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Changes to the Queensland Nomination Program

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Changes to the Queensland Nomination Program

Today’s video covers the recent changes to the Queensland nomination program. 

For the first time, Queensland’s adopted the whole skilled occupation list. Any occupation listed on the list is available for 190 or 491, is now available for Queensland sponsorship. It’s anticipated that it will not remain this way for very long but has been adopted to assist with the broad skills shortage within the state. 

Secondly, if you are a Queensland University graduate, a pathway is available to you. If you have graduated with your PhD out of Queensland within the last two years, you can apply for either 190 or 491 visas.

Whereas, if you have a master’s or a bachelor degree, then you must have:
an occupation on the list;
– studied in a Queensland institution;
– completed 100% of the course with a GPA of six or higher;
– the availability to demonstrate proficiency in English;
– have three months minimum work experience at 20 hours a week or more that’s post-graduation experience; and 
– you must also present a job on offer with a minimum of 20 hours a week available for at least 12 months. 

So if you are a graduate under any of those conditions, Queensland wants you. At Time For Advice, we would certainly encourage anyone and everyone who is applicable to apply. 

Those with a  masters and bachelor’s degree will have to weigh up going for 485. It’s important to remember that 485 is a temporary pathway. You can, however, always apply for 485 (and have that in place) and then put in an expression of interest for the 491 at the same time. Then, the 491 will put you on the pathway to permanent residence. 

If you have a permanent residency option available to you today, you should take it today because it may not be available tomorrow. 

So, what happens if you’re not a graduate? 

The Queensland program also still addresses those applying on the straightforward points process. However, it’s important to note the Queensland government has said that they will prioritise their invitations based purely on points rankings. Whereas in the past, the state governments had cherry-picked whoever they wanted.  

Whereas now, they’ve said those who rank highest will get the earliest invitations, it’s as simple as that. Every five-point increment you can get is critical to a successful outcome for a state nomination. Therefore if you have 80 points, put in an expression of interest and expect a nomination for a 190. Queensland has made it clear they will not nominate you with less. 

The program is competitive and looks to search for candidates with the highest points. 

For a 491, it is the normal minimum of 65, but as always, the higher, the better. For both applications, you need to have an occupation on the list, and you have to prove up proficient in English. 

Importantly, suppose you are lodging an expression of interest for the 190. In that case, you have to provide evidence of at least six months post-qualification employment in Queensland, and that has to have been full-time employment of at least 35 hours a week. 

Similarly, if you’re applying for the 491, you have to show that you’ve been living in regional Queensland, working full-time for at least 35 hours a week for the last three months in your occupation before submitting the EOI.

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