Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) Visa

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This is a temporary visa for skilled workers who wish to live and work in regional Australia. Those with this visa can stay for up to 5 years and apply for permanent residence after 3 years. This visa cannot be extended. 

To be able to submit a valid application for this visa you need to first submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia. If you are nominated by a state, territory or relative and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an invitation to apply. 

Application conditions 

Applications are by invite only. To be invited to apply, you must: 

  • have experience in a nominated occupation that can be found on one of Australia's Skilled Occupations List  

  • have a skills assessment with the relevant assessing authority for that occupation   

  • submit an Expression of Interest   

  • be older than 18 and less than 45 years of age when the invitation is issued   

  • Meet general Skilled Migration basic requirements, including English language, health, and character checks   

  • be able to score at least 65 on the points test 


Try our free online Australian General Skilled Migration points test to see if you score enough points for this visa.


You can include the following family members in your visa application:

  • your partner

  • your or your partner's dependent child

  • your or your partner's dependent relative.

Employment obligations

There are some obligations that states or territories will require you to meet. These include that you:

  • stay in that state or territory that nominated you for at least two years

  • keep the state or territory informed of any changes to your address

  • complete surveys and provide information when asked.


This visa allows you and your accompanying family members to:

  • Live and work permanently in Australia 5 years 

  • Study in Australia

  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • Access certain social security payments

  • Apply for permanent residence after 3 years

  • Sponsor relatives for permanent residence.


75% of applications are processed in 10 months 

90% of applications are processed in 12 months 

There is no standard processing time for this visa and each visa is assessed on a case-by-case basis.  

Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa. They determine the order in which Australian immigration considers applications regardless of when they have been submitted. To find out more about the priority processing arrangements Australian immigration has in place, please see our Priority Processing page.

Further Information, help, and advice has over twenty years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. If you feel that you can pass the points test and wish to immigrate to Australia, fill out our free assessment form and one of our representatives will contact you shortly.

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