The Migration Queensland Skilled Program for the 2023-24 program year is now open to both onshore and offshore applicants. There are four categories for eligibility.
Graduates of a Queensland University:
This pathway is for high-performing graduates who have graduated from a Queensland university and are currently living in Queensland.
Common eligibility criteria include a points test result of 75 or higher for the Subclass 190 visa and 65 or higher for the Subclass 491 visa (inclusive of state nomination points), Competent English proficiency, living in Queensland, completing 100% of studies in Queensland, and graduating in the last two years.
Additional criteria and caveats apply to specific graduate pathways.
Skilled Workers Living in Queensland:
You should have an occupation on the Home Affairs relevant list of eligible skilled occupations (LIN19/051) and Competent English.
Subclass 190 requires a points test result of 75 or higher (70 or higher for Trades occupations*) and evidence of full-time employment in your nominated or closely related occupation for a specified period.
Subclass 491 requires a points test result of 65 or higher and evidence of full-time employment in regional Queensland for a specified period.
Skilled Workers Living Offshore:
Evidence of the required years of post-study work experience is required, and you must be employed in your nominated occupation when invited.
A commitment to living and working in Queensland for a specified period is necessary.
Small Business Owners Operating in Regional Queensland:
This pathway is for migrants currently living and operating a small business in regional Queensland.
You must have an occupation on the Home Affairs Legislative Instrument LIN 19/051 and a positive skills assessment in an occupation on this instrument.
Full-time work rights and not currently studying are required.
There are two pathways available:
Pathway 1: Requires purchasing an existing registered business for a minimum of $100,000 and employing at least one Australian resident. The business must have been trading for at least six months.
Pathway 2: Requires starting and continuously running a business for a minimum of two years, generating a profit, and having a turnover of $200,000 in the twelve months prior to application.
In summary, the Migration Queensland Skilled Program offers various pathways for skilled migrants, graduates, skilled workers, and small business owners, each with specific eligibility criteria and requirements.