What to do now to prepare for your subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa

Australian states and territories are currently finalising their skills lists for the 2023-2024 General Skilled Migration state nominated visa program.

While waiting to find out if your occupation is on any of the state and territory skills lists it can feel like you are in limbo but there are a number of things you could be doing to be well prepared for a potential future visa application.

What is a subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa?

The subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa is a points-tested visa that allows people to migrate to Australia permanently without the need for sponsorship by and Australian employer, however it requires applicants to be nominated by an Australian state or territory.

Each state and territory have their own eligibility criteria for deciding who they will nominate.

Applicants will still need to lodge an expression of interest with a score of at least 65 points, be aged under 45 when invited to apply, have a suitable skills assessment and meet health and character requirements.

Before you can apply

Lodgement of a subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa is the last step you will need to take. Before you can do lodge your subclass 190 visa application you will need to:

  1. Obtain a positive Skills Assessment from the relevant assessing authority for your occupation;
  2. Lodge Expression of Interest (“EOI”) through SkillSelect and wait for an invitation from the state you are applying to be nominated by;
  3. Once invited by the state, lodge the Nomination application (as directed by the state); and
  4. Once invited by the state, lodge the subclass 190 visa application.

Preparing for your EOI

It is important that you complete your EOI accurately, including all the necessary information, to ensure you have the best possible chance of being invited to apply to be nominated for a subclass 190 visa. Remember, there is no guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply for nomination by your state.

In addition to your personal details, your EOI will require details of your education, work experience, skills assessment, and English language proficiency. You should start preparing this information now.

Skills Assessment

A skills assessment is issued by the relevant assessing authority for your occupation who check that your skills meet the standards they set to work in your occupation in Australia. Depending on the assessing authority, obtaining a skills assessment can take up to 10-12 weeks so it is important to factor this into planning for your EOI.

You will need to include details of your skills assessment outcome in your EOI and your skills assessment must also be valid at the time you are accepting your invitation for nomination and when you are invited to apply for your points tested visa.

English Language

At the time of invitation you must have at least Competent English (IELTS score of 6/6/6/6 or equivalent). English language tests cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation.

If you want to achieve the maximum points possible, you will need to have Superior English (IELTS score of 8/8/8/8 or equivalent).

Therefore, while you are waiting for the state and territory skills lists to be released, is worth trying to increase your score to increase your overall points total.

Supporting documentation

You can also use this time to gather your supporting documents that you will need for your skills assessment, EOI and, if invited, your subclass 190 visa application. This includes documents relating to your academic qualifications and relevant work experience.

If you want to discuss how you can prepare for a future subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa application, speak with the immigration experts at KU Legal:

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