June 10, 2024

State/Territory Nominated Visas: Your Pathway to Permanent Residency in Australia

Are you thinking about moving to Australia for work? State/Territory Nominated Visas, like the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491), can help you become a permanent resident in Australia. These visa types are made to fill skill shortages in specific states or territories in the country.


By securing a State/Territory Nominated Visa, you not only gain access to permanent residency in Australia but also enjoy the benefits of living and working in a specific state or territory that aligns with your skills and qualifications. Whether you’re seeking employment opportunities, quality education, or a vibrant lifestyle – State/Territory Nominated Visas open doors to a world of possibilities in Australia.


Ready to take the first step towards Australian residency?

Follow these simple steps to apply for a State/Territory Nominated Visa:

  1. Have a positive skills assessment:– having your skills evaluated is a requirement for skilled migration to Australia. Skills assessments are given by relevant skills assessing authorities. A skills assessing authority is an organisation that verifies, if your skills meet the requirements they set for working in a relevant occupation.
  2. Meet English Language requirement:

    – the second step in applying for a state/territory nominated visa is to fulfill the English language requirement. This means demonstrating proficiency in English through recognised language tests like IELTS PTE or TOEFL. Meeting this requirement ensures that applicants can effectively communicate and participate in the Australian community and workforce.

    Steps to apply for state nomination - Meet English Language requirement

  3. Satisfy the Points Test:

    – this involves scoring a minimum number of points based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and other criteria outlined by the Department of Home Affairs. Meeting the points requirement demonstrates that applicants possess the skills and attributes needed to contribute to Australia’s economy and society.
  4. A nomination by a State/Territory government:

    – to be eligible for this visa, you need to receive a nomination from an Australian state or territory government agency. You need to file an Expression Of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect. State and territory government agencies review your EOI and may choose to nominate you for the visa based on their criteria.

    If you are nominated, you’ll receive an invitation. Also take note, that each state and territory government agency has its own set of criteria for selecting nominees.
    If the nomination from the state or territory agency that selected you is withdrawn after you’ve applied, your application becomes invalid.

  5. Lodge a visa application:

    – the final step is to submit your visa application. This entails completing and submitting all necessary forms and documentation required by the Department of Home Affairs. Once your application is lodged, it will be reviewed by immigration case officers to determine your eligibility for the visa. The case officer makes a decision, if your visa application is approved or refused.

    Steps to apply for state nomination - Lodge a visa application

State/Territory Nominated Visas provide skilled migrants with a valuable opportunity to secure
permanent residency in Australia while contributing to the economic growth and development of specific regions within the country.


By understanding the eligibility criteria, application process, and benefits of these visas, you can take the first step towards achieving your dream of living and working in Australia. If you require further assistance or guidance on State/Territory Nominated Visas, consulting with a Registered Migration Agent or Immigration Lawyer can provide invaluable support throughout the application process.


Book a consultation with our Legal Team today for a personalised step-by-step strategy to make your Australian dream a reality.

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