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State Requirements For 190 Visa (2021-22 Year)

An Australian state or territory government can nominate skilled people for the 190 visa, which allows them to live and work permanently in Australia. This visa subclass is only available to those who have been nominated by their respective state/territory governments. Be aware that aside from the Department of Home Affairs standards, each state and territory has its own requirements that applicants must complete in order to be nominated. It can be difficult to navigate the state/territory requirements.

Due to this, we have listed the basic standards of all states/territories in this post so that you may get a better sense of what needs to be accomplished to boost your chances of getting invitations.

State and territory nominated visa allocations (2021 – 2022)

The visa allocations represent the maximum amount of visa each state/territory receives each year, based on their population.

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.

Keyword Summary:

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

It is required that applicants:

  • be under 45 years of age.
  • The occupation must be listed on the NSW Skilled Occupation Lists for the 491 visa and have a positive skill assessment.
  • English proficiency is required. You don’t have to take an English test if you’re from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Be a resident of New South Wales. Inquiries from people living in another Australian state or territory, or overseas, will not be considered by the state of New South Wales.

This is owing to the large number of applicants over the years. To boost your chances of being nominated, you must maximise your points.

Victoria 190 visa criteria

In order to be eligible for the state nomination in Victoria, applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Victoria.
  • Have a job in Victoria already (minimum 6 months employment).
  • Assist Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response by working in a highly skilled employment in the field of medicine or medical research.

Applicants must meet the following requirements and contribute to Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response in order to be considered for the programme.

Australian capital territory 190 visa criteria

When COVID, the Australian government has instructed ACT to nominate people who can help the economy recover after the virus has been eliminated. For this reason, you must complete the following requirements before applying for the award:

  • At least six months of residence in Canberra.
  • One of the following:
    • It is on the ACT Critical Skills List for the nominated occupation (July 2021) OR
    • Sponsored subclass 457/482 visa primary holder in the Australian Capital Territory:
      • You’ve been working for the sponsor in Canberra for at least six months.
      • As of the time of the nomination submission, the visa must be valid for a minimum of 12 months.
    • A minimum of six months of employment in Canberra with an ACT company (must be paid employment, and for a minimum of 35 hours per week).

Western Australia 190 visa criteria

Under the General Stream and Graduate Stream, WA state nominations are issued. You must apply under the appropriate stream based on which list your occupation comes under.

General Stream Eligibility

  • Obligation must appear on the list of occupations in the general stream.
  • Must be residing in Australia.
  • Meet language requirements. This requirement depends on the occupation group.
  • Be able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of Australian work experience, or three years of abroad work experience, in the nominated (or closely comparable) occupation, over a period of ten years.
  • An offer of employment in Western Australia for a minimum of 12 months must be genuine.
  • If you don’t live in Western Australia, make sure you have enough money to settle.

General stream eligibility

  • Work must be on the list of occupations for the Graduate Stream programme.
  • Residency in Australia is a must!
  • Respecting the language requirement, each occupation has its own set of requirements for this.
  • Minimum two years of education in Western Australia.
  • A minimum of six months work experience in the specified occupation is required.
  • If you don’t live in Western Australia, make sure you have enough money to settle.

Northern territory 190 visa criteria

Through the online application system, onshore applications for Northern Territory nomination under the General Skilled Migration programme can now be submitted from the United States or Canada. As long as the national border limitations remain in force, offshore applications will remain closed.

Queensland 190 visa criteria

Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Permanent) visa is currently CLOSED and will stay so until further notice.

Current work is underway to finalise the new Queensland business and skilled nomination criteria, which is expected to be available by the end of July 2021.

S48-barred candidates cannot be processed by QLD.