Eligibility for Nomination Criteria


Eligibility for Nomination Criteria

You must meet all the criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

  • Stream 1 - Living and working in regional NSW
  • Stream 2 - Recently completed study in regional NSW
  • Stream 3 - Skilled in an Occupation Required in Regional NSW

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.

'Designated regional areas' are determined by Home Affairs. Please see their website for a list of postcodes for Designated Regional Areas in NSW.

While there are three streams for eligibility, the NSW Government has advised that preference is given to migrants registering their interest under Stream 1 when considering invitations to apply.

You must be currently residing in Australia to be eligible to register your interest in NSW nomination. Applications are not being accepted from overseas applicants.

 

Stream 1 – Living and working 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 the Stream 1 Combined Occupation List. This is different to the occupation list for the Murray region.
  • have been living in a designated regional area of NSW for at least the previous twelve months. However a minimum of three months may be considered.; 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 twelve months. However a minimum of three months may be considered. This employment must be for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

What is a closely related occupation?

As defined by the Department of Home Affairs, a closely related occupation falls within one unit group classified under ANZCO. These unit groups are identified by the first four digits of the ANZCO code for the occupation.

For example, if you are applying as an accountant (general) (ANZCO Code 221111), you will not be eligible for support if you are working in aged care (ANZCO Code 254412) as the first four digits of these occupations are different. However, working as a Taxation Accountant (ANCO Code 221113) would be acceptable, as the first four digits are the same, indicating they are the same unit group.

Stream 2 – 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

Applicants that wish to apply to the Murray region under this steam will need to apply as one of the occupations on our occupation list.

Stream 3 – Skilled in an occupation required 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
  • Be currently residing in an Australian state or territory

Applicants that wish to apply to the Murray region under this steam will need to apply as one of the occupations on our occupation list.

Section 48 bar
The section 48 bar applies to applicants who are holding a bridging visa, and 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 discuss your application with us first.

The NSW Government will not re-nominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar where their 491 nomination has expired, and they are unable to leave Australia.
Nomination allocations provided by the Department of Home Affairs are limited and it is currently uncertain when border restrictions will be lifted. To ensure the limited nomination positions allocated to NSW go to support the economic recovery of the state.

 

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 searchable list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website