Subclass 491

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

Subclass 190

Skilled Nominated Visa

Subclass 189

Skilled Independent Visa



  • Be invited to apply;

  • Have a suitable skills assessment: skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation;

  • Meet the skills requirement: occupation must be on the list of eligible Skilled Occupations for the respective visa;

  • Be aged under 45 when you are invited to apply for the visa;

  • Be able to score 65 points or more;

  • Meet the competent English level (main applicant);

  • Meet the functional English level (additional applicant, family members 18 year-old or older);

  • Meet health and character requirements;

  • Have paid back the debt to the Australian government;

  • Sign the Australian values statement (if you are 18 years of age or older).

Besides, with the 189 Visa, you do not need any sponsorship. However, when applying for 190 and 491 Visas, you need the nomination from the State or territory government agency. Sponsorship from an eligible family member is also acceptable to 491 Visa.

Furthermore, with 190 and 491 Visas, there are specific requirements of the State you apply that you must meet.



Check your occupation on the skilled occupation list, you have to pass a relevant skills assessment by a relevant skills assessment authority (from 65 points).


Submit an expression of interest (EOI*) in SkillSelect.


Wait for invitation to apply for the visa.


Gather your documents.


Apply for a visa within 60 days of invitation.

In general, the process to apply for visas including

(*) An expression of interest (EOI) is a step that shows your interest in applying for a visa. In this step, you have to submit your information to the Australian Government to get the invitation to apply for a visa.

(**) Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO): ANZSCO is the skill-based classification used to categorise all occupations and jobs undertaken for profit in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets. The ANZSCO provides information on the skill level of jobs, qualifications and/or experience needed to work in occupations.

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Created: 03 November 2022

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