To become an Australian permanent resident, a foreign skilled worker would typically opt for one of the three most popular General Skilled Migration visas – all of which are points-tested. This means that the eligibility of all candidates is assessed based on varied selection factors of the Australia Point System. Once points are allocated, the highest-scoring candidates receive invitations to apply for the visa from the Department of Home Affairs. The point allocation criteria for all three visas is fairly similar, with small differences for certain parameters. The Skilled Nominated Visa is one of the most accessible immigration pathways. It allows foreign skilled workers who are nominated for permanent residence by the governing agency of an Australian state/territory to permanently live and work in Australia. Nominations are issued to those who can meet the local labor market requirements of the state/territory.