States in Australia Open for Skilled Offshore Migration under Subclass 491/190 Visa

States in Australia Open for Skilled Offshore Migration under Subclass 491/190 Visa

As Australia reopens its borders for fully-vaccinated overseas visitors, some states in the country have also started accepting immigration applications for subclass 491 or 190 visa categories. Australian states have been doing a lot of work to ensure their systems are ready to take applications and process them quickly. The Government of Australia is also taking active measures to align skilled migrants with employers seeking to hire them.

Australian states, including South Australia, started extending applications for a range of occupations in July 2021, even before the Australian government officially opened its borders for international travelers. The state extended its first round of invitations post-Covid in September 2021. The invitation covered several in-demand occupations, including marketing specialists, scientists, sound managers, agriculture and construction workers, and engineers.


General requirements for South Australia nomination are:


  • Below 45 years at the time of nomination
  • Have an occupation on South Australia Occupation List
  • have a valid and positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority
  • Score a minimum of 85 points for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)
  • Meet work experience requirement for the chosen occupation
  • Meet minimum English language requirements


South Australia has shown active participation in inviting skilled foreign workers in recent times. Though the invitations went to both onshore and offshore candidates, the demand for offshore is relatively high. The state appreciates the value skilled offshore applications add to Australia’s economic, social, and cultural development. Adelaide being the secret gem of South Australia, is also one of the reasons why South Australia is a popular choice among immigrants.

In December 2021, New South Wales also opened its borders for eligible candidates – under subclass 190 – for immigration to support its economy by welcoming highly skilled migrants wishing to live, work, and settle in NSW. The states want to invite applicants working in occupations such as nurses, social workers, technicians, Trades, Community, and Personal Service persons.

To apply for the New South Wales Nomination, the candidate must qualify for the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190), submit an EOI in SkillSelect, and have a valid skills assessment in an occupation that is currently in-demand in South Australia

Onshore applicants must currently be residing in NSW, genuinely and continuously – for the past three months – in New South Wales, or be gainfully employed in NSW – for a minimum of 20 hours a week – in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.


For Offshore applicants:

  • have continuously resided offshore for the past three months, and
  • have a valid skills assessment for occupation within an ANZSCO unit group that accepts offshore candidates and three years’ work experience in the nominated occupation.


Please note that New South Wales follows a points-based system to process applications and ensure that the nominees have the skills needed in the state economy.


ACT State Nomination

Australian Capital Territory has also opened its skilled migration program for foreign nationals under Skilled Worker Regional Visa 491 and Skilled Nominated Visa 190. Prospective applicants must demonstrate at least three years of full-time work experience to apply for nomination.

Apart from this, applicants applying for ACT 491 nomination must prove their capability of getting employed in the ACT after getting the visa. They must submit an employment statement outlining their research on the labor market and confirming their employability in the ACT.

Those seeking 190 must have a full-time job offer in their nominated occupation. The job position must be in Canberra for at least two years.


Tasmania State Nomination for Offshore Applicants 

Occupations featuring on Tasmania Skilled Occupation List are currently open for application submission. Offshore applicants may be eligible to apply for Tasmania skilled migration program via nomination category (3A).


Nomination Category (3A)

  • You must be living overseas
  • Have a nominated occupation listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL)
  • You or any dependants have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months.
  • Have proficiency in the English language
  • Have done in-depth research on the Tasmanian labor market and provided evidence that you have sufficient employment opportunities.

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