Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

A permanent visa for points tested skilled workers to live and work in NSW.

skilled migrant

NSW uses a selection-based invitation process to ensure that NSW nominees are aligned with the skills needs of the state's economy.

Nomination for this visa 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 to apply for NSW nomination.

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

Basic eligibility

To be considered for NSW nomination, at a minimum, you must meet the following basic criteria:

  • Meet all requirements outlined by Home Affairs for this visa 
  • Be skilled in an occupation that is:
    • within an ANZSCO unit group identified on the NSW skills list for this visa; AND
    • is eligible for the visa
  • Be currently residing in NSW, or offshore, and have continuously done so for a minimum period of six months
  • Have submitted an EOI SkillSelect seeking nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) only and NSW only  

Key steps

  1. Confirm you are eligible for this visa
  2. Confirm you meet the NSW basic eligibility criteria outlined above 
  3. Complete an EOI in SkillSelect ensuring that all information is accurate
  4. Be invited to apply for NSW nomination – because of the overwhelming demand for NSW nomination, the vast majority of migrants seeking nomination will not be invited
  5. If invited, apply for NSW nomination within 14 days and provide evidence for all points claims in your SkillSelect EOI and where you currently reside  

Invitation Rounds

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

We cannot advise the date of upcoming invitation rounds or the provide the likelihood your SkillSelect EOI will be invited to apply for nomination. 

We generally consider such things as points score, English proficiency, and years of skilled experience during invitation rounds. Being invited to apply for NSW nomination is at the sole discretion of the NSW Government. 

When you submit, or amend, your SkillSelect EOI does not affect your likelihood of being invited to apply for NSW nomination. 

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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