for each family member that meet the criterion specified above.
• Other fees apply for health assessment police certificate or other tests and certificates required.

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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