The skilled program is currently closed to offshore applicants.

I’m living and working overseas



This stream is for migrants living and working overseas and who have an occupation that has been identified as in shortage in Queensland.

Nominations are offered under the following visa subclasses:

Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) This visa is for skilled workers who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently.
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) This visa is a provisional visa that allows nominated skilled workers to work and live in regional Queensland for five years, and is a pathway to permanent residency. Employment can be undertaken in the following ways:

  • Work for one or more employers
  • Two part time jobs
  • Be self employed/own your own business.

Applicable regions

Includes locations outside of Brisbane:

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4207 to 4275, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4575, 4580 to 4895.

If you have received a nomination for, or have applied for, or are a current holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or the Skilled Regional Work (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) visa you will not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190).


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Queensland nomination, you must meet both the Australian Department of Home Affairs (HA) criteria and Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) criteria for your chosen visa category.


The HA criteria requires you to:


BSMQ criteria requires you to:

Please note: if you are an overseas PhD graduate, you may be eligible for a work experience requirement waiver if you have a minimum 12 month job offer with a Queensland employer registered in Australia. The job offer must be related to your occupation, and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer.


Labour hire employment

If you are employed through a Labour Hire company please make sure that they are registered in Queensland.  All labour hire providers operating in Queensland need to be licensed under the new Labour Hire Licencing Act 2017 – including, those based interstate or overseas who supply workers in Queensland.

All existing labour hire companies operating in Queensland had until 15 June 2018 to comply with new registration requirements. Evidence that companies comply with these registration requirements will be required.

Application process

Step 1: Review your eligibility criteria, visa conditions and document checklist on the HA website and the BSMQ website. Ensure you meet both the HA criteria and BSMQ criteria, and have all your documentation (including proof of registration if required for your particular occupation) ready before you apply.

Step 2: For Queensland State nomination, submit an EOI with SkillSelect. Please ensure all information, such as work experience, is included in your EOI. Preference will be given to applicants who select “Queensland” as their nominating state of choice over applicants who select ‘ANY’ state.

Step 3: BSMQ assesses all EOIs that meet the HA and BSMQ criteria. If you are successful, will receive an email invitation to lodge an application and be requested to provide the BSMQ required documents.  Documents are to be uploaded electronically, through the Document Portal link provided in your invitation email. We no longer accept attachments sent to us by email. You can only upload one document per file. If you have multiple documents, please merge and save as one file.

Step 4: When you have received your invitation:

  1. Upload required documents
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee to BSMQ in order to finalise your application.

BSMQ will review your application and may request further information.

Please note: you will be given 14 days to finalise your application from the date of invitation. If you are unable to provide the relevant information within this time frame, you must seek an extension from BSMQ. Applications not finalised within time frames will be closed and applicants will need to submit a new EOI if they wish to re-seek Queensland nomination.

Step 5: Once your completed BSMQ application is received and approved, you will receive an invitation from the HA to lodge your visa application. You will be given 60 days to lodge your application with HA.


BSMQ Document Checklist

Applicants may submit an application for either subclass 190 and subclass 491 nomination. Please ensure that you:

    1. familiarise yourself with the application process
    2. meet both the HA criteria and BSMQ criteria for your chosen visa
    3. have all the following documentation prepared before applying

If you meet Queensland State Nomination requirements, you will be invited by BSMQ to lodge further documentation:

Skilled workers living offshore
State Nomination Application Form  
Settlement Fund Declaration Form – for more information, click here  
Bank statement  
Skills Assessment  
Offshore commitment statement template  
Evidence of job (for PhD graduates who have graduated overseas only)
Evidence of licensing or registration See Skilled List
Statement of Service (employment reference – shows you meet offshore work experience requirements)  
Proof of residency  
Evidence of Registration in Queensland, if employment is through a labour hire company  

Please note: you will receive downloadable copies of the application and settlement declaration forms when invited by BSMQ to lodge an application.


Other Info

 Important information for all applicants

 Tips and recent updates on skilled migration

 Skilled Occupation Lists