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Applying for a 491 Visa Nomination

Registered Nurse Jayesh John happily settled in the Northern Inland.
Registered Nurse Jayesh John happily settled in the Northern Inland.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices assist the NSW Government managing applications for NSW nominations for the subclass 491 visa.

Nomination Criteria for a 491 visa in NSW is consistent across all regions, however the application process and eligible skilled occupations.

Please note due to the current level of demand, the chances of being nominated are currently low and you must meet the published nomination criteria to apply.

Below is information regarding applying for sponsorship from the Northern Inland region of NSW. We have broken the process down into a series of steps to make the process as clear as possible.

Applications for NSW Nominations for the 491 Visa are currently closed.

 

Updates about the opening of the 491 program and the NSW Skills list are available on the 491 page of the NSW Government's website.

Our Office is Now Open by Appointment Only

 

To avoid disappointment, please do not travel to our office in the hope to see a staff member without an appointment. We will provide you with the same assistance over the phone or by email, which will be quicker and easier for you.

Step 1 - Check Your Basic Eligibility

To be eligible for nomination in NSW, you must meet the following basic criteria:

Skills

Be skilled in an occupation that is:

  • within an ANZSCO unit group identified on the NSW Skilled Work Regional Skills List; AND
  • eligible for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa ( Subclass 491).

Residency

You must be either currently residing in NSW or offshore, and have continuously done so for a minimum period of three months.

Work Experience and Point Score

You must meet the minimum skilled work experience and point score for your unit group. These are identified on the NSW Skilled Nominated Skills List next to the name of your unit group. 

Step 2 - Complete or Update Your EOI on SkillSelect

To receive a nomination from the NSW Government, you must have an Expresssion of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect by the Department of Home Affairs.

To be eligible for nomination in NSW, you must ensure that your EOI:

  • is accurate and up to date.
  • seeks nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) and NSW only.

You must be able to provide evidence for all claims in your EOI.

You can find out more and apply for your EOI on the Department of Home Affairs website.

You must ensure you can provide evidence for all the claims in your SkillSelect EOI. This is a common reason for nomination applications being declined.

Common causes for being declined for this include:

  • Claiming credentialled community language points when your qualification has expired. Your CCL certificate must be valid on the day you are invited to apply by NSW to claim these points
  • Claiming professional year points when you are not eligible. Your professional year must be in your nominated (or closely related) occupation  to claim these points
  • Claiming points for skilled employment before the date you are deemed skilled in your occupation

Step 3 - Determine Your Pathway

For the 2022-23 financial year (July 2022 to June 2023), there are two nomination pathways for a NSW nomination for the 491 Visa:

  • Pathway 1 - Apply Directly to an RDA Office
  • Pathway 2 - Be Invited by Investment NSW

Pathway 1

Under Pathway 1, applicants that meet set criteria can apply directly to the RDA for the region that they wish to live and work in. Applications can be submitted when applications are open using the process described in steps 3 to 10 below.

Pathway 2

Under Pathway 2, applicants will be invited by the NSW Government during invitation rounds based on Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted to the Department of Home Affairs through Skill Select. It is important you ensure that:

  • all information in your EOI is accurate; AND
  • your EOI seeks nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) and NSW only.

If you receive an invitation from the NSW Government to apply through Pathway 2, you must apply to the NSW Government (not to an RDA) within 14 days of being invited.

Further details on how to apply through Pathway 2 are available on the Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491) page of the NSW Government's website.

How to Apply for Pathway 1

The following steps are only applicable if you are applying under Pathway 1.

If you are applying under Pathway 2 see the information on the NSW Government website.

Step 4 - Get to Know the Northern Inland Region

As the region that is supporting you and providing you with the opportunity to gain a 491 visa and potentially permanent residency, we expect you to make a genuine effort to meet your visa conditions in the Northern Inland region. We look forward to seeing you living and working here and making a positive contribution to our communities.

Therefore, it is important that you get to know the Northern Inland region, and research whether the work and lifestyle opportunities it provides are suitable for you and any dependents you may have. We have collated a range of information about the region's location, postcodes and communities to help you get to know the Northern Inland region to help you make this decision.

Step 5 - Check the Occupation List

Check that your occupation is on the Pathway 1 occupation list and that you meet any applicable criteria for work experience and minimum points.

Step 6 - Complete Your Form and Documentation

When you submit your application, you will need to provide a completed application form and corresponding documentation.

You will need to provide the following documentation / evidences:

  • Proof of current address in NSW or offshore. This can include lease agreements or lease receipts, utility bills or your driver's license.
  • Proof of residing either in NSW or offshore for at least 3 months leading up to and including the date of your application. This can include lease agreements or lease receipts, or utility bills.
  • A copy of your Skill Select Expression of Interest (EOI) details, including EOI Number and points claimed.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A copy of your skill assessment (not older than 3 years)
  • A copy of your English test results (not older than 3 years)
  • Copies of the documentation to support the claims in your EOI. These must match your EOI, and can include:
    • Proof of employment or skilled work experience, such as employer reference letter and employment contracts.
    • Copies of qualification certificate(s) or letter of completion.
    • Copies of evidence for any other points being claimed, including those relating to partner points. This includes, where applicable, specialist educational qualification, credentialed community language qualifications, partner skill qualifications, partner English skills and professional year in Australia.

You must ensure you can provide evidence for all the claims in your SkillSelect EOI. This is a common reason for nomination applications being declined.

Common causes for being declined for this include:

  • Claiming credentialled community language points when your qualification has expired. Your CCL certificate must be valid on the day you are invited to apply by NSW to claim these points
  • Claiming professional year points when you are not eligible. Your professional year must be in your nominated (or closely related) occupation  to claim these points
  • Claiming points for skilled employment before the date you are deemed skilled in your occupation

The application form for Pathway 1 will be available here once applications are open.

Step 7 - Make Payment for Your Application Assessment

Please note that payment for your application assessment fee does not guarantee a positive outcome for your application.

Payment is required as part of your application, and we will not commence assessment of your application until your payment can be verified.

Our assessment fees are:

Skilled Regional State Nominated (491 visa) : AUD $800.00
Employer Nomination (RSMS): AUD $770.00

We can accept payment for your certification fee by either:

  • Direct Deposit
  • Credit Card via PayPal
  • Bank Cheque, Personal Cheque or Australia Post Money Order

Please ensure that you include a copy of your payment receipt with your application submission so we can identify your payment.

Paying by Direct Deposit

Our bank account details are as below. This can be completed either through your online banking or by going into a branch of the Commonwealth Bank near you. Please state the name that the applicaiton is for in the detail for the deposit.

Bank: The Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Account Name: Regional Development Australia - Northern Inland
BSB: 062501
Account No: 10383622

 

Swift Code (BIC) for international deposits: CTBAAU2S

 

Bank Cheque, Personal Cheque or Australia Post Money Order

Note that these payments are not preferable, as they must clear in our bank account before assessment can commence on your application, which will extend the time for processing.

These need to be made out to Regional Development Australia Northern Inland and mailed to:

RDA - Northern Inland
PO Box 72
Armidale NSW 2350

 

Credit Card / PayPal

We accept credit card payments via PayPal by selecting the type of certification you will be submitting and adding the applicant name and agent name as applicable using the form below.

PayPal will also accept international transactions.

You do not need a PayPal account to use this method. If you do not have an account, select "Pay with Credit or Debit Card" on the first screen that appears.

PayPal will email you a receipt, please include a copy of this with your application.

Type of Certification
Applicant's Name
Agent's Name (if applicable)

Step 8 - Submit Your Application

All applications should be addressed to our Senior Skilled Migration Project Officer, Gary Fry.

It is preferable to submit your application by email, as this can reduce the processing time for your application as we will receive your application quicker.

Email applications, with all supporting documents clearly identified and in separate files to migration@rdani.org.au

You will receive an automated reply from our email system to acknowledge receipt of your application.

Alternatively, you can send a hard copy of your application to us by mail to:

Attn: Gary Fry
RDA - Northern Inland
PO Box 72
Armidale NSW 2350

Or by courier to:

Attn: Gary Fry
RDA - Northern Inland
143 Marsh Street
Armidale  NSW  2350

ALSO, please include the phone number [61 02 6771 0700].

All mailed documents should be photocopies that are certified where appropriate, so that originals are not lost in the mail.

Step 9 - Await the Outcome of Your Application

Applications will be processed in the order in which complete applications are received and will be completed within 6 weeks of being received by RDA-NI.

When we are assessing your application, we will be in contact with you to request further information if required documents were not included in your application submission.

If your application is successful, we will provide you with information to the NSW Government for nomination. You will receive an email from them when your nomination is complete.

If you are successful in receiving a nomination, we recommend you have a look at the helpful information for visa holders section of our website.

Please do not call or email our office regarding the progress of your application if it has been less than 6 weeks.

 

Attending to calls and emails such as these delays the process for everyone's applications, including yours.

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