Visas and Migration

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The New South Wales Government is able to provide nomination for business, investor and skilled migrants who want to live, work and invest in the state.

NSW is now closed to applications for nomination under the Business Innovation and Investment program (BIIP)

NSW has exhausted its allocation of nomination applications this program year.

NSW nomination is now closed as we have filled the places provided to us by the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs.

NSW is unable to accept emailed applications for the BIIP until the new program year commences 1st July 2020. This includes the:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) and
  • Business Talent visa (subclass 132) visas

You cannot submit an application for NSW nomination for the:

  • 188A,
  • 188B,
  • 188C,
  • 188E, and;
  • 132SBH visas.

You can submit an application for NSW nomination for the:

  • 188A Extension,
  • 188C Extension,
  • 888A,
  • 888B, and;
  • 888C visas.

We will open to applications for NSW nomination for visas under the BIIP program in the new financial year commencing 1 July 2020.

Novel coronavirus and Australian visas

Visa holders who are affected by the current travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic should refer to Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs' information on this matter.

The Department of Home Affairs have published information on their COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the Australian border web page.

Opening of 491 program to be announced shortly

Applications for NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) will soon be open.

There is currently a delay in the program opening in NSW.

We will announce when NSW is open to applications shortly.

We are unable to provide further guidance via phone or email at this time.

Business and investor migration

If you are a business or investor migrant who is interested in establishing a business or investing in NSW, you may be eligible for NSW nomination under the Australian Business Innovation and Investment Visa Program.

There are several visa options which may be available depending on your background and proposed activity in the state. These include:

  • Business Talent visa (subclass 132)
  • Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188/888), or the
  • Significant Investor visa

Each visa has its own criteria and conditions and NSW encourages prospective business and investor applicants to thoroughly research their eligibility further by visiting Business Migration.

NSW skilled nominated migration

If you are in a highly skilled occupation and are seeking an opportunity to migrate to Australia to live and advance your career, you may wish to seek NSW nomination for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or a Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491).

Through regional migration, skilled workers enjoy the many work opportunities, lifestyle benefits and services available in the regions of NSW.

NSW encourages prospective skilled applicants to thoroughly research their eligibility further by visiting Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

NSW migration resources

The NSW Government offers online resources to assist you with moving to NSW and settling in the state. For more information, visit Migration resources.

Visa applications to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has sole responsibility for issuing visas to Australia. Nomination by NSW does not guarantee a positive visa outcome.

If an application is refused by the Department of Home Affairs, NSW Treasury is unable to support any request for review made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.