The Skilled – Nominated visa allows highly skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory to live and work permanently in Australia. In order to qualify for State/Territory nomination and an invitation to apply for this visa, you must lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI), which sets out how you meet the requirements for this visa.
At the time that you are invited to apply for this visa, you must:
- be under 45 years of age
- have competent English i.e.
hold a valid passport issued by the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland (and you are a citizen of that country) OR
an IELTS test score of at least 6 in EACH test component OR
an OET test score of at least B in EACH test component OR
a TOEFL iBT test score of at least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking OR
a PTE test score of at least 50 in EACH test component OR
a CAE test score of at least 169 in EACH test component
In each case, the test must have been undertaken within the last three years (with the exception of the CAE test, which must be dated on or after 1 January 2015)
- nominate an occupation that is included on the Skilled Occupation List
- score at least 65 on the relevant points test (which takes into account your age, English competency, qualifications and work experience, amongst other factors)
- have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian skills assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation
- be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency
State/Territory Nomination Explained
Once your EOI has been lodged, the government agency of the State or Territory that you have chosen will review your EOI to determine whether or not you meet their particular criteria for nomination (this includes the requirement that your nominated occupation be included on the skilled occupation list for that State/Territory).
We will supply the State or Territory government agency concerned with the evidence required to show that you meet their criteria. The nature and extent of the supporting evidence required varies depending upon the State or Territory in question. In addition, you must be prepared to settle in that State or Territory for a minimum of two years.
If your supporting evidence is deemed acceptable, the State or Territory government agency will then nominate you for the visa.