Australian 190 Visa Guide

Are You The Right Person For State Sponsorship?

The 190 visa is the premier visa an Australia state has to offer. It requires a person to live and work freely within the sponsoring state for 2 years. After this time a person is free to live anywhere within Australia. This is an excellent visa for people who have 60 points or more and their skills are listed on the:
  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) and is available in Schedule 1 of the relevant
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL)
 Each state has a limited number of 190 visas allocated to then each year by the federal government. That is why they are very protective of who is offered an invitation to apply for such a visa. That is right you need to be invited based on several criteria and tests set by the Australian Government. Ranging from your skills and experience, family history to your character and health. Each state is clear in who they will invite and even though each case is unique and dealt with on its own unique, individual merits, how a case must be present to the state government remains paramount to its success.

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When you are applying for the 190 visa remember an Australian state owes you nothing and operates their immigration policy for skilled migrants the same way a successful company would operate their recruitment policy. They are looking for the very best candidates from a global pool of talent. In return, they know they are able to offer one of the highest standards of living in the world and have no shortage of applicants. They are also aware that people are prepared to pay for the privilege of becoming a permanent resident of Australia and therefore, will charge for issuing a visa. This can deter those who are not serious or do not have the resources to ensure they will not be a burden on the public purse after arrival.

In some states a person would be required to have a job offer prior to an invitation to immigrate to the state being offered.

Each profession has a limited requirement and once Australia has secured the number of skilled workers they require they stop issuing further visas. If your skills are on the SOL list currently, you can afford to emigrate and you want to live in Australia we recommend you take the opportunity while your skills remain in demand. Many people we speak to contact us months after our first conversation only to discover their profession is no longer in demand and therefore, they can not emigrate.

It is worth noting on occasion, applicants who apply for state sponsorship as their skills are in demand in that state but not in another and have family in another state may be refused. If the state is not satisfied their long-term loyalties would not with the sponsoring state.

Why Your Application Needs To Be Perfect

The 190 visa requires every case to be "visa ready" prior to submission. To apply a person must achieve 60 points on the skilled visa calculator (our assessment will calculate your points) they must also have a profession in demand and listed on the State Nominated Skills Occupation List. Then the application is entered into a competitive pool of similar candidates all hoping to be selected for state sponsorship. There is no room for "horse trading" with the officer in the state who is deciding on who to select from the pool and who to leave behind. An officer will simply put a case to one side and move on to the next if they are not satisfied with everything they see on their first inspection. This visa allows people like you to live and work freely in the state and allows them to take employment of their choice.  It also allows them to bring their immediate family who can enjoy all the advantages of Australian life. Competition and demand are high.


The Australian General Skilled Immigration System works on points based system which take into account several factors.
  •     Age   
  •    Qualifications
  •     English Language Ability
  •     Experience In Your Profession
  •     Record Of Prior Learning In Australia And Off Shore
  •     Previous Study or Employment In Australia
  •     Your Spouse Skills If Applicable
  •     Your skills must be in demand - To find out if your skills are on the list click here
Based on these criteria a person will earn points and will be required to achieve 60 points to be eligible to submit an expression of interest to emigrate.  If you do not achieve 60 points you may like to apply for a State Sponsored visa or 190 visa.

Skilled Worker Statistics:

  • 190,000 places available this year across Australia for Skilled workers
  • 68% of migrants arrive in Australia on this visa
  • 42% of all visa applications are rejected
  • 32% of migrant workers arrive on a Family class visa

Costs & Fees

You will be required to pay for your visa, skills assessment, English test, medical tests and Police reports. Here is a guide to the costs, which are subject to change.

Resettlement fund

This is a fund you will be expected to have in assets on an application for state sponsorship. You do not have to spend the money, it simply protects the state from any risk of you becoming a burden on the public purse.

  • $35,000 for the main applicant
  • $5,000 per additional person

Visa Fees

  • $3,600 for the main applicant
  • $18,000 for any partner
  • $900 per child

Police Reports

  • £49 per person over 15 years old

Medical Report

  • £250 per person

English Language Test

  • £160

Skills Assessment

  • ranges from $500 - $3,500 depending on several factors, including your profession, if you need a practical test, current qualifications, etc...

This is a lot of money to risk on a case that is not properly prepared which could end in failure. That is why we recommend you take advice from an expert and protect your future.

added once they secure state sponsorship. 
This can be the best route for people to be eligible to emigrate.  They will need to live in a specific state which fits into their plans.

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