Visa and nomination

Announcement - NSW Skilled Nominated (190) program 2017-18

The NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List has been updated. In the 2017-18 financial year we will continue to select and invite top ranking candidates in occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List). We will select and invite candidates on an ongoing basis throughout the financial year. There are no key dates involved in this process.

NSW is Open for Business

New South Wales (NSW) welcomes skilled and business migrants, returning expatriates and people from other States and Territories to Sydney and regional NSW. NSW is Australia's economic powerhouse and among the most competitive business locations in the Asia Pacific Region.

  • Sydney is the third largest financial centre in the region, offering great career opportunities in a range of fields.
  • NSW has 40% of Australia's ICT employment. Specialist ICT businesses employ almost 100,000 people.
  • NSW is home to 80% of the multinational pharmaceutical companies in the country.

NSW offers great career opportunities for professionals, businesses and investor migrants in these and many other industries looking to set up a business or invest in the State.

People living in NSW enjoy a very high quality of life. Sydney is renowned for having the best quality of living standards of any major Australian city according to the 2015 Quality of Living index compiled by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Read more about living in NSW.

NSW Migration Strategy – supporting the NSW economy

NSW runs the Skilled Nominated program in order to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to NSW skills needs. NSW's position as an appealing destination for skilled migrants is confirmed beyond doubt by the significant demand shown for NSW nomination for the Skilled nominated (190) visa.

From February 2015, NSW introduced a new process for the NSW 190 program. This is a selection-based invitation process in which NSW selects and invites the most suitable candidates from SkillSelect to apply for NSW nomination.

Our new process ensures that places allocated under the NSW program are aligned to the skills needs of NSW. Read more information about the selection and invitation process and learn more about our migration program and various visas.

Consider Regional NSW

The regions of NSW offer many similar work opportunities, lifestyle benefits and services to those in major cities.

  • 2.6 million people live in regional NSW
  • They enjoy a diverse range of  climates from tropical to alpine climates
  • NSW regional cities provide full amenities and facilities
  • Housing affordability is good

Apply to migrate to regional NSW

NSW welcomes applications from suitable skilled individuals for nomination under the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 489) visa. Eligible applicants for this visa will receive ten points for their commitment to live and work in a designated regional area of NSW.

For information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please refer to NSW Skilled Regional Nominated Migration.