190 – Detailed Process
Before you apply
You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) through SkillSelect to let us know you want to apply for this visa.
Organize health exams
We prefer that you have any health checks before you apply for the visa.
Find out the examinations you need and how to arrange them.
Help with your EOI
If you need help with your EOI you can use a registered migration agent or legal practitioner. For information on how to find someone to help you see Who can help you with your application.
Step 1.1 – Before you submit your EOI
You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) to let us know you want to apply for this visa.
Check your occupation
Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.
Get your skills assessed
You must have a suitable skills assessment at the time we invite you to apply.
The assessment must be undertaken by an assessing authority listed against your occupation in the list of eligible skilled occupations. You might have to pay for the assessment.
To be eligible for a visa your skills assessment must have been obtained within the 3 years before the date of invitation. If the assessment was for a shorter period, that period must not have passed. We can’t accept a skills assessment issued more than 3 years before the invitation date.
If your skills were assessed on the basis of a qualification you got in Australia when you held a student visa, the qualification must be from studying a course registered on CRICOS.
For medical practitioners we accept evidence of registration issued by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. You must hold either:
- unconditional or general medical registration
- conditional specialist registration – which allows you to practice only in your particular specialty with no further training or supervision requirements
You must show that you hold this registration at the time we invite you to apply.
Barristers and solicitors
A suitable skills assessment for barristers and solicitors is evidence of admission to practice as a lawyer in an Australian state or territory.
The relevant legal admissions authority must have admitted you to practice at the time we invite you to apply.
Check your points
You must be able to obtain at least 65 points on our points test to be eligible for this visa. If you cannot obtain 65 points we will not invite you to apply.
If we invite you to apply for the visa, you must prove the claims you make in your EOI when we assess your application.
Check you meet the other eligibility criteria
Check that you meet all other eligibility criteria for the visa.
If we invite you to apply for the visa, you will have to support the claims you make in your EOI as well as other criteria if you submit an application.
See what documents you will need to prove your claims before you submit your EOI in the Gather documents section below.
Step 1.2 – Submit your EOI
Submit your EOI via Skill select. You can submit it from within or outside Australia.
Your EOI is not a visa application. There is no fee for submitting an EOI.
Select the Skill Nominated (subclass 190) visa.
You will receive an email confirming your EOI has been submitted.
Step 1.3 – After you submit your EOI
SkillSelect will estimate your points score based on the claims made in your EOI.
You must have an estimated score of at least 65 points to be invited to apply for this visa.
Once your EOI is submitted it will be visible to state and territory governments. If you have the skills they need, a state or territory government agency might nominate you for the visa.
If you are nominated, you will get an invitation to apply for this visa.
An EOI is not a visa application.
If you submit an EOI in Australia and your current visa is about to expire, you must apply for another visa to stay in Australia lawfully.
You are not eligible for a bridging visa because the EOI is not a visa application. You are only eligible for a bridging visa after you are invited and apply for this visa.
Step 1.4 – Receive an invitation to apply for visa
We allocate places for the skilled migration program to meet the Australian Government’s migration planning levels.
Once invited, you have 60 calendar days to apply for the visa. We cannot extend this time.
You could receive an invitation up to 2 years after submitting an EOI. If we invite you to apply you will receive an email from SkillSelect. Getting an invitation does not mean you will be granted the visa.
The invitation will include the number of points you must score based on your EOI claims.
After you apply for the visa, you must show that you:
- can meet the points score on your invitation (which will include proving any claims you made in your EOI) and
- can meet all other eligibility criteria
If you do not apply for the visa after two invitations, your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect.
We will not process your visa application if you are 45 at the time of your invitation.
If you can’t show you meet the points score or other eligibility criteria
If you can’t show you meet the points score on your invitation or the other visa criteria, then do not apply for the visa.
Your EOI will be suspended if an invitation is issued, but you can update information once the 60-day invitation period has passed. If this is your second invitation, you will have to submit another EOI if you still want the visa.
Gather your documents
You will need to provide documents to support the claims you make in your EOI and show you meet the other visa criteria.
- a national identity card, if you have one
- proof of change of name
Documents that prove a change of name include:
- a marriage or divorce certificate
- change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
- documents that show other names you have been known by
If you are or have been married, widowed, divorced or permanently separated, provide proof such as divorce documents, death certificates, separation documents or statutory declarations.
If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, tell us the reason why (for example, they already hold Australian citizenship or are a permanent resident)
Provide an Australian police certificate if you have spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia in the last 10 years since you turned 16.
For immigration purposes, Australian police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
- an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16
- military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country
Competent English documents
Provide proof you have at least competent English at time of invitation for this visa.
We need to see evidence of your partner’s identity and relationship with you.
- identity documents and photos
- character documents
- marriage certificate, if applicable
- documents about other relationships, if applicable
For de facto relationship provide either:
- evidence that your relationship is registered by an Australian State or Territory
- enough documents to prove you have been in a de facto relationship with your partner for at least 12 months before you apply
For both married and de facto applicants you must provide evidence that you are in a genuine and continuing relationship. Evidence can include but is not limited to:
- joint bank account statements
- billing accounts in joint names
- joint leases or mortgages
- documents that show your partner has lived at the same address as you
Proof your partner has functional English
You don’t have to provide any documents to prove functional English if your partner is a citizen of and holds a valid passport from:
- the United Kingdom
- the Republic of Ireland
- the United States
- New Zealand
Otherwise, provide proof your partner has functional English.
If you can’t show us your partner has functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge when we ask you to.
Dependants under 18 documents
For every dependant 18 years old or younger who is applying with you, provide:
- copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children
- copies of the adoption paper, if applicable.
Dependants over 18 documents
To include your child who is over 18 in your visa application, they must be:
- over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and dependent on you or your partner, or
- over 23 years of age and unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and dependent on you or your partner
If your child is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you will need to provide evidence they are dependent on you due to disability.
- identity documents
- documents about their other relationships, if applicable
You must also provide proof the child is dependent on you.
- proof of your relationship with the dependant such as a birth certificate or adoption papers
- proof of financial dependency such as bank statements, money transfers and rent receipts
- if the child is aged 23 or is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you must also provide a report from a qualified medical practitioner that states they are dependent on you or your partner due to the total or partial loss of their bodily or mental functions
Note: A child who turns 23 while your application is being processed and who does not meet these requirements cannot satisfy the criteria for this visa.
Proof your dependant has functional English
You don’t have to provide any documents to prove functional English if your dependant is a citizen of and holds a valid passport from:
- the United Kingdom
- the Republic of Ireland
- the United States
- New Zealand
Otherwise, provide proof your dependant has functional English.
If you can’t show us your dependant has functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge when we ask you to.
Apply for the visa
When you have your invitation you can apply online. You can be in or outside Australia.
You have 60 days from the date of your invitation to apply for the visa.
Provide accurate information
Provide accurate information. See what may happen when you cannot prove your identity or do not provide true information.
Pay the second instalment
If you need to pay a second instalment, pay it when we send you the invoice.
You can add members of the family unit to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa.
Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.
Family members who are not coming to Australia do have to meet our character requirement and might have to meet our health requirement.
If your child is born after you submit your application but before we decide on your visa, you must tell us as soon as possible.
Find out what to do your child is born after you apply.