Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

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NSW uses a selection-based invitation process to ensure that NSW nominees are aligned to the skills needs of the state's economy. You cannot directly apply for NSW nomination. 

NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is exceptionally competitive. We strongly recommend you consider available on the Home Affairs website and not wait to be invited. 

Invitation rounds

Invitation rounds occur ongoing throughout the financial year. There are no set dates, and they are not announced beforehand. 

NSW cannot advise the date of upcoming NSW invitation rounds or the likelihood your SkillSelect EOI will be invited by contacting our office. 

Minimum eligibility

To be considered during a NSW invitation round, you must:

Onshore candidates

If you are residing onshore, you must:

  • be currently residing in NSW and either:
    • have genuinely and continuously resided in NSW for the past three months, or
    • be gainfully employed in a long-term capacity in NSW in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for a minimum 20 hours per week 

Offshore candidates

If you are residing offshore, you must:

  • have continuously resided offshore for the past three months, and
  • have a valid skills assessment for an occupation within an ANZSCO unit group that accepts offshore candidates —these unit groups are identified with a tick (✔)  under the 'Offshore' column on our NSW skilled occupation lists page

Work experience requirement

You must have a minimum three years work experience in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for all occupations within some ANZSCO unit groups — these unit groups are identified with a tick (✔)  under the 'Experience' column on our NSW skilled occupation lists page.

This applies to all SkillSelect EOIs regardless of when they were submitted or amended. 

Note: your three years work experience must be deemed skilled employment. See our Common questions about skilled visas page for information about what employment you are eligible to claim for the purpose of NSW nomination. 

Important information

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements outlined above in no way guarantees you will be invited to apply for nomination. The amount of EOIs submitted for NSW greatly exceeds the places available. As such, the vast majority of EOIs will not be invited to apply. 

Consequently, we strongly encourage you to explore all other visa options and migration pathways and do not wait to be invited.

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

Further, we cannot provide the likelihood you will be invited to apply for nomination. 

See our Common questions about skilled visas page for answers to a full list of our most commonly received questions. 

Key steps

NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is by invitation only. To be successfully nominated by NSW for this visa, you must:

  1. Ensure you are eligible for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  2. Confirm you meet the NSW minimum eligibility criteria
  3. Complete an EOI in SkillSelect
  4. Be invited to apply during an invitation round
  5. Apply for NSW nomination within 14 days
  6. Provide evidence for all points claims in your SkillSelect EOI and where you currently reside

Common reasons applications are declined after being invited to apply

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 SkillSelect EOI. 

Does not meet the residency requirement

if you are applying from onshore, you must you must be residing in NSW on the day you are invited to apply, and:

  • have genuinely and continuously resided in NSW for the past three months, or
  • be gainfully employed in a long-term capacity in NSW in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for a minimum 20 hours per week 

If you are applying from offshore (in an eligible occupation), you must:

  • have continuously resided offshore for the past three months

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.

To ensure you are eligible to accept your NSW invitation, we strongly recommend you confirm you are eligible to claim all the points in your SkillSelect EOI, and that you have only claimed eligible skilled employment. 

If you have claimed points in error, you are not eligible to accept your NSW invitation if invited. There are no exceptions for any reason. 

Alternative migration pathways

NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants. There are a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas.

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