QLD State Nomination Program Updates


BSMQ State Nomination Program


  • The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is now OPEN from 19 April 2021 – 25 April 2021.
  • If you submitted an EOI from 1–7 February 2021, a new EOI will not be required. Please do not submit multiple EOIs. The first EOI picked up will be processed. 
  • Queensland 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) Pathway is OPEN.
  • Please note: amended requirements for 491-SBO commenced 1 April 2021.
  • The Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) remains CLOSED and will not re-open in April 2021 as quota will be filled with the current pipeline.
  • The subclass 190 will re-open in the next financial year once new nomination allocation has been received by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Subclass 190 EOI’s submitted from 1–7 February 2021 will be continued to be processed. 
  • The Business Program is CLOSED.
  • Business EOIs submitted up until 24 February 2021 will continue to be assessed up until the below deadlines.


The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa (from 65 points and above)

Only onshore applicants working in Queensland will be considered.

The Subclass 491 visa is open to COVID critical skill or sectors as previously outlined:

  • Air Ambulance, Critical Medical, Medical Technology,
  • Engineering, Critical Infrastructure, Supply Chain
  • Telecommunications, Film & Television Production,
  • Maritime Industry, Agricultural Technology Food Technology,
  • Mining, Emerging Technology, Financial Technology, and
  • Large Scale Manufacturing.


Please note: there is no specific skills list for the above, however applicants must meet one of the critical skills or sectors as listed above and can email [email protected] detailing how you meet this, including details of employer and role, and how this position is assisting in the COVID response or recovery.


BSMQ are also nominating the following selected hospitality occupations, however, you must meet all the work experience requirements and caveats detailed in the above link.


While BSMQ are accepting new EOIs, there is a significant backlog of 491 EOIs yet to be processed, therefore it could be a number of weeks before you receive an invitation.


Please note:  not all applicants will receive an invitation due to limited quota available.


If you submitted an EOI from 1 – 7 February, and did not meet minimum criteria (such as work experience requirements) at this date, your application was closed.


Please refrain from contacting BSMQ regarding your place in the queue as this significantly impacts our processing times and ability to provide you with a nomination.


491- SBO (Small Business Owner) Pathway

The 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) pathway is OPEN.


IMPORTANT: Applicants need to submit a 491-SBO Assessment Form prior to submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI), so that your EOI will be picked up.


From 1 April 2021 – the pre-existing business purchased will need to have been in operation for 2 years instead of 1 year.

There will also need to be a minimum purchase price of $100,000 (rather than total investment in the business).

Furthermore, commission agents or leasing agents of franchises (such as petrol stations), and home-based businesses (such as courier and cleaning businesses) will not be considered.

These requirements are aimed at ensuring the program is sustainable in the long-term.

Please note: businesses that have been purchased prior to 1 April 2021 are not subject to these requirements, however there must be a valid contract provided for the business before this date (i.e. business must have settled).


BSMQ are unable to process applicants who are s48 barred.


Business Program

The BSMQ business program closed at 12am (midnight AEST) on 24 February 2021. EOI’s submitted on Skillselect before this time will picked-up and considered for nomination.

Applications already invited and under consideration will continue to be assessed until the dates outlined below.


Subclass 132 visa applicants 

Subclass 132 applicants who have received an invitation to upload documents must submit all supporting documents by Tuesday 20 April 2021.

This is the last cut off date to upload documents, as the final nomination date for nomination to the Department of Home Affairs is Tuesday 27 April 2021.

If you are unable to submit your documents by Tuesday 20 April 2021, your application will be closed.

Your subclass 132 visa application must be lodged with the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days of nomination, and the latest, by 30 June 2021. From the 1 July 2021 the subclass 132 stream will cease.


Subclass 188 applicants

Subclass 188 applicants who have received an invitation to upload documents must submit all supporting documents in the two-week period provided by BSMQ. Failure to do so could see the invitation cancelled.

The last cut off date to upload documents to BSMQ for the subclass is Friday 18 June 2021.

The last date for nomination by BSMQ under the current 188 criteria is 30 June. However, you can submit your visa application to Home Affairs after this date, as long as it meets the normal 60 day requirement.

If you receive a nomination from 1 July 2021 by BSMQ you will be subject to the new subclass 188 criteria.





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