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BSMQ State Nomination Program
There is currently a large backlog for both business and skilled applications. We thank you for your patience with extended processing times.
The BSMQ business program closed at 12am (midnight AEST) on 24 February 2021. EOI’s submitted on Skillselect before this time will picked-up and considered for nomination.
Applications already invited and under consideration will continue to be assessed.
BSMQ closed due to the significant backlog of applications currently in our pipeline.
BSMQ will advise later in April whether we will open again for the 2020-21 program year.
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa (from 65 points and above)
Only onshore applicants working in Queensland will be considered.
The Subclass 491 visa is open to COVID critical skill or sectors as outlined by the Department of Home Affairs in:
Please see guidelines here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors#toc-1.
Please note: there is no specific skills list, however applicants must meet one of the critical skills or sectors as listed above and email firstname.lastname@example.org detailing how you meet this, including details of employer and role, and how this position is assisting in the COVID response or recovery.
You must also have been working for a minimum of 3 months in a regional location in Queensland and have a job offer for an additional 12 Months from your employer in your nominated occupation.
Please ensure you review the ‘I’m working in Queensland’ page for further requirements.
491- SBO (Small Business Owner) Pathway
The 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) pathway is OPEN.
IMPORTANT: Applicants need to submit a 491-SBO Assessment Form prior to submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI), so that your EOI will be picked up.
From 1 April 2021 – the pre-existing business purchased will need to have been in operation for 2 years instead of 1 year.
There will also need to be a minimum purchase price of $100,000 (rather than total investment in the business).
Furthermore, commission agents or leasing agents of franchises (such as petrol stations), and home-based businesses (such as courier and cleaning businesses) will not be considered.
These requirements are aimed at ensuring the program is sustainable in the long-term.
Please note: businesses that have been purchased prior to 1 April 2021 are not subject to these requirements, however there must be a valid contract provided for the business before this date (i.e. business must have settled).
We are unable to process applicants who are s48 barred.
Please only submit one EOI. It is possible to select both visa subclasses (190 and 491) on the one EOI. We will assess you against both and if you qualify for the 190, you will be nominated for this (subject to quota capacity).
If you have submitted your EOI today prior to this message, we will still assess your eligibility as stated above.
Unfortunately we are unable to answer enquiries regarding where an application is in the queue, or whether an application has been picked up. This is due to the BSMQ team currently processing a significant backlog of business and skilled applications. Please be aware that as a result of this, processing timeframes will be extended.
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