Working in Queensland – 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 currently living and working in Queensland in their skilled occupation.
Nominations are offered under the following visa subclasses:
- The Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) regional 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 not currently working or living in Queensland, or you are living in Queensland but not working in your skilled occupation, please refer to this visa option.
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 requirements (PDF, 1.30MB), unless a higher level of English language ability if required by your assessing authority
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland
- Have evidence of ongoing employment in Queensland with your employer for a further 12 months
- Have an occupation on the QSOL – working in Queensland 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 allow you to continue working in Queensland in your nominated occupation
- Have sufficient funds to continue to support your life and dependents in Queensland long term
- Demonstrate your commitment to long-term settlement in Queensland including living and working in Queensland for at least two years after your visa is granted
- For Subclass 190 visa
- Have an occupation on this QSOL that is open for subclass 190 nomination
- Provide evidence you are living in Queensland and have been working in your nominated occupation full time for the previous six months before you apply to BSMQ
- For Subclass 489 visa
- Have an occupation on this QSOL that is open for subclass 489 nomination
- Provide evidence you are living in regional Queensland and have been working in your nominated occupation full time for the previous four months before you apply to BSMQ
Please read the eligibility information in full on the QSOL. Additional eligibility criteria and/or conditions may apply.
- 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 supporting documents.
- Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) and Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (provisional) (subclass 489) (PDF)
- 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.
- Migration Review Tribunal: 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.