Understanding Australian Visas:

The Skilled Nominated
190 Visa

How we will help you get your 190 visa!

Applying for Permanent Residency (PR) is the biggest step for any migrant whose ultimate goal is to stay in Australia long term. The Skilled Nominated Visa subclass 190 has the additional complexity of requiring a state or territory to nominate you. Each state will have their own occupation list and requirements. 

Visa Jobs has partnered with experienced MARA Registered Migration Agents who will guide you through every step of the process from explaining the 190 visa requirements, calculating your point score, seeing which states are an option, to lodging your EOI and visa application.  

Learn about the Skilled Nominated 190 visa

What is the 190 visa

The Skilled Nominated 190 visa is a very popular visa for skilled workers wanting to migrate to Australia. Like the 189 Visa, it is a permanent visa, allowing visa holders to stay in Australia indefinitely. The main difference between these two visas is that for a 190 Visa you must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government. This is not a requirement for the 189 visa.

Points based visa

Like the 189 and 491 visas, the Skilled Nominated 190 visa is a points tested visa, which means in order to be eligible you will need to score the minimum pass mark, which is currently 65 points. The pass mark could increase for certain occupations if there are a large number of high-quality applicants. States and Territories may require a higher point score so make sure you check their current requirements as well.

Occupations must be listed by a state or territory

In addition to passing the points test, your occupation must be on the relevant Skilled Occupation List. It must also be on one of the state or territory occupation lists. Each Australian State and territory will publish a list of occupations that they struggle to find skilled workers for, in their region. Not only will the occupation list vary for each state or territory but specific requirements such as your level of English, experience or skills may also vary. It’s recommended to check the occupation lists and requirements for each state before submitting your Expression of interest (EOI).

Visa application by invite only

When you submit your EOI through SkillsSelect, your point score will be calculated. As long as you pass the points test, state and territory government agencies will view your EOI and point score. They will then decide if they wish to invite you to apply and nominate you. They generally have an allocated number of invitations they can issue per month or period. Invitations are generally allocate according to occupations they have skill shortages for. Applicants with the highest point score are then invited to apply for the visa.

When applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa you can include dependent family members in your visa application either at the time of lodgement or once approved. Applying for this visa can be lodged whilst you are onshore in Australia or if you are offshore.

With this visa you can

What the 190 Visa allows you to do
190 Visa Requirements

190 visa requirements

As with all Australian visas, when lodging your visa application, you must prove that you meet all of the 190 visa requirements. The 190 visa requirements include:

*There are some exemptions for applicants who are legal or medical practitioners, contact us for more information.

Calculate your points to see if you're visa eligible!

To be invited to apply for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa by one of Australia’s states or territories, you will need to score a minimum of 65 points as well as meeting all of the 190 visa requirements. Points are awarded based on various factors such as age, English language ability, work experience, qualifications, and more. Calculate your points and learn more about the 190 visa with Visa Jobs

Australian State Occupation Lists and Requirements

State/territory occupations & requirements

You can learn more about each state or territories current occupation list, any additional requirements and other helpful information about living and working in each state or territory, through their websites linked below:

*There are some exemptions for applicants who are legal or medical practitioners, contact us for more information.

Visa Jobs 190 visa process

  • Calculate your point score
    01 Understand the visa

    The first step is to understand the 190 visa requirements and calculate your point score. Our friendly team is here to answer any questions and help.

  • Complete your Skills Assessment
    02 Gather your documents

    There are a number of documents you will need to gather for the visa application and to complete the skills assessment. Our experienced Registered Migration Agent (RMA) partners will explain everything.

  • Check State lists
    Check elegibility
    Lodge EOI
    03 Submit your EOI

    You will need to first make sure your occupation is listed in one of the State or Territory lists, and that you meet any additional requirements. Our RMA partners will do all of this for you and then submit your Expression of Interest (EOI).

  • 04 Lodge your visa application

    Once your chosen state or territory has invited you to apply for the visa, it's time to lodge your visa application using all of the documents you gathered in step 2. Our RMA partners will take care of all of this so all you have to do is start planning your new life.

More visa information


All of the information provided has been gathered and written based on general information that is available at the Department of Home Affairs website.

This information is not legal advice and should be used for general information purposes only. 

We strongly recommend you engage a Registered Migration Agent who can complete a full assessment and advise you accordingly. If you would like to be connected with a Registered Migration Agent, please contact us and we will find an agent to help you.  

Let Visa Jobs help you get your 190 visa

If you are interested in the Skilled Nominated 190 visa and would like help understanding the 190 visa requirements, calculating your points, or anything else 190 visa related, get in contact with Visa Jobs.

Once you are ready to start the process, our experienced Registered Migration Agent partners, will be there every step of the way. 

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