Skilled Visa FAQs

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

General enquiries

How does NSW nomination work for the subclass 190 visa?

NSW runs a selection-based invitation process. NSW selects and invites the highest-ranking candidates at the time of an invitation round to apply for nomination. Invitation rounds occur ongoing during the financial year.

NSW does not accept direct applications, you must be invited to apply.

Unlike selection rounds conducted by Home Affairs, there are no set dates for NSW invitation rounds, and they are not announced beforehand.

During an invitation round, eligible EOIs are ranked by:

  1. Point score, then
  2. English proficiency, followed by
  3. Years of skilled employment

The highest ranking EOIs up to the number of places available for a given occupation are issued an invitation to apply. When an EOI was submitted, or amended, does not affect its ranking.

NSW will not issue invitations on the basis of visas expiring, losing points or eligibility, or living and working in NSW.

Will NSW invite me to apply for nomination as a special case?

No. NSW does not accept direct applications, you must be invited to apply during the normal course of an invitation round. Please do not email our office seeking special consideration.

When is the next invitation round?

NSW invitation rounds occur ongoing throughout the financial year. There is no set date, and they are not announced beforehand. NSW will not respond to enquiries regarding the date of future invitation rounds.

People were invited by NSW with the same point score as me, why wasn’t I invited?

If you were not invited to apply for NSW nomination in an invitation round, it is unfortunately because other EOIs ranked more highly. As stated above, NSW ranks EOIs by three factors. The point score of an EOI is just one factor.

NSW will not look up your ranking in a given invitation round, and we cannot provide a likelihood an EOI will be invited to apply for NSW nomination by phone or email.

Where can I get migration advice?

Registered migration agents are allowed to provide immigration advice and assistance, including providing help with lodging visa applications. Agents must be qualified and demonstrate to the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) that they:

  • have sufficient knowledge of migration law and procedures
  • are a person of integrity
  • are a fit and proper person to provide immigration assistance.

Agents can advise if your visa application is likely to succeed, but they do not make visa decisions and cannot influence outcomes. Only the Department of Home Affairs makes decisions about visa applications.

It is against the law for someone in Australia to provide you with immigration assistance who is not registered with the OMARA.

How much does it cost to apply for NSW nomination?

NSW nomination fees are:

  • A$330 if you are applying from within Australia, or
  • A$330 if you are applying from outside Australia.

Can I get a refund of my application fee?

NSW nomination fees are non-refundable.

Eligibility requirements

Am I eligible for NSW nomination?

Please refer to the eligibility requirements section of our Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) website to see if you are eligible for NSW nomination.

I meet all the NSW eligibility requirements, why haven’t I received an invitation from NSW yet?

NSW runs a selection-based invitation process. Meeting our minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee you will be invited to apply for NSW nomination.

Due to the large number of candidates in the NSW selection pool, and the limited number of places available, our selection process is extremely competitive.

The vast majority of candidates will not be invited to apply for NSW nomination. As such, we strongly recommend you do not rely on being invited by NSW to apply for nomination, and explore all other visa options available on the Home Affairs website, or consult a registered migration agent for advice.

Is NSW inviting EOIs in my occupation?

NSW is currently inviting EOIs in select health, IT and engineering occupations in line with direction from Home Affairs. This occupation list is not being published by NSW. We cannot provide further information by email or phone regarding this.

So long as you maintain a valid EOI in SkillSelect, you may be invited by NSW to apply for nomination; however, we strongly recommend you explore all other visa options available on the Home Affairs website, or consult a registered migration agent for advice.

Some occupations had an additional requirement last financial year, does this still apply?

The additional employment and residency requirement applied to select occupations last financial year does not apply to current invitation rounds. Information about changes to this requirement will be posted to our ‘Skilled Visas’ website when available.

I don’t currently reside in NSW, am I still eligible for NSW nomination?

No. NSW is currently only inviting EOIs to apply for nomination from people currently residing in NSW. We cannot provide a time frame when offshore EOIs will be invited at this time.

How do I prove my NSW residency?

The following documents, as applicable to you, are required to provide evidence of your residency:

  • bank statements from your main transaction account showing transactions,
  • rental/lease agreements,
  • utility bills, e.g. gas, water etc,
  • other bills, e.g. phone, internet etc,
  • driver’s license/proof of age card.

Submitting an Expression of Interest in SkillSelect

I don’t currently meet NSW eligibility requirements, but I will meet them soon. Can I submit my EOI in SkillSelect now?

No. When you submit your EOI, you need to ensure all the information provided in your EOI is correct, and can be supported by evidence. If you are invited by NSW before you meet our eligibility requirements, you are not eligible to accept your invitation.

Should I claim all my previous employment in SkillSelect?

You should only claim employment that is recognised as 'skilled', i.e. employment that is closely related to your nominated occupation, and after you met the minimum benchmark to be considered skilled in your occupation.

For the purposes of NSW nomination, you are only eligible to claim skilled employment after the date you have been deemed skilled on your skills assessment. Claiming employment before this date may result in your application being declined by NSW.

If you are unsure if your employment is at the relevant skill level of your nominated occupation, you may wish to have your employment assessed by the relevant skills assessing authority.

I’ve submitted an EOI for an ICT occupation, do I need to have my employment assessed by ACS?

It is a requirement of NSW nomination that all applicants in ICT occupations provide an Australian Computer Society (ACS) skills assessment that clearly identifies your ‘Skill Level Requirement Met Date’. You are only eligible to claim employment in your EOI after this date.

You do not need to obtain a new assessment for employment occuring after you received your assessment if your assessment remains valid. You can show evidence of new employment by providing an employment reference letter detailing the duration of your employment, the hours worked per week, and duties performed, along with a recent payslip.

Can I lodge more than one EOI if I have more than one nominated skilled occupation?

Yes, you can submit an EOI for any occupation you hold a valid skills assessment for. Please note: the six-digit occupation code in your EOI must exactly match the six-digit occupation code on your skills assessment.

After submitting your EOI in SkillSelect

When will I be contacted by NSW?

NSW will only contact you if you are selected to apply for NSW nomination. We determine how many invitations are issued on an ongoing basis with the top-ranking candidates in each occupation being invited to apply.

NSW does not send acknowledgement emails after you’ve submitted an EOI in SkillSelect, provide status updates on your EOI, or provide a likelihood of when/if you will be invited to apply for NSW nomination.

When does NSW Treasury issue invitations?

NSW invitation rounds occur ongoing throughout the Australian financial year. There are no set dates when invitation rounds occur, and we are unable to answer enquiries regarding this.

I’ve submitted my EOI, when can I expect to be invited by NSW?

NSW cannot forecast the likelihood of candidates receiving an invitation to apply for NSW nomination. As long as your EOI is valid, you will be considered in future selection rounds, but invitation is not guaranteed.

The NSW Government cannot preference or fast track applicants outside of normal policy and procedures due to the competitive nature of the program.

What happens if I am invited to apply for NSW nomination, but I do not see the invitation email?

NSW sends invitations by email to the address you have provided in your EOI. It is your responsibility to regularly check this email account.

NSW invitations are sent from notifications@digitalservices.dpie.nsw.gov.au. Make sure that this email address is not blocked by your spam filter.

NSW issues only one invitation per each EOI. If you are invited but do not take up your invitation, you will need to submit a new EOI in SkillSelect to be considered again in a later invitation round. Because this selection process is highly competitive, there is no guarantee that you will receive another invitation at a later date.

After you have been invited by NSW

What should I do if I have been invited by NSW, but I am not eligible for the points that were entered in my EOI?

You should not apply. Your invitation was based on claims made in your SkillSelect EOI when you were invited. If the points score in your NSW nomination application is less than the points score EOI at that time, your application will be declined. Our application fees are not refundable.

How long do I have to submit my application after being invited by NSW?

Invitations expire after 14 days and you will not be able to apply after this date. Your invitation email shows the expiry date and time of your invitation. Your invitation will expire after this time.

If you receive an invitation to apply for NSW nomination but do not apply within the 14 day period, you will need to submit a new EOI in SkillSelect in order to be considered for selection at a later date. As the process is competitive, there is no guarantee that you will receive another invitation.

How do I provide evidence of my employment?

If your employment is wholly included in your skills or employment assessment document, we do not require any further evidence.

If your employment is not included in your skills or employment assessment, or you have skilled employment after your assessment was completed, please provide at least two of the following with your application:

  • A signed and dated reference letter(s) from your employer on the organisation’s letterhead. Reference letters must outline the length of employment, your duties performed, and the hours worked per week.
  • Your letter of offer and/or employment contract.
  • Notice of assessment received from the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Your most recent six months of payslips from your employer. If the employment is less than six months, include the entire length of the employment.

Please note the following important information relating to employment claims:

  1. For the purposes of NSW nomination, you are only eligible to claim skilled employment after the date you have been deemed skilled on your skills assessment. Claiming employment before this date may result in your application being declined by NSW.
  2. NSW requires all ICT professionals claiming points for skilled employment to provide an Australian Computer Society (ACS) skills assessment that clearly identifies your 'Skill Level Requirement Met Date'. Under ACS’s framework, your skilled date is the date after which you can claim skilled employment.

I’ve submitted my application for NSW nomination but some of the details are incorrect. What should I do?

If the details in your application are incorrect, please send an email to: skilled.migration@treasury.nsw.gov.au explaining your circumstances and providing the correct information. Please quote the Skilled Reference Number (SRN), provided to you in your application acknowledgement email, in the subject line.

Remember that the claims submitted in your application to NSW must be the same as your SkillSelect EOI. Overstating the claims in your EOI to secure an invitation from NSW will lead to your application being declined.

Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

General enquiries

Is NSW currently accepting applications for the subclass 491 visa?

Information about how to apply, and region occupation lists, will be made available on our subclass 491 visa website as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a timeframe at this time. Please continue to monitor our website for updates.

Which regions can I apply to for NSW nomination?

Information about participating regions will be made available on our subclass 491 visa website as website as soon as possible. Please continue to monitor our website for updates.

Where can I live and work in NSW under the subclass 491 visa?

The Department of Home Affairs determines which regions of Australia are eligible for the 491 visa. Eligible regions are published on the Home Affairs’ designated regional area postcodes website.

Nomination criteria

What is the employment requirement under Stream 1?

An applicant must have worked in their nominated, or closely related, occupation for the 12 months immediately preceding their application in regional NSW. The employment must qualify as skilled employment under the Home Affairs points scheme, i.e. a minimum of 20 hours per week. The employment does not need to be located in the region being applied to.

I've been residing in regional NSW for less than 12 months, am I still eligible to apply?

If you are currently living in regional NSW, but do not meet the 12-month minimum requirement outlined under Stream 1, you may be eligible to apply for NSW nomination under Stream 3 if you have a job offer or family ties; however, preference will be being given to applicants applying under Stream 1 and meet the 12-month requirement.

I have a job offer in regional NSW, but my current visa conditions mean I am unable to accept it, can I still apply under Stream 3A?

If you cannot currently accept the job offer you wish to us to apply for nomination under Stream 3A, then offer must explicitly state that the employer is prepared to hold the job open until you have been granted your subclass 491 visa and are able to legally work the required hours per week. The genuineness of the job offer you provide with your application will be scrutinised during assessment.

I currently reside in Australia, am I eligible to apply for NSW nomination under Stream 3B?

No. Stream 3B is for offshore applicants only. Although there is no designated timeframe that an applicant must be residing offshore when applying, an applicant must demonstrate they have genuinely established residency outside Australia when applying. Applicants residing in Australia who relocate offshore solely to meet this criteria will have their applications declined.