Migration Queensland opens visa program for onshore and offshore applicants

This 2022-23 financial year Skilled Migration Program will be open to both onshore and offshore applicants, and provide pathways for skilled workers, graduates, and small business owners.

1.Graduate Pathway – Graduates of a Queensland university

Migration Queensland criteria requires Graduate applicants to:

  • have a point test result of 80 or higher (for the 190 visa) or 65 points or higher (for the 491 visa), inclusive of state nomination;
  • provide evidence of employment with a Queensland employer registered in Australia in their nominated occupation (or a closely related occupation) (excludes PhD and Doctorate Graduates);
  • meet the minimum English language requirement of PROFICIENT
  • meet the additional criteria for qualification level detailed below.

Invitations will go to the highest points per occupation (other requirements may be considered where there are a large number of EOI’s for certain points ie regional location, years of work experience etc). EOI’s will remain in our queue based on the points when they were originally lodged.   

PhD and Doctorate Graduates (190 and 491)

Applicants must meet following criteria: 

  • be living onshore in Queensland 
  • have completed 100% of the PhD or Doctorate at a Queensland-based institution
  • have had a decision on thesis and graduated in the last 2 years
  • have an occupation on LIN 19/051
  • no job required

Masters Graduates (190 and 491)  

Masters 190 nomination criteria

  • be living onshore in Queensland 
  • have completed 100% of Master’s degree (by research or coursework) at a Queensland-based institution
  • have graduated in the last two years
  • have a Master’s Degree and skills assessment in a STEM field (fields listed below):

Bachelor Graduates (491 only)

Applicants must:

  • be living onshore in regional Queensland 
  • have completed 100% of the Bachelor’s degree at a Queensland-based institution
  • have graduated in the last two years
  • have a grade point average of 5.5 (or equivalent) or higher 
  • have an occupation on LIN 19/051
  • be employed full-time (35 hours per week minimum) in regional Queensland in the nominated or closely related occupation

2. Working pathway – Skilled workers living onshore or offshore

Skilled workers living in Queensland


  • have a points-test result of 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points. Applicant have a points-test result of 80 or higher for the 190, and 65 or higher for the 491;
  • have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation;
  • be under 45 years of age;
  • meet the minimum English language requirement of competent, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority; 
  • and submit additional documents, if invited to lodge an application for a 190 or 491 visa. For example, if you are lodging 190 visa, please providing evidence that you have been living in Queensland and undertaking full-time post-qualification employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) over the past 6months in your nominated occupation immediately prior to submitting your EOI. While if you are lodging for 491, you need to undertake full-time post-qualification employment over the past 3 months in the nominated occupation.

If you apply for the 491 Regional visa, you are required to live and work within one of the following post codes: 4019–4022, 4025, 4037, 4074, 4076–4078, 4124–4125, 4133, 4183–4184, 4207–4275, 4280–4287, 4300–4301, 4303–4498, 4500–4512, 4514–4519, 4521, 4550–4575, 4580–4895

Skilled workers living offshore – The 2022–23 Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)



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