Guide to applying for a Subclass 190 Visa


This Student’s Guide is for international students studying at a Western Australian college or university and for international graduates of WA’s colleges and universities. 

A subclass 190 visa is a State nominated, points tested skilled visa. Lots of WA’s international graduates hope to apply for a subclass 190 visa. You can use this Student’s Guide when working out your own eligibility to apply for a subclass 190 visa, which includes securing a nomination from the WA State Government.

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A STEP BY STEP GUIDE ... to working it out!

STEP 1 -

Check the basic eligibility requirements for the subclass 190 visa on the Department of Home Affairs‘ website.

STEP 2 -

Check the Department’s Skilled Occupation List to see whether your occupation is on the list of occupations that can be used in connection with a subclass 190 visa application.

STEP 3 -

Check whether you can meet the skills assessment requirements for your occupation. The skills assessing authorities are listed on the Skilled Occupation List.

STEP 4 -

Check whether your nominated occupation is listed on Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) or on Western Australia’s Graduate Occupation List (GOL).

STEP 5 -

Check whether you can meet WA’s General Stream WASMOL Schedule 1 requirements, General Stream WASMOL Schedule 2 requirements or the Graduate Stream WASMOL requirements. It’s important to read all relevant pages on the Skilled Migration WA website as part of your self-assessment.

STEP 6 -

Check your point score. You must be able to score a minimum of 65 points on the Department of Home Affairs points test. The Department of Home Affairs provides a useful online tool to help you to calculate your point score.

STEP 7 -

Check the most recent invitation round results on the Department’s SkillSelect website and also on the Skilled Migration WA website. The invitation round webpages provide lots of useful information, including the number of invitations being issued and the points scores held by the invited applicants.

STEP 8 -

Read all of the SkillSelect webpages carefully before you submit an Expression of Interest.

When you are ready to prepare and submit an Expression of Interest you must login to SkillSelect to prepare and submit the Expression of Interest.

The Department provides instructions on how to make an Expression of Interest. It is important to read the instructions carefully.

STEP 9 -

If you receive an invitation from Skilled Migration WA to apply for WA State nomination, ensure you lodge the application within the given time frame and check you have all the documents required in support of the application.

STEP 10 -

If your application for WA State nomination is approved, you will receive an Invitation to submit a subclass 190 visa from the Department of Home Affairs. You will be given 60 days from the date upon which you receive the Invitation to submit your subclass 190 visa application. Check you have the documents required for your visa application before you submit.


A number of subclass 190 visa applications are refused. A common ground for refusal is claiming more points in the Expression of Interest than you can actually score. If you are managing the visa application process yourself, consider engaging an experienced registered migration consultant to double-check your points score and your supporting documents before you submit your visa application. If your “actual” points are lower than the points claimed in your Expression of Interest, your visa application is likely to be refused. The Department rarely refunds visa fees.


Disclaimer: This Student’s Guide is provided as general information only and must not be used as migration advice. Each visa applicant’s circumstances are unique. If you need migration advice, consider booking a consultation with an experienced Western Australian registered migration consultant or migration lawyer with an excellent subclass 190 visa success rate. 

Benjamin Franklin once said “Failing to Plan is planning to fail.” When it comes to your visa application, it’s important to plan well!

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