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190 State requirements

190 State Requirements

STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR 190 VISA (2021-22 YEAR)

190 visa is points based and allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. In order to apply for the visa subclass 190, applicants must first successfully obtain a nomination from a state/ territory government. It is worth noting that besides the minimum requirements from the Department of Home Affairs, each state/ territory government has their own set of requirements that all applicants who want to be nominated must meet. Navigating the state/ territory requirements is often complicated.

Understanding these difficulties, we have compiled the basic requirements of all states/ territories in this article so you can have a better idea of what need to be met to increase your chance of getting invitations.

State and Territory nominated visa allocations (2021 – 2022)

The allocations show the maximum number of visas each state/ territory is allocated each year.

State Skilled nominated (SC 190) Visa Skilled Work Regional (SC 491) Visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT 600 1,400 30
NSW 4,000 3,640 2,200
VIC 3,500 500 1,750
QLD 1,000 1,250 1,400
NT 500 500 75
WA 1,100 340 360
SA 2,600 2,600 1,000
TAS 1,100 2,200 45
Total 14,400 12,430 6,860

Below is a summary of the state requirements for the 190 visa.

Key Summary
 
NSW
VIC
ACT
WA
NT
QLD
TAS
SA
Residence Reside in NSW Reside in Victoria for at least 6 months Reside in Canberra for at least 6 months No Yes Closed Reside in Tasmania Reside in SA
Local Employment Not required Yes Yes – at least 6 months Yes Must show good job prospect Closed Yes if not apply under Graduates category No
Offshore invite No No No No No Closed Yes – if have job offer No
Fees (AUD) $300 Nil $300 $200 $300 $220 $220 $330

New South Wales 190 visa criteria

To be eligible for the NSW state nomination, applicants must:

  • be under 45 years of age.
  • Have a positive skill assessment in an occupation in the NSW Skilled Occupation Lists for 190 visa.
  • have at least a competent level of English. Citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand are not required to complete an English assessment.
  • be currently residing in NSW. NSW will not invite EOIs submitted from people currently residing in another Australian state or territory, or offshore.

NSW nomination is competitive due to a huge amounts of applications throughout the years. Therefore, you must increase your points as much as possible to maximise the chance of being nominated.

Offshore candidates- NSW 190 visa

Offshore candidates skilled in occupations within some ANZSCO unit groups are now eligible for NSW nomination.

Note: to be eligible as an offshore applicant, you must have continuously resided offshore for the past three months.

Work experience requirement- NSW 190 visa

You now must have a minimum three years work experience in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for all occupations within some ANZSCO unit groups. These changes apply to all SkillSelect EOIs regardless of when they were submitted or amended and apply to both onshore and offshore EOIs.

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