Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa and Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Minimum requirements

To migrate to Australia under a skilled visa, you and your dependant family members on the application must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs requirements.

A summary of key minimum requirements are:


You must be under aged 45 years at the time of nomination.

Skills assessments

You will need a full skills assessment from a relevant Australian skills assessment and assessing authority, for the skilled occupation that you have nominated.

A skills assessment is an independent assessment of whether you have the skills and / or experience to undertake an occupation in Australia. For information about which skills assessment body provides an assessment for your occupation, go to the Department of Home Affairs website.


The minimum English language requirement is an outcome of competent unless otherwise specified by assessing / licensing or registration body or on the Northern Territory (NT) Migration Occupation List. Competent means the equivalent of at least IELTS 6.0 in each band level.

NT Government accepts all English tests approved by Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.

For a list of language tests accepted and the comparison of test scores go to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Points test

Meet the skilled migration points test of 65 or higher.

In addition to the above, you must also meet the Northern Territory (NT) Government requirements.

These requirements can be changed at any time by the NT Government. NT nominations are issued at the discretion of the NT Government, and meeting these requirements does not guarantee a nomination.

If you already live in Australia

For specific guidelines on eligibility read additional requirements for onshore applicants.

Please note the following general information:

  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently living interstate, you will not be eligible for the Northern Territory (NT) nomination
  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently on a student visa and have not completed studies in an NT institution, you will not be eligible for NT nomination
  • if you have already been nominated for a subclass 489 or 491 visa by the NT, you will not be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination.
If you apply from outside Australia

The Northern Territory General Skilled Migration program is currently closed to offshore applicants.

Commitment to the NT

Accepting a nomination from Australia's NT Government means that you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • live and work in the NT in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for at least three years from visa grant
  • let the NT Government know the status of your visa application - you need to do this when your visa is granted and when you arrive
  • regularly provide your current contact details to the NT Government
  • participate in surveys conducted by the NT Government.


If you are offered an NT Government nomination, a declaration form will be issued which will outline these obligations and you will be required to acknowledge, sign and return.

MigrationNT considers a number of factors in assessing commitment to the NT, including:

  • length of residency in the NT
  • previous travel to the NT
  • connections to the NT (for example, close family members being long-term residents of the NT).

You must have a skilled occupation that is on the Australian Government's current list of eligible skilled occupations.

The Northern Territory Migration Occupation List (NTMOL) provides an indication as to which of the eligible skilled occupations are in demand in the NT. Offshore applicants must read the NTMOL to determine their eligibility.


You must provide strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT either in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

You can show you have good employment prospects by providing:

  • an offer of employment letter from an NT employer
  • a statement describing how your skills and experience meet NT employer needs
  • evidence that your occupation has been advertised in the NT multiple times and detailed explanations of how your qualifications and experience match the job vacancies
  • evidence of positive feedback from potential NT employers.


Please see specific information on the required evidence on employability for onshore and offshore applicants.

Financial capacity (for applicants outside the NT)

You must provide a list of all your financial assets in Australian dollars. You must provide verifiable documents evidence of those assets. For example, clear colour copies of bank statements, share certificates, property valuations and jewellery evaluations.

The table below gives you detail on the assets you need and the summary you have to provide.

Family compositionMinimum value of net assets
Individual applicantAU$35 000
Applicant and spouseAU$50 000
Applicant and spouse plus one childAU$60 000
Applicant and spouse plus two childrenAU$65 000

Page last updated 16 February 2022