Please see below the responses to frequently asked questions about Queensland state skilled migration.
State migration plans were introduced in Australia to allow states and territories to nominate skilled and business migration applicants under a broad range of industries – to meet skill shortages in their labour markets and attract business and investment to their states.
Migration Queensland is the state nominating body for the Queensland government and a business unit of Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). In partnership with the Department of Home Affairs, Migration Queensland nominates successful skilled and businesses applicants wanting to establish themselves in Queensland.
There is a fee charge for each application and the fee is non-refundable. Please refer to the Migration Queensland Fee Schedule for further details.
Applicants nominated by the Queensland Government agree to live and work in the state of Queensland for a period of 2 years (subclass 190) and 3 years (subclass 491) and must advise our office of their contact and employment details once settled in Queensland. For more information see How to Apply.
The commitment commences on the date that you arrive in Queensland to live permanently. If you already reside in Queensland, it is from the date of your visa grant.
The minimum points requirement are 65 points for the 190 and 491 visa subclasses. Migration Queensland will not be selecting any EOI’s from SkillSelect that score below 65.
You are given 14 days to submit your required documents to Migration Queensland. If you are unable to provide all your documents for processing within the 14 days, you just need to contact your case officer and request an extension of time (this is done at the Case Officers discretion and there is no guarantee you will be granted an extension).
If you do not provide all the documents requires in the 14 day timeframe and do not request an extension, we will close your application.
State nomination is valid for 60 days. You must complete your application with the Department of Home Affairs within this period in order to be granted a visa.
The amount of settlement funds required depends on the number of people that will be on the application form. See our Settlement Funds Guide to know how this is calculated.
All applicants are required to sit an English language test as part of the migration process. However, passport holders and citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America, or the Republic of Ireland are exempt, unless they wish to undertake an English test to gain extra points.
The Queensland Government will accept all English language tests that may be used for a Department of Home Affairs visa application. These include IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, and PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for language tests accepted and translation of test scores.
The minimum English language requirement is an outcome of ‘COMPETENT’ unless otherwise specified by assessing/licensing or registration body.
Unfortunately, we are unable to advise you if and when your occupation may be added to the QSOL. Refer to our website for any updates.
It is not necessary however, it is up to you whether you use an agent or solicitor or not.
You can find further information about registered migration agents on the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) or Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) websites.
You can find further information about solicitors on the Queensland Law Society website.
In order to be eligible for state nomination with a PhD, applicants will need to have completed a PhD at a university in Queensland in the past 2 years, in an occupation that is listed on the Department of Home Affairs relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
No there is no work experience requirement but an applicant must have a skills assessment in a nominated occupation of LIN 19/051.
No, applicants may only apply once they have completed their PhD. Applicants must be able to provide a copy of their completion letter or other course completion documentation.
In order to be eligible for state nomination as a Masters graduate, applicants will need to have completed their Masters course at a University in Queensland in the past 2 years, in an occupation that is listed on the relevant list and apply within 2 years of completion. Masters graduates must also be in Queensland and employed when they apply.
Yes, you will need to apply through the ‘Working in Queensland’ stream.
To be eligible for the 190 visa you must provide evidence that you have worked for 6 months in Queensland (full-time, minimum of 35 hours per week) immediately before submission of EOI as well as provide evidence of a job offer in the nominated or closely related occupation that is for a minimum of 12 months and 35 hours per week (onshore only).
PhD graduates from a Queensland university are also able to apply for a subclass 190 visa as long as you meet all relevant criteria.
If you are a current holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)or a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) you will not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190).
If you have been nominated for or applied for either of these visa subclasses (489 or 491) you will also not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190).
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.
No. Migration Queensland only counts ‘post-qualification’ paid work experience toward the minimum work experience requirement.
No, documents do not need to be certified for Migration Queensland, however they do need to be certified when lodging your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs.
No, after an invitation is sent to you via email, all of your documents must be returned through our document portal as directed in the email. If you have more than one file to upload, then create the document as a multi- page document and save as one file.
You must make payment at the time that you submit your documents in order to have your application processed. If you do not make the payment at this time, your file will not be processed until we receive payment or it could be closed if a significant period of time has elapsed. You would then have to lodge a new EOI and resubmit your required documents.
If there has been an error when you have attempted to submit payment, click the back button at the bottom and try again to enter your details. If you are still having difficulties in submitting your payment please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most payment issues are because:
- there is insufficient funds on the card.
- the bank has stopped the payment because it is seen as a suspicious withdrawal. You will have to speak with the bank and ask them to let the fee go through.
- you are using a Debit Card instead of a Credit Card.
No, the application fee is not refundable.
State nomination does not guarantee a visa grant from the Department of Home Affairs.
You are free to apply for the subclass 189 visa. However, if you do so, your application for state nomination will be declined, as we are no longer able to assess your application, because the Department of Home Affairs has locked access to your Expression of Interest in the SkillSelect database. The application fee is non-refundable.
If you still wish to pursue state nomination, you will need to:
- lodge a new EOI in Skillselect
- select only the intended visa class
- and select QLD as the preferred state.
Once your payment has gone through, you will receive email receipt confirmation.
If you happen to have paid twice due to not realising the payment went through successfully, you will need to contact our office in order to request a refund of the second payment.
No. If you are on a tourist visa and onshore, you can’t apply as an onshore or offshore applicant. If you want to apply as an offshore applicant you must be living and working offshore.
You cannot apply for any Queensland skilled visa (190 or 491) while on a tourist visa as you must have full-time work rights.
No, if you are on a student visa you cannot apply for a subclass 190 or 491 (including those on a PHD) You need to have full-time work experience after completing 100% of your course (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for a period of 6 months for the 190 visa or 3 months for the 491 visa immediately prior to submitting your EOI (note: a longer period of work experience may be required for your occupation).
You also need to have full-time work rights to allow you to work a minimum of 35 hours per week for at least 12 months with your current employer.
Note: You cannot combine 20 hours of work experience on a student visa over 12 months or 6 months to meet the Queensland work experience requirements for the subclass 190 or 491 respectively.
For students who are working in a critical sector and have had a temporary relaxation of working hours you may be able to apply under the following conditions: you must have a full skills assessment and relevant registration/licensing (if applicable), the business you are working for meets HA’s requirement to work the longer hours, and have almost finished your studies. If you meet these requirements, you can lodge an EOI with us and it will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, you can only if you have full-time work rights – ie a dependant of a Masters Degree or PhD student.
No, you can’t if you have part-time work rights of 20 hours a week (or 40 hours a fortnight) – ie a dependant of a Bachelor, VET, or ELICOS student.
- hold an eligible visa (ie the subclass 491 visa).
- have lived for at least 3 years and have a taxable income at or above a specific income threshold (currently $53,900) for at least 3 years in a designated regional area outside of Brisbane.
- both primary and secondary applicants have complied with the conditions of the eligible visa you hold or have held (and must also live, work and study in a designated regional area).
Migration Queensland will not accept a second EOI from the same applicant for renomination within 6 months of the first nomination being issued.
After a 6-month period of the first nomination, an applicant can submit a new EOI if they continue to meet Queensland State Nomination criteria and our program is open.
In such instances, we will look at your payslips, employment contract and statement of service and make a decision on a case-by-case basis.
If you have have a full skills assessment and relevant registration/licensing (if applicable), the business you are working for meets HA’s requirement to work the longer hours, and you have almost finished your studies – you can lodge an EOI with us and it will be considered on a case-by-case basis.