Visas and Migration

COVID-19 Information

  • The latest information from the NSW Government is available on the  NSW Health website.
  • For information about COVID-19 and NSW nomination visit our COVID-19 FAQs website.

2020-21 Financial Year Update

NSW has been provided a limited number of interim nomination places for the 2020–21 financial year.

Because our nomination places are limited, we have made some temporary adjustments to our application process. These adjustments will be reviewed if more nomination places are provided to us later in the financial year.

Business and investor visas

We will nominate potential business and investor applicants by invitation only.

To be considered for NSW nomination for the subclass 188 visa, ensure you have a valid EOI in SkillSelect selecting 'NSW' as your preferred state.

Skilled visas

Invitation rounds will commence shortly for subclass 190 visa nomination. In line with Home Affairs' direction, we will only invite applicants in selected health, ICT and engineering occupations, and who currently reside in NSW.

Please visit our subclass 190 visa website for information about eligibility for NSW nomination.

All on-hand subclass 491 visa applicants will be advised of their outcomes by email shortly.

For all visa subclasses, you do not need to submit a new EOI in SkillSelect if your current EOI is valid.

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.

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 the Skilled Nominated (Provisional) visa (subclass 190) or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 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 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.