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Understand and Apply State Nomination Visa 190 in 6 Easy steps to migrate to Australia fast

Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Christie McEnzie

Have you been wanting to settle in Australia? Do you know if you have the skills which an Australian state has manpower shortage for then it can nominate you under a skilled migration scheme? Do you have what it takes? Read below to find out further:-

State nomination helps you to get a skilled migration visa from the Australian Government. To receive State nomination you must have an associated degree related to your occupation, and this occupation must be featured on the State Appointive Occupation List (SOL) and meet all the state and federal Government’s eligibility necessities. There also is a further occupation list known as the Supplementary Consummate List that you will access only if you meet some additional necessities.

Skilled employees and international graduates of Australia seeking nomination should meet with each and every mentioned criterion related to State Nomination and Department of Home Affairs.

Criteria for filing State Nomination Visa application

Commitment to Australia

State nomination is granted on the premise of your real interest and commitment to living and dealing in Australia.


You must be below 45 years of age at the time of nomination.

Points Assessment

A score of at least 65 points in the


This should be listed on the State Nominative Occupation List as obtainable.

Skills Assessment

A positive General versatile Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority.

Work Expertise

A minimum of one year of versatile work expertise within the last 3 years.

English Speaking, Reading and Writing Skills

You must have a 7+ band in the IELTS exam.

Financial capability

You must have adequate funds to settle in Australia.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

You would like to possess EOI that meets the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) criteria and Immigration nomination needs.

Documents needed for filing State Nomination Visa application

Valid Passport

You must have a valid passport with 6 months validity on it.

Migration Skills Assessment

Your skills assessment should be in your nominative occupation and in your field of study.

You can visit for an easy assessment of your skills to apply for state nominated visas.

English Test Results

You need IELTS exam test report passed with a minimum of 7+ band in it.

Monetary Capability

Your financial statement attested by an accounting authority such as CA, CPS, etc.

Work Experience Letter

Letter(s) from employer(s) of work experience stating your employment dates, job title(s), duties and tasks, wages and hours worked per week.

Evidence of Tertiary Qualifications

Mark sheets and Degree Certificates from your educational institutes.

Know 2 recent changes, in State Nominated Skilled Migration Visas, made by the Australian Federal Government in 2020.

6 steps needed for filing State Nomination Visa application

1. Study terms and conditions of the visa

You must browse and study application terms and conditions related to the state nomination visa by visiting government portals of each Australian state.

Also, there are 2 subclasses of state nominated skilled migration visas. Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa, and Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa.

You can also check if you are eligible for Independent Skilled Migration Visa (Subclass 189).

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa allows you to live and work anywhere in the nominated state, but Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa allows you to live and work only in the regional areas, having a low population, of the nominated state.

2. Get your documents ready

During your state nomination application process, you must provide the required documents, as listed above, before you lodge your application.

You may also be contacted to produce additional documents while your application is being assessed.

Please ensure that you have attached all the required documentation.

  • SkillSelect EOI
  • Skills Assessment
  • Declaration of nomination obligations
  • English
  • Commitment to (your nominated state) statement
  • Personal and visa information
  • Work Experience
  • Employment
  • Living in (your nominated state) – only if you are not an overseas candidate. Your Bank Statements, Tax Receipts, etc.
  • Financial capacity – Declaration of Financial Capacity to show that you have access to sufficient financial resources to fund your settlement in (your nominated state).
  • Nomination by another Australian state/territory
  • Family relationships
3. Lodge EOI application and gather your EOI ID

Attach a copy of the Expression of Interest (EOI) record of the response, which is issued to you once an EOI has been successfully lodged. The record of response details the personal, education, English and employment details as submitted by you.

If you intend to apply for state nomination, (your nominated state) must be selected as your preferred location on the EOI. If you select ‘any’ or express interest in living in another state or territory you may not meet the criteria to be considered for state nomination in (your nominated state).

4. Prepare and submit your online nominee application

You must prepare and submit your nominee application online through the respective websites (or portals) of each state as listed above.

The assessment of your application, for state nomination, will be entirely be based on the supporting documents you provided at the time of submitting your application online. If your application is incomplete, or if it does not meet the nomination criteria, then your application will be refused. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email.

Unsuccessful Subclass 190 applications may also be considered for Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa nomination.  If you would like this to occur you must include Subclass 491 as an option on your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI). Unsuccessful Subclass 190 applicants who fail to include both options will not be supported for a visa state nomination.

Processing times may vary depending on the quantity and quality of the applications lodged and also if further information has been requested (either from you or external parties). Please do not enquire about the progress of your application during the assessment period. Progress inquiries can delay application processing.

5. Prepare and submit your visa application

If your application for state nomination has been approved you will be notified of the outcome of the application by email with an offer of state nomination. The offer is valid for 60 days from the date of approval.

In addition, you will receive an invitation from SkillSelect to apply for a visa based on the EOI you have submitted to the Department of Home Affairs.  Once the invitation is issued, you will not be able to make further changes to your EOI. You must respond to the visa invitation and apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190 or subclass 491) with the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days of the invitation being issued.

If the visa application is not lodged within 60 days, the offer of state nomination will expire. Extensions will not be granted. If an offer has expired, you will need to reapply for state nomination with a new application.

6. Maintain Obligations

When your skilled migration visa application is decided by the Department of Home Affairs and, if approved, you will also have agreed to the below conditions to prove that you have and will fulfill the ongoing obligations of the visa’s intent.

  • Inform (your nominated state) of visa grant
  • Contact (your nominated state) when you arrive
  • Live and work in (your nominated state)
  • Complete surveys
  • Notify of changes to contact details
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