The Subclass 190 State Sponsored visa is a permanent residency visa which can be sponsored by the NSW state government. The 489 visa temporary visa that is valid for 4 years and can provide a pathway to permanent residence through the 887 visa.
Applications for NSW state sponsorship for the 190 visa will be open for four intakes this financial year with a maximum of 1000 applications per intake:
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Applications close (4-6 weeks after opening or when 1000 application limit is reached)*
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NSW state sponsorship eligibility requirements
- Positive skill assessment for a sponsored occupation – You must obtain a positive skill assessment for an occupation on the NSW’s skilled migration occupation list
- At least competent English language ability
- Under 50 years of age
- Be entitled to at least 60 points, including points awarded for state sponsorship
- Satisfy the relevant 190 visa requirements
You need to satisfy the above requirements before you submit your application for NSW state sponsorship.
If you are not sure about which skills assessment body is applicable for your occupation, find the occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List. This list states the relevant skills assessment body for each sponsorable occupation.
Professional assistance with applications
Our total fee for assisting with Subclass 489 or 190 visa application is $4,000. This includes assistance with the skill assessment and state sponsorship applications. We guarantee the following when engaged to assist with a Subclass 489 or 190 visa application :
- Flat professional services fee – You don’t have to worry about hourly charges or for any disbursements (e.g. courier costs, photocopying fees, etc). So that you know exactly what you’re paying with no unexpected hidden charges or surprises.
- Fee subject to visa approval – 50% of our total professional fee is only due after your visa is granted. Also, in most instances, we are able to guarantee nomination and visa approval and we will refund you our professional fee if the applications are refused.
- Free initial consultation – Please feel free to contact us by email (email@example.com) or give us a call (02 9593 0335 or 0401 000 568. Please note that our business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, Sydney – Australia Eastern Standard Time).
Frequently asked questions about NSW state sponsorship
We have extracted the following key points from the FAQ document which relates to NSW state sponsorship:
- Can I provide new/more evidence to support my application once I have submitted my application? It is very important that you meet all requirements when you apply for NSW nomination and that you provide all supporting documents when you apply. If there are exceptional circumstances that prevented you from submitting supporting evidence with your application, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the updated evidence.
- How will I know if my application is counted in the intake of 1000 applications? The online application will not allow you to submit an application if the intake is full. Applications will be open for four intakes per year with a maximum of 1000 applications per intake. Applications close (4-6 weeks after opening or when 1000 application limit is reached).
- How many points do I need to be eligible for NSW nomination? One of the mandatory requirements for the subclass 190 visa is that you must score at least 60 points against the DIBP skilled migration points test. You will receive 5 points if NSW agrees to nominate you. You will meet the points requirement if the total of your points score (including the 5 points for NSW nomination) equals 60 points.
- My occupation is not on the NSW Skilled Occupation List – am I eligible to apply? No, NSW will only nominate occupations on the NSW Skilled Occupation List.
- What documents do I need to provide? Please refer to the Document Checklist at the top of the online application form and note that you only need to supply documents for points you are claiming. All mandatory evidence should be high quality colour scanned documents.
- I am an ICT professional. If I am claiming points for skilled employment, do I need an ACS skills assessment which states my ‘skilled date’? Yes, NSW requires that all ICT professionals claiming skilled employment points must have an Australian Computer Society (ACS) skills assessment which clearly identifies your “Skill Level Requirement Met Date.” All relevant work experience completed after the “Skill Level Requirement Met Date” will be considered “Skilled Employment” and eligible for points under the skilled migration points test. NSW refers to the ACS assessment of skilled employment claims. If you apply for NSW nomination and wish to claim skilled employment points without this version of the ACS skills assessment, you will be asked to provide an updated skills assessment.
- Do I need my skilled employment assessed by my relevant skills assessing authority? NSW does not require applicants (excluding ICT professionals) to have had their skilled employment claims verified by the relevant skills assessing authority. However, it is recommended that all applicants consider obtaining an assessment of their employment points claims by the relevant skills assessing authority. If you are not claiming these points, you do not need to provide this information.
Eligibility requirement for 190 & 489 visas
The key eligibility requirements for the 190 and 489 visas are:
- You need to be under 50 years of age
- You have obtained a positive skills assessment for an eligible occupation
- You need to meet the English language requirement
- You points score is at least 60 (find out how points are allocated)
- You meet the health and character requirements
- Obtain state sponsorship approval and receive invitation to apply for visa
English language requirement
You need to have ‘competent’ English language ability which is satisfied if:
- You have obtained a score of at least 6 for each of the four test components in an IELTS examination conducted within the last 3 years immediately before the lodgement of the application
- You have obtained a score of at least ‘B’ in an Occupational English test conducted within the last 3 years immediately before the lodgement of the application
- If you hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland of New Zealand
Please note that this is the minimum English language requirement that all primary visa applicants need to satisfy. If you are counting points on the basis of your English language ability, then you need to satisfy the relevant requirement in order to gain those points.
You can only rely on an IELTS or OET examination result in order to claim points for your English language ability. You must be using a result from an examination that was completed within 3 years of the date of lodgement of the application. The required band scores for the test components must be demonstrated in one test. The Department will not accept separate IELTS tests for each component. The Department will accept either Academic or General IELTS examination result.
You must have worked at least 20 hours of paid work per week and in your nominated skilled occupation, or a closely related occupation.
The work must be paid – it cannot be voluntary work.
You can only count ‘skilled’ employment, that is it the work was undertaken after the applicant meets at least the entry level requirements as set by the relevant assessing authority for that occupation.
The date on which an applicant becomes ‘skilled’ may be different from the date that an assessing authority finds that the person meets their requirement for a suitable skills assessment. For example, an assessing authority may issue a suitable skills assessment on the basis of attainment of a tertiary qualification but may require a period of post qualification work experience before considering an applicant ‘skilled’ for the purpose of employment points.
If you hold multiple recognised qualifications, you can only count points for one of your recognised qualifications (e.g. if you have completed a Bachelor degree and a Diploma degree, you can receive points for the Bachelor degree only).
Your relevant skills assessment body will generally determine whether any qualifications earned outside Australia are of a standard that is comparable to the relevant Australian qualification.
You may be able to receive points for a qualification that is not related to your nominated occupation.
Australian study requirements
This means you have been awarded one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications through a course or courses taken at an Australian educational institution.
Your course or courses must:
- be registered through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Course for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
- have been successfully completed
- have resulted in you receiving a degree, diploma or trade qualification
- have been completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months
- have been completed as a result of at least two academic years of study
- have had all instruction in English
- have been completed while you were physically in Australia
- have been completed while you held a visa authorising you to study in Australia
- be counted only once towards the Australian study requirement. Any failed course subject cannot be counted towards the Australian Study Requirement
Two academic years of study is defined as 92 weeks of study in a course or courses registered by CRICOS. CRICOS determines a standard duration (number of weeks) for each course.
You need to be under 50 years of age at the time that you are invited to apply for the visa.
Dependents who are over 18 – Functional English language ability
All adult dependents who are over 18 years of age will need to demonstrate ‘functional’ English language ability. This can be demonstrated in a number of ways:
- Complete all years of primary education and at least 3 years of secondary education at educational institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
- Complete at least 5 years of secondary education at institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
- Achieved an IELTS average band score of at least 4.5 based on the 4 test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening in a test conducted not more than 12 months before the date of lodgement; or at the time of the processing of the relevant application to migrate; or
- Complete in Australia at least 1 year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma, or associate diploma at an institution or institutions where all the instruction was conducted in English; or
- Hold an award (being a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate) that required at least 2 years of full-time study or training; and all instruction (including instruction received in other courses for which the person was allowed credit) for that award was conducted in English.
How much does this visa cost?
The below is just a list of the relevant government lodgement fees:
- Base application fee: $3520
- Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years and over: $1760
- Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years or under: 880
Secondary visa application charge (SVAC)
This fee will apply to each dependent applicant that is over 18 and is not able to demonstrate functional English language ability. The primary applicant must satisfy the applicable English language requirement.
This fee is paid at the time of decision so your case officer will contact you at the time that the payment is required. For adult dependents that can’t demonstrate functional English, the SVAC is $4,885.
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