State Sponsorship and State Nomination in Australia

A State Nomination (State Sponsorship) allows you to apply for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

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What is a State Nomination in Australia?

A state nomination, sometimes also referred to as state sponsorhip, is the nomination by an Australian state to skilled visa applicants and business people:

  • A state sponsorship is required for some visa subclasses under the General Skilled Migration stream.
  • A state sponsorship is not a visa application, it is however compulsory for applicants to meet the requirements for specific visa classes in Australia.


Which visa classes require a State Nomination?

The most common visa classes are:
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

There are also visa classes under the Business, Innovation and Investment visa stream which require a state sponsorship.

To apply for a State Nomination you need to pass a Skills Assessment first:

Skills Assessment


What is the advantage of a State Nomination or State Sponsorship?

Successful state sponsorships will grant you bonus points towards the points test:
  • five points for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or
  • ten points for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).


How can I apply for a State Nomination?

Applicants for a state nomination are selected by occupations listed within the State Migration Plans.

State Migration Plans differ between states in Australia.

You will find an overview on the requirements here:  Skilled Nominated visa


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State Sponsorship and State Nomination in Australia
Updated: 2023-01-22
By: Migration Agent and Immigration Lawyer Association