Skilled (189/190) Visas

Point-based skilled migration

There is a range of points-based skilled migration visa options for skilled workers who want to live in Australia. Applicants can be nominated by a state or territory government agency, sponsored by an eligible relative or independently migrate (non-sponsored).

Subclass 189

Independent migrants are selected on the basis of their skills, attributes and suitability for employment so they are in a position to contribute quickly to the Australian economy. They are not sponsored by an employer or relative in Australia.

Subclass 190

Sponsorship by an eligible Australian relative or nomination by a state or territory government is also possible under points-based skilled migration.

Points-based skilled migration visas are subject to a points test. More information about the points test is available on the department’s website.