Australian Immigration Requirements | Qualified Migration Visas With State Nominations

Holders of 457 and TSS visas often assume that they will apply for permanent residency through the temporary residence route of an ENS or RSMS visa. But with changes to employer-sponsored visas, including the introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund tax, and for those with occupations on the short-term occupational list (STSOL), it might be time to consider a qualified migration visa with state nomination.

Several Australian States / Territories offer a special path or exemptions for applicants who already live and work in the state as holders of temporary visas.


Applicants must:

  • have an occupation in Queensland Qualified Occupation Lists (QSOL) for applicants currently working in Queensland (ashore)
  • satisfy other requirements for certain occupations (higher points, more work experience, registration / license)
  • provide evidence of full-time employment in your designated occupation during the last six months
  • If you are employed through a labor hiring company, provide proof that you are registered in Queensland (including foreign companies)
  • provide evidence of continued employment with a Queensland employer registered in Australia for another 12 months
  • Commit to live and work in Queensland for two years from the granting of the visa

* Please note that Business and Skilled Migration Queensland is currently only sending invitations to 489 applicants who already live and work in regional Queensland.


To be considered for the “Work in Tasmania” category, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • has nominated an occupation from the Immigration list of eligible occupations for an S / T 190 or 489 visa
  • has been working in Tasmania for six months immediately prior to the state nomination application
  • the applicant’s employer must have been actively operating their business in Tasmania for the past 12 months and there must be a real need for the applicant’s position within the business
  • the applicant’s employment must be in their designated occupation
  • the applicant’s employment must be at least 35 hours per week in a full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs and must be able to provide evidence of employment claims
  • the applicant and his / her dependents must be currently living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of a genuine commitment to continue living in Tasmania

South Australia

Applicants currently working in South Australia have access to a broader list of occupations for the state nomination, which include:

  • List of occupations nominated by the state (including special conditions that apply occupations)
  • Occupations from the list of supplementary skills
  • Nomination of the status for the Permanent Visa 190 for occupations listed as ‘Provisional offshore 489 applicants for visa only’

Applicants must show:

  • You have been currently working for the last 6 months in a region of the country of South Australia or the last 12 months in Greater Adelaide in your nominated or closely related occupation (for a minimum of 20 hours per week)
  • Minimum requirement of competent English (unless occupation requires registration in South Australia)
  • Comply with the work experience requirement of Immigration SA

Northern Territory

There are many requirements for applicants who currently live and work in NT, and some may be exempted from the requirements of specialization if they can show positive employment prospects.

The holders of 457 and 482 visas must provide evidence that they have:

  • lived in the NT for at least six months before applying for the nomination
  • worked for a company sponsoring Subclass 457 or Subclass 482 in the NT for at least six months before submitting the application (exceptions may apply)
  • the support of your current sponsor company Subclass 457 or Subclass 482 through a letter stating that:

or support the visa application

or understand that the applicant will not be linked to your business once the Subclass 489 / Subclass 190 visa is granted

Working tourists need:

  • have maintained their visa for at least six months
  • have lived and worked full time in the NT for at least 6 months in qualified or closely related qualifying occupation immediately prior to applying for NT nomination
  • have been paid at the NT market rate for work in the occupation in which they are employed
  • Show job prospects in progress in the NT
  • show a true intention to live and work in the NT at least two years after the visa is granted

Western Australia

Applicants who have at least 12 months of work experience in Western Australia (WA) and a full-time work contract of at least 35 hours per week in the nominated or closely related occupation, can explore sponsorship through WA. Keep in mind that WA’s list of occupations is currently limited to medical occupations.


When evaluating a state nomination application, the Victoria government will focus on the applicant’s ability to address a set of evaluation criteria beyond the minimum requirements, which include:

  • the demand for particular skills and experience and their ability to find work in Victoria
  • the adequacy and transfer of qualifications, skills and experience, including skills of specialists, to the needs of Victoria’s labor market
  • the capacity and commitment to establish the applicant and his family in Victoria with a view to a long-term agreement in Victoria

Applicants who best meet the evaluation criteria will be offered a nomination; Once established in Victoria with a job, it will be a great support for an application.

New south Wales

There is no specific path for applicants who currently live and work in New South Wales, however, applicants are classified in the order of:

  1. Occupation
  2. Points of the Australian Department of Internal Affairs.
  3. Skill in the English language
  4. Qualified employment

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