190 Visa Points Calculator

Check your eligibility to migrate

Discover your potential score for the 190 visa - part of the Australian General Skilled Migration program. To be considered for an invitation to apply for these visas by the Australian Government, you must accumulate a minimum of 65 points. However, please note that reaching or exceeding the 65-point threshold does not assure an invitation, as this is part of the detailed eligibility criteria.

190 Visa - Skilled Nominated Visa

Feature 491 Visa 189 Visa 190 Visa
Visa Type Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Skilled Independent Visa Skilled Nominated Visa
Primary Purpose Regional skilled work Independent skilled work State or territory nominated skilled work
Validity Period 5 years Permanent Permanent
Pathway to Permanent Residency Yes, can apply for Permanent Residency after 3 years N/A (Already permanent) N/A (Already permanent)
State Nomination Requirement Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory No, independent visa Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory
Work and Residency Requirement Must live, work, or study in regional area No specific residency requirement Must live and work in the nominating state or territory

How does the 189 visa differ from other General Skilled Migration visa types like 191 and 491?

The 190 Visa, known as the Skilled Nominated Visa, is distinct from other General Skilled Migration visas such as the 189 and 491 in several ways. Unlike the 189 Visa, which is a Skilled Independent Visa and does not require any state or territory nomination, the 190 Visa requires nomination by an Australian state or territory as a prerequisite for application. The 491 Visa, or Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa, is also state-nominated but is provisional and specifically for regional areas, with a validity of 5 years and a pathway to permanent residency after 3 years. In contrast, the 190 Visa grants permanent residency immediately upon approval. Additionally, 190 Visa holders are expected to live and work in the nominating state or territory, whereas the 189 Visa has no such stipulation, and the 491 Visa requires living in a regional area.

190 Visa Eligibility

      1. Nomination by a State or Territory: You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

      2. Occupation on Relevant List: Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

      3. Skill Assessment: You need a successful skill assessment in your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.

      4. Points Test: You must score sufficiently on the Australian immigration points test; the minimum score is 65 points, but higher points may be required to be competitive.

      5. Age: You must be under 45 years of age when you receive the invitation to apply.

      6. English Language Proficiency: You must demonstrate competent English language proficiency, which may vary depending on the occupation and can be proven through tests like IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, or others.

      7. Expression of Interest (EOI): You need to submit an EOI through SkillSelect and be invited by the Department of Home Affairs to apply.

      8. Health and Character: You must meet certain health and character requirements, which typically involve medical examinations and police certificates.

      9. Compliance with Australian Laws: You must comply with Australian laws and any visa conditions.

      10. No Outstanding Debts to the Australian Government: You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts.

190 Visa Benefits:

    1. Permanent Residency: The 190 Visa grants permanent residency status, allowing you to live and work in Australia indefinitely.

    2. Work and Study: You can work and study anywhere in Australia, although you are expected to live and work in the state or territory that nominated you, at least initially.

    3. Medicare Access: As a permanent resident, you are entitled to access Australia's public healthcare system, Medicare.

    4. Sponsor Family Members: You can sponsor eligible family members for permanent residency.

    5. Social Security Benefits: After meeting residency criteria, you may be eligible for social security benefits.

    6. Australian Citizenship: Eventually, you may become eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.

    7. Freedom of Travel: You can travel in and out of Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted; after that, a Resident Return Visa is needed to re-enter Australia.

    8. Educational Benefits: You and your family have access to education in Australian schools and universities at the same fee rate as Australian residents.

190 Visa Processing Time

The processing time for the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) can vary based on several factors, such as the volume of applications received, the complexity of the cases, and the completeness of the applications submitted. According to the information available from the Department of Home Affairs, processing times can fluctuate.

However, for a general idea:

  • 25% of applications are processed within approximately 3 months.
  • 50% of applications are processed within approximately 6 months.
  • 75% of applications are processed within approximately 11 months.

These timeframes are indicative and subject to change. It is always recommended to check the latest processing times directly from the official Australian Government's immigration website or contact an immigration professional for the most current information.

190 Visa Cost

The cost of the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is subject to change and can vary depending on individual circumstances. The primary applicant lodging the Skilled Nominated Visa 190 application must pay a visa application charge, which is around AUD $4,115.

Additional costs may be incurred for family members who apply with the primary applicant, as well as other expenses such as health checks, police certificates, and language tests.