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Eligibility for Nomination Criteria

You must meet the all criteria in one of the 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

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.

From 1 April 2021, NSW 491 nomination under Stream 3, living and working outside a designated regional area of NSW, will no longer be possible.  No applications received after the 29th of March will be considered.

Section 48 bar
The section 48 bar applies to applicants who are holding a bridging visa, and have had a visa refused or cancelled, since their last entry into Australia. If you are subject to a section 48 bar you need to leave Australia before you can reapply for a visa.

 

The NSW Government will not re-nominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar where their nomination has expired, and they are unable to leave Australia.


Nomination allocations provided by the Department of Home Affairs are limited and it is currently uncertain when border restrictions will be lifted. To ensure the limited nomination positions allocated to NSW go to support the economic recovery of the state, RDA Northern Inland will not re-nominate applicants subject to a section 48 bar.

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, unfortunately you are unable to apply until you meet the 12 months requirement.

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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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