NSW Regional Sponsor Update

Key Takeaways

  • More than 150 new occupations added 

  • Newly added Occupations include Accountant, Trade Courses, IT, Engineering, and many more.

  • NSW 491 criteria update

  • Relaxed work requirement for Orana

Changes are in effect from 1 April 2021 and new Occupation lists for regional NSW areas.
The New Occupation List for some designated Regions will be published on 1st April 2021.

Update

  • Broader Occupation list announced for different Regions

  • NSW will not accept any new applications under Stream 3 until further notice

Designated Regional Area of NSW
Following are the defined Regional areas of NSW:

New Occupation List

On top of Health, IT, and Engineering Occupations, the following Regions have added multiple new Occupations.

Download the Full Occupation List

**State and Region-wise Occupation List

NSW subclass 190 Major Eligibility

  • You must hold a valid skills assessment in an occupation that exactly matches an occupation on the NSW subclass 190 Occupation list

  • You must be currently residing in NSW. 
     

Find the occupation list for NSW subclass 190:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/topics/visas-and-migration/skilled-visas/nsw-skilled-occupation-lists

NSW subclass 491  Eligibility Streams
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; (OPEN)

Stream 2. Recently completed study in regional NSW;  (OPEN) or

Stream 3. Living and working outside of NSW (CLOSED)
 

Stream 1 Eligibility: Living and Working in Regional NSW

  • 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 Eligibility: A 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 in a designated regional area in NSW; 

    • the study meets the Australian study requirement (as determined by Home Affairs); and 

    • the qualification obtained from this study was 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. 

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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