Frequently asked questions

1. NSW Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) program

What regions are eligible in NSW under the 491 visa?

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs determines which regions of Australia are eligible for the 491 visa.

Eligible regions are published on the Department of Home Affairs’ designated regional area postcodes webpage.

In NSW all areas of are considered regional except greater Sydney, with the exception of the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury river.

Why are Regional Development Australia Committees not nominating applicants for the 491 visa.

NSW was the only Australian jurisdiction that engaged a third party to assist in the delivery of the 489 visa.

The introduction of the 491 visa allows NSW to take a fresh approach to supporting regional economies of NSW through the supply of skilled labour.

A standardised and objective nomination process managed by NSW Treasury aims to improve client experience and provide greater clarity on how to obtain nomination by NSW for the 491 visa.

RDAs will continue to directly support regional employers in NSW and their skill needs through their responsibilities as a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) in the new Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).

NSW Government’s management of 491 visa program demonstrates our strong commitment to regional growth and the program will sit alongside a number of other government initiatives that aim to make regional NSW a desirable place to live, work and do business.

How many migrants can NSW nominate for a 491 visa?

Demand for nomination by NSW for a skilled migration visa is high. The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs allocates NSW are limited number of primary applicant nomination positions each year.

Due the high demand and limited number of positions available, NSW encourages migrants to consider all visa pathways that may be available to them

2. I am living and working in regional NSW

What areas are regional NSW?

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs determines which regions of Australia are eligible for the 491 visa.

Eligible regions are published on the Department of Home Affairs’ designated regional area postcodes webpage.

What are the requirements for my employment to satisfy this requirement?

Your employment must meet the Department of Home Affairs’ requirements for skilled employment.

For more information, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs’ Points table for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) .

Does my employment for the last 12 months need to be with the same employer?

No, you may have been employed by more than one employer in regional NSW during the last 12 months to satisfy this requirement.

Does my employment for the last 12 months need to be continuous?

Yes, you need to have been continuously employed in regional NSW for at least the last 12 months.

If you have been employed in more than one job during the last 12 months, the gap in between your jobs should not have been for more than one month.

3. I am offshore

What areas are regional NSW?

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs determines which regions of Australia are eligible for the 491 visa.

Eligible regions are published on the Department of Home Affairs’ designated regional area postcodes webpage.

a)  I have a job offer in regional NSW

What the requirements for the job offer in regional NSW?

What the requirements for the employer offering the job in regional NSW?

The employer must be registered in Australia.

b)  I have at least five years’ skilled employment

What are the requirements for my minimum five years’ experience?

Your experience must meet the Department of Home Affairs’ requirements for skilled employment.

For more information, please refer to the Points table for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

Can experience in Australia count towards this requirement?

Yes, if you reside overseas, however you previously lived and worked in Australia, this experience can be used to meet the requirement of a minimum five years’ experience.

c)  I have an immediate family member in regional NSW

Who in my family qualifies as an immediate family member?

Your immediate family member in regional NSW must meet all requirements listed below:

  • Your family member residing in regional NSW must be your father, mother, brother or sister. You can still apply if it’s your step or adoptive parent / sibling
  • Your family member must be over 18 years of age
  • Your family member in regional NSW must be either an Australian Permanent Resident, an Australian Citizen or a NSW nominated provisional visa holder (subclass 489 or 491)
  • Your family member must be currently residing in regional NSW and have resided in regional NSW for at least the last 24 months
  • Your family member in regional NSW is required to complete a statutory declaration to confirm that they meet all these requirements
  • If you are residing interstate you are not eligible for regional NSW nomination

4. I have recently completed study in regional NSW

What areas are regional NSW?

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs determines which regions of Australia are eligible for the 491 visa.

Eligible regions are published on the Department of Home Affairs’ designated regional area postcodes webpage.

Are there any requirements for my study?

Your study must:

  • have been completed at an education provider or education providers located in regional NSW
  • have been continuous and met the Department of Home Affairs’ Australian Study Requirement.
  • have been completed while you were living in regional NSW
  • have been completed within the last 12 months before applying for NSW nomination
  • be closely related to your nominated occupation.
    • This means an occupations within the same Australian Bureau of Statistics ANZSCO Unit Group.

5. Preparing my application for NSW nomination

What do I need to know when entering my employment in my Expression of Interest (EOI)?

When entering your employment in your EOI you must indicate if the employment is closely related to your nominated occupation or not.

If you indicate that your employment is closely related to your occupation, the employment must also be at the relevant skill level of your nominated occupation.

Please see the SkillSelect help text on the page where you enter your employment in your EOI for further information.

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

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

The NSW nomination application forms include a document checklist which outlines the 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. The Department of Home Affairs may have different requirements for providing supporting documents for the visa application.

Do my documents need to be translated?

Yes, documents in languages other than English need to be accompanied by an English translation. You also need to 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 submit an application for NSW nomination if you have 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.

6. After I have applied for NSW nomination

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

You should ensure that your application is complete and has provided all the information required.

If we require more information when assessing your application, we will contact you to advise what require.

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, but some of my details in my application are incorrect. What should I do?

Wait for a case officer to contact you. Please do not contact us 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 that you have claimed in your EOI are incorrect, please send an email to: skilled.migration@treasury.nsw.gov.au 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.