Several territories and states generate lists for in-demand occupations for their specific region. If you have had a positive assessment of skills for any of the mentioned Australian in-demand occupations in the MODL (Migration Occupation In-demand List), you may apply for an Australia state nomination and further for a skilled regional sponsored visa or a skilled sponsored visa to Australia.
Besides enjoying the benefit of accelerated processing, your pass mark requirement is also reduced to mere 100 points in such cases and you are also awarded 10 additional points for nomination by the state government.
General criteria for Australia state nomination
Though there is a huge variation in state nomination criteria for every state but a few common requirements that applies to almost all Australian states are:
Australia state nomination criteria for international students
However, if you are an international student in Australia and applying for nomination by the state government:
“Off list” nominations
Further, every Australian territory and state is given 500 places to provide “off list” nominations. This permits them to nominate applicants at their own discretion, even when the applicants do not have their occupation included in the list given by the Australian territory or state. In most cases, the possibility of “off list” nominations is higher if the applicant holds a job offer in that state or territory.
Process time for Australia state nomination applications
As far as time involved in processing of state nomination applications is concerned, this varies according to state. Because of the rise in applications received after the announcement for the changes, processing time for applications in Australia has greatly increased. Indicative time for processing, as given by a few territories and states, are 2-3 months.
However, Australia state nomination is still a great immigration option that supersedes many other alternative immigration choices.