190 Visa

Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190 Visa)

The 190 visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government

The Skilled Nominated 190 Visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

190 Visa holder can:
• stay in Australia permanently
• work and study in Australia
• travel to and from Australia for 5 years

Applicants must have:
• an occupation on the relevant occupation list
• a successful skill assessment for the relevant occupation
• at least competent English

Applying for a 190 Visa
Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) applicants must obtain a minimum of 65 points on a points assessment and must be nominated by a participating State or Territory government in Australia.

To apply for this visa, you must submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited by SkillSelect.

If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply for the visa.

Click here to take our online points test to find you how many points you score.

Including family members
190 visa applicants may be able to include the below family members to their application:

• dependent child
• partner’s dependent child. Read More

Do You Need a 190 Visa to Move to Australia?

The Australian Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa is just one of a great variety of visa options that provide foreign nationals with permanent residency in Australia. However, the 190 Visa Australia offers is a particularly popular route to residency. It allows visa holders to enjoy permanent residency from the moment they set foot in Australia, whereas some other visas are merely temporary and serve as only the first step towards permanent residency.

We are the Experts in the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190

Here at Australian Skilled Migration, we are specialists in helping overseas skilled workers find the right visa options to suit their circumstances. Our team of highly trained and experienced migration experts are all fully registered by the Migration Agents Registration Authority, and they know exactly how to give each and every client the best possible chance of having their visa application approved swiftly with minimal hassle or expense.

Learn More About the 190 Visa on Our Website or Get in Touch to Start the Process

You can make use of the many excellent tools and facilities available on our website to help you when it comes to making an informed decision regarding your visa. Download our version of the Skilled Workers Categories List for free to see if your occupation is currently in demand in Australia, and use our fee estimator to find out how much the whole process of obtaining your visa is likely to cost. Then, if you are ready to proceed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your options and start the process of relocating to a new life in Australia. Read Less


The 190 State Sponsored Visa allows you to

• stay in Australia permanently
• work and study in Australia
• enrol in Medicare (Australia’s public healthcare system)
• sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
• travel to and from Australia for 5 years
• apply for Australian Citizenship (If eligible)


Applicants must be nominated for by an Australian state or territory government agency before applying for the 190 visa.

If you are nominated by a state or territory, the Department of Home Affairs will invite you to apply for the visa.

Each state and territory government agency has its own eligibility criteria.

Include your family

190 visa applicants may be able to include the below family members to their application

Family members must meet the health and character requirements.

Length of stay

This is a permanent visa. Applicants can stay in Australia indefinitely. The 190 visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant. After this time, applicants can apply for one of the below:

• Australian Citizenship
• Resident Return Visa

You may be eligible for the 190 Visa

You may be able to apply for a Skilled Nominated Subclass Subclass 190 Visa if you meet the following requirements:


You must be Nominated by an Australian State or Territory. Each State and Territory Government have their own list of eligible occupations and may have specific requirements for skills and work experience.


Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

You must perform a successful skill assessment through the authorised assessing authority to show that you have the skills and qualifications to work in your chosen occupation.


You must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply for this visa

You must score a minimum of 65 points to be invited to apply.

You must meet the points score eligibility at the time you are invited to apply for the visa.

The most recent invitation round gives a breakdown of the number of invitations issued by each state.

Calculate your points

You must provide evidence of competent English, however, additional points will be awarded for proficient and superior English scores

Improve your English score
Do you need to increase your English score before you can apply? Click here for details about short English courses for IELTS and PTE.

You are under 45 when you receive an invitation to apply

You must meet the health & character requirements

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Include your family in your Subclass 190 Visa

190 visa applicants may be able to include the below family members to their application

-> Dependent children/step-children
-> Partner

Your married or de facto partner can be the same or opposite sex. Applicants must prove:
• the relationship is genuine and continuing
• your partner is at least 18 years of age when the application is lodged (there are some exceptions)
• you are not related by family (if you are in a de facto relationship)
• you and your partner have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others, and
• you live together, or do not live separately on a permanent basis.

To be eligible to be included or added to a 190 visa, a child must:
• be your child or a stepchild from a current or a previous relationship (in certain circumstances);
• not be married, engaged to be married, or have a de facto partner; and must be:
• under 18 years of age
• over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and be dependent on you or your partner
• over 23 years of age and be unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and be dependent on you or your partner (Note: The child will still need to meet Australia’s health requirement)
• a dependent child of a child who is eligible under 1, 2 or 3 above.

Applicants over 18 must demonstrate Functional English or pay an additional fee.

You can demonstrate Functional English without IELTS if you:

-> completed all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary education in an educational institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English.


-> completed at least five years of secondary education in an institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English.

Children 23 years and over cannot be included in your application. (Unless there are exceptional circumstances)

All family members must meet health and character requirements. All applicants over 16 must provide police clearances.

How it works

Step 1

Check if occupation is on the relevant State list and you score more than 65+ points

Step 2

Our migration agents lodge your expression of interest with SkillSelect

Step 3

We wait to receive an invitation from your chosen State to apply for your visa

Step 4

Our experts lodge your visa and liaise with the department until a decision is made

Step 5

You and your family migrate to Australia after receiving your visa approval

Need more information or have questions?

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Australian Skilled Migration can assist you with a successful skilled assessment, State or Territory nomination, preparing your EOI and lodging your visa application.

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Points test

Use our online points calculator to find out if you score the minimum points required to apply for this visa. 

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