This visa is similar to the Australian Skilled Independent Visa but requires less points for skills and experience and involves state sponsorship. For this, sponsorship from an Australian state or territory government is required. In addition to the same criteria forage, English language ability, occupation, health and character requirements, applicants must meet the criteria set by the particular state or territory, such as:
- An occupation in shortage in that state/territory
- Skills and work experience in that occupation.
An expression of interest may be submitted, which Australian employers or government may view to select employees and invite them to apply.