Skilled Nominated Visa

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ABOUT THIS VISA

 

The Skilled Nomination Visa Subclass 190 is a permanent visa, which allows skilled workers to live in Australia, based on nomination by an Australian State or Territory Government.

Applicants must be skilled workers who are qualified and experienced to fill Australia’s current skill shortages, based on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL), and migrate to Australia.

To be eligible for this visa, applicants must receive nomination from an Australian State or Territory Government. State/Territory nomination for this visa provides you with 5 additional points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points.

If you are nominated by the State or Territory Government for this visa, you must live in that State/Territory for the period of two years after the visa has been granted.

If you wish to apply for this visa, you must first obtain a positive skills assessment from your nominated occupation, and then lodge an Expression of Interest & State or Territory nomination application. If this is successful, you will be invited to lodge a visa application.

 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR A SUBCLASS 190 VISA?

 

At the time that you are invited to apply for this visa, you must:
1. Be under 45 years of age

2. Nominate an occupation that is included on the relevant Occupation List (MLTSSL)

3. Lodge an EOI and receive an invitation

4. Meet the points test pass mark of 65 points

5. Have competent English or higher depending on the points you have

6. This option requires sponsorship by a relative or State/Territory Government

 

WHAT THIS VISA ALLOWS YOU TO DO:

 

Once granted, the Skilled Nomination Visa is a permanent visa which allows the applicant and accompanying family members to:
1. Live and work anywhere in Australia indefinitely, with no restrictions
2. Study in Australia, with access to subsidised education
3. Access to Medicare
4. Apply for Australian citizenship (after meeting appropriate requirements)
5. Be able to sponsor family members for certain visas
6. Apply for social security payments 7. Travel in and out of Australia for 5 years

Note: Although the visa is granted based on the holder being skilled in a specific occupation, once granted the holder is not required to seek or maintain employment in this occupation.

 

CAN ANYONE APPLY IN AUSTRALIA OR OVERSEAS?

 

Anyone can either be onshore or offshore to apply for this visa. If he/she is onshore, he/she needs to have a valid visa before applying for this or a bridging visa A, B or C. Once applied, he/she will be given a bridging visa until the decision of your file comes up, allowing him to stay in Australia until then.
An applicant can include his/her family members while lodging this visa.
The following can be added:
– Spouses, De facto partners, and same-sex partners – Dependent children – Other dependent family members – e.g. parents who live with you and are financially dependent

 
 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 

HEALTH
Main applicant and all of the family members must meet health requirements.

CHARACTER
You must be of good character.

You might be asked to provide police certificates for each country you have lived in for 12 months or more, over the last 10 years (calculated immediately before the time the visa application is lodged), since turning 16 years of age.

Police Certificate is valid for 12 months for the immigration purpose.

If you have a substantial criminal record, you cannot pass the character test. For example,
You have been sentenced to 12 months or more in prison.

LOCATION
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when a decision is made.

DEBTS
You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

VISA CANCELLED OR REFUSED
You might not be eligible to apply for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

 

APPLICATION FEES

 

Base Application Charge: AUD 3,755
Additional Applicant Charge 18 And Over : AUD 1875
Additional applicant charge under 18 : AUD 940

 

PROCESSING TIME

 

8 MONTHS
PLEASE NOTE: The actual time taken by the Department of Immigration to approve an application and grant a visa varies from case to case depending upon an applicant’s particular circumstances, and the amount of supporting information that the Department requires.