The process for the 491 skilled regional State nominated visa program has changed. Applicants must first receive an invitation to apply from the NSW Government before applying to us.
Requests for an invitation to apply will only be accepted by NSW Government during the submission windows in the months of August, October, January and March. Registrations of Interest submitted outside of these windows will not be considered. See steps outlined at the bottom of the page for details on this new process. PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY AND ADHERE TO THESE INSTRUCTIONS IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.
Under the new arrangement, each RDA is responsible for setting their own eligible skilled occupations for nomination (within DoHA and NSW Treasury guidelines) and accepting and assessing nomination applications from applicants who have received an invitation to apply from the NSW Government.
Nomination Criteria for a 491 visa in NSW is consistent across all regions, however the application process, eligible skilled occupations, including any additional requirements for some occupations, will vary by region.
Please note that as a result of COVID-19 and significant reductions in Australia’s Migration Program Planning Levels, the chances of being nominated are currently low and you must meet the published nomination criteria to apply. This also means that applications cannot be made from overseas applicants.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Where the information you are seeking is covered by the content of our website or that of Investment NSW and/or DoHA, there will not be a customised response from either our office or that of Investment NSW. Further, there is no special consideration for applicants who do not meet the requirements and/or do not fill in the webforms in their entirety. If you do not receive a response in a reasonable timeframe, please assume that the information you are seeking is already available on our websites and look there before contacting us again.
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 list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website.
PLEASE NOTE: S48 bar
The section 48 bar applies to applicants who 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.
NSW will not re-nominate applicants who are unable to apply for the visa to Home Affairs after being nominated by NSW.
Below is information regarding applying for sponsorship from the Southern Inland region of NSW.