The Federal Government retains ultimate responsibility for Australia's migration program, including the allocation of available places across program streams and making decisions on visa applications.
Under agreement with the Federal Government, state and territory governments can nominate a limited number of applicants in a limited number of skilled, business and investor visa subclasses.
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 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.
To be considered in a NSW invitation round, you must meet the basic criteria outlined below:
You must meet all requirements set by Home Affairs for this visa subclass.
Be skilled in an occupation that is:
- within an ANZSCO unit group identified on the NSW Skilled Nominated Skills List; AND
- is eligible for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
You must be either currently residing in NSW or offshore, and have continuously done so for a minimum period of six months.
Work experience and point score
You must meet the minimum skilled work experience and point score for your unit group. These are identified on the NSW Skilled Nominated Skills List next to the name of your unit group.
Important information about nomination criteria
Meeting the minimum nomination outlined above in no way guarantees you will be invited to apply for NSW nomination.
Because being invited to apply is exceptionally competitive, we strongly encourage anyone seeking NSW nomination to explore all other migration pathways and do not wait to be invited by NSW.
See our Common questions about skilled visas page for answers to a full list of our most commonly received questions.
- Ensure you are eligible for this visa subclass on the Home Affairs website
- Confirm you meet the NSW basic eligibility criteria outlined above
- Complete an EOI in SkillSelect and ensure that:
- all information is accurate
- your EOI seeks nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and NSW only
- 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
- Apply for NSW nomination within 14 days of being invited
- 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 for being declined for 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 you are not eligible. Your professional year must be in your nominated (or closely related) occupation 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
You must be either currently residing in NSW or offshore, and have done so for a minimum period of six 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.
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.
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.