The number of nominations allocated to the states and territories of Australia for Subclass 190 – Skilled – Nominated visa as well as Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa and the visa it replaced, Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa, has been revealed in two separate Freedom of Information requests. The 190 and 491 visas, which are state or territory nominated, are part of the independent skilled migration program of Australia and they are also called General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas. These visas target skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation. However, the candidates are not required to be sponsored or employed.
Nomination ceilings for 190 visas(2019-2020)
|Australian Capital Territory||1,200|
|New South Wales||3,000|
Nomination ceilings for 489/491 visas (2019-2020)
|Australian Capital Territory||200|
|New South Wales||2,745|
One thing which has to be noted here is that these are the number of nominations and not visas. The number of visas to be issued will certainly be higher as it will include the secondary applicants or the family members of the primary applicant. As per the 2019-20 migration planning levels, the maximum number of invitations allocated for 190 visas is 24,968. Similarly, while the nomination allocation for 489/491 visas is 12,388, the allocation of invitations is 15000. 489/491 visas sponsored by relatives under the EoI invitation system is also included in this number. If the states and territories use all the 491 nominations, the number of visas to be granted will be higher than the allocations.