Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) Visa

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This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia and eligible family members can be included in the application.

The Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa replaced both the offshore Skilled - Sponsored Subclass 176 visa and the onshore Subclass 886 visa in 2012-2013

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 or territory and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an invitation to apply.

Application conditions

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

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

  • study in Australia

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

  • access certain social security payments

  • apply for Australian citizenship (subject to residency criteria)

  • sponsor relatives for permanent residence.


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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