Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

Visa applicants

Program Update

Candidate's location

Commencing January 2020, NSW will generally not invite candidates to apply for nomination by NSW for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) if they are currently residing in another Australian state or territory.

You will need to supply evidence that you are currently residing in NSW if you are applying from within Australia. This information will be carefully checked.

NSW may vary this approach depending on the size and composition of the pool of candidates who have lodged and Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect

Invitation Rounds

NSW undertakes ‘invitation rounds’ where selected applicants are invited to apply for NSW nomination.

There are no set dates on when an invitation round will occur, and we are unable to answer enquiries regarding this.

NSW strongly advises that due to the highly competitive and limited nature of the NSW nomination program, that an applicant should consider all other visa pathways that may be available to them.

About the NSW nomination program

NSW participates in the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) program in order to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to NSW skills needs. NSW position as an appealing destination for skilled migrants is confirmed beyond doubt by the significant demand shown for NSW nomination for the

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

In recognition of ongoing high demand and to ensure that places allocated under the program are aligned to the skills needs of the state's economy, NSW has a selection-based invitation process for the 190 program. Under this process, NSW selects and invites the most suitable candidates from SkillSelect to apply for NSW nomination.

Our selection and invitation process ensures that places allocated under the NSW program are aligned to the skills needs of NSW.

For an overview of the 190 application process download our how to apply fact sheet or refer to our frequently asked questions.

About the 190 visa

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for eligible highly skilled workers to help meet skill needs in the state of NSW.

Under the 190 program:

  • The New South Wales Government can nominate highly skilled workers with an occupation on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List).
  • The 190 visa is a points-tested visa. Candidates who receive a NSW nomination are awarded five additional points towards their overall points score.
  • Candidates nominated by NSW need to agree to live and work in NSW for at least their first two years in Australia while holding this visa.

The visa criteria and visa application process is administered by the Department of Home Affairs.

Candidates who are invited to apply for NSW nomination need to demonstrate that they meet both NSW's and Commonwealth's visa eligibility requirements.

If you are interested in NSW nomination for the 190 visa read the about the eligibility criteria, selection process, invitation process and after you have been invited. You can also refer to our frequently asked questions.

Key steps for candidates

The key steps involved for NSW nomination for a 190 visa are detailed in our how to apply fact sheet or you can review the steps below:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect
    Ensure that you meet 190 visa criteria
    Record your details in an EOI in SkillSelect
    Indicate interest for NSW nomination for a 190 visa
    You do not need to contact NSW after submitting your EOI
  2. Regularly check your emails to see if you have been invited by NSW.
    There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed.
  3. If selected, you will receive an invitation to  apply for NSW nomination by email
  4. Recheck your eligibility
    If you apply, you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited
    Read Are you eligible
  5. Submit an application for NSW nomination and wait for the outcome
    Candidates must submit an online application within 14 days of receiving the invitation to apply
    NSW nomination applications usually take 12 weeks to process. Please note, application fees are not refundable.
  6. If nominated, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the 190 visa
  7. Apply for the 190 visa to the Department of Home Affairs
    Submit a visa application within 60 days of being nominated by NSW
  8. The Department of Home Affairs will advise you of the decision on your visa application
  9. If your visa is granted, commence your two year commitment to live and work in the state

For an overview of the process and how to apply, download our how to apply fact sheet. You can also refer to our frequently asked questions.

Letters of release

NSW Business & Skilled Migration does not offer Letters of Release. NSW nominates candidates under the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) because their occupational skills are needed in the state. NSW nominees applicants are expected to live and work in NSW.

Read our frequently asked questions or download our how to apply fact sheet.

Regional Skills Relocation Grant Program

Expression of Interest (EOI) are available for skilled workers in metropolitan areas to register their details, occupation and interest in the NSW regions they would consider relocating to.

Information provided in the EOI form will be offered to businesses deemed eligible under the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to help match skilled workers with businesses seeking their skills. Submission of the EOI form does not guarantee a role with a regional NSW business.

Visit the NSW Skilled Occupations List for an overview of the eligible occupations. Skilled workers must be permanent residents to be eligible for the program.