Updated NSW skilled Work Regional Visa

​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 3
Living and Working outside of NSW

For non-residents of NSW, the updated nomination criteria are as stated below: 

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must meet all the criteria for at least one of the following categories (Category A, Category B, Category C)

Category A

 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.

Category B

At least five years of 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

Category C

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.

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