I’m a Master’s or PhD Alumni of a Queensland University


Queensland is seeking to attract highly skilled and employable international postgraduate alumni, in target occupations which are difficult to fill from the local labour market.

Queensland makes nominations for eligible Master’s and PhD graduates under the Skilled Nomination (Permanent) visa (subclass 190), which allows you to live and work in Queensland permanently. If you have already received a nomination from BSMQ, have applied for, or are a current holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or a Skilled Regional Work (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) 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 meet the following criteria:

Graduates of a Queensland Masters degree Graduates of a Queensland PhD
Skilled Occupation List Have an occupation on the QSOL Masters Graduate List Have an occupation on the HA relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
Work/study experience, specialisations and registrations Have completed 100% of your Masters degree at a Queensland-based institution and graduated in the last two years. This qualification must be related to your nominated occupation.

Provide evidence of current full-time employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) with a Queensland employer registered in Australia in your nominated occupation (or a closely related occupation).

Have completed 100% of your PhD at a Queensland-based institution and graduated in the last two years. This qualification must be related to your nominated occupation.


 Job offer Provide evidence of ongoing employment from a Queensland employer registered in Australia in your skilled occupation (or a closely related occupation). This job offer must be for a minimum of 12 months (minimum of 35 hours per week). A job offer is not required
unless otherwise stated.The occupation of University Lecturer ANZSCO 2421111 must meet the ‘Working in Queensland’ requirements.

All applicants agree to commit to living and working in Queensland for two years from visa grant.


Application process

Step 1: Review your eligibility criteria, visa conditions and document checklist (see below) and on the HA website. Ensure you meet both the HA criteria and BSMQ criteria, and have all your documentation prepared 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.

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 uploaded your documents, you will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee to BSMQ, in order to finalise your application. BSMQ will review your application and may request further documentation.

Please note: you will be given two weeks to finalise your application from the date of invitation. Applications not finalised within this time frame will be closed and applicants will need to submit a new EOI if they wish to re-seek Queensland nomination. Applicants must wait for a further 6 months before being eligible for a new nomination.

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


BSMQ Document Checklist

Before applying, 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 prior to lodging an EOI

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

Graduates of a Queensland Master’s Degree Graduates of a Queensland PhD
State Nomination application form    
Settlement fund declaration form – for more information, click here    
Bank statement

Note: please provide recent account balance only (no history required)

Skills assessment    
Onshore commitment statement template    
2 current payslips    
Evidence of job (acceptance of job offer e.g. signed contract)
Minimum of 35 hours per week
Proof of Queensland residency

Note: please provide current lease agreement, bill or AU ID card

if applicable
Course completion documentation    

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