Skilled migrants

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NSW welcomes highly skilled migrants in a range of occupations to drive economic growth in NSW.

There are several visa options available to highly skilled migrants wanting to enjoy the amazing lifestyle NSW has to offer, including:

  • NSW nominated visas
  • Independent visas
  • Family sponsored visas
  • Employer sponsored visas

For information about available independent, family sponsored, and employer sponsored visa options, please see the Department of Home Affairs website.

NSW nominated visas

NSW nominates skilled migrants in two visa subclasses:


Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

This visa allows skilled migrants to live and work in all of NSW as a permanent resident.

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Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

This visa allows skilled migrants to live and work in regional NSW for up to four years.

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Skilled visa FAQs

Find answers to our most frequently asked questions about NSW nomination. Information covers eligibility, how invitation rounds work, and applying to NSW after being invited.

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NSW skilled occupation lists

Find which occupations are eligible for NSW skilled visa nomination.

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NSW migration success stories

Read about the experiences of some skilled migrants who are thriving in NSW.

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