190 Visa Points Calculator

Check your eligibility to migrate

Find out your possible points tally for the 190 visa within the Australian General Skilled Migration scheme. You need to gather at least 65 points to be eligible for an invitation from the Australian Government to apply for these visas. It's important to understand that achieving or surpassing the 65-point mark does not guarantee an invitation, as it is one aspect of the comprehensive eligibility requirements.

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, also referred to as the Skilled Nominated Visa, differs from other visas in the General Skilled Migration category, such as the 189 and 491 visas. The 189 Visa, categorized as a Skilled Independent Visa, does not necessitate a state or territory nomination for application, while the 190 Visa does require a nomination from an Australian state or territory. The 491 Visa, known as the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa, is similarly state-nominated but is provisional, designed for regional areas, lasts for 5 years, and offers a route to permanent residency after a 3-year period. In comparison, the 190 Visa confers permanent residency right away upon being granted. Holders of the 190 Visa are obliged to reside and work in the nominating state or territory, unlike the 189 Visa, which imposes no location restrictions, and the 491 Visa, which mandates living in a regional area.

190 Visa Eligibility

  1. State or Territory Nomination: An Australian state or territory government agency must nominate you.
  2. Eligible Occupation: Your profession must appear on the relevant skilled occupation list.
  3. Skills Assessment: Obtain a positive skills assessment in your nominated profession from the appropriate authority.
  4. Immigration Points Requirement: Achieve at least 65 points on the Australian immigration points test, with higher scores potentially necessary for competitiveness.
  5. Age Limit: Be under 45 years old at the time of receiving the invitation to apply.
  6. English Language Skills: Show proficient English language skills, which can vary by occupation and be demonstrated via exams like IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, etc.
  7. Expression of Interest Submission: Lodge an EOI through SkillSelect and wait for an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs.
  8. Health and Character Standards: Fulfill health and character criteria, usually involving medical checks and police clearances.
  9. Adherence to Australian Laws: Abide by all Australian laws and visa stipulations.
  10. Financial Obligations: Have no unpaid debts to the Australian government, or have made arrangements to settle them.

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 timeframe for processing the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is not fixed and can be influenced by a range of factors, including the number of applications being handled, the intricacy of individual cases, and how thoroughly the applications are filled out. The Department of Home Affairs provides data that suggests processing times can vary.

To give a rough estimate:

  • Around 25% of applications are finalized within about 3 months.
  • Roughly half of the applications are processed within about 6 months.
  • Approximately 75% of applications are completed within about 11 months.

These estimates are not set in stone and can be subject to adjustments. Applicants are advised to consult the most recent processing times on the official website of the Australian Government's immigration services or to seek advice from an immigration expert for up-to-date information.

190 Visa Cost

The fee for the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) may fluctuate and depends on specific situations. A visa application charge is levied on the main applicant for the subclass 190 visa, which is typically around AUD $4,115.

Extra charges will apply for any family members included in the main applicant’s visa application, alongside potential additional expenses for medical examinations, police clearances, and English proficiency tests.