Skilled Nominated Visa (190)
The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a point-based system and allows a skilled operative to work and live in Australia permanently. To obtain a Skilled Nominated visa, you need a nomination from a territory government or a state in Australia. Once they have determined your abilities in response to the profession you are seeking to join, you will be nominated to apply for the 190 visa.
The nomination is dependent on each state. Every territory government creates a list of occupations that are consistently required in their area. These jobs may include a series of special requirements such as having obtained relevant work experience in the past, specific skills, or even having strong language proficiencies.
To apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) form through the ‘Skill Select’ online immigration system monitored by the Australian Government. If your application is successful, you will receive a nomination from a state or territory government.
Another major factor to consider when applying for the Skilled Nominated Visa 190 in Australia is that you need a minimum score of 65 points to be eligible for this visa type. Maintaining a certain amount of points is essential to the process of gaining permanent residency in Australia. The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs outlines a points table for the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) that gives you an overview of the points system and keeps you prepared with how many points you may currently have. Our consultants at E-Help can talk you through this points table.
Once nominated, you will receive an invitation to apply for visa 190 in Australia. When sent this invitation, you must ensure that you apply for the visa within 60 days from when it was first issued.
With a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in Australia, you can also include members of your family in your application. To do this, you can either include them when you initially lodge your visa application or add them after you have lodged your application but before an outcome is decided on your 190 visa. Any family member that is added to the Skilled Nominated visa application must meet Australian health and character requirements.
This means that anyone applying for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) must be able to undergo appropriate health checks before granted the visa. To pass these health requirements you must be free of any disease or condition that is a significant healthcare and community service cost to the Australian public, or any disease/condition that threatens communal health.
Likewise, you and the family members that are attached to the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa application, must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. To satisfy this condition, you and your family must pass the character test and remain of good character throughout your stay in the country. To pass the character test, the Australian Government considers a range of prospects such as the overall protection of the Australian community – especially children, the impact that a visa refusal would have on your family in Australia, or any impact that your visa would have on Australian businesses and community interests. Once these have all been considered, you and your family will have successfully passed health and character checks and be one step closer to obtaining your subclass 190 visa.
Subclass 190 visa conditions
To be eligible for the 190 visa, you must:
- Have an occupation in high demand within the Australian job market
- Possess suitable skills for a specific type of work
- Be invited by the government to apply
- Be under the age of 45 at the time of filing for the visa
- Have a minimum of 65 points
- Have competent English skills
All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System score of 6, which is the minimum in each band – however, some occupations require a higher understanding of the English language. If you have been working in your nominated occupation in Victoria for at least 6 months, you may be exempt from meeting higher English language conditions and can apply for a nomination)
Length of Stay
With the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you will be able to stay in Australia
However, the Skilled Nominated visa allows you to do more than just permanently reside in the nation as there is a range of things you can do with the visa 190 in Australia. In addition to being able to work in the country, you are also eligible to study, enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, sponsor your relatives to come to Australia, travel to and from the country for 5 years and if qualified, become an Australian citizen.
Using the Skilled Nominated visa to travel in and out of Australia can be done for 5 years from the date the visa is granted. However, after these 5 years, you will need a Resident Return Visa (subclass 155 or 157) to enter Australia as a permanent resident.
Cost of visa
Currently, the price of obtaining a Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is AUD $4,045 for the applicant. However, if you wish to add family members to your application, you will be charged for each family member who applies for the visa with you.
In some cases, there is a ‘second instalment charge’ which is when you have to pay extra for an applicant who is 18 years or older and has less than functional English skills. This charge is only considered when the visa is going to be granted and is set at AUD $4,885.
Processing times may vary depending on the case as it is heavily influenced by individual circumstances. This could include whether you have lodged a complete application – including all necessary supporting documents, how quickly you respond to any requests or additional information, how long it takes you to perform required checks, the time it takes to get information from external agencies regarding health, character and national security requirements, and how many places are available in the migration program.
Book an expert for consultation now
The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requires a few processes to be accomplished. Therefore, you may need assistance in filling out your applications and moving through the required stages of the visa 190 application. Our education and migration agency in Brisbane can support you throughout your application process and work to help you achieve your desired outcome. Book an appointment with us today or call 1300 92 33 22 to talk to one of our helpful visa consultants for more information.