This blog will cover All States and Territories updates regarding 190 and 491 visas.
We will look at the number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2022 to 2nd March 2022.
Please note that this number does not include the pre-invitations that the states have recently issued.
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW recently updated its occupation list for 491 Stream B. To be eligible to apply under this stream, you must:
Be skilled in an occupation that is:
within an ANZSCO unit group identified on the Stream B skills list, and
is eligible for the visa
Be currently residing in NSW or offshore and have continuously done so for a minimum period of three months
We have seen many invitations from NSW for both 190 and 491 visas. Some occupations with a total of 65 points have been invited. According to the Department of Home Affairs website data, NSW still has 3212 seats left for 190 visas and 4822 seats for 491 visas. Considering that NSW has so many seats left, we should see many invites at minimum points from NSW.
South Australia has also been issuing many invitations for 190 and 491 visas.
As per the Department of Home Affairs website data, SA still has 526 seats left for 190 visas and 1322 seats for 491 visas. We have also seen many invites under the Outer Regional SA Stream, where you do not need to work in your nominated occupation as long as you live and work in the outer regional South Australia.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Act has 1321 places left for 190 visas and 922 for 491 visas. They plan to issue 326 nominations per month for 190 and 226 nominations per month for 491 visas.
Northern Territory. NT still has 188 seats left for 190 visas and 938 seats for 491 visas. Given that they have many more seats left for the 491 visas, we should also see many offshore invites from Northern Territory.
Due to the increased number of 189 invites issued by the Department of Home Affairs, Migration Queensland sent an email to all applicants notifying them to lodge a priority processing application for the clients who meet the eligibility for their nomination and will be able to lodge a decision-ready application. We have already seen many invites from Migration Queensland after applying for the priority processing for our clients.
Migration Queensland still has 1813 seats left for 190 visas and 1208 seats for 491 visas. Given that they have almost half of the total quota left, we should see many invitations for both visa subclasses 190 and 491 from Migration Queensland.
Tasmania has recently updated some of its criteria to provide more flexibility for applicants committed to living in Tasmania. If you live in Tasmania and even meet one of the priority attributes, consider applying for their nomination.
Tasmania still has 832 seats left for 190 visas and 1316 seats for 491 visas. We have also noticed the quick processing of the nomination applications from Tasmania.
Victoria has conducted an invitation round almost every two weeks and sent many invites for 190 and 491 visas. We have received many invites at 75 points for a 190 nomination for many IT occupations. It is imperative that all information in your Registration of interest is correct as Your nomination application may be refused for the following reasons:
You do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
You cannot provide sufficient evidence for the claims made in your Registration of Interest, including estimated annual earnings, partner points, or residence in Victoria.
You provide false or misleading information.
You do not respond to our requests for further information on time.
If your application is refused, you cannot submit a new application for six months. This is to prevent a repeat and low-quality applications.
Victoria still has 4979 seats left for 190 visas and 1892 seats left for 491 visas. The current processing time for the nomination application from Victoria is about 4-6 weeks. Looking at all states, Victoria still has many more seats left than 1any other state, and we hope to see many invites from Victoria in the next 2- 3 months.
Western Australia has been sending out many invites. Still, the number of nomination approvals is less as many applicants are either not eligible for the 190 nominations or are getting invited twice if they have multiple EOIs in the system. The processing time for Western Australia to approve the nomination is about 10-12 weeks, and applicants living there are getting invited at low points.
These are all our updates from all the States and Territories. If you have any questions about Australian migration, please contact us.
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