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Important information about accepting your NSW invitation

What you need to know about accepting your Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) invitation to apply for NSW nomination.

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Key points

  • You must ensure your SkillSelect EOI is correct, and all claims can be supported by evidence
  • Ensure you meet all NSW nomination criteria on the date you were invited to apply for nomination
  • Ensure you have not over-claimed points for skilled employment. You can only claim employment after the date you have been deemed skilled by your skills assessor (where applicable)
  • Ensure you are ready to complete the application payment of $330 immediately after applying to NSW
  • Application assessments can take up to six weeks. Do not contact us for an update during this time

NSW will only nominate you once

NSW will not renominate applicants who are unable to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) to Home Affairs because their EOI is incorrect, or they are subject to an s48 bar and are unable to leave Australia.

Common reasons applications are declined

Common reasons why applications are declined include where an applicant:

  • Wasn't eligible to claim all the points in their EOI. It is the responsibility of the EOI owner to ensure they can provide evidence for all the claims in their EOI
  • Does not meet the residency requirement. You must be currently residing in NSW to be eligible to apply for NSW nomination
  • Over-claimed points for employment. If your skills assessment displays a date you have been deemed skilled in your occupation, you cannot claim points for skilled employment before this date. This particularly applies to ACS and most VETASSESS assessments

S48 bar

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.

For enquiries relating to entry conditions and visa obligations, you will need to contact Home Affairs directly:

Expired assessments

If your English and/or skills assessment has expired, you can still apply to NSW using your invitation link.

To do so, apply using your expired documents as evidence you are eligible, and contact us to advise you are obtaining new assessments. 

It is important you obtain a new skills assessment in the occupation you were nominated by NSW in. You cannot provide a new assessment in a different occupation. 

Residency requirement

To be eligible for NSW nomination you must demonstrate you are currently residing in NSW and you are either:

  • currently working in NSW in your nominated (or closely related) occupation, or
  • have been continuously residing in NSW for a the past three months

Proving your NSW residency

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

If your assessor requires further evidence of your residency, they will contact you via the email provided with your application.

Claiming skilled employment

You can show evidence of your skilled employment by providing:

  • Skills assessment containing a skilled employment assessment
  • Employment contract
  • Employment reference letter detailing your length of employment, duties performed, and hours worked per week
  • Payslips
  • Superannuation statements

If your skilled employment is entirely covered in your skills assessment, you do not need to provide further employment evidence.

If your employment is included on your skills assessment, but has continued after, you do not need to obtain a new assessment. You can provide evidence of your continued employment by providing recent payslips.

Important information for ICT professionals

If you are claiming points for skilled employment 

You must provide an ACS 'skills assessment' with your application, and you must have your employment assessed by ACS. You cannot provide a 'post-Australian study assessment'. 

You can only claim points for skilled employment after the date ACS deems you to be skilled in your occupation.

If you are not claiming points for skilled employment 

You can provide any ACS assessment accepted by Home Affairs.

NSW application fee

Immediately after applying, you will receive an  email containing a payment link to complete the application payment.

The application fee is A$330 (including GST).

NSW accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club International or Union Pay.


The payment link is only valid for 30 minutes.

If you do not complete the payment within this time, you need to contact us to arrange a new link to be sent manually.  


First check your spam/junk email folder.

If the emails cannot be found in these folders, this will be because you have entered your email address incorrectly in your application. To correct this, email our skilled inbox to provide the correct email address.  

This is because you have submitted too many documents or exceeded the maximum size limit of 25 MB total file size (i.e. not 25MB per document). 

If getting this error, reduce the number of documents attached to your application. If further documents are required, your assessor will be in touch for you to provide them via email. 

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