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.
NSW state sponsorship eligibility requirements
The key eligibility requirements that you need to satisfy are:
- 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 (explained below)
- Under 50 years of age
- Be entitled to at least 60 points, including points awarded for state sponsorship
- Satisfy the relevant 190 visa requirements
- Receive an invitation from the NSW state government, with invitations being issued based on the NSW state government’s selection process
In terms of the selection process, the NSW state government website states the following:
The selection process will be competitive. Candidates will be ranked based on the following key criteria, in the following order:
- Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) points score
- English language ability
- Skilled employment
Where candidates have the same score on these criteria at the time of selection, they will be further ranked based on the date and time that their EOI was submitted in SkillSelect.
NSW will determine how many invitations are issued on an ongoing basis.
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.
English language requirement
You need to have at least ‘competent’ English language ability, which is satisfied if:
- Achieve English examination results outlined below; or
- If you hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland of New Zealand
Scores required to show Competent English are as follows:
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
- Achieve English examination results outlined below; 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.
Required Scores to establish Functional English are as follows:
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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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