Australia State Sponsorship and Visa Application Process (Subclass 190/489) via Registered Migration Agents

Australia State Sponsorship and Visa Application Process (Subclass 190/489) via Registered Migration Agents

RMAs for you and on your behalf will:

apply for state sponsorship

submit a visa application at DIBP

Program Overview

Subclass 190 is Skilled Nominated Visa, and Subclass 489 is Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa. Both these subclasses demand state sponsorship from a state/territory in Australia to make one eligible to apply for a visa at DIBP. As a first, an applicant has to apply for state nomination, wait for sponsorship from the nomination authority of a state/territory.

There is a simple procedure that follows after state sponsorship application is submitted. When an applicant's profile falls under nominated occupation list and has received state nomination, he/she can submit an Expression of Interest(EOI) along with the documents to support the same. It is done through SkillSelect.

The department concerned takes note of all the information provided and thus issue an invitation letter. On it is mentioned the time within which an individual can apply for the visa.

While some applicants find it easy to apply for state sponsorship and visa, most do not want to take any chances. They want everything to be in order and in accordance with the set rules framed by the Australian Immigration Department.

If you too do not want to risk your PR visa, then feel free to talk to experts at Keywest. We also have registered migration agents at partnered office in Australia to assist you with not just state sponsorship application but also with filing of important files including visa forms and other minute details.

EOI - Expression of Interest is submitted through SkillSelect and the invitations to the eligible applicants are sent out every fortnight i.e. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Under State Regional Sponsorship, an invitation is issued when a state nomination is already received.

The time to apply online for the visa is 60 days from the date of receiving an invitation. And once the invitation is released, you cannot modify/alter information on the EOI.

Check Eligibility


You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When you receive a letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • Nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list.
  • Obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation.
  • Not yet turned 50 years of age.
  • Achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test.
  • At least competent English.
  • Have a valid sponsorship from eligible relatives living in Australia or regional sponsorship from a state.

Program Details

To be eligible for an invitation you have to earn a minimum of 60 points on the points scoring system. Your invitation letter will specify the required score and you should be able to support the same at the time of submitting your application.
Age:Age of the applicant should be between 18 -49 years, which can help them score anywhere between 15 to 30 points depending upon the point scoring system.

Proficiency in English:You should prove that you are proficient in English by submitting your IELTS test scores. You should pass the IELTS exam and have a minimum score of 6 points in all its components. You are exempt if you are a citizen of or hold a valid passport for countries like: United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America and Republic of Ireland. You should have a proficient or superior level in the IELTS exam to qualify for the proficiency required for the visa subclass 489. If your level of English is Proficient (score of 7/8 or more in all the components) you can score anywhere between 10-20 points. The IELTS test results are required at the time of application.

Nominated occupation: The applicant should nominate himself/herself for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for visa subclasses 189 and 489 (if sponsored by a relative).

Skill Assessment: It is necessary that an applicant gets a positive skill assessment score for a nominated occupation, before filing for an EOI.

Maintenance funds: The applicants should show sufficient funds for maintenance so as to get sponsorship from an Australian state or territory.

Points can also be earned on the basis of criteria listed below:

Overseas Experience (Experience outside Australia):Applicants can claim between 5-15 points for having three/five/eight years in the last 10 years, for overseas experience under their nominated occupation.

Overseas Qualification (Qualifications outside Australia): Applicants can score between 10-20 points for qualifications at the Bachelors, Master’s or PhD levels that are recognized by Australia’s skill assessment body. A relevant assessing authority for the nominated occupation can determine if your qualification is comparable to Australian standards of qualification.

Australian Work Experience: Applicants can claim between 5 to 20 points for having a full-time paid employment in Australia, for a period of one/three/five/eight years, in occupations listed under SOL.

Australian Study: Applicants can claim between 5-10 points, for Australian study qualifications lasting two academic years or more.

Partner Skills: Applicants can claim up to 5 points under partner skills, if their partner satisfies the basic criteria for age, fluency in English language, qualifications and score of the skills assessment test. A partner should obtain positive scores from the skill assessing authority and favorable language test scores, in order to prove their competence in English language. Occupation nominated by the spouse should be the same as the one chosen by the primary applicant.

Professional years/ Credentials in community language: Applicants can score up to 5 points for completing a Professional program in Australia for a period of 12 months in the last 4 years; or for earning a Credential for community language as a Para-professional translator by NAATI.

Sponsorship by a State/Territory: Applicant’s nominated occupation should be listed in the SOL as per the state and he/she should meet the eligibility criteria that are set by the state. The applicant needs to commit that he/she would live and work in the designated state/territory for a period of 2 years.

Specified Regional Areas: An applicant must have lived in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area for at least two years, if the applicant is nominated for a visa by a state/territory under this area. These regional areas are listed by the respective postcodes and states in the table below.

Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas:

Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas Postcodes
New South Wales (NSW)Anywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong 2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898
Northern Territory Entire territory
Queensland Anywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast 4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899
South Australia Entire state
Tasmania Entire state
Victoria Anywhere except the Melbourne metropolitan area 3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3810 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996
Western Australia Anywhere except Perth and surrounding areas 6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126,6200 to 6799

1.The applicant should be sponsored by an eligible sponsor who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a citizen of New Zealand citizen with a Special Category Visa.

2.Relation: Relationship between an applicant and a sponsor can be that of a brother, sister, parent, Non-dependent child, Uncle, Aunt, Nephew, Niece, first cousin, relative of the applicant’s spouse, de-facto spouse, inter-dependent partner or step-relatives.

3.Location: The sponsor should be living in the designated areas of Australia, before filing for the application and should also prove that he/she will continue living in Australia till the visa is granted.

4.Assistance: The sponsor will have to sign for an undertaking, stating that he/she will provide the required assistance to support the applicant’s financial and social obligations for a period of 2 years and make the dependent’s stay comfortable in Australia. List of Designated areas of Australia:

State or territory Designated Area
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Entire territory
New South Wales (NSW)(except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong) 2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2333, 2336 to 2490, 2535 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2787 to 2898
Northern Territory Entire territory
Queensland(anywhere outside the Brisbane metropolitan area) 4019 to 4028, 4037 to 4050, 4079 to 4100, 4114, 4118, 4124 to 4150, 4158 to 4168, 4180 to 4899
South Australia Entire state
Tasmania Entire state
Victoria Entire state
Western Australia Entire state

Health requirements:

Your health standards must adhere to the stipulated parameters. The results of your health check are generally valid for 12 months. The same is applicable for all your dependent family members who are included in your application, regardless of their intention to migrate.. You have to undergo a health check up, by authorized doctors appointed the Australian government, at the time of submitting your visa application.

Character requirements:

You are required to produce a police certificate for each country you have resided in for a period of 12 months or more in the past 10 years, post turning 16 years of age. The same is applicable for all your dependent family members who are above 16 years of age and included in your application, regardless of their intention to migrate.

Debts to the Australian Government:-

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

Family Members

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • Your partner (married or de facto)
  • Yours or your partner’s dependent children
  • Other dependent relatives.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you. Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

Dependent visa applicants, who are above 18 years are required to meet at least Functional English requirement through study where medium of instruction is in English or by IELTS test scores of 4.5 and above or by paying visa second installment charges towards English requirements.

You can add your partner and dependent children to your application before the visa application can be added and not after the visa is filed.

Immigration South Australia has made it easier for citizens and current passport holders of exempt countries to apply for South Australian state nomination.

Exempt Countries include:

United Kingdom
New Zealand
United States of America
Republic of Ireland

If you are a citizen or passport holder of one of the listed exempt countries, you no longer need to provide an English test result (IELTS or OET) to Immigration SA regardless of Immigration SA’s English requirement for your occupation.

If you are an International Graduate of South Australia and a citizen or passport holder of one of the listed exempt countries, you can also access the Immigration SA work experience waiver for ‘available’ occupations.

Please note you may still require an IELTS or OET to gain additional points on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) points test. Additionally Skills Assessing Authorities and Registration / Licensing bodies in South Australia have their own English / work experience requirements so people from exempt countries need to ensure they can meet those requirements prior to applying for state nomination.

Program Benefits

This visa allows you and your family to:

  • Stay in Australia for a period of four years.
  • Live, work and study in a specified regional areas of Australia.
  • Travel outside Australia indefinitely till the validity period.
  • Make a pathway for a permanent visa in Australia.

*You are not eligible for any benefits on this visa.

Application Costs

Application Fees for the Australia Skilled Immigration Program

  • State Sponsorship fee- Varies from AUD$200- AUD$600 (if applicable).
  • Medicals/Registration– case specific.
  • DIBP Application Fee: AUD$3600.
  • Dependent below 18 years: AUD$900.
  • Dependent above 18 years: AUD$1800.
  • Dependent English Requirement Fee: AUD$4890 (This fee is applicable only if the spouse or the dependent is unable to score 4.5 overall in
  • IELTS and has not completed his/her graduation in English Medium).
  • Provisional visa Extended pathway visa fee: AUD$320;Dependent above 18years: AUD$160;Dependent below 18 years: AUD$80.

Keywest Process

Our Full Service & Processing Includes:

  • Document Checklist.
  • Complete Migration Processing & Application Processing.
  • Forms, Documentation & Petition Filing.
  • Guidance on acquiring the specific Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Assistance with Medicals.
  • Updates & Follow up with the DIBP.
  • Visa Interview Preparation – if required.
  • Airport Pickup*
  • Accommodation Assistance*
  • Relocation Orientation*
  • Job Search Assistance*

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  • An applicant can file for a visa application under a number of visa categories. You can apply for a visa independently/have a family member to sponsor you / have an overseas employer to sponsor you/have the country to sponsor you. Applicants, who fall under skills that are in demand, usually get bonus points on their visa and also get their visa faster. Each country has a list of occupations that are in demand.

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