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Eligibility for Nomination Criteria

You must meet the all criteria in one of the three following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

  • Stream 1 - Living and working in regional NSW
  • Stream 2 - Recently completed study in regional NSW
  • Stream 3 - Living and working outside of a designated regional postcode of NSW

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.

'Closely related occupations' are defined as those having the same ANZSCO unit group, i.e. sharing the same first four digits.

'Designated regional areas' are determined by Home Affairs. Please see their website for a list of regional NSW postcodes.

Stream 1 - Living and Working in Regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list;
  • have been living in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 12 months; and
  • have been working in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, in a designated regional area of NSW, for at least the previous 12 months.

Stream 2 - Recently Completed Study in Regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list;
  • have completed study or education with an education provider, where:
    • the study was completed within the previous 24 months;
    • the education provider is located in a designated regional area in NSW;
    • the study meets the Australian study requirement (as determined by Home Affairs from time to time); and
    • the qualification obtained from this study has been assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority; and
  • have lived in a designated regional area of NSW while completing your study.

Stream 3 - Living and Working Outside of a Designated Regional Postcode of NSW

RDA Northern Inland will not be accepting offshore applications under stream 3a, 3b, and 3c until further notice. This is due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions because of COVID-19.

 

This will be reviewed in April and no exceptions can be made.

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must meet all the criteria for at least one of the following categories:

Stream 3a - Job Offer in Regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list;
  • have an offer for ongoing employment that is:
    • in the Applicant's nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation; and
    • for a minimum term of 12 months and 35 hours of work per week;
    • have an offer for ongoing employment from an employer that is:
      • located in a designated regional area in NSW; and
      • registered in Australia.

Stream 3b - At Least Five Years Skilled Employment Experience (Offshore Applicants)

If you reside outside of Australia, you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list; and
  • have at least five years of skilled employment in such nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation.

Stream 3c - Family Ties in Regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list; and
  • have an immediate family member in a designated regional area in NSW who satisfies all of the criteria below:
    • a grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother or sister of the Applicant (including by virtue of a step or adoptive relationship);
    • at least 18 years of age;
    • either an Australian Permanent Resident, an Australian Citizen or a NSW nominated provisional visa holder (489);
    • currently residing in a designated regional area in NSW; and
    • has been residing in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 24 months,
    • and you must ensure that your family member has completed a statutory declaration to confirm that they satisfy each of the above chain migration requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions About 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.
RDA Northern Inland requires a genuine job offer in order to accept an offshore application for consideration.

RDA Northern Inland will not be accepting offshore applications under stream 3b until further notice. This is due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions because of COVID-19.

This will be reviewed in April and no exceptions can be made.

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Alternative Migration Options

NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants. There is a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas.

You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent. A searchable list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website

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