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Updated NSW skilled Work Regional Visa

NSW 491 Regional Migration update

​NSW Government is currently awaiting confirmation of an additional allocation of places from the Home Affairs for the remainder of the financial year after the initial interim period filled up.

Nomination Criteria for a 491 visa in NSW will remain consistent across all regions and can be found below.

NOTE: You must meet all the criteria in one of the three following streams (Stream 1, Stream 2, and Stream 3) to be eligible for NSW nomination

Stream 1. Living and working in regional NSW;

Stream 2. Recently completed study in regional NSW; or

Stream 3. Living and working outside of NSW


Categories for Stream 2
Recently Completed Studies in regional NSW

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

  1. hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list;

  2. 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

  3. have lived in a designated regional area of NSW while completing your study.

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