Australian Subclass 190 Visa Overview

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Subclass 190 visa – State Sponsored Visa (Skilled Visa) for Australia

The 190 visa is a skilled (points tested and invited) visa for applicants that are sponsored by a state or territory government, intend applying for a permanent residence visa

* a holder of a 190 visa signs an undertaking to reside in the sponsoring state or territory for the first 2 years after taking up residence


  • You must be invited to apply for and then approved for state sponsorship
  • You must lodge an EOI 
  • You must be under 45 to be invited
  • The Pass Mark (points Test): you need a minimum of 65 points (including state sponsorship points which adds 5 points)

Visa Type: Permanent Residence

Processing time (for the visa stage):

  • 75% of applications: 6 months
  • 90% of applications: 8 months

Application Details

Holders of a 190 visa can:

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s public health care scheme
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship

How do you apply ?

  • You have to have a Nominated Occupation for Australian Skills Visa on the STSOL list AND on the specific state’s occupation list (and fully satisfy the criteria for that occupation)
  • You can apply offshore or onshore (unless you have a condition on your visa prohibiting you from making an application in Australia eg. a 8503 condition)

This is a 4 step application

  1. You have to pass a skills assessment by a relevant skills assessment authority
  2. Then submit an EOI
  3. Then be invited to apply for state sponsorship, and when invited, apply for state sponsorship
  4. Then, when invited to apply (you get an immediate invite to apply from the DoHA when then state approves your sponsorship), apply for your visa within 60 days

You must satisfy other criteria such as:

Note however that many applications will realistically only receive an invite if you are able to claim high points AND meet state specific criteria

Next Steps

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Service Fee

Processing Time

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Australian Government Fees and Processing Times

Government Item

Government Fee and Processing Time

Visa Application Charge:
Main Applicant
AU$ 4,045
Visa Application Charge:
AU$ 2,020
Visa Application Charge: 
Per Child
AU$ 1,015
Skills Assessment and EOI
Skills Assessment: 4 to 12 weeks (occupation dependant) EOI: 1 to 12+ months (Depends on occupation, points total, number of applications in the queue, and occupation ceiling)
Average Government Processing Time
7 to 9 Months

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