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Common questions about skilled visas

What you need to know about NSW nomination for subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas.

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NSW runs a competitive selection-based invitation process for nomination of subclass 190 and subclass 491 skilled worker visas. You cannot apply directly, or request to be invited

Subclass 190

NSW generally selects the highest ranking candidates who meet the NSW nomination criteria and are skilled in a NSW target sector

Subclass 491

NSW selects the most suitable candidates who meet the criteria under one of the three nomination streams. Preference is given to applicants applying under stream 1. 

Invitation rounds for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) occur ongoing throughout the financial year. NSW cannot advise the date of upcoming invitation rounds by phone or email. 

You can register your interest in NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) during a "submission window". 

Submission windows this financial year are the months of August, October, January, and March.

All valid registrations of interest submitted during a submission window will be considered. 

Registrations of interest submitted outside a submission window will not be considered.

No. NSW does not accept direct applications, you must be invited to apply during the normal course of an invitation round. NSW will not respond to correspondence seeking special consideration.

We can prioritise your registration of interest only in the circumstance that your visa is expiring within 3 months and you are eligible to apply under stream 1.

NSW cannot comment on why your EOI was unsuccessful.

Subclass 190

So long as you maintain a valid EOI in SkillSelect for an occupation within a NSW target sector, you may be invited to apply for NSW nomination in future invitation rounds. 

Subclass 491

All valid registrations of interest submitted during a submission window will be considered.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

NSW Nomination is by invitation only. You cannot directly apply or request an invitation. 

General enquiries

The section 48 bar applies to applicants who have had a visa refused or cancelled since their last entry into Australia. If you are subject to a section 48 bar you need to leave Australia before you can reapply for a visa.

NSW will not renominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar where their nomination has expired and they are unable to leave Australia.

NSW will only contact you if you are selected to apply for NSW nomination. We determine how many invitations are issued on an ongoing basis where the top-ranking candidates are generally invited to apply.

NSW does not:

  • send acknowledgement emails after you’ve submitted an EOI in SkillSelect
  • provide 'status updates' on your EOI, or
  • provide a likelihood of when/if you will be invited to apply for NSW nomination

If you are invited to apply for NSW nomination, application fees are A$330, and are non-refundable.

Invitation rounds

There is no set date when invitation rounds occur, and invitation rounds are not announced. 

NSW invitation rounds occur ongoing throughout the financial year. NSW cannot advise the date of upcoming invitation rounds by phone or email. 

 

NSW cannot predict the likelihood of an EOI being invited to apply for NSW nomination. So long as you maintain a valid EOI in SkillSelect, you will be considered in future invitation rounds.

NSW invitation links are valid for 14 days from the time they are issued. You must apply to NSW within this time. NSW will not reissue your invitation because it has expired. 

NSW will not reissue your invitation because it has expired. 

NSW sends invitations by email to the address you have provided in your EOI. It is your responsibility to regularly check this email account. NSW will not reissue your invitation because it has expired. 

NSW invitations are sent from noreply@salesforce.com on behalf of skilled.migration@investment.nsw.gov.au. Make sure these email addresses are not blocked by your spam filter.

NSW issues only one invitation per EOI. If you are invited but do not take up your invitation, you will need to submit a new EOI in SkillSelect to be considered again in a later invitation round. Because this selection process is highly competitive, there is no guarantee that you will receive another invitation at a later date.

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee you will be invited to apply for NSW nomination

Being invited to apply for NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is highly competitive. Meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee you will be invited due to the extremely high demand and few available places. 

We strongly encourage you to explore all other visa options and migration pathways and not wait for an invitation.

Eligibility requirements

The NSW minimum eligibility requirements are available on our Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) page.

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee you will be invited to apply.

Being invited to apply for NSW nomination is exceptionally competitive. We strongly recommend you explore all other migration pathways on the Home Affairs website, or contact a registered migration agent for advice. 

NSW has adopted an occupation list at the ANZSCO unit group level this financial year for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190). 

To be considered, you must hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that is both eligible for the visa and falls within an ANZSCO unit group identified on our occupation list

For example, any occupation within the ANZSCO unit group '2613 – Software and Applications Programmers' is eligible. This includes:

  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec

NSW cannot nominate EOIs in occupations not eligible for the visa. Visit the Home Affairs website to confirm your occupation is eligible for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) before you obtain a skills assessment.   

No. To be eligible for NSW nomination you must be currently residing in NSW and be either:

  • currently employed in NSW where your employment meets the standard for claiming skilled employment in your nominated occupation, or
  • have genuinely and continuously resided in NSW for the past three months

The NSW residency requirement applies regardless of when you lodged your EOI. 

To prove your NSW residency you must provide:

  • Bank statements for a minimum six months from your main transaction account showing your salary and everyday transactions

In addition to following documents (as applicable to you):

  • Rental or lease agreements
  • Utility bills, e.g. gas, water etc
  • Other bills, e.g. phone, internet etc
  • Driver’s license or proof of age card

No. You are not required to be currently, or previously, working in NSW in your occupation to be eligible for nomination. 

No. Once you are nominated by NSW for the subclass 491 visa, you lose eligibility for the subclass 190 visa. 

This includes if you do not apply to Home Affairs for the visa, or were nominated for your subclass 491 visa in a previous financial year.

Submitting an EOI in SkillSelect

No. When you submit your EOI, you need to ensure all the information provided in your EOI is correct, and can be supported by evidence. If you are invited by NSW before you meet our eligibility requirements, cannot accept your invitation to apply.

You should only claim employment that is recognised as 'skilled', i.e. employment that is closely related to your nominated occupation, and after you met the minimum benchmark to be considered skilled in your occupation.

For the purposes of NSW nomination, you are only eligible to claim skilled employment after the date you have been deemed skilled on your skills assessment. Claiming employment before this date may result in your application being declined by NSW. 

If you are unsure if your employment is at the relevant skill level of your nominated occupation, you may wish to have your employment assessed by the relevant skills assessing authority.

I'm claiming points for skilled employment

For the purpose of NSW nomination, you must provide an ACS 'skills assessment', and your employment must be assessed by ACS. You can only claim points for employment after the date ACS deems you skilled in your occupation. 

You cannot provide an ACS 'post-Australian study assessment' if you are claiming points for employment. 

I'm not claiming points for skilled employment

You are able to provide any ACS assessment accepted by Home Affairs.

For the purpose of NSW nomination, you can only claim points for employment that

  • is after the date ACS deems you are skilled in your occupation (as listed on your ACS 'skills assessment'), and;
  • ACS considers to be at an appropriately skilled level and relevant to your occupation

If you have claimed points for skilled employment in your EOI, you must be able to provide an ACS skills assessment that identifies the date your employment is considered to equate to an appropriately skilled level.

If your ACS skills assessment does not identify this date, or has not been assessed as suitable, you are not able to claim points for skilled employment for the purposes of NSW nomination.

If you have a valid skills assessment, which has assessed your skilled employment, you do not need to obtain a new assessment for ongoing employment after you obtained your assessment. 

You can demonstrate your further skilled employment by providing evidence including: 

  • employment contract 
  • employment reference letter detailing the duration of your employment, the hours worked per week and duties performed
  • payslips, and
  • your letter of offer 

Where you currently reside is shown in your SkillSelect EOI. 

If you are currently residing in Australia, you need to make sure this is reflected in your EOI. To do this, select 'Australia' as your 'usual country of residence' and then the relevant state or territory.

NSW cannot check or amend your EOI. 

Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

NSW nomination for the subclass 491 visa is now by invitation only.

General enquiries

No. You can only register your interest once during a submission window. 

Registering your interest more than once will result in your removal from consideration during a submission window.

If you are skilled in more than one occupation, you must only register your interest in one occupation.   

If you are invited to apply for NSW nomination, you have 14 days to apply to a NSW region where your skills are required.

You can only apply to one region.  

A list of participating regions is available on our subclass 491 visa website. 

If you have been invited to apply for NSW nomination, you can apply to any region where your skills are required, i.e. your nominated occupation is on that region's occupation list.

Candidates invited to apply under stream 1 are strongly encouraged to apply to the region they are currently living and working in. 

No. You can only submit one application to one NSW region.

Submitting more than one application will result in all applications being refused. 

Home Affairs determines which regions of Australia are eligible for the subclass 491 visa. Eligible regions are published on the Home Affairs designated regional area postcodes website. 

We can prioritise your registration of interest only in the circumstance that your visa is expiring within 3 months and you are eligible to apply under stream 1.

Stream 1

Your employment must qualify as skilled employment under the Home Affairs’ points test. This includes being in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, for a minimum of 20 hours per week.  

See the Home Affairs Point table for for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) website for more information. 

The standard requirement under stream 1 is to have been living and working in NSW in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for a period of 12 months.

However, NSW may consider inviting candidates under stream 1 who have been living and working in NSW in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for a minimum period of 3 months.   

No. You must register your interest under stream 3. 

If you register your interest under stream 1 when you are not eligible, your registration of interest will not be considered.

Stream 2

No. You are not required to have completed your entire course in Regional NSW. 

To meet this requirement you must be eligible to claim points for Study in regional Australia on the basis of living and studying in Regional NSW. 

Stream 3

NSW will determine and select the most suitable candidates under this stream according to a range of factors which include, but not limited to; skilled employment experience, current employment, and residency.

There is no guarantee of invitation to apply for NSW nomination and NSW is not able to answer questions on, or advise of the likelihood of receiving an invitation.

Yes. If you are living and/or working in Sydney, or another Australian state or territory, you may register your interest in NSW nomination under stream 3.

No. You must be currently residing in Australia to be eligible to register your interest in NSW nomination. 

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