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BSMQ State Nomination Program - 491 visa applications now open

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.

We are also nominating the following selected hospitality occupations however, you must meet all the work experience requirements and caveats detailed in the below table.

Hospitality Skilled Occupations for the 491 visa Round 19 April 25 April 2020-21
Occupation ANZSCO Code  Occupation Caveats
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers 141999 Requires minimum post qualification work experience of 3 years, including 3 months in Queensland.
Café and Restaurant Managers 141111 Requires minimum post qualification work experience of 3 years, including 3 months in Queensland.

Excludes positions in a limited-service restaurant. A limited-service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following: fast food or takeaway food services, fast casual restaurants, drinking establishments that offer only limited food service, limited-service cafes including but not limited to coffee shops, limited-service pizza restaurants.

Chef 351311 Requires minimum post qualification work experience of 3 years, including 3 months in Queensland.

Specialisations: Chef de Partie, Commis Chef, Demi Chef, Second Chef, Sous Chef.Excludes positions involving mass production in a factory or a limited-service restaurant.

A limited-service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following: fast food or takeaway food services, fast casual restaurants, drinking establishments that offer only limited food service, limited-service cafes including but not limited to coffee shops, limited-service pizza restaurants.

Cook 351411 Requires minimum post qualification work experience of 3 years, including 3 months in Queensland.

Chefs, Fast Food Cooks and Kitchenhands are excluded from this group.

Excludes positions involving mass production in a factory or a limited-service restaurant.

A limited-service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following: fast food or takeaway food services, fast casual restaurants, drinking establishments that offer only limited food service, limited-service cafes including but not limited to coffee shops, limited-service pizza restaurants.

Please note: there is no specific occupation list (apart from the occupations listed above), and other applicants must meet one of the critical skills or sectors as listed and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  detailing how you meet this, including details of employer and role, and how this position is assisting in the COVID response or recovery.

You must also have been working for a minimum of 3 months in a regional location in Queensland and have a job offer for an additional 12 Months from your employer in your nominated occupation.

Please ensure you review the  I m working in Queensland  page for further requirements.

While we 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.

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