- March 9, 2023
- Posted by: ASIFCONSULTING
- Category: General
There’s no better time to migrate to Queensland than now.
Migration Queensland assists immigrants by giving them the chance to experience working, living, and playing in our wonderful state. Migration Queensland is the Queensland State Government agency in charge of business and skilled visa nominations.
With cutting-edge programs and initiatives created with economic development, success, and progress in mind, Queensland’s progressive government approach and stable economy provide a wealth of job opportunities.
It’s no surprise that Queensland is referred to as Australia’s Sunshine State because of the state’s profusion of sunny days and some of the world’s most vibrant, livable cities.
Due to nomination allocations (quotas) being filled, the Queensland State Nomination Program periodically opens and closes. Check to see if nominations are still being accepted for your particular visa subclass.
Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) is a state-nominated five-year provisional visa and a pathway to the Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888).
Please see below for Queensland eligibility criteria for each subclass 188 visa stream:
The Migration Queensland Skilled Program is open to ONSHORE and OFFSHORE applicants for the program year 2022–2023.
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa and Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 491)
A permanent state nomination is required for the Subclass 190 visa.
The Subclass 491 visa is a state-nominated, five-year provisional visa that offers a path to permanent residence.
Please see the list of requirements for each skilled visa pathway in Queensland below:
- graduates from a university in Queensland
- qualified personnel residing in Queensland
- skilled personnel residing abroad
- owners of small businesses in rural Queensland
- Please take note that candidates must be fully qualified at the time their EOI is submitted.
For the 2022–23 program year, the Migration Queensland 491 – Small Business Owners Pathway (SBO) is OPEN.
Small Business Owners Pathway (SBO) 491 applicants must:
Pathway 1: Invest in an existing company
possess a job that is pertinent to 491 on LIN 19/051.
Spend at least $100,000 to buy an existing company at an existing location.
Route 2: Launch a business
Have established and run a successful business in Queensland for at least two years before submitting an EOI
minimum of $200k in revenue over the previous 12 months.
Please visit the Small Business Owners in Regional Queensland page for additional criteria information.
FY22–23 Criteria Clarifications:
Lack of vendor financing
no transfer of company shares (must have a contract of business sale)
Candidates cannot buy
Skilled Nominated (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 190) – This visa is available for offshore skilled workers who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently.
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491): This visa allows nominated skilled workers to live and work in regional Queensland for 5 years and is a pathway to permanent residency.
You may undertake employment once onshore in Queensland through:
- work for one or more employers,
- work at two part-time jobs, or
- work in your own business as an owner-operator.
You must live and work within one of the following post clusters to be eligible for the 491 Regional visa:
4019–4022, 4025, 4037, 4074, 4076–4078, 4124–4125, 4133, 4183–4184, 4207–4275, 4280–4287, 4300–4301, 4303–4498, 4500–4512, 4514–4519, 4521, 4550–4575, 4580–4895.
Note: If you are a current holder of a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) or have applied for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491), you will not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). This restriction also applies to the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
Note: The above postcodes are applicable to those who have been nominated and applied for their 491 visas from 5 March 2022. Further details can be found in LIN 22/022.
If you were nominated or applied for the 491 visas prior to 5 March 2022, the applicable Queensland postcodes can be found in LIN 20/292.
If you were granted a 491 visa prior to 19 November 2019, the Gold Coast is not an eligible region.
To find other visa options that suit your circumstances, use the Department of Home Affairs, Visa Finder.
To be eligible for a Queensland nomination, you must meet both the Australian Department of Home Affairs criteria and Migration Queensland criteria for your chosen visa category.
Home Affairs criteria require you to:
- have a points-test result of 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points;
- have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation;
- be under 45 years of age;
- meet the minimum English language requirement of competent, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority;
- and submit additional documents, if invited to lodge an application for a 190 or 491 visa.
Migration Queensland criteria require you to:
- have a points-test result of 80 or higher for the 190 (unless otherwise specified), and 65 or higher for the 491
- have an occupation on the Offshore Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)
- have Proficient English or higher (except where otherwise specified)
- have a minimum of 3 years of post-study work experience (except where otherwise specified). Note: You must be employed in your nominated or closely related occupation immediately prior to submitting an EOI.
Invitations will go to the candidates with the highest points per occupation, and this is likely to vary for each occupation. Other requirements may be considered where there are a large number of EOIs for a particular occupation on the same points, e.g., regional location, and years of work experience. EOIs will remain in our queue based on the points when they were originally lodged.
Review your eligibility criteria, visa conditions, and document checklist on the Department of Home Affairs website and the Migration Queensland website. Ensure that you meet both the Home Affairs Immigration Eligibility Criteria and Migration Queensland criteria and that you have all your documentation – including proof of registration, if required for your occupation – ready before you lodge your EOI.
For Queensland state nomination, submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect. Only those that select “Queensland” as their nominating state will be selected.
Migration Queensland assesses all EOIs that meet the above Home Affairs Immigration Eligibility Criteria and Migration Queensland criteria. If you are successful, you will receive an email invitation to lodge an application and be requested to provide the documents required (see list below).
Note: You must upload these documents digitally through the Document Portal link in your invitation email. Migration Queensland no longer accepts documents sent by email or post. You can only upload one document per file. If you have multiple documents, merge, and save them as one file.
When you have received your invitation from Migration Queensland:
- upload the required documents, and
- pay the non-refundable application fee to finalize your application. Do not pay the fee until you have been invited to apply and all your documents have been uploaded.
- Migration Queensland will then review your application and request any further information.
Note: You will have 14 days to finalize your application from the date of invitation. Applications not finalized within the time frame will be closed and you will need to submit a new EOI if you wish to seek Queensland nomination again.
You will receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to submit your visa application after Migration Queensland has received and approved your completed application. To file your application with them, you will have 60 days.
You must wait six months before applying again if you submitted your EOI incorrectly after receiving a nomination or if you missed the deadline for lodging your visa. This also contains false statements. We do not receive unclaimed nominations back, so we won’t re-nominate because the wrong points were chosen.
Migration Queensland documentation
If you are a skilled worker living offshore, you may apply for either a subclass 190 or subclass 491 regional nomination.
Please ensure that you:
- familiarise yourself with the application process,
- meet both the Home Affairs criteria and Migration Queensland criteria for your chosen visa, and
- have the following documentation prepared prior to lodging an EOI.
If you meet the Queensland state nomination requirements, you may be invited by Migration Queensland to lodge further documentation.
Please do not tell us when you have lodged your documents or paid the processing fee.
If you do not meet the requirements, you will not receive an invitation and will need to speak with an Australian-registered migration agent or immigration lawyerr
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