Outside of Queensland or Overseas – subclass 489 & 190 Visas
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland nominates skilled migrants in occupations that have been identified in shortage in Queensland. This stream is for migrants that are living and working outside of Queensland or overseas, including in another state or territory of Australia. Migrants that are in Queensland but not currently working in their skilled occupation are also eligible to apply under this stream.
Nominations are offered under the following visa subclasses:
- The Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa is a provisional visa that allows nominated skilled workers to work and live in regional Queensland for four years, and is a pathway to permanent residency.
- The Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa is for skilled workers and postgraduate alumni who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently.
You can apply for this visa through the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection SkillSelect portal.
If you are seeking Queensland state nomination under this visa stream, you must meet the following criteria:
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- Points test result of 60 or higher, inclusive of state nomination
- Have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation from the relevant Australian assessing authority that is three months or greater from its expiry date and eligible for migration purposes.
- Meet the minimum English language requirement (PDF, 1.30 MB), unless a higher level of English language ability if required by your assessing authority
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland
- Have an occupation on the Outside of Queensland or Overseas and meet any specialisations, skill sets or years of experience requirements outlined on the QSOL
- Hold valid Queensland and Australian licenses, registrations or memberships for your nominated occupation that allows you to immediately work in Queensland in your nominated occupation.
- Have sufficient funds to support you and your dependents to live in Queensland long term.
- Demonstrate your commitment to long-term settlement in Queensland, including living and working in Queensland for at least two years post your visa grant
- For Subclass 190 visa: Meet a minimum of two years work experience post qualification in your nominated occupation unless otherwise specified
- For Subclass 489 visa:
- Meet a minimum of two years of work experience post qualification in your nominated occupation unless otherwise specified OR
- Have an offer of employment for 12 months in regional Queensland in nominated or closely related occupation.
Please read the eligibility information in full on the QSOL. Additional eligibility criteria and/or conditions may apply. If you are currently residing, working or studying in another state or territory of Australia, evidence you have accepted a job in Queensland in your nominated occupation or closely related occupation must be provided.
- Review the eligibility criteria and visa conditions on the DIBP website.
- Review the Queensland eligibility criteria to see if you meet the requirements.
- Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through DIBP’s SkillSelect online Priority is given to applicants who select ‘Queensland’ in SkillSelect as their nominating state.
- If you meet Queensland’s eligibility criteria, Business and Skilled Migration Queensland will contact you via an email with instructions on how to provide additional information to finalise your application. A non-refundable application fee must be paid prior to finalising your application.
- If you are nominated by Business and Skilled Migration Queensland, you will receive an invitation from DIBP asking you to lodge an application within 60 days of nomination.
Timeframe for nomination
Two weeks once Business and Skilled Migration Queensland has received your application and all of the
- Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) and Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (provisional) (subclass 489)
- For fact sheets in other languages
- If you would like to contact Business and Skilled Migration Queensland, please contact us by phone or email.
- Nomination is granted at the discretion of Business and Skilled Migration Queensland and once a decision has been made it is final.
- Business and Skilled Migration Queensland does not appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal against decisions by DIBP to decline granting a visa to any skilled or business migration applicants nominated by Queensland.
- Applications, processing and visa approvals are wholly administered by the Australian Government through DIBP. Please do not make travel arrangements or changes to your personal situation until DIBP has formally advised the outcome of your application.