State sponsorship options are limited right now…

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At this stage in the year, its becoming apparent that state sponsorship options for anyone looking to apply for a state sponsored skilled migration visa subclass 190  is limited and some of the state’s requirements for sponsorship are becoming unbelievable in their scope for potential visa application/migrants.

NSW has closed its application system for the subclass 190 state sponsorship so that’s too bad for anyone aiming to head out to Sydney.

QLD’s state sponsorship financial requirements ($30,000 in assets), a large part of which has to be in cash and verified is laughable.

WA requirement for you to have a signed 12 month employment contract in place is fantastical.  Only SA and Victoria state sponsorship requirement seem to exist in the realm of reality as you and I know it.  So Adelaide and Melbourne are attractive cities to consider, both have a lot of offer.  Adelaide with its affordable cost of living.  Melbourne with its strong IT industry is a good option for IT professionals and it really is a cultural hub.

Recently, I had a very positive experience with ACT state sponsorship, they allowed a high level of flexibility in the application process in relation to lodgement and efficiency timing that I am full of praise for their ACT migration manager, Julianne O’Brien and their migration team of assessing officers.  Its good to come across a state sponsorship body who’s actions actually illustrate they care about potential migrants to their states and appreciates particular nuances of an individual case.   Unfortunately ACT has reached its occupation ceiling for the subclass 190 and is currently closed but like NSW they should be oopen for business again from July.

The easy answer on how to deal with these limitations and demanding requirements would be avoid state sponsorship altogether and aim for a superior IELTS score if your occupation is on the SOL.

If your occupation is on CSOL, then don’t lose heart, waiting until the new Australian financial year begins 1 July 2014 might be the key.  NSW advises on its website that it will be opening up its applications system from July which alot of my own clients will be welcoming as Sydney is still the place to go if you work in the legal, financial or IT industry.

46 Replies to “State sponsorship options are limited right now…”

  1. Hi, I am a Forensic Scientist, eligible to apply for skilled migration to Australia and my preference is Victoria. I am divorced but have three children as secondary applicants. How much assets I need to show and how much of it should be as bank statement?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. I got EOI and state nomination as well as I had applied for vias under sub class 190 for queensland in Oct 2016 but now as per bsmq my occupation was removed does it impact my visa grant..and in how much time i will be expecting Visa grant. Still waiting for revert

  3. Hi Mege,

    there is some really great useful information in this forum, I had a little question though.
    Am going to apply for state nomination visa subclass 190 from Canberra when they open the program in July. However, I have a small issue. my total points is 55 on Sep-5-2017 I’ll be 25 YO getting this extra 5 points needed so will they consider my application? when I sent them an email I got a reply from, Julianne O Brien, saying that I should meet the required points by the time my application is assigned to a case officer (when would that be?) am really so confused right now, based on this article people at the ACT seem to be helpful….are they understanding, if I asked them to hold my application for a while?

    1. Hi,
      If you have 55 points on 5 September 2017 and ACT gives you another 5 points for state sponsorship than that should be the minimum of 60 points. Sorry maybe I don’t quite understand your problem.
      Best,
      Mege

      1. Hi Mege,
        Thanks for your reply, the situation is as follows.
        Currntly I have 50 points + 5 for the state sponsore = 55
        However, on September I’ll have 5 more points for being 25 years old, only problem is, am going to apply for the state sponsore on July (with 50 points only and 5 from them) will they consider sponsoring me?

  4. Hi ,

    I got EOI and state nomination as well as I had applied for vias under sub class 190 for queensland in Oct 2016 but now as per bsmq my occupation was removed does it impact my visa grant..and in how much time i will be expecting Visa grant

  5. Dear All,

    I am looking for 190 visa.

    ANZSCO 225113 (Marketing Specialist)
    Age 35: 25 points
    Vetassess
    Education :15 points
    Experience : 15 points
    IELTS : over all 6.5
    Total score 55
    If i get state nomination the total points will be 60.

    Could you please advise whether I will get state nomination from any states in Australia and am i eligible to apply for visa.

  6. Hi,
    I am under ‘systems analyst’ category and I have filed EOI with 65 points(For 189 visa)
    Age-25
    Edu-15
    English-10(7 in all 4 sections)
    Exp-10
    Spouse-5

    In parallel,I applied for SA state sponsorship with 70 points.

    Here my query is,how long does it take to get invitation for 190 visa?

  7. Hi,

    I have read on a lot of websites the following:
    “The ACT does not have a Skilled Sponsored (489) visa program.”

    What I don’t understand is whether ACT gives 489 visa or not as i have applied for it through Skillselect and don’t want to keep waiting unless it’s ever granted.

  8. Hi,

    I have applied for 489 Queensland state sponsored visa in sep 2015, but from last ten months i am waiting for my grant, everytime i received same reply “Application is under process”.

    What is the problem behind delay in 489 grant especially for Queensland, However I had received verification call from Australian embassy in last month and conversation was good so I don’t think there is any problem in my application..

    Please give your valuable advice

    Abhijeet

    1. Hi,
      Its not personal you just have to be patient. So long as you’ve provided all necessary information unfortunately waiting is part of the application process.

      Best,
      Mege

  9. Please help…

    Health clearance provided – no action required
    All health examinations required for the specified visa subclass have been finalised. Processing of this person’s visa application can now continue. This will not occur until a case officer investigates the case in line with published processing times for the visa that has been applied for. Do not contact the department about health examinations in the meantime.

    As indicated above, Is my medical cleared?
    How long the CO takes to give further comments?

    1. Hi
      Don’t worry the case officer isn’t ignoring you. They’ll let you know when they need anything further. If every case officer spent time just ending applicants updates about their cases, they wouldn’t have any time to do the important work of processing the hundreds of applications they each have to manage.
      Be patient. You are almost there.
      Best,
      Mege

  10. Hi. I don’t have plans on selling my houses just to cover the funds needed for VIC. Is there a way that we can just get a certification or affidavit listing down the cost of our assets?

  11. in case of ACT subclass 190 , do they also consider Immovable property and EPF balance as a part of assets incase if we declare that We would liquidate both of them before migration. Basically i dont have too many liquid assets and most of my assets are tied up with real estate which i would liquidate before relocation. Would this be considered as a part of my assets.

  12. Hi There,

    I am planning to apply for state sponsorship in ACT under 190 subclass.

    Do i need to maintain some balance for some months before i lodge my EOI or balance can be shown from the date of EOI application.

    If yes how much balance and for how long has to be maintained.

    Regards

  13. Hi,
    I wish to migrate to Australia under ‘Marketing Specialist-225113’ . I have consulted 2 consultants and one says, I am eligible, but no state is sponsoring. On the other hand, the other consultant says, I am eligible and can migrate. Please if you can help me out to take decision weather to go ahead or no?

    Thanks
    Vinod

  14. Hi,
    I wish to migrate to Australia under ‘Marketing Specialist-225113’ . I have consulted 2 consultants and one says, I am eligible, but no state is sponsoring. On the other hand, the other consultant says, I am eligible and can migrate. Please if you can help me out to take decision weather to go ahead or no?

    Thanks
    Vinod

  15. Hi admin,

    I have got positive skill assesment in July 2014 under the category of Systems Analyst. My Ielts score is R 6.5, L 7.5, W 7, S 7. Overall 7. The catergory is under two states NSW & SA. Would i be able to get state sposorship of any in same IELTS score ???

    R’s,
    Amandeep Singh

    1. Hi Amandeep,
      Most state governments will want a proficient IELTS score as part of their requirements. That’s all 7s in each of the 4 bands of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You should look at the state sponsorship options for engineering occupation and confirm what IELTS score is needed. If you need to get proficient IELTS score, than do further study and retake the IELTS test to get a better score.
      All the best.

  16. Hi Admin,

    I found this information very useful ! I’d like to ask you something: Is it usual that after 1st of July, in the Canberra case at least, the occupations that are currently ‘closed’ will going to be ‘open’ again?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Jorge,
      The 1 July is day 1 of the new Australian financial year. Sometimes the state government coordinate the release of their new state sponsorship programme/list of occupations with this date but this is not an automatic so don’t assume that it will be. Just keep checking in with the ACT website each week for updates on when they will release their new list of occupations as open.
      All the best.

  17. I am writing to you regarding your application for an Australian skilled visa (subclass 489).

    The visa for which you have applied is part of the Skilled Nominated category. The Migration Programme determines the maximum number of visas that can be granted in each visa category. Applications for this visa are processed in line with Migration Programme planning levels. These planning levels have precedence over indicative client service standard timeframes.

    The Migration Programme planning level for the Skilled Nominated category now has limited number of places left for the 2014-15 program year. This means processing times will be longer and that once the remaining places are used, the Department cannot grant further visas in this category during this programme year.

    As planning levels affect all applications, including those in the final stages of processing, I cannot give you an indication as to the likely timeframe for finalisation of your application.

    In the meantime, I encourage you to continue checking the department’s website (www.immi.gov.au) for any updates regarding application processing or changes to the Skilled Migration Programme which may affect you.

    I appreciate your patience in this matter.

    Can anyone tell me regarding this message? When visa is granted and also can we guess that visa is finalized but wait for next visa quota?

  18. Hi Mege,

    The replies and guidence you provide seems quite genuine.

    In (Get health details) button that has been introduced on the immi account, I am getting the following message :

    “Health requirement – health clearance provided – no action required
    All health examinations required for the specified visa subclass have been finalised. Once this person lodges a visa application, additional health examinations may be requested where circumstances have changed or additional information is provided to the case officer.”

    Does this indicate that the medicals are cleared ?

    Please guide.

    1. Hi Prannay,
      This message indicates that your medicals have been received and uploaded to the eVisa system. If you want a definitive answer whether your medicals are cleared simply email your case officer and ask them, most case officers will be fine just saying yes or no.

      All the best.

  19. Hi,
    I have a question.For 189 visa ,do I need to submit documents of my financial capacity.
    Also I would like to know the same about 190 Victoria state sponsorship visa.

    Regards,
    Ash.

    1. Hi Ash,
      The subclass 189 visa itself doesn’t have any requirements for you to demonstrate financial capacity.
      Here is a link to the Victorian government migration website if you want more information on getting sponsored by them for a subclass 190 visa for Australia.

      All the best.

  20. Hi,

    I had lodged my visa application for subclass 190 in 1st week of february 2015.

    I got a mail from “GSM Visa Processing Officer” regarding the delay of processing times.

    I want to know
    a) whether GSM Visa Processing Officer is a case officer ?
    b) Whether the file has been ASSESSED and pending because of planning levels
    or
    the file will be ASSESSED at a later date ?

    Regards,
    Prannay.

    1. Hi Prannay,

      You really should asked your case officer these questions if they have been in contact with you and yes the GSM visa processing officer is the case officer.
      All the best with getting your visa for Australia.

  21. Hi,

    I got state sponsorship from QLD. Now waiting for the documents to apply for 190 visa. I have a doubt about the financial background required for QLD state sponsorship.

    Do we need to keep $15k (for myself and 3 dependent) in the bank account till the department complete the processing of my visa application?

    Regards,
    John

    1. Hi John,
      If you already have received state sponsorship approval from Queensland they must have already assessed your financial capacity. Now you just need to wait for the invitation to apply from the Skillselect system.

      All the best!

  22. Dear Admin,

    My application for subclass visa 190 (Australia) is under processing and I have submitted all necessary documents and fees. However, immigration department sent me following email:

    “The Migration Programme planning level for the Skilled Nominated category now has limited number of places left for the 2014-15 program year. This means processing times will be longer and that once the remaining places are used, the Department cannot grant further visas in this category during this programme year.”

    Would you kindly let me know what will happen if there is no demand of my occupation in SOL for the program year 2015?

    Sincerely Yours

    Atikul Islam

    1. Hi there,
      Your are actually worrying about a problem you don’t have. Your application is already in the application processing queue. You don’t have to worry if your occupation will remain on the SOL. Once you lodge an application it will be assessed according to the criteria that was in place at the time of lodgement of the application. There is no retrospective effect so if the law changes Immigration can’t go back and say your application didn’t meet the requirements, this would be unfair as no one can know what future visa requirements will be.

      Stay calm and wait for processing to continue. the real message of the notice you received is that it just might take longer for the application to be processed than usual.

      All the best!

    2. Hi, Even I have got the same email from the immigration. Dept. If I may ask when did you file ur appication and under which skill category….

  23. My occupation is HR adviser 223111 .but unfortunately since August 2014 it is open in NT and WA. NT always reject most of the cases, now can you suggest. I have my real sister residing in Sydney for last 18 years, is there any option of family member like in ACT.please let me know I will be highly obliged .

    1. Hi Nitin,
      Thanks for the question. You can only be sponsored by a close relative, like a sibling, if you have an occupation on the SOL and that relative is either a settled Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen.

  24. Dear Admin,

    I have filed my EOI on 19th December 2014. My occupation is 511112 Program or Project Co ordinator. I have a positive skill assessment and the required IELTS score as well.

    I received an invite from WA but could not accept it as I do not fulfil one of their mandatory criteria and that being an employment contract for 12 months minimum. Hence the invite is due to expire in the next 10 days (Validity 10 days).

    I have 2 queries:

    1. What is the hope for this occupation in future? Will there be any openings in other states or can this occupation come to the SOL list ever?

    2. The NEW selection based invitation is coming up for NSW. Will the occupations like mine’s in the CSOL list be considered to receive an invite?

    1. Hi Jessica,
      It is difficult to predict what the future of the occupation Programme or Project Coordinator will be but I don’t think its a popular occupation for state sponsorship. Its unfortunate that you didn’t secure a employment contract to take advantage of the WA invite you received from lodging your EOI. Most states don’t sponsor this occupation as its just not in demand. Working off previous lists of occupations the NSW government has sponsored I seriously doubt they will be looking to offer sponsored for this occupation but you never know, keep checking their website to see.

  25. Dear Admin, I am Deepali and trying for visa 190 in Jan 2015 as my job code is health information manager …m applicable to apply only in Victoria and Queensland. So can you help me with some details like which is the best period to apply for visa as well as how many applications they are accepting for each job code. Thanks in advance… Merry Christmas

    1. Hi Deepali,
      Thank you for your inquiry. The best place to get an answer to your questions, is to contact the Victoria state sponsorship or Queensland state sponsorship bodies directly, Here is a link to their websites, Queensland and Victoria.

  26. Hi..
    you guys are posting some really useful information. I hope my doubts will be clarified as well.
    I am planning to apply under visa subclass 190. Plz assist me on following:
    1. My relevant occupation is shown as closed as of now for ACT, and I couldn’t find any information on when it’ll open again but my consultant is recommending to go for skill assessment and assures that the said occupation will be opened in 3 months time. Plz advice if he is suggesting the right thing
    2. I can find my occupation in only one state I.e. ACT; in such case chances of visa grant seems to be less (just a guess) bcoz if occupation is available in more than one state then chances are high for visa grant as the state needs them.
    3. Can I apply for more than one state at a time.

    Waiting for some useful replies.
    thanks a lot in advance.

    1. Hi Ashish,

      Thanks for your questions. You really need to pose these questions you have to the consultant you already have so they can provide you their advice as you have engaged that to do this for you. We don’t like to second guess other visa consultants because it generally just adds to more confusion.
      One suggestion might be to contact ACT migration directly and simply ask if they intend re-listing your occupation. They might give you some indication and this might relieve some of your concerns about starting your skill assessment even though you aren’t sure you will be able to lodge a state sponsorship application.

      All the best.

  27. Hi Mege,
    Thanks for the interesting post.
    There seems to be a contradiction however between the ACT and NSW websites and the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (http://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/SkillSelect/SkillSelect.aspx):

    1. For example, on the ACT website, it is stated that “The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is pleased to announce that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled- Nominated (subclass 190) visa have been met for the 2013/14 financial year. Effective Tuesday 25 March 2014, applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted. If you are living overseas, you will not be able to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens on 1 July 2014.”

    2. However, on the DIBP website, under the tab “Occupation Ceilings”, it is stated that “the following changes are now in place from 1 March 2014: State and territory nominated visas will no longer be subject to occupational ceiling limitations.”

    It concretely means that, from 1 March 2014 on, the occupational ceilings do not apply to the Skilled – Nominated (Subclass 190) visa anymore.

    Does that mean that an occupation which is marked as CLOSED on the current ACT/NSW lists is to be considered OPEN again, since 1 March 2014?

    It seems to be the case, as the DIBP is applying the new rule for the current 2013/2014 programme since that date.

    What do you think?

    Cheers,

    Francois

    1. Glad you liked the post and thanks for the message!
      The state governments work independently to the federal government when it comes to occupation ceilings. So the federal government is happy to remove limitations on occupational ceilings for state sponsored visa applications because it knows the state government have their own ceilings for what occupations they will sponsor to their state. For example, ACT or NSW may do their own research and say we wan to sponsor x number of plumbers. Once they’ve sponsored the magic number they don’t sponsor any more. Whatever state sponsored visa applications then get put through for the federal government system for the actual granting of visa, all going well and if satisfactory will be granted the visas. But as you can appreciate, its the state governments that in fact control the numbers.
      So this effectively means, if a state government website says its applications are closed for the time being it means just that, they are not processing any applications for state sponsorship regardless of what the federal government says.

      Hope this clarifies things for you.

    2. Hi,

      I am looking for 190 visa.

      ANZSCO 225113 (Marketing Specialist)
      Age 35: 25 points
      Vetassess
      Education :15 points
      Experience : 15 points
      IELTS : over all 6.5
      Total score 55
      If i get state nomination the total points will be 60.

      Could you please advise whether I will get state nomination from any states in Australia and am i eligible to apply for visa.

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