The 190 visa is a point-based skilled permanent visa for overseas workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.
In order to qualify and be invited for this visa your nominated occupation must be on the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List and on the specific State’s occupation list (and fully satisfy the criteria for that occupation).
You will need to be able to totalize a minimum score of 65 points and will mainly depend on your age, level of English, qualification(s) and years of work experience both overseas and/or in Australia.
Additional points are available for those who have studied in regional Australia or depending also on your relationship status and/or a skilled partner.
You will also need to obtain a positive skills assessment from the relevant assessment Authority and meet health and character requirements.
A skills assessment is a process that evaluates qualification(s) and/or work experience to determine whether the candidate has the necessary skills required to perform a specific role.
Skilling assessment authorities vary according to the nominated occupation and have different requirements, so it is of vital importance that candidates make sure to check all the specifics.
Register on Skill Select and submit an Expression of Interest (EoI), nominating the State you wish to receive an invitation from.
An EoI can be submitted either offshore or onshore.
Wait for the invitation from Department of Home Affairs
Apply for the Visa (you are given 60 days to lodge your application)
This visa allows you to add family members.
If approved, you are immediately a permanent resident of Australia. You will have the opportunity of working, studying and enrolling in Medicare.
Once you become eligible, you will also be able to apply for Citizenship
If refused, you will have the chance to challenge the decision at the AAT, if the application was lodged onshore.
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