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Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

If you could not find an employer to sponsor you for a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482), or your occupation may not be on the 482 visa occupation list, then you may consider applying for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) or Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).



To be eligible, you must ensure that your occupation is under the 189 or 190 visa occupation list, and you satisfy the points test requirement (which is obtaining at least 65 points, but please keep in mind that each occupation has a different required points level that may be over 65 points).

Overview of the 189 & 190 Visas

You do not have to be sponsored by an employer for the 189 or 190 visa, but you will require the state government to sponsor you for the 190 visa. Besides this, the other main difference between the 189 and 190 visa is that the 189 visa would require a higher level of points to be obtained by the applicant compared to that of the 190 visa. Please also note that for the 190 visa, you may be required to live and work in the state/territory nominating you for a period of time after being granted a 190 visa, this requirement varies between states/territory. Once you receive a grant of the 189 or 190 visa, you will directly obtain permanent residency status.


The Differences in the Visa Application Process of the 189 & 190 Visas


The 189 visa application procedures would involve:

  1. Ensure you meet all visa requirements;

  2. Lodge your Expression of Interest application on SkillSelect;

  3. Wait to receive an invitation from the Immigration Department to apply for your 189 visa – please note this could take between 1 to 12 months depending on the occupation and the points you score on the Points Test;

  4. Once you receive an invitation from the Immigration Department to lodge your 189 visa application, you may log into your SkillSelect account, the system will then bring you to your 189 visa application page to complete your visa application – please note the visa application must be completed within 60 days of your receiving the invitation;

  5. The current processing time for 189 visa is between 15 to 25 months until the grant of your 189 visa.


You may proceed with the 190 visa application instead if you would like to be safer in terms of the points test requirement, the procedures would involve (the underlined steps are different from the 189 visa procedures):

  1. Ensure you meet all visa requirements;

  2. Lodge your Expression of Interest application on SkillSelect;

  3. Wait to receive an invitation to apply for your state/territory nomination by email;

  4. Submit an application for your state/territory nomination (within 14 days of receiving the invitation to apply) and wait for the outcome;

  5. Wait to receive state government nomination, and at the same time, an invitation from the Immigration Department to apply for your 190 visa – please note this could take around 6 weeks;

  6. Once you receive an invitation from the Immigration Department to lodge your 190 visa application, you may log into your SkillSelect account, the system will then bring you to your 190 visa application page to complete your visa application – please note the visa application must be completed within 60 days of your receiving the invitation;

  7. The current processing time for 190 visa is between 14 to 17 months until the grant of your 190 visa.


Our Services

We can offer assistance for each of the stages in the 189 or 190 visa application process, including:

  • Skills assessment assistance;

  • Expression of interest application;

  • State government nomination application (applicable to 190 visa only);

  • Visa application; and

  • Subsequent monitoring.


Please contact our office if you would like advice on your eligibility for the 189 or 190 visa.

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