After you have applied

How long will it take to assess my application?

The standard processing time for a nomination application for the 190 visa is 12 weeks*. We will contact you or your authorised representative by email once a decision on your 190 application is made, or if further information is required.

*Please note that this does not apply to EOIs. There is no set timeframe for receiving an invitation after you have lodged an EOI. Selection is not guaranteed.

How do I find out the processing status of my application?

Due to the volume of applications and enquiries we manage on a daily basis, NSW Department of Industry is unable to provide applicants and their representatives with any progress update within the first 12 weeks of receiving the application.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in refraining from making progress enquiries within these first 12 weeks.

Can my application be expedited?

Requests to expedite the processing of a nomination application would only be considered in very limited circumstances, for example, if:

  • You will lose points for age if the application is not finalised soon enough or
  • Your visa is expiring and you have been and still are working in NSW.

Please note that visa expiry alone would not warrant consideration for expedited processing. If we have agreed to expedite the processing of your application, we will endeavour to finalise the application as quickly as possible. However, we cannot guarantee a faster outcome and you should not make any arrangements on that assumption.

What if I have received a Skilled Reference Number but have not made payment?

Some applicants may have applied and received acknowledgement and a Skilled Reference Number (SRN), but still need to make their payment. If this applies to you, we will send you a new payment link by email within 5 days after you submitted your application.

Applicants who need to supply additional information or attachments can send them to skilled.migration@industry.nsw.gov.au.

Please quote your SRN in the subject line of all emails to this email address.

What is the difference between an invitation and an application?

If you are selected by NSW, you will receive an invitation that provides you with the facility to apply for nomination. You can accept the invitation by submitting the application form and supporting documents and paying the fee. After you have submitted an application it will be assessed by a NSW case officer.

Can I be invited more than once against the same Expression of Interest (EOI)?

You can receive a maximum of one invitation against the same EOI.

If you miss your invitation, you may be invited a second time when NSW selects and invites candidates. However, you would need to have submitted a new EOI in SkillSelect. As the selection process is competitive, there is no guarantee that you will receive another invitation.

Can I apply more than once against the same EOI?

No, once you have submitted an application, you will not receive any further invitations to apply against that EOI.

If you submit an application for NSW nomination but you withdraw your application or it is declined, you will need to submit a new EOI in SkillSelect in order to be considered for selection and invitation.

Does NSW offer Letters of Release?

No, 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.

More information

For more information on our program, download our how to apply factsheet or read our frequently asked questions.