Skilled Visa Australia Subclass 190 Visa
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.
From our Melbourne | Australia HQ, we have helped customers from over 106 countries and counting.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Australian Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa.
What is a Subclass 190 Skilled Visa?
The Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa, commonly known as the '190 skilled independent visa', is a visa for skilled workers who want to migrate to Australia permanently.
It is a points-based visa that requires applicants to be eligible or be award points based on various criteria, including age, English proficiency, work experience, and education (see other requirements). Differing from the 189 Visa, the 190 visa also requires you to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government.
Here at Skylark Migration, we can help guide you with the best way to get state nomination and the 190 visa.
What is the 190 Visa application process?
What makes the Australian 190 Skilled Visa different from other skilled visas?
The 190 Visa is an excellent option for many skilled workers who wish to migrate to Australia, especially if you don't have the right occupation or points score to apply for the 189 Visa.
The 190 Visa requires an additional step of getting nomination from a state or territory government. The state or territory government selects applicants based on their skills and work experience, as well as their ability to contribute to the state's economy.
The benefits of 190 Visa include:
It is a permanent visa, meaning you'll have permanent residency as soon as you get the 190 visa
Bigger occupation list compared to the 189 visa.
For most states, only 65 points is sufficient to have a realistic chance of being invited to apply for the visa, regardless of other applicants. You do not necessarily compete with others for invitations based on points.
Adds 5 points to your points score, just by getting state/territory nomination.
Access to Medicare immediately upon applying for the visa.
Able to travel in and out of Australia without restriction for 5 years upon grant.
The downside of 190 Visa include:
Requires state/territory government nomination:
Need to submit separate State/Territory application and wait for their invitation
Need to meet specific State/Territory requirements (these differ by each state), and can include:
Where you've studied
How long you've lived there for
You need to declare your commitment to live in your nominating state/territory for at least 2 years
Right now (2023) is still the best time for migrants to consider the 190 visa. The points cut-off for invitations have been the lowest for 5 years and with the labour shortage in Australia, it is highly prioritised by the Australian government.
What is the processing time for a 190 Skilled Visa?
Here are the average processing times for 190 Skilled Nominated Visa according to the Department of Home Affairs (eff. Mar 2023):
25% of applications processed in: 87 Days
50% of applications: 7 Months
75% of applications: 18 Months
90% of applications: 36 Months
The state nomination process itself also adds additional time. The average processing time varies from state to state. In our experience, it usually takes ~2 - 3 months.
This is an approximate processing time and it can be longer in some cases, particularly if the application is incomplete or requires further assessment.
Since 2015, we’ve been able to help many secure their Australian permanent residency via the 190 Visa, stress-free. Hear it from our customers directly:
What are the 190 Skilled Visa Requirements in Australia?
State/Territory nomination: Every state/territory government has their own requirements and processes which can be very different. Our 1:1 PR Strategy Sessions are specially designed to help you determine the state/territory nomination that is most suitable for you.
Right occupation: Applicants must have a nominated occupation that is listed on the STSOL. See our Ultimate Guide to Immigration Occupation Lists for exactly which occupations are eligible for the 190 Visa.
Positive skills assessment: Applicants must have their skills assessed by a relevant assessing authority, which determines whether their skills and qualifications meet the standards required for their nominated occupation.
65 points: Applicants must score 60 points on the Points Test, state/territory nomination itself adds 5 points, bringing the total to the required 65 points. The points test takes into account factors such as: Age, English language proficiency, work experience, qualifications, and other relevant factors.
Maximum age: Applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of application.
Minimum English Language Proficiency: Applicants must have at least Competent English at the time of invitation, which means a minimum of:
IELTS: 6 in each band
PTE Academic: 50 in each component
TOEFL iBT: 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking
Health and Character Requirements: Applicants must meet health and character requirements, which include undergoing a medical examination and providing a police certificate from each country they have lived in for more than 12 months in the past 10 years.
Expression of Interest (EOI): Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect online system, which allows the Australian government to assess their eligibility for the 190 Visa.
Have questions about your eligibility or application? Don't worry, we are here to help!
Our 190 Visa Application Process
1. 1:1 consultation with a skilled visa expert to discuss your PR strategy and answer any questions
2. Pay a small deposit. Our agents will do a eligibility assessment before you make any commitment
3. Once we get back your signed agreement and payment, it's time to get started!
4. We'll help you apply for your Skills Assessment
5. Once we've received a positive assessment, we'll prepare your ROI or state nomination application, as well as your EOI
6. We'll send you a customised EOI + 190 document checklist for the strongest application
7. We'll update you and follow up with the state/territory until you get your invitation
8. Once we've received an invitation, we'll prepare your 190 Visa application
9. As you collect your documents, we'll be here to provide advice and recommendations
10. Our experts will complete your application (we don't make you fill the forms!)
11. We'll make sure your application is strong before we submit to Immigration
12. We'll keep you updated and follow up with Immigration until you get your visa!
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Why Choose Us as Your Australian Skilled Visa Agent?
Former-Department of Immigration
With a former Immigration officer on our team, we have unique insight into what a strong application looks like and red flags you should avoid.
190 Visa Success Rate
Yes, every single Subclass 190 Skilled Visa application of ours since 2015 has been successfully granted.
100% Money-back guarantee
...Which is why we are confident enough to offer you 100% Money Back Guarantee - We get your visa, or you get your money back*
Competitive, all-inclusive fees
We are transparent with our pricing and are fiercely against charging exorbitant fees.