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 are not currently working or living in Queensland, please refer to this visa option.
If you are currently living and working in Queensland in your skilled occupation, please refer to this visa option.
Please note: If you are a graduate from outside of Queensland, you cannot apply under our Alumni pathway but may be eligible to apply through this visa option.
To be eligible for Queensland nomination, you must meet both Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) criteria and Business and Skilled Migration (BSMQ) criteria for your chosen visa category.
DIBP criteria requires you to:
- have a points test result of 60 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points
- have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation
- meet the minimum English language requirement of COMPETENT, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority
- be under 45 years of age
- and submit additional documents if invited to lodge an application for a subclass 190 or subclass 489 visa.
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 DIBP’s relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.|
|Work/Study experience, specialisations and registrations||Have completed 100% of your education at a Queensland-based institution and graduated in the last two years.||Have completed 100% of your education at a Queensland-based institution and graduated in the last two years.
Have a positive decision on your thesis.
|Job offer||Provide evidence of an offer of 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.||A job offer is not required for applicants living in Queensland. Overseas and interstate applicants must provide evidence of an offer of 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.|
All applicants agree to commit to living and working in Queensland for two years from visa grant.
Step 1: Review your eligibility criteria, visa conditions and document checklist (see below) and on the DIBP website. Ensure you meet both DIBP 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 DIBP 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.
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.
Step 5: Once your completed BSMQ application is received and approved, you will receive an invitation from DIBP to lodge your visa application. You will be given 60 days to lodge your application with DIBP.
Before applying, please ensure that you:
- familiarise yourself with the application process
- meet both DIBP criteria and BSMQ criteria for your chosen visa
- 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 in Queensland||Skilled Workers Living Interstate or Offshore||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|
|Statement – Why do you want to work and live in Queensland?|
|Evidence of Job (acceptance of job offer e.g. signed contract)||Min of 35 hours per week||Offshore ICT occupations and interstate applicants only – Min of 35 hours per week||Min of 35 hours per week||Overseas and interstate applicants only – min of 35 hours per week|
|Evidence of Licensing or Registration||See Skilled List||See Skilled List||See Skilled List||See Skilled List|
|Statement of Service (meeting work experience requirements)|
|Proof of Residency||Only if in Australia when applying||Only if in Australia when applying|
|Course Completion Documentation|
|Decision on Thesis|