Skilled workers living in Queensland
- Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) – This visa is for onshore skilled workers and Queensland PhD graduates who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently.
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – This visa allows nominated skilled workers to live and work in regional Queensland for 5 years and is a pathway to permanent residency.
You must live and work within one of the following post codes to be eligible for the 491 Regional visa:
4124–4125, 4133, 4183–4184, 4207–4275, 4280–4287, 4306–4498, 4507, 4517–4519, 4550–4575, 4580–4895.
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; and submit additional documents, if invited to lodge an application for a 190 or 491 visa.
Migration Queensland criteria requires you to:
- Have a points-test result of 80 or higher for 190, and 65 or higher for 491 (please note that Migration Queensland will be selecting from the highest points for each occupation).
- Have an occupation on Home Affairs’ relevant list of eligible skilled occupations (LIN 19/051).
- Have Proficient English.
- If you are lodging an Expression of Interest for a 190 visa: Provide evidence of full-time post-qualification employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) over the past 6 months in Queensland in your nominated occupation immediately prior to submitting your EOI.
- If you are lodging an Expression of Interest for a 491 visa: Provide evidence that you have been living in regional Queensland and undertaking full-time post-qualification employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) over the past 3 months in your nominated occupation immediately prior to submitting your EOI.
- Provide evidence of ongoing employment with a Queensland employer that is registered in Queensland for a further 12 months (minimum of 35 hours per week). For a 491 visa, this must be ongoing employment in a regional area.
- Commit to living and working in Queensland for 2 years for a 190 visa and 3 years for the 491 from visa grant.
There is no guarantee you will be selected for state nomination because of the high demand, competition, and a limited number of nominations. Therefore, you should consider your alternative migration options.
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Quotas for specific occupations with a high level of applications
Queensland State Nomination
Information from the official site of Queensland.
Source and More info migration.qld.gov.au