Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.
This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. The 190 Visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant.
You become a permanent resident on the day the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant the 190 Visa.
For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:
You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:
The 190 Visa costs AUD4045 for the main applicant.
There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the 190 Visa with you.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator.
You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. Pay it only when The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs ask you to. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs ask for the charge only if The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs are going to grant the 190 Visa.
The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4885.
The 190 Visa Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the 190 Visa and when the Department of Home Affairs decides your application but not in immigration clearance.
If you apply in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a Subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a Subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a Subclass 030 Bridging C visa, otherwise your application will not be valid.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:
You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date of visa grant. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
Be invited to apply
You can only apply for this visa if the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs invite you to apply for this visa. See before you apply.
Submit an expression of interest (EOI) to let the department of Home Affairs know you would like to apply for the 190 Visa.
After you have submitted an EOI, you might be nominated for the 190 Visa by a state or territory government. The Department of Home Affairs will only invite you to apply for this visa if you are nominated.
You must have been nominated for this visa by an Australian state or territory government agency.
If you are nominated for the 190 Visa, you will get an invitation to apply.
All state and territory government agencies have their own criteria for deciding who they will nominate. Contact the state or territory agency directly to find out more about their nomination process and what they want from you.
If the state or territory agency that nominates you withdraws your nomination after you have applied, your application becomes invalid.
For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation.
You will need to provide a copy of this skills assessment with your application.
For medical and legal practitioners, The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs also accept the following as proof of a skills assessment:
Your skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation. If the assessment was for a shorter period, that period must not have passed.
If your skills were assessed on the basis of a qualification you got in Australia when you held a student visa, the qualification must be from studying a course registered on CRICOS.
You must be aged under 45 when you get the invitation to apply for the 190 Visa.
You can still apply for the 190 Visa if you turn 45 after the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs invite you to apply.
If you turn 45 after you submit your EOI but before the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs invite you to apply, you will not be invited to apply.
Be able to score 65 points or more
The subclass 190 is a points-tested visa.
When you submit your EOI in SkillSelect you will be given an indicative points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of 65 points you will not be invited to apply for this visa.
When you lodge your application you must provide evidence supporting your claims.
To check how points can be awarded refer to the points calculator.
Have this level of English language
At the time of invitation, you must have at least competent English.
Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations for the 190 Skilled Nominated visa
You and any family who apply for the 190 Visa with you must meet health requirement.
If requested, family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet health requirement.
You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the 190 Visa with you must meet character requirement.
Family members not accompanying you to Australia must also meet the character requirement.
Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
If you or any family members (including those who do not apply for the 190 Visa with you) owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:
Not had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.