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.

COVID-19 frequently asked questions

Will NSW continue to send invitations to apply for nomination for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) this financial year?

NSW is aiming to adhere closely to business as usual practices with its skilled migration program; however, some changes may be implemented to ensure NSW best utilises its resources and programs to meet the current critical needs of NSW as a result of COVID-19.

As always, our advice remains that all other migration pathways should be considered ahead of nomination by NSW for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190). There is a low likelihood of being invited to apply because of the limited places available and very high demand.

Will NSW prioritise any particular occupations?

NSW is currently investigating ways we can best utilise our resources and programs to meet the current critical needs of NSW as a result of COVID-19.

I hold a provisional or temporary skilled visa (e.g. subclass 457, 482 or 489 visa) and my ability to satisfy my visa conditions or obligations has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Will my eligibility for permanent residency be affected?

The Department of Home Affairs provides key information and updates for people on provisional or temporary visas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak on their COVID-19 and The Border website.  .

Please continue to refer to this website for updates on this matter.

I have been nominated by NSW for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and my ability to satisfy my obligation to live and work in NSW for the first two years of my visa has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

We understand and appreciate your current situation and as such do not compel you to  move to, or remain in, NSW. You have a permanent visa which allows you to live and work across Australia. However, please be advised that NSW nominates skilled migrants in good faith they will arrive in NSW and actively contribute to our economy. NSW Business & Skilled Migration does not offer Letters of Release. All reasonable attempts should be made to live and work in NSW.

I hold a business or investor visa and my ability to satisfy residency or business activity / investment requirements has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Will my eligibility for permanent residency be affected?

The Department of Home Affairs provides key information and updates for visa holders affected by travel restrictions and the COVID-19 outbreak on their COVID-19 and The Border website.


NSW does not have additional requirements for residency to the Department of Home Affairs’ requirements for the 188 and 132 visas.

Please continue to refer to this website for updates on this matter.

I am offshore and have been granted a permanent visa, can I travel to Australia?

Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs COVID-19 and The Border website for current updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 outbreak.

I have to submit my application from offshore but am unable to leave Australia, what can I do?

If your visa application is affected by a s48 bar, meaning you must be offshore to lodge a new visa application, NSW will re-nominate you once you are able to travel overseas. This will provide a further 60 days to submit your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs.

I am having difficulty obtaining the required documents to support my application due to business closures, what can I do?

If you are unable to provide supporting documents because of the COVID-19 outbreak, you will be given additional time to complete checks and provide the requested information.

Is there support for visa holders who are now out of work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?

For information about financial support for if you’re affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and links to available NSW and Commonwealth government services, please see the NSW COVID-19 website.

Further COVID-19 links on NSW information and support

Further COVID-19 links on Australian Government information and support

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.

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.