190 – Eligibility
Be invited to apply
You can only apply for this visa if we invite you to.
Submit an expression of interest (EOI) to let us know you would like to apply for the visa.
After you have submitted an EOI, you might be nominated for the visa by a state or territory government. We will only invite you to apply for this visa if you are nominated.
Have a suitable skills assessment
For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation.
Delegates of the Minister will now accept a suitable skills assessment for an applicant’s nominated skilled occupation which has been obtained within the 60-day invitation period.
For medical and legal practitioners, we also accept the following as proof of a skills assessment:
- full or unconditional or general medical registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- conditional specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This only allows you to practice in your speciality. You need no further training or supervision
- admission to practice law in the relevant state or territory
Your skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation. If the assessment was for a shorter period, that period must not have passed.
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.
Be this age
You must be aged under 45 when we invite you to apply for the visa.
You can still apply for the visa if you turn 45 after we invite you to apply.
If you turn 45 after you submit your EOI but before we invite you to apply, you will not be invited to apply.
Be able to score 65 points or more
The subclass 190 is a points-tested visa.
When you submit your EOI in SkillSelect you will be given an indicative points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of 65 points you will not be invited to apply for this visa.
To check how points can be awarded refer to the points calculator.
Have this level of English language
At the time of invitation, you must have at least competent English.
Meet the skills requirement
Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations for the 190 Skilled Nominated visa
Meet our health requirement
You and any family who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirements.
If requested, family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet our health requirements.
Meet our character requirement
You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirements.
Family members not accompanying you to Australia must also meet the character requirement.
Not had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.