Common questions about skilled visas

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

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Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

I’ve been nominated by NSW previously, am I eligible to be nominated again?

No. Once you are nominated by NSW, i.e. your application to NSW was successfully approved, you lose eligibility to be nominated again for any skilled visa. This includes:

  • where you could not accept your nomination because there was incorrect information in your SkillSelect EOI — it is the EOI owner's responsibility to ensure they are able to apply to Home Affairs for the visa if nominated
  • if you do not apply to Home Affairs for the visa and your nomination expires, and where
  • you were nominated in a previous financial year 
When will I be invited by NSW?

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

When is the next invitation round?

Invitation rounds do not occur on a set date and are not announced beforehand.  

We cannot advise the date of upcoming invitation rounds by contacting our office.

How long are invitation links valid for?

NSW invitation links are valid for 14 days. You must apply to NSW within this time. We will not reissue invitation links if they expire.

If you are invited to apply for NSW nomination and do not apply. You must submit a new EOI in SkillSelect to be considered again in a future invitation round. EOI numbers are prevented from being invited more than once. 

What if I do not see my invitation email?

We send invitations to the email address in your SkillSelect EOI. It is your responsibility to regularly check this email account.  

We send invitations from skilled.migration@investment.nsw.gov.au. Make sure this email address is not blocked by your spam filter. 

We only issue one invitation per EOI number. If you are invited, but do not apply, you need to submit a new EOI in SkillSelect to be considered again in a future invitation round. Because this selection process is highly competitive, we cannot guarantee you will receive another invitation at a later date. 

Is my occupation eligible for NSW nomination?

We have 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 list.  

For example, the ANZSCO unit group '2523 – Dental Practitioners' includes two occupations: 

  • 252311 Dental Specialist, and 

  • 252312 Dentist 

The occupation '252311 Dental Specialist' is eligible for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); however, the occupation '252312 Dentist' is not. 

This means that only EOIs submitted in the occupation '252311 Dental Specialist' will be considered for NSW nomination during an invitation round even though both occupations fall under the same ANZSCO unit group that appears on our list.   

This is because 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.

Am I eligible if I reside offshore?

NSW considers EOIs submitted by people residing offshore in select ANZSCO unit groups. See our NSW skilled occupation lists page for information about which ANZSCO unit groups are eligible.

Note: to be eligible as an offshore applicant, you must have continuously resided offshore for the past three months. If you are invited to apply before this time, you are not eligible to accept your invitation.    

How do I prove my residency?

To prove your 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 licenses or proof of age cards

Do I need to be currently employed in NSW?

No. You are not required to be currently working (or have previously worked) in NSW in your nominated (or closely related) occupation to be eligible for nomination.   

What is the work experience requirement?

Some occupations require that you have a minimum three years work experience in your nominated (or closely related) occupation. These are all occupations within ANZSCO unit groups identified with a tick (✔) on our NSW skilled occupation lists page. 

This work experience must be deemed skilled and a minimum 20 hours per week—see below for information about what employment you are eligible to claim. The employment does not need to have occurred in NSW.  

Does the work experience requirement apply to onshore applicants?

Yes. The work experience requirement for some ANZSCO unit groups applies to all submitted EOIs.

Should I claim all my employment in my SkillSelect EOI?

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 will result in any application to NSW being declined if it results in you losing points.  

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 an ICT professional, what skills assessment do I need to provide?

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 can provide any ACS assessment accepted by Home Affairs. 

I am an ICT professional, how does NSW assess my skilled employment?

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. 

How do I show evidence for skilled employment after I obtained my skills assessment?

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 

What are the fees for NSW nomination?

If you are invited to apply for NSW nomination, a non-refundable application fee of A$330 (including GST) applies if applying from within Australia, or A$300 if applying from outside Australia. 

Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

Will NSW prioritise my ROI as a special case?

No. We will not prioritise your ROI for any reason.  

All ROIs validly submitted during a submission window will be considered. 

I was invited but didn’t apply for nomination, can I submit a new ROI next submission window?

If you were invited to apply for NSW nomination and did not apply to your preferred region before your invitation expired, or your application was declined, you must wait a minimum of twelve months before submitting a new ROI. This includes for a different occupation or nomination stream.

It is highly important the information you enter in your NSW ROI and SkillSelect EOI is correct. The major reason applications are declined is because people are invited on the basis of entering incorrect information in their SkillSelect EOI/NSW ROI.

Note: the twelve month bar applies regardless of the reason for the error.    

When are the submission windows?

Submission windows for the 2021-22 financial year are the months of August, October, January and March. 

All ROIs validly submitted between 12:00 am on the first day and 11:59 pm on the final day of each submission window month will be considered.  

To ensure your ROI is validly submitted, we strongly recommend you read and understand all information on our Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) page before submitting your ROI. 

Can I submit more than one ROI during a submission window?

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

Submitting more than one ROI during a submission window will result in all submitted ROIs being removed from consideration – this includes where you are skilled in more than one occupation.  

If you are skilled in more than one occupation, you must submit your ROI for one occupation only. 

How do I know NSW has received my ROI?

You will receive a confirmation we have received your ROI on the same page as the form immediately after submitting your ROI — you will not receive an email confirmation.  

Do not submit more than one ROI — including where you are skilled in more than one occupation. Submitting more than one ROI will remove you from consideration. 

Can I amend or withdraw my ROI?

No. ROIs cannot be amended or withdrawn after they are submitted for any reason.  

When you submit your ROI during the submission window does not affect your likelihood of being invited to apply for nomination. As such, do not submit an ROI early in the submission window if your circumstances are likely to change. 

How long are invitations valid for?

If you are invited by NSW, you have 14 days to apply to a NSW region where your skills are required – you can only apply to one region. 

Invitations will not be reissued if they expire. 

If you do not apply to your preferred region before your invitation expires, you must wait a period of 12 months before submitting a new ROI. This includes for a different occupation or nomination stream. 

Which regions can I apply to if I am invited?

A list of participating regions is available on our Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) page.  

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 appears on the region's occupation list

Candidates invited to apply under Stream 1 have access to a combined occupation list to ensure they can apply to the region where they currently live and work. 

Stream 1 candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to the region where they currently live and work. 

How long do I need to have been living and working in Regional NSW in my nominated occupation to be selected under Stream 1?

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 twelve months. 

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

If you have been living and working in your nominated (or closely related) occupation in Regional NSW for greater than three months, you should submit your ROI under Stream 1.  

Note: this three months is from the beginning of the submission window. Entering an incorrect date in order to meet this requirement will result in any application being declined and you not being able to submit a new ROI for a minimum period of twelve months. 

I am living and/or working in regional NSW, but not working in my nominated occupation. Can I still register my interest under Stream 1?

No. You must register your interest under Stream 3.  

If you register your interest under Stream 1 when you are not eligible, your ROI will not be considered. 

Do I need to be eligible to claim points for 'study in regional Australia' to submit an ROI under Stream 2?

Yes. To be eligible to submit an ROI under Stream 2 you must be eligible to claim points for 'study in regional Australia' on the basis of study in Regional NSW.  

This means that you must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from a Regional NSW educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of Regional NSW. 

What does NSW mean by ‘course completion date’?

This is the date you completed study – i.e. the completion date that appears on your academic transcript. This is typically the date you sat your final exam or submitted your final assessment. 

It is not date you received your qualification certificate or had your completion ceremony. 

Alternative migration pathways

NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) are just two 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. You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent

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