This visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. 


You must: 

  • Have a relevant occupation 
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation 
  • Meet the points test pass mark of 65 points 
  • Be nominated by a state or territory government agency 
  • Be under 45 years of age at time of invitation 
  • Have Competent English 
  • Be invited to apply 

Length of stay: Permanently 

The Visa 

This is a permanent visa. It lets you: 

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely 
  • Work and study in Australia 
  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses 
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence 
  • Travel to and from Australia for five years 
  • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible 


Consider alternative visa pathways

In reality, applicants consistently outnumber the available nomination places. While there are also opportunities for skilled migrants in regional NSW through the Skilled Regional visa (Subclass 489), places are likewise extremely limited and requirements are demanding. For those who are flexible in their options, it would also be worth considering applying for work either through the:

  • Subclass 482 visa, which allows Australian and overseas employers to employ approved workers for temporary vacancies in particular occupations in Australia on a temporary basis. Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations list (STSOL) are eligible for visas up to two years (renewable once, for a further two years), while those on a Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL) can apply for up to four years, becoming eligible for permanent residency after three years.
  • Subclass 186 visa under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), which allows for Australian employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers in particular occupations to work and live in Australia on a permanent basis.

If you would like more information about your application or pricing, please get in touch here, as information varies on a case by case basis.