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What is a State Sponsorship?

A state sponsorship, sometimes also referred to as state nomination, 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 Sponsorship?

The most common visa classes under the General Skilled Migration stream are:
  • Skilled Nominated (190) visa
  • Skilled Regional (489) visa
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There are also visa classes under the Business, Innovation and Investment visa steam which require a state sponsorship.


What is the advantage of a 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 Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

How can I apply for a State Sponsorship?

You can apply for a state sponsorship by lodging an Expression of Interest. Applicants are select in occupations listed on the State Migration Plans. State Migration Plans differ between states in Australia.
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State Sponsorship in Australia: 75+ migration agents are online - it’s never been easier.
Updated: 2020-07-28
By: Migration Agent and Immigration Lawyer Association