Skilled Visa FAQs

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

General enquiries

How does NSW nomination for the subclass 190 visa work?

NSW runs a selection-based invitation process. NSW selects and invites the highest-ranking candidates to apply for nomination ongoing during the financial year.

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 in occupations that appear on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List are ranked by:

  1. Point score
  2. English proficiency
  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 does not issue invitations on the basis of visas expiring, losing points or eligibility, or living and working in NSW.

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 who is not registered with the OMARA to provide you with immigration assistance.

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) page 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 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 190 nomination.

Some occupations have an additional requirement, what is it?

The additional requirement, which is applied to some occupations, is to have resided in NSW continuously for the past six months, and to have completed at least one full year of employment in your nominated occupation in NSW within the past ten years.

Occupations with the additional requirement are indicated on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List.

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

If your occupation has the additional requirement:

  • you must have resided in NSW continuously for the past six months.

If your occupation does not have the additional requirement, you must EITHER be:

  • residing in NSW, or offshore, for at least the past six months, OR;
  • be residing AND employed in your nominated occupation in NSW, or offshore, for at least the past one month.

In all cases, you are not eligible for NSW nomination if you are currently residing in a different Australian state or territory.

How do I prove my residency?

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

  • bank statements showing your transactions,
  • rental agreements / leases,
  • utility bills, e.g. gas, water,
  • other bills, e.g. phone, internet,
  • driver’s licence,
  • 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.

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

Yes, you can submit more than one EOI if you meet the eligibility requirements and are qualified in more than one skilled occupation on the NSW 190 Skilled Occupation List.

If you are invited to apply, you need to provide a suitable skills assessment for the occupation nominated in your EOI.

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 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 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: 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

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.

Eligibility requirements

I am not already living in regional NSW, am I eligible for NSW nomination?

No. Candidates can only apply for NSW nomination if they are eligible for this visa and:

  1. have an occupation on the NSW Regional Skilled Occupation List, and;
  2. are currently living in a designated regional area in NSW.

NSW participates in the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) to support the regional communities and economies of the state.

NSW emphasises applicants who have existing strong ties to regional NSW through work and or established residency in the regions.

You cannot move to regional NSW to satisfy this requirement. Your residence must be well established and be demonstrated with evidence.

The NSW nomination fee is non-refundable.

How long do I need to have been living in regional NSW?

There is no minimum time-frame to have been residing in regional NSW; however, you must provide evidence for your current regional NSW residency.

Information about required evidence is included in our application form.

Do I need to be employed or have previous employment experience?

No. You are able to apply if you currently reside in regional NSW and have an occupation on the NSW Regional Skilled Occupation List.

Will offshore candidates be able to apply for NSW nomination?

No. Only applications from candidates currently residing in regional NSW are being accepted.

Preparing your application for NSW nomination

What supporting documents do I need to provide with my application?

The NSW application form includes a document checklist that outlines which documents you should provide in order to demonstrate eligibility for each requirement.

Do my documents need to be certified?

Colour copies of original documents do not need to be certified. In rare cases, we may request a document to be certified if the content of your scanned colour copy is not clear. You will be contacted if this is required.

Please be aware that this applies to the NSW application process only. Home Affairs may have different requirements for providing supporting documents for the visa application.

Do my documents need to be translated?

Yes, non-English documents need to be accompanied by an English translation. You must also include copies of the original documents.

If you are in Australia, translations need to be undertaken by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

If you are overseas, translations need to be endorsed by the translator with their full name, address and telephone number, and the translator needs to include details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.

Can I apply for NSW nomination while I am waiting to receive my skills assessment or English language test result?

No, you can only apply to NSW for nomination if you currently hold a valid skills assessment and valid English language test result.

If you apply, and do not have a valid Skills Assessment or English Language test result at the time you submitted your application, your application will be declined.

After applying for NSW nomination

Will NSW contact me if they require more information when assessing my application?

You must ensure your application is complete and you have provided all the required information as indicated in the document checklist, included in the NSW application form.

If further information is required during your application assessment, we will contact you via email to provide the required documents.

Can I provide new or additional evidence after I’ve submitted my application?

A case officer will contact you if they require further information or documents when assessing your application.

Please do not contact us to provide more documents after you have submitted your application.

I have submitted my application for NSW nomination and noticed that some of my details in my Expression of Interest (EOI) are incorrect, what should I do?

If the points you have claimed in your EOI are incorrect, please send an email to advising which details in your EOI are incorrect.

Please ensure that you have provided your EOI number, full name and date of birth in your email.