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State and territory nomination through SkillSelect

Since 1 July 2012, SkillSelect is the only way you can be nominated by a state or territory government for skilled migration. Since May 2013, state and territory governments across Australia have nominated almost 20 000 intending migrants and more than 10 000 of those have been granted a visa.

SkillSelect provides an effective way for states and territories to find and engage with skilled workers in order to meet their specific skills shortages. SkillSelect makes the nomination process simpler and more efficient than ever before. So how does it work?

State and territory governments first identify the skills and qualifications they need in their local labour markets. Then they nominate skilled workers directly from SkillSelect. The workers they choose must have occupations listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). The CSOL contains more occupations (644 in total) than the Skilled Occupation List (which contains 192 occupations) so your chances of being nominated are higher.

There are benefits for you in being nominated too.

If you are nominated by a state or territory, you receive an extra five points for a Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa and 10 points for a Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa under the Points Test. So it’s worth considering putting yourself up for nomination if you are close to the Points Test pass mark as an independent migrant.

Nomination by a state or territory through SkillSelect means that you will be issued an invitation to apply for a visa as soon as you are nominated, rather than having to wait for a scheduled invitation round to take place.

Your application will be processed as a high priority if a state or territory nominates you.

In return, if a state or territory nominates you and your visa application is successful, you’ll need to commit to remaining in that state or territory for a period of time. There may be other obligations for nomination by specific states or territories.

If you want to be nominated by a state or territory government, check out their websites to find out what you need to do to gain their nomination.

So if you have the skills Australia needs, submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect today so state and territory governments can find out about you.

Even if you have already submitted an EOI, you can still update your EOI to show your interest in state or territory nomination.

More information about state and territory nominated visas is available on the department’s website.

Comments (10)

Hi

Let me get the process right
1) Submit EOI > Submit form with EOI number, details & certified docs to e.g ACT > wait till invitation through SkillSelect > application > case officer or
2) Submit EOI > wait till invitation through SkillSelect > application > Submit form with EOI number, details & certified docs to e.g ACT > case officer

Which order is correct? I understand state nomination process is little different than others.

Thanks

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your post.

There is no particular requirement in terms of the order of the process to obtain nomination from a state or territory Government agency. You can do either of the options you have mentioned in your post. However submitting an EOI under the Skilled Nominated subclass 190 does not guarantee nomination from a state or territory Government. Each state and territory may have their own process when determining who they want to select for nomination.

This is why we suggest when considering the 190 subclass the client should contact the state or territory in order to find out if they can meet the state or territories criterion.

Thanks for reading the Migration blog.

Kind regards
Mairin

The purpose of the current Skillselect system does not really reflect the idea that people need to compete with other people in the pool in order to select the brightest migrant; as everyone who achieves 60 points can get an invitation.

I purpose the occupation ceiling for each occupation to be set low at the beginning of the financial year, and reviewed every month (or every three months) individually, which can increase or stay the same according to the economic needs. That way can create uncertainty that not everyone with 60 points can get an invitation.

Dear Sir/madam,

Thank you for providing us with feedback about the automated selection process in SkillSelect.

Your feedback is important to the Department as it assists us in improving our systems and service, particularly as SkillSelect is relatively new.

We can consider these types of feedback in the next review of SkillSelect.

Thanks for reading the Migration blog.

Kind regards
Mairin

Hi,I found my Occupation in the list nominated by the state.Kindly tell how to apply for state visa nomination. Thanks

Hi Nadeemyar,

Thank you for your post.

Firstly to apply for a visa under the Nominated Skilled subclass 190 you need to receive an invitation. To see if you are eligible to receive an invitation you can submit an EOI in SkillSelect.

You will also need to consider that each state and territory Government agency may have their own process for selecting skilled migrants. You may want to contact the state you are interested in to find out how you obtain nomination from them.

For more information about the invitation and selection process please refer to our website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/#sub-heading-10

Thanks for reading the Migration blog.

Kind regards
Mairin

States should consider Not only main applicants but also secondary applicants experience, Qualifications and English level as both will move to the state. In some states they just blindly considering main applicants and even they do not have a off list category too.(In my case I am a mechanical engineer working in QLD but I could not get a state nomination. My spouse is a geotechnical engineer in regional QLD still she cannot either and we are permanently employed and living in regional QLD for 2 years now). So there are many conficts, loop holes and issues with these I can list out more than 2 pages.

Hi Gayan,

Thank you for your post.

The Department of Immigration & Citizenship does not actually set the state and territory Government policies.

You may want to forward your concerns to them. Please refer to their web site for further details at http://www.workliveplay.qld.gov.au/content8998.html?id=3800

I am unsure of your personal circumstances however you may want to consider other options in SkillSelect. Further information can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/

Thanks for reading the Migration blog.

Kind regards
Mairin

First of all

CSOL is nt displayed in DIAC site.

And, I also managed 60 points with 489 skilled visa.

But I was nt invited by State.. its really unfair with policy people having enough points, but they are not invited.

Hi Jack,

Thank you for your post.

You can find the CSOL on our website using the link below:

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/#Consolidated-Sponsored-Occupation-List-(CSOL)

You will also need to consider that each state and territory Government agency may have their own process for selecting skilled migrants.

You may want to contact the state you are interested in to find out how you obtain nomination from them.

For more information about the invitation and selection process please refer to our website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/#sub-heading-10

Thanks for reading the Migration blog.

Kind regards
Mairin