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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 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 by phone or email.
Who will be considered
To be considered in a NSW invitation round, you must:
- be eligible for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- have submitted an EOI in SkillSelect
- have a valid Skills Assessment in a NSW target sector
- be currently residing in NSW and either be:
- 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
NSW Nomination is by invitation only. You cannot apply directly, or request an invitation.
Being invited to apply for NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is exceptionally competitive.
We strongly encourage you to explore all other visa options and migration pathways and not wait to be invited.
NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is by invitation only. Below are the steps to apply for NSW nomination:
Most common questions
NSW runs a competitive selection-based invitation process for nomination. You cannot apply directly, or request to be invited.
NSW generally selects the highest ranking candidates who meet the NSW nomination criteria and are skilled in a NSW target sector.
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.
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.
NSW cannot comment on why your EOI was unsuccessful.
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.
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
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 and their nomination expires before they are able to leave Australia.
For enquiries relating to entry conditions and visa obligations, you need to contact Home Affairs directly:
- Telephone: 131 881
- Website: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au
See our Common questions about skilled visas page for a full list of answers to our most received questions.
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.