Its full name is the Australian Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 190) and is a Permanent Residency Visa processed at on a State by State basis. It is expected that holders will live and work in a Nominating State for a period of two years. After this period holders are free to Live and Work anywhere in Australia (like the 189).
In order to be eligible for the 190 Visa you will need an Occupation on Schedule Two of The Skilled Occupation list, known as the CSOL.
An application for a 190 Visa will add a further 5 points onto your overall Emigration Points Score. The benefits of this are self evident, and crucially, if you have a Schedule One occupation but fall short by 5 points, a 190 Visa application will often be the way forward for your application to succeed.
In order to move to Australia on a 190 Visa class applicants must first submit their expression of interest (EOI) and be invited to apply by a State or Territory via a system called Skill Select. It is imperative that the applicant is outside Australia when the visa is applied for, and then when the visa is granted.
The 190 Visa application process is spread over three stages:
The first stage of your 190 Visa Application will be completing a Skills Assessment set by the relevant Skills Assessment body for your Nominated Occupation code. Skills Assessment bodies are best described as the ‘Gatekeepers’ of 190 Skilled Migration.
No Skills Assessment / No Visa
Submit your formal Expression of Interest via the Skill Select system. During this Expression you must make an Expression to individual States and Territories. It makes sense to keep your application as broad as possible although some prefer to isolate specific States.
Depending on a number of factors and requirements you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and at this stage you are required to submit your finalized and completed application to the Department of Border Protection. Medicals and Background Checks will be required and your 190 Visa can be granted.
*Priority processing applies
The following family members can be included:
your or your partner’s dependent child (special conditions apply for dependent children over 18 and still in full time education)
your or your partner’s dependent relative (special conditions apply)