Skilled Visa

Permanent Residence
Family Sponsored
Permanent Residence



The skilled permanent residence migration program comprises two points-tested visa paths which entitle a successful applicant to full Australian permanent residence.

The subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa is a permanent visa for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an Australian employer, family member or nominated by a state or territory. Applicants must obtain a minimum of 65 points on the point assessment to be eligible to apply for the subclass 189 visa.

The subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa is a points-tested permanent visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government. Applicants must also obtain a minimum of 65 points, including 5 state nomination point, to apply for a subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa and must be nominated by a participating State or Territory government in Australia.

You do not need to satisfy all the criteria, but you must score at least 65 points or above at the time you lodge your Expression of Interest.

While there are some other ways to increase points the criteria below are the primary point attributors for overseas applicants:  




  • at least 18 but less than 25 years - 25
  • at least 25 but less than 33 years - 30
  • at least 33 but less than 40 years - 25
  • at least 40 but less than 45 years - 15


English language skills



  • Competent English - 0
  • Proficient English - 10
  • Superior English - 20


Skilled employment experience – (outside Australia)

You can only claim points for employment if the employment was in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation; and you were employed at least 20 hours a week for the relevant periods set out in the table, and in the 10 years before you are invited to apply.



  • Less than 3 years - 0
  • At least 3 but less than 5 years -5
  • At least 5 but less than 8 years - 10
  • At least 8 years - 15


Educational qualifications


The authority undertaking your skills assessment may determine if your qualifications are comparable to the relevant Australian qualification. You must have obtained this recognition at the time you are invited to apply for a visa.



  • Doctoral requirements (PhD) - 20
  • Bachelor’s degree - 15
  • A diploma or trade qualification -10
  • Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority - 10


Partner / Single

Your spouse or de facto partner can either add 5 or 10 pints towards your application if they write the English test and obtain a competent level and / or have a suitable skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated skilled occupation,

If you are single or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident can obtain an additional 10 points towards your application

While the minimum points score is quite low for these visas, the competition for invitations is at an all time high so the actual scores needed to secure invitations is might higher than the prescribed minimum. Speak to us to get a genuine assessment of your prospects for one of these visas. 


To discover whether you are eligibale for this Visa and FREE assessment of your Visa prospects please contact us


Family Sponsored


Application Process

There are several steps you must take before you can apply for a skilled visa: 

  • Complete your skills assessment; 
  • Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI);
  • Apply for State or Territory nomination (if applicable);
  • Receive an invitation to apply for your visa; and 
  • Submit your application.