Graduates of a Queensland University
This pathway is for high performing graduates who have graduated from a Queensland university and are currently onshore in Queensland.
|NOTE: The 2023-24 program opened on 5 September 2023. Migration Queensland will only consider EOIs lodged on or after 5 September 2023 - updated EOIs will not be considered.
To be eligible for a Queensland nomination, you must meet both the Australian Department of Home Affairs criteria and Migration Queensland criteria for your chosen visa category.
Home Affairs criteria requires you to:
- have a points-test result of 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points;
- have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation;
- be under 45 years of age;
- meet the minimum English language requirement of Competent, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority.
Migration Queensland criteria requires you to:
|Eligibility criteria common to all graduate pathways
|Additional eligibility criteria specific to each graduate pathway
|PhD or Doctorate Graduates (190 and 491)
|Masters Graduates in STEM or Agriculture fields
(190 and 491)
|Masters Graduates - not in STEM or Agriculture fields
(190 and 491)
|Bachelor Graduates (190 and 491)
* Eligible Graduates must be employed in an occupation at ANZSCO Skill Level 1. ANZSCO Skill Level 1 occupations are those that have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor's degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Caveats for selected occupations
- Only applicants employed in an accounting firm or a medium or larger sized business will receive an invitation. For this purpose, a medium sized business is characterised as a business that employs 20 people or more
Internal and External Auditors
- Must have a job as an Auditor (not an Accountant)
Cooks and Chefs
- No takeaway or fast-food business
Definition of STEM and Agriculture fields
Science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and Agriculture fields are defined in accordance with terminology in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
To check your qualification please go to the CRICOS website and use the 'Course Search'. Search for your qualification by entering course information or its CRICOS code. Your qualification will show 'Course details' with a 'Narrow field' defined. If that 'Narrow Field' is included in the list below, your Masters qualification is in a STEM or Agriculture field for the purposes of this nomination pathway.
Natural and physical sciences
- biological sciences
- chemical sciences
- earth sciences
- mathematical sciences
- natural and physical sciences
- other natural and physical sciences
- physics and astronomy
- computer science
- information systems
- information technology
- other information technology
Engineering and related technologies
- aerospace engineering and technology
- civil engineering
- electrical and electronic engineering and technology
- engineering and related technologies
- geomatics engineering
- manufacturing engineering and technology
- maritime engineering and technology
- mechanical and industrial engineering and technology
- other engineering and related technologies
- process and resources engineering.
Agricultural, environmental and related studies (New field added in 2023-24)
- Horticulture and Viticulture
- Forestry studies
- Fisheries studies
- Other Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
- If you have been nominated, applied for or hold a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491), Migration Queensland will not nominate you for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). This restriction also applies to the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
- If you are eligible for both the 190 and the 491 visas, please submit one EOI and select both visa classes. Please do not submit multiple EOIs – if you do, we will select the first one in the queue and close the rest. You will be offered one invitation only.
- You will receive copies of the State Nomination Application and Settlement Funds Declaration form if/when Migration Queensland invites you to lodge an application.
- If you have more than one skills assessment, please only submit one EOI for the occupation that best meets your current employment.
- Please ensure that you read the application process, document checklist and all explanatory notes (below) before submitting your application
- Migration Queensland handle a high volume of applications and client enquiries; enquiries about where your application is in the queue or when you will be invited to apply will not receive a response.
- Priority will not be given to invitations where documents or visas are expiring.
- Labour Hire employment: if you are employed through a labour hire provider, they must be licensed to operate in Queensland. All labour hire providers operating in Queensland must be licensed under the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017, including providers that are based interstate or overseas who supply workers within Queensland. You will be required to provide evidence that your labour hire provider complies with these licensing requirements.
|IMPORTANT: Please ensure that the information on your EOI is correct. If Migration Queensland nominates you and you have made a mistake or fail to lodge your visa application by the required lodgement date, Migration Queensland will not consider any further application from you until at least six months after your last nomination.
Review your eligibility criteria, visa conditions, and document checklist on the Department of Home Affairs website and the Migration Queensland website. Ensure that you meet both the Home Affairs criteria and Migration Queensland criteria and that you have all your documentation - including proof of registration, if required for your occupation - ready before you apply.
Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) on SkillSelect. Provide all information on your EOI, including work experience. You must select 'Queensland' as your only state of interest to be considered.
To apply under a graduate pathway, you must also submit an online form to notify Migration Queensland of your intention to apply for this pathway and allow us to identify your application.
Migration Queensland assesses all EOIs that meet the above criteria. If you are invited to apply for nomination, you will receive an email invitation to lodge an application and be requested to provide the documents required (see list below).
When you have received your invitation from Migration Queensland:
- Upload the required documents - only upload one document per file. If you have multiple documents, merge and save them as one file, and
- Pay the non-refundable application fee for your application. Do not pay the fee until you have been invited to apply and all your documents have been uploaded.
Migration Queensland will then assess your application and may request further information.
Note: You will be given 14 calendar days to finalise your application from the date of invitation. If you are unable to provide the relevant information within this time frame, your application will be closed and you will need to submit a new EOI if you wish to seek Queensland nomination again.
If you are nominated by Migration Queensland, you will also receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to lodge your visa application. You will have 60 days to lodge your visa application with them.
Graduates living in Queensland
|Passport bio page: good quality colour scan of bio-page of your passport
|VEVO statement: Visa Entitlement Verification Online allows a visa holder to check their visa conditions and validity. Please provide a copy of your recent VEVO statement
|State Nomination Application form: required for all applicants. This form is only available when you receive an invitation from Migration Queensland
|Skills assessment: a valid skills asssessment in the applicant's nominated occupation
|Evidence of address - lease, utility bill or statutory declaration: please provide a copy of your current rental lease, or a recent (issued within the last three months) utility bill with your name on it. If this cannot be provided, please provide a statutory declaration declaring your current residential address
|Evidence of salary payments - payslips: please provide at least one recent payslip
|Only required for Graduates of Masters and Bachelors degrees
|Settlement Funds Declaration form and bank statement(s) showing declared funds: completed form and bank statement(s) that show the declared amount of settlement funds. The amount decalred in the form and the amount on the bank statement(s) must match. For more information, see here
|Employment contract: contract must show full-time (minimum of 30 hours per week) employment in nominated or ANZSCO Skill Level 1 occupation***
|Only required for Graduates of Masters and Bachelors degrees
|Academic Transcript (with GPA): a copy of full academic transcript from your Queensland university
|Course completion letter: a letter of completion from your Queensland university
|Thesis: PhD and Doctorate graduates need to provide evidence of a positive thesis decision
|Only required for Graduates of a PhD or Doctorate