Selecting applicants

We select and invite candidates to apply for NSW nomination on an ongoing basis.

Make an expression of interest in SkillSelect

To be selected for NSW nomination you must have recorded your details in an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and indicate that you wish to be considered for NSW nomination for a 190 visa.

If you already have an EOI in SkillSelect it will be considered during the selection process. You do not need to create a new EOI. You should ensure your EOI remains up to date and accurate.

Selection process

The selection process is competitive. NSW generally selects the highest ranking candidates who meet the NSW nomination criteria in each occupation

This can include:

  • Occupation on NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List
  • To be living in NSW, and have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in your nominated occupation (if applicable)
  • Australian Department of Home Affairs points score
  • English language ability
  • Skilled employment

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.

Some occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Occupation List are now subject to an additional requirement for nomination by NSW.

The additional requirement for these occupations is to be living in NSW, and to have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in the nominated occupation.

These occupations are indicated on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List.

For further information on this requirement, please see our frequently asked questions

Accuracy of your claims

You should ensure that your SkillSelect EOI remains accurate and up to date.

The claims in your NSW nomination application including points and occupation must match what was in your SkillSelect EOI at the time that NSW invited you to apply. This is because candidates are invited based on the information in their SkillSelect EOI during selection.

In assessing applications, NSW will check that you are eligible to claim the points that were stated in your SkillSelect EOI when you were invited. Your points score, when assessed by NSW, must not be less than the score stated in your EOI.

You should not overstate your points or other claims in your SkillSelect EOI in order to secure an invitation to apply for NSW nomination. These applications will be declined.

When you submit your application you must provide appropriate evidence to support your claims.

Study in NSW

The NSW Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) program is highly popular and competitive. The program is run on a ‘selection and invitation’ basis in which NSW selects and invites the highest ranking candidates to apply.

NSW does not currently offer a pathway for NSW graduates through its 190 visa program due to the very high demand for positions from highly qualified and experienced individuals.

This program is just one of a number of visa options for skilled migrants. There are a range of visas offered by the Commonwealth Government Department of Home Affairs. Candidates and employers are encouraged to investigate other migration options on the Home Affairs website at

Frequently asked questions

For further information on the selection process including skilled employment points claims read the frequently asked questions.