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BSMQ State Nomination Program
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 previously outlined:
Please note: there is no specific skills list for the above, however applicants must meet one of the critical skills or sectors as listed above and email email@example.com detailing how you meet this, including details of employer and role, and how this position is assisting in the COVID response or recovery.
We are also nominating the following selected hospitality occupations, however, you must meet all the work experience requirements and caveats detailed in the above link.
While we are accepting new EOIs, there is a significant backlog of 491 EOIs yet to be processed, therefore it could be a number of weeks before you receive an invitation.
Please note: not all applicants will receive an invitation due to limited quota available.
Please refrain from contacting BSMQ regarding your place in the queue as this significantly impacts our processing times and ability to provide you with a nomination.
491- SBO (Small Business Owner) Pathway
The 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) pathway is CLOSED.
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 (ie business must have settled).
We are unable to process applicants who are s48 barred.
The BSMQ business program closed at 12am (midnight AEST) on 24 February 2021. EOIs submitted on Skillselect before this time will picked-up and considered for nomination.
Applications already invited and under consideration will continue to be assessed until the dates outlined below.
Subclass 132 visa applicants
The Subclass 132 visa time period for nomination is now over.
If you have received a nomination/invitation to apply for a visa – your subclass 132 visa application must be lodged with the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days of nomination, and the latest, by 30 June 2021. From the 1 July 2021 the subclass 132 stream will cease.
Subclass 188 applicants
Subclass 188 applicants who have received an invitation to upload documents must submit all supporting documents in the two-week period provided by BSMQ. Failure to do so could see the invitation cancelled.
The last cut off date to upload documents to BSMQ for the subclass is Friday 18 June 2021.
The last date for nomination by BSMQ under the current 188 criteria is 30 June. However, you can submit your visa application to Home Affairs after this date, as long as it meets the normal 60 day requirement.
If you receive a nomination from 1 July 2021 by BSMQ you will be subject to the new subclass 188 criteria.
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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