Skilled nominated migration (190)
About the NSW nomination program
NSW runs the skilled nominated migration (190) 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 visa (subclass 190).
In recognition of ongoing high demand and to ensure that places allocated under the program are aligned to the skills needs of the state's economy, NSW has a selection-based invitation process for the 190 program. Under this process, NSW selects and invites the most suitable candidates from SkillSelect to apply for NSW nomination.
Our selection and invitation process ensures that places allocated under the NSW program are aligned to the skills needs of NSW.
NSW Skilled nominated migration (190) program 2017-18
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.
About the 190 visa
The Skilled Nominated Visa (190 visa) is a permanent visa for eligible highly skilled workers to help meet skill needs in the state of NSW.
Under the 190 program:
- The New South Wales Government can nominate highly skilled workers with an occupation on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List).
- The 190 visa is a points-tested visa. Candidates who receive a NSW nomination are awarded five additional points towards their overall points score.
- Candidates nominated by NSW need to agree to live and work in NSW for at least their first two years in Australia while holding this visa.
The visa criteria and visa application process is administered by the Department of Home Affairs.
Candidates who are invited to apply for NSW nomination need to demonstrate that they meet both NSW's and Commonwealth's visa eligibility requirements.
If you are interested in NSW nomination for the 190 visa read the about the eligibility criteria, selection process, invitation process and after you have been invited. You can also refer to our frequently asked questions.
Key steps for candidates
The key steps involved for NSW nomination for a 190 visa are detailed in our how to apply fact sheet or you can review the steps below:
- Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect
Ensure that you meet 190 visa criteria
Record your details in an EOI in SkillSelect
Indicate interest for NSW nomination for a 190 visa
You do not need to contact NSW after submitting your EOI
- Regularly check your emails to see if you have been invited by NSW.
There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed.
- If selected, you will receive an invitation to apply for NSW nomination by email
- Recheck your eligibility
If you apply, you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited
Read Are you eligible
- Submit an application for NSW nomination and wait for the outcome
Candidates must submit an online application within 14 days of receiving the invitation to apply
NSW nomination applications usually take 12 weeks to process. Please note, application fees are not refundable.
- If nominated, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the 190 visa
- Apply for the 190 visa to the Department of Home Affairs
Submit a visa application within 60 days of being nominated by NSW
- The Department of Home Affairs will advise you of the decision on your visa application
- If your visa is granted, move to NSW and commence your two year commitment to live and work in the state
Letters of release
NSW Business & Skilled Migration does not offer Letters of Release. NSW nominates candidates under the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) program because their occupational skills are needed in the state. NSW nominees applicants are expected to live and work in NSW.