Eligibility for Nomination Criteria


RDA Murray is no longer able to accept applications for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) for the remainder of the 2021-22 program year.

Our allocation of nomination positions, provided by the NSW government has now been filled.

If you are seeking settling into the Murray region, you may wish to consider alternative migration pathways which can be found at: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia

 

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

Stream 1 - I am Living and Working in Regional NSW

To be eligible under Stream 1 you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on the Stream 1 combined occupation list 
  • have been living and working in your nominated (or closely related) occupation in a designated regional area of NSW for the past twelve months for a minimum 20 hours per week

Stream 2 - I have recently completed study in Regional NSW

To be eligible under Stream 2 you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your preferred region's occupation list
  • have completed study in the past 24 months where:
    • you are eligible to claim points for 'study in regional Australia' on the basis of study in Regional NSW, and
    • your qualification is assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority

Stream 3 - I am skilled in an occupation required in Regional NSW 

To be eligible under Stream 3 you must:

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.

The Home Affairs  website has a list of postcodes for Designated Regional Areas in NSW. and details for the  Points table for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

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