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Australian Visa Update – Australian State and Territory Nominated Visa Subclasses 190/491 Update

by | Aug 24, 2020 | Migration

A small number of places have been allocated to the States and Territories for Subclasses 190 and 491 nominations and the Business Innovation and Investment classes. Below is an update on these programs for each of the state and territories.


The ACT Government is the first to open its reduced State and Territory nominated program for Subclasses 190 and 491. A new ACT critical skills list has been released with the number of nominated places available by occupation. ACT residency requirements have changed.

Different criteria apply to applications lodged before and after 1 July 2020 and after 18 August 2020. Members are advised to revise the new ACT guidelines that are available on that website.

The first invitation round was held yesterday Thursday 20/08/2020, with 145 invitations made including 26 to 457/482 holders.

Business visas are still currently suspended.

South Australia

The South Australian Government has updated the information on its website with a further statement that it will publish state nomination requirements on 27 August 2020.

Skilled migration – from 31 August, South Australia will commence reviewing EOIs and invitations to submit applications made.

Business migration – from 7 September 2020 Intention to Apply submissions will be reviewed and invitations to submit applications made.


The Victorian Government is preparing to re-open its visa nomination program with new policies and nomination criteria. It is suggested that applicants ensure their EOIs are lodged and up to date.

No announcement on the Business visa program has been made.


The Tasmanian Government has made no announcements on its state’s programs, other than that nominations will focus on the state’s public health system and economic recovery.


The NSW Government has made no announcement on its state’s programs.


The Queensland Government has made no announcement of its state programs.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government has not opened its state/territory nomination program for 2020-21 but is continuing to accept applications for nomination. Applications are closed to offshore applicants.

Business nomination applications are not being accepted at this time.

Western Australia

The Western Australian Government has made no announcement on its state’s programs.

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