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Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

A permanent visa for points tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency.

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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. 

NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is highly competitive due to the high demand, and the limited number of places available.  

Consequently, we strongly recommend you consider all migration pathways and visa options available. 

Minimum eligibility

To receive nomination for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, you must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

SkillSelect point score

You must be eligible to claim at least 65 points in your SkillSelect EOI. Please refer to the Home Affairs points calculator to see what points you are eligible to claim.

Age

You must be under 45 years of age to apply for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.

English language

You must have at least a competent level of English (or equivalent).

If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand you are not required to complete an English assessment.

Residency

You must be currently residing in NSW. NSW will not invite EOIs submitted from people currently residing in another Australian state or territory, or offshore.

Although there is no minimum timeframe, you must be able to demonstrate you are genuinely residing in NSW if invited to apply. Please see our skilled visa FAQs website for more information about this requirement.

Occupation and employment

You must hold a valid skills assessment in an occupation that exactly matches an occupation on the NSW subclass 190 visa occupation list.

You are not required to be currently, or previously, employed in NSW in your occupation to be eligible for NSW nomination.

Key steps for NSW nomination

Submit an Expression of Interest

Submit an EOI in SkillSelect, selecting either ‘NSW’ or ‘Any’ as your desired state.

You do not need to contact the NSW Government after you have submitted your EOI. You will only receive correspondence from NSW if you are invited to apply.

Be aware that most candidates will not be invited to apply for NSW nomination as the number of candidates far exceeds the places available.

Please see our skilled visa FAQs website to see what employment you are eligible to claim in your EOI. 

Be invited to apply

NSW uses a ranking-based invitation process – you cannot directly apply for NSW nomination.

NSW will not issue invitations on the basis of visas expiring, losing points or eligibility, or living and working in NSW.

Read your invitation email

Your invitation email contains lots of useful information about how to successfully apply for NSW nomination, including how to troubleshoot common problems. The email is sent from noreply@salesforce.com on behalf of skilled.migration@treasury.nsw.gov.au. You are responsible for ensuring you can receive your invitation email – invitations will not be reissued.

Gather your documents

Gather the required documents to support your EOI points claims and your evidence of NSW residency.

Apply

Apply for NSW nomination by accessing the invitation link emailed to you within 14 days. Invitation links are sent to the email address contained in your SkillSelect EOI.  

How invitation rounds work

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

In an invitation round, EOIs in are ranked within an occupation by:

  1. Point score,
  2. English proficiency, then
  3. Years of skilled work experience in your nominated occupation.

The highest ranking EOIs, up to the number of places available for a given occupation, are generally issued an invitation to apply. When an EOI was submitted, or amended, does not affect its ranking.

NSW will not respond to requests for the date of upcoming invitation rounds.

Because of the fluid nature of the NSW SkillSelect candidate pool, we cannot predict what point score/English score/work experience will be sufficient to be invited in future invitation rounds.

We will not prioritise candidates on the basis of visas expiring, losing points or eligibility, or living and working in NSW.

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 the Department of Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas.

You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent. A list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website.

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