Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

This visa lets nominated skilled workers live and work in Australia as permanent residents.


  • have an occupation on the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) AND on the specific state’s occupation list (and fully satisfy the criteria for that occupation)
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply for this visa
  • satisfy the points test
  • Be able to score 65 points or more. Read: Points table for Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

Period of Stay



The visa costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. Pay it only when you are asked to do it. This will be asked only if you are going to be granted the visa.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD 4,885.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Processing Time

75% of applications: 9 months
90% of applications: 10 months

Documents needed

Read: Subclass 190 Document Checklist