Two main categories under the Skilled migration program include:
These visas are both assessed under a point tested system where the minimum required pass mark is currently set at 65. To undertake a points test assessment applicants will need to be:
Skilled – Nominated (Permanent) subclass 190)
You must have been nominated for this visa by an Australian state or territory government agency.
The process involves submitting a completed expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect. State and Territory government agencies can see your completed EOI and may invite you to apply for nomination. If you are successful in your application to the State or Territory Government in being nominated for the visa, you can then apply for a Subclass 190 Permanent Residence visa to the Department of Home Affairs.
All State and Territory government agencies have their own criteria for deciding who they will nominate. Please see the links below.
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)
You must be either nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or indicate that you will be sponsored by an eligible relative.
The process involves submitting a completed expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect. State and Territory government agencies can see your completed EOI and may invite you to apply for nomination. If you are successful in your application to the State or Territory Government in being nominated for the visa, or if you indicate in your EOI that you will be sponsored by an eligible relative, you can then apply to the Department of Home Affairs for the temporary Subclass 491 visa.
Nomination allocations are essentially quotas assigned to each State and Territory, dictating the number of new primary applicants they can nominate within a given program year. It’s important to note that these allocations solely pertain to the two aforementioned visa categories.
|2023–24 state and territory nomination allocations|
(Subclass 190) visa
|Skilled Work Regional
(Subclass 491) visa
|Business Innovation and
Investment Program (BIIP)*
|No allocations to the States and Territories have been made for the BIIP at this time, only the total allocations for the BIIP’s planning level for the 2023–24 period is known currently.|
Please note that you can find further information on this matter through the official sources provided by each respective state.
ACT – Migration
NSW – Visas and Immigration
VIC – Live in Melbourne
NT – Migrate
TAS – Migration Tasmania
The rules for State and Territory nomination change throughout the year and the timing of each step of the application process must be precise in order to secure the invitation to apply for nomination or the visa. Immicon is here to assist you in assessing your eligibility for these visa application pathways and guiding you through the complexities of the process.