Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

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Important information about seeking migration advice

The Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) regulates registered migration agents (RMAs) and publishes a list of agents that have been disciplined.

The OMARA has a register of RMAs that you can visit at www.mara.gov.au.

Investment NSW advises that all applicants considering engaging migration advisory services check whether the person handling your application has been disciplined at https://portal.mara.gov.au/disciplinary-decisions/.

It is important that all applicant’s check their own eligibility for NSW’s migration nomination programs.

If you’re a consumer, stay up-to-date with the latest information on Australia’s Migration Programs at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/.

Important information about providing false documents

NSW participates in the 190 visa program to support its economy and communities through the settlement of highly skilled migrants who are committed to living and working in NSW long term.

Providing falsified or misleading information to NSW in support of your claims against our nomination criteria is taken very seriously.

Any instances of fraudulent activity will be reported to Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs and/or NSW Police and may result in any nomination being withdrawn and/or visa cancelled. 

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 encourage you to consider all other migration pathways on the Home Affairs website and do not wait to be invited. 

Invitation rounds

Invitation rounds occur ongoing throughout the financial year. There are no set dates, and rounds 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 for this visa

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 for this visa.

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. Consequently, the vast majority of EOIs will not be invited to apply. 

We strongly encourage you to explore all other visa options and migration pathways available to you and do not wait to be invited.

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

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

    1. Ensure you are eligible for this visa subclass on the Home Affairs website
    2. Confirm you meet the NSW minimum eligibility criteria outlined above. 
    3. Complete an EOI in SkillSelect and ensure all information is accurate. If you are invited by NSW on the basis of inaccurate information in your SkillSelect EOI, you are not eligible to apply for nomination  
    4. Be invited to apply during an invitation round. NSW will not issue an invitation to apply for any reason outside the normal functioning of an invitation round. Do not contact our office requesting to be invited
    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. Common causes of this include:

    • Claiming credentialled community language points when your qualification has expired. Your CCL certificate must be valid on the day you are invited to apply by NSW to claim these points
    • Claiming professional year points when not eligible. Your professional year must be in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for you to be eligible to claim these points
    • Claiming points for skilled employment before the date you are deemed skilled in your occupation (see below) 

    Does not meet the residency requirement

    If you are applying from onshore, 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.

    If your assessment does not display this date, you cannot claim points for skilled employment before you completed your qualification. 

    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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