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Key Steps of 190 Visa Application

Skill Assessment

Get your credentials assessed by your occupation's proscribed body.

Expression of Interest

Let the government know how many points you have and what you want to be invited for.


Nominated visas only-Ask an Australian State, Territory or eligible relative to nominate or sponsor you


Wait to be invited by the Department of Home Affairs. 


Apply for your visa and demonstrate that you meet applicable criteria 

Australian Skilled Visa Types

Subclass 189

Skilled Independent

Subclass 190

Skilled - Nominated

Subclass 191

Skilled Regional

Subclass 491

Regional Skilled Work

Australian Skilled Visa Points

Minimum Points to Lodge an EOI: 65 Points

Age at the time of invitation:

  • 25 points:  Not less than 18 and under 25
  • 30 points:  Not less than 25 and under 33
  • 25 points:  Not less than 33 and under 40
  • 15 points:  Not less than 40 and under 45

English Proficiency:

  • 0 points:  Competent English – Minimum English required to lodge an EOI
  • 10 points:  Proficient English
  • 20 points:  Superior English

Overseas Employment in the Nominated Occupation in the Last 10 years:

  • 5 points: 36 months
  • 10 points: 60 months
  • 15 points: 96 months

Australian Employment in the Nominated Occupation in the Last 10 years:

  • 5 points: 12 months
  • 10 points: 36 months
  • 15 points: 60 months
  • 20 points: 96 months

Australian Professional Year:

  • 5 points: If you have completed an Australian professional year program in the nominated occupation for a period totalling at least 12 months in the last 48 months.

Study in a Designated Regional Australia:

  • 5 points: If you have satisfied the Australian Study Requirement and lived, whilst studying, in a designated regional area. You must not have undertaken any part of this study as distance education.

Australian Study:

  • 5 points: If you have satisfied the Australian Study Requirement in Australia

Credentialled Community Language Qualifications:

  • 5 points: NAATI accreditation in one of the specified community languages

Specialist Educational

  • 5 points: Doctorate or Master’s by research in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics

Partner’s Qualifications - Maximum 15 points:

  • 10 points: If your partner has nominated an eligible occupation, has obtained a positive skill assessment for the occupation, has competent English, and is included in your EOI.
  • 10 points: If you do not have a partner, or have a partner who is an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen.
  • 5 points: If your partner has scored competent English and is included in your EOI.

Highest Educational Qualifications:

  • 20 points: Doctorate degree
  • 15 points: Bachelor’s degree
  • 10 points: Diploma or Trade qualification by by an Australian educational institution
  • 10 points: Qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for the nominated skilled occupation as being suitable

    *The Bachelor qualification or other qualification does not have to be related to the applicant’s nominated occupation. For example, you may have nominated the occupation of chef with a relevant Diploma, yet claim points for a Bachelor’s degree in a completely different field of study.

Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent Visa

If you believe you have a proven and continuing record of outstanding achievement in your field, please arrange to speak to us for preliminary assessment at the earliest practicality. 

Under the Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 Skilled Migration Visas, it is a requirement that an applicant be nominated by a State or Territory authority prior to receiving an invitation to apply. Each nominating jurisdiction imposes their own prerequisites. Of all said jurisdictions, the State of Victoria currently imposes some of the narrowest criteria applicable under the scheme. 

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