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Your Easy Guide: Steps to Secure the Australian 190 Visa

The Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 is part of the 'General Skilled Migration' category and allows applicants to live, work, and study in Australia on a permanent basis. The main difference between the 189 and 190 visa is that the 190 visa requires nomination by an Australian state or territory.

The steps for a 190 visa

Key Features:

  • Permanent residence: Work and live anywhere in Australia.

  • Requires nomination from an Australian state or territory.

  • Priority to applicants with high point scores.

  • Allows you to add partners and dependent children to the visa application.

  • Adds 5 points to your points score, just by getting state/territory nomination.

  • Requires a minimum of 65 points.

  • Access to Medicare immediately upon applying for the visa.


190 Visa Requirements:

  • Eligibility: Must not have any previous Australian visa cancelled or refused, no outstanding debts to the Australian government, be below 45 years of age, and possess skills listed on the eligible occupations list.

  • Points: Score at least 65 on the points test. Points can be accrued based on age, English proficiency, work experience, and education among others.

  • Skills Assessment: Ensure your skills are verified by a relevant assessment authority, specific to your occupation. Your skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation, and you will need to provide a copy of this skills assessment with your application.

  • English Proficiency: Prove your English competency through tests like IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL.

  • Medical Test: Conducted by a clinic approved by the Australian immigration department. (refer to Dept as "Immigration" or "the Department").

  • Police Certificates: You may be asked to provide a police certificate from every country in which you have lived for 12+ months in the past 10 years. you lived in. Usually, only applicants that are 16 years or older will be required to provide these.

Cost & Processing Times:

  • Visa Application Fee: Starts at AUD $4,640

  • English Language Exam: AUD $330 - $363

  • Police Check: AUD $222.50 - $265.70

  • Processing Time: 90% of 190 visas usually take approximately 6-12 months on average, but refer to the home affairs processing page for up to date processing times.

  • Health Examinations: Starts at AUD $441.70

  • Budget: Approximately $200 for translations or other costs relating to official documents.


Steps to Follow:

Step 1 - Before You Apply:

#1 – Check Your Eligibility for the 190 Visa:

Begin by confirming you meet the eligibility requirements for the 190 visa. If you're uncertain about your eligibility, book a consultation with us here, so we can help you through the process.

#2 – Determine Your Occupation’s Status: Verify if your profession is on the relevant skilled occupation list, as this is a key requirement for the 190 visa, which necessitates a state or territory nomination.

#3 – Calculate Your Point Score: You must have at least 65 points to secure a nomination from a state or territory. Skylark Migration offers assistance in ensuring you can rightfully claim all the points you’re eligible for.

#4 – Submit Your Expression of Interest (EOI): Your EOI is not a visa application, but instead a request to be invited to submit a visa application. It should also indicate the states or territories you are interested in or open to being nominated by. You must meet all the eligibility requirements for your EOI to be successful, and receiving an invite can take up to 2 years. To submit your EOI, it must be provided through the SkillSelect website.

#5 – Gather Evidence and Documents: Upon receiving your invite, you must back your EOI claims with concrete evidence. This includes identity proofs, relationship and character documents, English competency proof, partner documents, dependents' documents, and skills assessment documents. Skylark Migration simplifies this for you with a comprehensive document assistance service.

#6 – Submit your ROI:

You will need to submit a registration of interest to the relevant states/territories you are considering moving to. If you are eligible, you can apply directly for state/territory nomination.

Step 2 - When You Apply:

#7 – Fill in the Visa Application Online: To fill out your visa application online, first, log into your SkillSelect account. Once you're in SkillSelect, click on the 'Apply for visa' button after you receive the state or territory nomination. This will take you to an online system called ImmiAccount. Create/log in to your ImmiAccount and attach your documents. Once you have attached your documents, you will need to pay the application charge. Be sure to note down your transaction reference number (TRN) for future reference.

Step 3 - After You Apply:

#8 – Await Response from the Department: Patience is key. 90% of 190 visas usually take approximately 6-12 months on average, but refer to the home affairs processing page for up to date processing times.

If you feel that this process sounds overwhelming, the Skylark team has a combined 57+ years of experience helping people apply for the 190 skilled nominated visa, and proudly maintains a 100% success rate for 190 visas since 2015. Contact us to book a consultation so we can help you with your 190 visa application.

For unparalleled service and affordable rates in Australian migration assistance, choose Skylark Migration. We're here to support you on your journey to making your Australian migration dreams a reality!


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